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New Discoveries – forgotten music written by Antonio Vivaldi – played live in the Hall of the 5oo.

Federico Maria Sardelli takes his bow at the end of the Vivaldi concert

Federico Maria Sardelli takes his bow at the end of the Vivaldi concert

At the end of a delightfully exuberant evening of glorious Vivaldi  – Federico Maria Sardelli and his team from Modo Antiquo (above) take their bow in the extraordinary salon of the 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio.

On Friday 30th September I was privileged to be able to attend a performance of Gli Intermedii de La Pelligrina – a work not known to have been performed in that space since it’s inauguration in 1589 at the wedding of Ferdinand 1 de’Medici and Cristina di Lorena. A great treat that I was excited to be able to enjoy in the great hall in which Fra Savonarola’s 500 wise men ruled alongside the Republican Government before Grand Duke Cosimo 1 converted it into a triumphal throne room lined with paintings by Vasari of Florentine triumphs in battle, and with every alcove stuffed with statues of members of his family.

Fererico Maria Sardelli conducts music for the Marriage of Ferdinando 1 and his bride

Fererico Maria Sardelli conducts music for the Marriage of Ferdinando 1 and his bride

I had such a wonderful evening I risked my luck and asked for second tickets to the New Discoveries Concert in which Modo Antiquo played eight pieces of hidden Vivaldi authenticated as lost works of the master over the past 3 years.

Undiscovered opere of Vivaldi at the Palazzo Vecchio

Undiscovered opere of Vivaldi at the Palazzo Vecchio

The group played with such verve and excitement the works seemed thoroughly modern and fresh – and, surprisingly for me, the mezzo-soprano was called Antonio and sang as a mezzo soprano – a male feature I thought had gone out with the castrato in 1870 and was now referred to as a counter tenor – but I presume that is what the singer would have been called in Vivaldi’s lifetime (1678 –1741)
My guest, Clotilde, has already decided that this must be the highlight of her holiday  – certainly it will be hard to beat!

 

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