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