Tonight's concert included two less familiar (but lovely) concerti by Vivaldi, an oboe concerto by
Albinoni, and four soprano arias from Baroque "Italian operas" by Vivaldi, Handel, etc. The music was performed by the Venetia Antiqua Ensemble using the soft stringing of original or period copy instruments. The execution was flawless and golden. Unlike many of the other Venice/Vivaldi performance groups this one varies its program and seems to avoid the "stuck in a rut, play it in your sleep" syndrome mentioned in reviews elsewhere. The venue at the small baroque San Giovanni Evangelisti Church was intimate and the evening was inspiring. Back when I lived in Hawaii we would have used the word "chicken skin" to describe the experience. It is a high compliment. There are many fine groups to choose from in Venice. I am glad I made the choice i did. Next time, I will choose them again. If you want a "show" go elsewhere. If you want the music, you find it here.
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