Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer and violin virtuoso. He is known by music lovers today for his four violin concertos, ‘The Four Seasons.’ Vivaldi composed 550 concertos. 230 of Vivaldi’s concertos are for the violin. Vivaldi also composed other works for instruments including 40 violin sonatas, 9 cello sonatas, 10 flute sonatas, 27 trio sonatas, and 22 chamber concertos. He also composed sacred vocal music and secular vocal music including around 50 operas (20 operas survive).
This recording is of an aria “Sovente il sole” from an opera by Vivaldi entitled Andromeda liberata. It is sung by Philippe Jaroussky (a French countertenor) and Ensemble Matheus under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.