Somerset Chamber Choir Concert July 28th, 2018 at 7.00pm
Wells Cathedral BA5 2UE
Italy comes to Somerset
The early eighteenth century was a golden age for music in the courts and cathedrals of Rome, Naples and Venice, which would never again be equalled. Venice, in particular, was an astonishing hotbed of creativity. This was the city where Vivaldi and the Scarlattis lived close by Canaletto, living amidst the canals which had recently been navigated by Gabrieli and Monteverdi, Bellini, Tintoretto and Veronese.
Somerset Chamber Choir's summer concert on Saturday 28th July showcases some of the greatest music from this exceptional historical moment. The four pieces being performed were all written within a single decade by Italian composers at the height of their powers. Vivaldi's famous Gloria, one of the most popular of all choral works, is deceptively simple, written for just two soloists and four choral parts, while the astonishing Stabat Mater by Domenico Scarlatti is written for ten different voices, ensuring a richness of sonority which few other composers have attempted. Completing the programme is the short but perfectly-formed Trumpet Concerto by Tartini, and a gorgeous Salve Regina by Domenico Scarlatti's father Alessandro which features two vocal soloists, the young American soprano April Fredrick and the baroque specialist mezzo-soprano Cathy Bell. The choir will be joined by Southern Sinfonia and trumpeter Steve Lee in the generous acoustic of Wells Cathedral for this very special evening. Somerset Chamber Choir promises to whisk you away to experience the glories of Italy, without the check-in queues and the eye-watering prices.