Handel and Vivaldi

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 7:30 PM at Alice Tully Hall
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Handel and Vivaldi shared an astounding 56 years of life on earth, yet never met. At the height of their careers, separated by some 950 miles in London and Venice respectively, Handel and Vivaldi’s music reflected everything that surrounded them. Handel, always dignified and highly skilled, was Beethoven’s favorite composer; Vivaldi, daring, flashy, and breathtaking, captivated Bach, who borrowed freely from him. This first CMS pairing of these Baroque masters is a study in contrasts, and a solid evening of terrific musical entertainment.


  • Handel Sonata in D major for Violin and Continuo, Op. 1, No. 13, HWV 371 (1730)
  • Vivaldi Sonata in A major for Violin and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 2, RV 31 (1709)
  • Handel Sonata in C minor for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 1a, HWV 386a (1717-19)
  • Vivaldi Concerto in B-flat major for Violin, Cello, Strings, and Continuo, RV 547
  • Handel Concerto in G minor for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo, HWV 287 (1704-05)
  • Handel “Pena tiranna” from Amadigi di Gaula for Voice, Oboe, Bassoon, Strings, and Continuo, HWV 11 (1715)
  • Handel Concerto in B-flat major for Harp, Strings, and Continuo, Op. 4, No. 6, HWV 294 (1736)
  • Handel “Quella fiamma” from Arminio for Voice, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo, HWV 36 (1736)
  • Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Strings, and Continuo, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580 (1711)
  • Handel “Vivi, tiranno!” from Rodelinda for Voice, Two Oboes, Strings, and Continuo (1725)

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