Vivaldi “per l’orchestra di Dresda”

1716. August the Strong had sent some of his best musicians to Italy, to perfect their knowledge and their style. It resulted in a fruitful and precious encounter of two outstanding violinists: Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Georg Pisendel. Lessons, shared concerts, musical exchanges set the foundations of an unbreakable friendship that distance and time did not mitigate. After Pisendel became the concertmaster of the Dresden Hofkapelle, considered the “finest orchestra in the world” in its time, he continued to collect, copy, and play the most ambitious of his Venetian friend’s concertos. Some of them deploy an ostentatious instrumentarium, and push the violin to compete in brightness with the horns, in sensuality with the oboe, while leading the orchestra with a dazzling brilliance. These are the famous Concerti per l’orchestra di Dresda.
Les Ambassadeurs wish not only to make the audience rediscover Vivaldi’s greatest concertos, but also those which he directly inspired to other remarkable composers like Pisendel, Zelenka and Quantz.


Concerto in F major RV 571 for solo violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns & orchestra

Concerto in G major ZWV 186 for violin, oboe, bassoon & orchestra

Concerto in E flat major for 2 oboes, bassoon & orchestra
Concerto in D major for solo violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon & orchestra
Sonata in c minor for strings, 2 oboes & bassoon

Concerto in F major QV 5:139 for flute & orchestra

Concerto in D major RV 562 „Per la solennità di S.Lorenzo“ for violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns & orchestra


Les Ambassadeurs

dir. Alexis Kossenko

(24 musicians: 2 horns, flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 8 violins, 3 violas, 3 celli, double-bass, theorbo, harpischord)