Concerti Favoriti

Some of the most beautiful music written by Alessandro Marcello, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel

February 14th 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Streaming concert – Available until February 28th 2021


The concerto remains one of the most important inventions in the history of music. Juxtaposing one or more soloists with a supporting ensemble, allows for dynamic exchanges, contrasting colors, textures and timbres which never fail to delight the ear. It was Vivaldi who, while not its creator, definitively set the form in three movements: quick-slow-quick. This model was soon adopted by all of Europe— the concerto grosso remaining closer to the old model set by Corelli. On the program is Alessandro Marcello’s famous Oboe Concerto, two Vivaldi concertos— including one guitar concerto— Bach’s Concerto for two violins, and Handel’s concerto grosso.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Concerto for four violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580
Allegro • Largo – Larghetto – Adagio – Largo • Allegro

Alessandro Marcello (1684 – 1750)
Concerto for oboe in D minor, S.Z 799
Andante e spiccato • Largo • Presto

George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)
Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320
Andante larghetto • Allegro • Largo • Allegro ma non troppo

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for guitar in D Major, RV 93
Allegro giusto • Largo • Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Vivace • Largo ma non tanto • Allegro

L’Harmonie des saisons
Mélisande Corriveau, Artistic Director
Eric Milnes, Musical Director
Matthew Jennejohn, baroque oboe
David Jacques, baroque guitar
Julia Wedman, Jessy Dubé, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay & Guillaume Villeneuve, violins
Hélène Plouffe & Valérie Arsenault, violas
Mélisande Corriveau & Felix Deak, cellos
Pierre Cartier, doublebass
Eric Milnes, harpsichord

Michel Keable, animation
Mario Proulx, interview
François Filiatrault, texts
Eric Milnes, recording, editing and mixing
Huei Lin, videography
Pascal Piché et Sahara von Hattenberger, videography assistance
Chantal Poulin, management and communications
Eric Milnes, video montage

Enregistré à l’Église Bishop Stewart Memorial Church, Frelighsburg, Québec, Canada et à l’église St. George Anglican Church de Granby en septembre, octobre et novembre 2020.

Production : L’Harmonie des saisons

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