During the 18th century in 'the most beautiful city built by man', the famous orphanage Ospedale Dell Pieta was home to concerts veiled in secrecy and draped in the sublime beauty of the baroque. Here, abandoned young girls became elite musicians, and would perform behind screens, completely hidden from view. The music was written by their violin master and one of the greatest baroque composers, Antonio Vivaldi. This was an experience that had locals, tourists and royalty spellbound.

In 2012, the Brandenburg, together with renowned Italian period violinist and guest director Federico Guglielmo, will reveal a collection of Venice Secrets dedicated to this enigmatic violin virtuoso. Experience seven concertos painted in the colours of Vivaldi's Venice - a floating labyrinth of sumptuous period instrument sounds, from the enchanting to the exhilarating. Discover the thrilling virtuosity of Vivaldi as his stratospheric passages are brought to life by a modern day master of the Italian baroque. An exquisite tribute to the secret beauty behind Vivaldi's more hidden works.


Federico Guglielmo (Italy) guest director and period violin
with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Artistic Director Paul Dyer


Vivaldi     Ciaccona from Concerto for Strings in C major RV 114
Vivaldi     Concerto for several instruments in G minor RV 576
Vivaldi     Concerto for several instruments in F major RV 572, Il Proteo
Vivaldi     Concerto for several instruments in D major RV 562
Vivaldi     Concerto for several instruments in F major RV 574
Vivaldi     Concerto for two violins and two cellos RV 564
Vivaldi     Concerto for several instruments in G minor RV 577

Paul Dyer and Frederico Guglielmo in rehearsal (c) Steven Godbee

What the critics had to say:

"High point of the night came in the duet-oppositions for Guglielmo supported by first violin Brendan Joyce with the energy-packed cello brace of Jamie Hey and Anthea Cottee in the D Major Concerto R 564: a striking display of well crafted virtuosity"
The Age, Venice Secrets review, Feb 28 2012
"Entitled Venice Secrets, this concert ws a feast of Vivaldi's signature frenetic moving and shaking movements juxtaposed with brief period of incipiently lyrical restraint"
North Shore Times Venice Secrets review, 2 March 2012
"Kirsten Barry...shined through the three movements, especially in the first with smooth waves of melody... Guglielmo provided the quiet highlight of the night, his cadenza fluid yet not aggrevated, a passage of music powerful but unobtrusive, like a king taking a royal and unostentatious stroll through his gardens...
Fresh as dew but warm as a good muffin, this was Vivaldi at his liveliest. Encores included a concerto in B minor as well as a solo piece by Tartini, dedicated by Guglielmo to the rest of the orchestra. Magesterial, life-affirming stuff"
ArtsHub Venice Secrets review 3 March 2012

This concert is supported by the
Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney



City Recital Hall Angel Place
Wed 22, Fri 24 & Wed 29 Feb,
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Mar all at 7pm
Sat 3 Mar 2pm Matinee
Tickets: $61 - $148
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Melbourne Recital Centre
Sat 25 Feb at 7pm
Sun 26 Feb at 5pm
Tickets: $56 - $135
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