An Englishman Abroad, possibly their best ever programme from La Serenissima, playing uplifting music for a Carolean Age.
The Englishman Abroad in question is Nicola Matteis the Younger, whose father arrived from Italy with his violin on his back hidden under his great coat and who settled in London, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Purcell. Born in London, Matteis the Younger went on to be a truly great violinist, eventually marrying an aristocratic Englishwoman and moving his family to Vienna where he settled at the Imperial Court writing music for Charles VI. His English style influenced many Europeans and the concert presents fabulous music by Purcell, Telemann and Vivaldi, plus works from fine Italian composers Brescianello and Caldara.
Coming to Chipping Campden on Friday 30th September, 19:30 at St James’s Church.
La Serenissima is the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice. Praised for its ‘all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone).