This morning concert, back by popular demand, is a celebration of baroque era gems. Handel’s and Vivaldi’s Trio Sonatas, which were the core of instrumental music of this period, are brilliant examples of the composers’ distinctive styles and skills. The Solo Violin Sonata of Albinoni was written for his friend Johann Pisandel, the leading violinist of this period. Clearly, Albinoni was impressed by Pisandel’s technical capabilities as the piece requires high-energy and double-stops throughout.
Though many manuscripts from the baroque era have been lost, the original “The Great D Major" Violin Sonata in Handel’s handwriting still exists. One of the composer’s greatest works, it is considered a masterpiece of the solo violin genre. In Bach’s Partita No. 5 for Harpsichord, the composer pushes beyond tradition and convention, revealing a desire for stylistic diversity, yet maintaining balance and requiring the utmost virtuosity. The concert closes with Porpora’s ebullient Sinfonia da Camera Op. 2, No. 1, written during the composer’s years in London. Porpora was a famed teacher of both voice and composition; his students included Joseph Haydn.