Vivaldi's Violins



A humble orphanage in Venice became home to a music academy and orchestra famous throughout Europe.

Its young musicians were leading virtuosi of the day and feted well beyond Italy. Their leader was Antonio Vivaldi, who composed hundreds of violin concertos for his charges, including some of the most beloved music of the Baroque.

Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos, including concerti for two and four violin soloists and the dazzling concerto Grosso Mogul.

Presented by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra


Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso Op.3 No 3: IV Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for four violins RV550

Ottorino Respighi
Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.3

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in B-flat RV368
Concerto for two violins RV514

Giuseppe Verdi

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in D RV208 Grosso Mogul


Sophie Rowell violin
William Hennessy director
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra