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symphonic concert

VFCO / GOEBEL / FRÖST / RICHTER / SÁ

VIVALDI & HAYDN
Programme

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) 
Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in F major ‘Il Mezzetino’

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809) 
Symphony No. 101 in D major Hob. I: 101 ‘The Clock’

Interval 

GIOVANNI PERGOLESI (1710-1736)
Stabat Mater P. 77 (orch. J. S. Bach)

When the clarinet was still in its infancy in Vivaldi’s day, he never wrote a solo concerto for it. The four-movement ‘Il Mezzetino’ is thus a ‘hypothetical’ creation by Andreas Tarkmann. Mezzetin was an astute, cynical servant character of the commedia dell’arte, and you hear him in the third movement with its flits between minor and major, as the clarinet glides over tiptoeing plucked strings. Pizzicato lower strings equally feature in the Andante second movement of Haydn’s 1793 ‘Clock’ Symphony, creating the ticking effect that inspired its own nickname; the ensuing Menuet’s grand theme meanwhile was adapted from one he’d penned for mechanical organ. Bach’s late-life transcriptions of works by his contemporaries, Vivaldi included, arose from both admiration and a desire to keep up with the latest styles. His flowing arrangement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater enriched its orchestration and switched its Marian Passion text to forgiveness-beseeching Psalm 51.

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