A. Vivaldi La tempesta di mare, Violin Concerto RV 253 (arr. recorder) ; Recorder Concerto RV 443
G. Briccialdi Carnival of Venice
G. Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
P. I. Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
Since the 18th century, Venice has been considered Europe’s Las Vegas. In an atmosphere of creativity and freedom that allowed Baroque masters to collaborate with many musical institutions – spiritual and secular – they developed instrumental techniques and genres, creating a special style of the Venetian School. Thus, the masterpieces of Giovanni Gabrieli and Antonio Vivaldi came alive under the domes of St. Mark’s Basilica. During Romanticism, Venice became a refuge for many European aristocrats and intellectuals, who found inspiration for future endeavors, especially during the carnival. In the twentieth century, Luchino Visconti, with his film Death in Venice, merged this city with the music of Gustav Mahler. His Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 became an iconic song of film music. The soloist at the concert is young Dutch recorder super star Lucie Horsch, who has put this somewhat forgotten instrument back into the spotlight of the world’s classical music scene.