Philharmonia Baroque performs in the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, and after living in Sacramento for a while, I am feeling a bit of envy for such a spacious room with such nice acoustics.
This was sort of an anyone but Bach concert from the generation born from the decade 1678-88:
- We begin with a concerto for six woodwinds by Johann Friedrich Fasch, who worked within 50 miles of Bach. This was on the program as a memorial for two of their woodwind players who died last spring.
- Then Vivica thrilled us with three arias by Antonio Vivaldi.
- Georg Philipp Telemann's "Sinfonia Spirituosa"
- Then we have two arias by Nicola Porpora and one by Roccardo Broschi. Broschi is heard only because he was Farinelli's brother and wrote a number of show piece arias for him. He is younger than the others. These were pretty flashy.
- The program closed with a suite by Jean -Philippe Rameau from La Guirlande. This included some very primitive looking percussion--a tall drum and a tambourine.
- Vivica sang "Agitata da due venti" from Vivaldi's Griselda as an encore. I don't think it was as funny as this film.