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Combatta un gentil cor from Tito Manlio RV 738

Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Thomas Nielsen)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Thomas Nielsen)

Composer
Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Composition Year
1719
Artists
Maria Keohane [soprano], Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Sebastian Philpott [trumpet], Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

According to the composer’s note on the score, Tito Manlio was written in five days. Vivaldi had just taken up the post of Maestro di Cappella da Camera in the Duchy of Mantua. As a result of taking the wrong side in the War of the Spanish Succession, Mantua was now governed by Prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt. Vivaldi was responsible only for secular music while still enjoying the status of Maestro di Cappella. His time in Mantua [1718-1720] matches in some ways Bach’s time at Cöthen [1717-1723], where his responsibilities were also primarily secular.

Tito Manlio was written under extreme pressure as Prince Philip had suddenly announced at Christmas 1718 his impending marriage to the Duke of Tuscany’s widow three weeks later. This demanded a new opera rather than a new production of one of his Venetian operas. Ironically with all preparations for the wedding in place, the prospective bride turned round and returned to Florence and it is far from clear when the new opera had its premiere.

The off-stage drama is matched by the on-stage heroics with warring states, conflicted lovers and embattled father and son. In Combatta un gentil cor one of the warring parties feels honour bound to defend his erstwhile opponent from wrongful imprisonment. In a spectacular aria, soprano and trumpet trade high notes in a dramatic confrontation.

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Combatta un gentil cor from Tito Manlio RV 738

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Performance date: Thursday 3rd July 2014
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Work Title Combatta un gentil cor from Tito Manlio RV 738
Composition Year 1719
Artist(s) Maria Keohane [soprano], Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Sebastian Philpott [trumpet], Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])
Performance Date Thursday 3rd July 2014
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:04:44
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation Category Large Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation 2 s-solo, tpt, 3vn, va, vc, db, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

According to the composer’s note on the score, Tito Manlio was written in five days. Vivaldi had just taken up the post of Maestro di Cappella da Camera in the Duchy of Mantua. As a result of taking the wrong side in the War of the Spanish Succession, Mantua was now governed by Prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt. Vivaldi was responsible only for secular music while still enjoying the status of Maestro di Cappella. His time in Mantua [1718-1720] matches in some ways Bach’s time at Cöthen [1717-1723], where his responsibilities were also primarily secular.

Tito Manlio was written under extreme pressure as Prince Philip had suddenly announced at Christmas 1718 his impending marriage to the Duke of Tuscany’s widow three weeks later. This demanded a new opera rather than a new production of one of his Venetian operas. Ironically with all preparations for the wedding in place, the prospective bride turned round and returned to Florence and it is far from clear when the new opera had its premiere.

The off-stage drama is matched by the on-stage heroics with warring states, conflicted lovers and embattled father and son. In Combatta un gentil cor one of the warring parties feels honour bound to defend his erstwhile opponent from wrongful imprisonment. In a spectacular aria, soprano and trumpet trade high notes in a dramatic confrontation.