M&G Classical Concerts - Academy of Ancient Music
Director & violin - Rodolfo Richter
Pre-concert talk free to concert ticket holders - 6.30pm
Dresden’s court orchestra in the eighteenth century was renowned as the finest in the world, inspiring composers from across Europe with its outstanding ability and unique sound. Rodolfo Richter directs the AAM in a concert celebrating the musical culture surrounding this remarkable group.
Antonio Vivaldi, already known for his violin works, used the Dresden musicians to explore new orchestral colours, combining winds and strings in ground-breaking concertos. JS Bach, a few miles away in Leipzig, turned his hand to writing for multiple solo instruments after hearing these concertos. The group also attracted the finest players of the day, and violinists Veracini and Pisendel proved their worthiness to lead the orchestra by composing and performing concertos and overtures.