BRQ | Vantaa Festival

8.8. Italian 17th century music

BRQ Vantaa festivals opening concert of 2023 will feature early Italian baroque performed by BRQ musicians. The programme begins with a chamber sonata by the prolific composer and violinist Giovanni Battista Fontana, whose work is full of expressive harmonies and fascinating counterpoints. Other violinist-composers included Ambrogio Pandolfi Mealli, Dario Castello and Tarquinio Merula (who was also an organist), all of whom tested the limits of instruments and compositions, both sonically and in terms of technical virtuosity. Virtuosity was also on display in the Ricercatas for cornett by the Venetian composer and cornett player Giovanni Bassano, this time we will hear No. 4 as a recorder solo. The music of the Italian-Jewish composer and violinist Salamone Rossi, who worked as a court musician for the Duke of Mantua, will also be heard towards the end of the festival, when the Basel-based vocal ensemble Profeti della quinta will perform Rossi's collection "Songs of Solomon". The opening concert will feature two sonatas, originally composed for two violins and continuo, in a recorder-violin-continuo version. Ross's music combines Italian and Jewish musical traditions with a variety of dance rhythms and ornamentations. Like his compatriots, the organist-composer Giovanni Gabrieli cultivated dramatic changes of mood in his works.

Giovanni Battista Fontana (1571-1587): Sonata No. 14 in A minor for two violins, cello and continuo
Giovanni Bassano (1560-1617): Ricercata No. 4 for recorder
Salamone Rossi (1570-1630): Sonata "in dialogo Detta la Viena" for recorder, violin and continuo
Salamone Rossi: Sonata No. 2 "Sopra la Bergamasca"
Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1659): Sonata No. 2 in A major for cello and continuo
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1620-1669): Sonata No. 1 in E minor “La Bernabea” for violin and continuo, Op. 4
Dario Castello (1602-1631): Sonata No. 11 in C major for two violins, cello and continuo (Libro I Venice 1631)
Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665): Sonata No. 1 for recorder and continuo
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata No. 16 in C major for flute, two violins, continuo

Normal price: 35€
Pensioners: 30€
Other concession groups: 10€


Bundle ticket to same day concerts:
Tue 8.8. at 19-20 // Italian 17th century music
Tue 8.8. at 20.30-21.30 //
Music from the Classical and Romantic Era on Period instruments
Both in St Lawrence Church, Vantaa

Bundle ticket prices:

Normal price: 60€
Pensioners: 50€
Other concession groups: 17€


Festival pass (incl. all 10 concerts with admission)

Normal priced: 250€
Pensioners: 200€
Other concession groups: 80€

Buy your festival pass here, limited amount!

Note! The above ticket prices include the Biletti service fee of 1-2€, which is added at the cashier.

  • Discounted tickets are available for: students, unemployed, children under 15 years of age and those performing military or civil service.
  • There is a separate ticket for pensioners.
  • A personal assistant is admitted free of charge.

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