Venetian treatment of Vivaldi concertos Tuesday at Naval Academy

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October 17, 2002|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The wise guy who dismissed baroque music as "Muzak for the intelligentsia" may have had his opinion, but the record-buying public goes right on laughing in his face.

With its energetic hustle and bustle mingling with ascensions to the spiritual summit a la Johann Pachelbel's ubiquitous Canon and J.S. Bach's otherworldly Air on a G String, the baroque idiom continues to enchant.

One of its newest and most effective practitioners, violinist Giuliano Carmignola, comes to Alumni Hall at the Naval Academy Tuesday night for an evening of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

The concert is presented under the auspices of the Vice Admiral Eliot Bryant and Miriam Bryant Distinguished Artist Series. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m.

Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra that will accompany him under the direction of Andrea Marcon bounded onto the classical music scene two years ago with a scintillating recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - one of the best-loved baroque masterpieces.

Several Sony releases later, including a marvelous set of Johann Sebastian Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, Carmignola and Marcon have forged one of their most expressive and stimulating period performance collaborations.

With Marcon conducting, Carmignola will play The Four Seasons, Vivaldi's highly pictorial set of concertos keyed to the seasons of the year, complete with howling winds, barking dogs, hailstorms and summer showers.

Carmignola also will perform three other Vivaldi concertos.

The orchestra will round out Tuesday's all-Vivaldi program with the "Sinfonia" from the opera Giustino.

The pomp and pageantry of Venice permeates Vivaldi's music. So Carmignola, who teaches at the conservatory there, and the orchestra, which is the only Venetian ensemble specializing in 18th-century fare, come at this music with proprietary flair.

Dollars to doughnuts, none of the concertos these folks will play in their Annapolis salute to Vivaldi will sound like Muzak at all!

Tickets to Naval Academy events: 410-293-TIXS, or order online at www.usna.edu/music.

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