Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Vesuvius Ensemble Special guest: Tommaso Sollazzo, zampogna
The joy of the holiday season shines with the pastoral warmth of the Italian countryside.
For centuries, the sound of the zampogna, special bagpipes played by shepherds, has been a central part of Italian Christmas festivities. Now you'll hear this fabulous folk instrument in this concert blending baroque Italian Christmas concertos with the heartfelt Christmas music of Southern Italy, performed by Toronto's own Vesuvius Ensemble.
With Corelli rubbing shoulders with the traditional Novena di Natale, and a baroque orchestra sharing space with the zampogna, ciaramella, mandolins, and traditional guitars, Tafelmusik and Vesuvius present a colourful Christmas celebration straight from the heart of Southern Italy’s warm, boisterous countryside.
What's interesting about this concert:
A unique combination of baroque Christmas concertos, and the soulful folk music of Southern Italy, with its own rhythms, instruments, and spirit.
Did you know: the sound of the zampogna was imitated by Handel in the Pifa section of Messiah, a nostalgic reminder of the many years the composer spent in Italy.
Learn more about the pastoral genre, which depicts the shepherd’s life, and why composers, poets, and painters of the 1700s were so attracted to it.
Traditional Novena di Natale
Manfredini Concerto grosso in C Major, op. 3, no. 12
de' Liguori Quanno nascette ninno
Caesana La Tarantella
Traditional Procida (Campania) La 'nferta
Traditional (Abruzzo) Alla fredda tua capanna
Schiassi Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu
Traditional (Calabria) Veni sonne de la mutagnella
Traditional (Sicily) La notti di Natali
Pasquini Introduzzione & Pastorale
Traditional (Puglia) Ninna nanna di Carpino
Scarlatti "Autor d'ogni mio ben" from Cantata pastorale per la nascita di nostro Signore
Tartini Pastorale from Sonata, op. 1, no. 13
Traditional Zampogna solo
dall'Abaco Allegro "La Zampogna" from Sonata VII
Corelli Concerto fatto per la notte di Natale, op. 6, no. 8
Traditional (Sicily) Diu vi manna l’ambasciata
Concert run time: approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission.
Listen to a couple of samples of what you will hear in this concert
Watch and listen to guest artists Vesuvius Ensemble