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The Interlochen Collection: The concerto grosso

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program explores the concerto grosso, from its roots in the eighteenth century to several 20th-century interpretations of the genre.

We'll hear Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students perform hundreds of years of concerti grossi.

One of the 20th-century pieces featured is Vittorio Giannini's transcription of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso in D minor from 'L'estro armonico.' Giannini dedicated this piece to Thor Johnson. Giannini never published the transcription, so it was only because of his relationship with Johnson that Interlochen Arts Academy students had the opportunity to perform it. 

Episode details

G. F. Handel, Concerto grosso in C minor (op. 6, no. 8); David Holland/Interlochen Arts Academy String Orchestra with Yuri Namkung, Paul Sonner and Crispin Campbell (2011-12 Academy year)

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto grosso is D minor (transcribed by Vittorio Giannini); Thor Johnson/Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra (1966-67 Academy year)

Joseph Wagner, Concerto Grosso for Cornets, Baritone Horn and Symphonic Band; George C. Wilson/High School Band (July 1955)

Ernest Bloch, Concerto Grosso no. 1 for string orchestra and solo piano; David Holland/Interlochen Arts Academy String Orchestra with Michael Coonrod (1989-90 Academy year)

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation grant, IPR listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Christine Kyprianides provided research support.

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