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This Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 19:30 BST and then on BBC Four at 20:00 BST.

Please note that it will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for this concert.

The cavernous Royal Albert Hall auditorium is an ideal space to explore the clean harmonies and the decorative melodies of the Baroque concerto. Period-instrument ensemble the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is joined by leading violinist Nicola Benedetti and partnered with members of the orchestra to perform two-violin concertos by Vivaldi and Bach – Bach’s concerto being composed following a study of Vivaldi.

In addition to one of only three concertos Vivaldi wrote for two oboes, we hear Concerti grossi by Handel (borrowing material from his own Brockes Passion) and Newcastle-born Charles Avison responding to the Italian style made fashionable in England by Alessandro Scarlatti.


Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in D minor for two violins, RV 514 11’

George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 No. 2 12’

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in D major for two violins, RV 513 15’

George Frideric Handel
Radamisto – Passacaglia 5’

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in A minor for two oboes, RV 536 7’

Charles Avison
Concerto grosso No. 5 in D minor (after Scarlatti) 11’

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 15’

Nicola Benedetti violin
Katharina Spreckelsen oboe
Sarah Humphrys oboe
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jonathan Cohen director/harpsichord

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