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Composer: Valentini, Giuseppe (1680-1759)

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Year of birth1680
Year of death1759
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Proms Saturday Matinee 1: The Academy of Ancient Music and Sophie Bevan in Rome, 1707

Academy of Ancient Music  ©  Marco Borggreve
Most striking about the Academy of Ancient Music’s playing is its neatness: every phrase is so precisely shaped, so clean. Presumably this is down to impeccable preparation as well as an intrinsic feeling in the group for how Baroque music should sound. But their playing also sounds fresh, new, surprising.
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The Dawn of the Stradivarius: James Ehnes and La Serenissima in Oxford

The Serdet and Parke violins  ©  Beare Violins Ltd
“The name Stradivarius had an air of magic to me.” Virtuoso violinist James Ehnes’ statement manages to capture the air of reverence which underpinned Friday’s Music at Oxford concert. The gala marked the opening of the UK’s first Stradivarius exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, and two violins from the exhibition were on temporary release for the evening.
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