Vivaldi’s Women is a collection of sacred vocal and instrumental works by Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. Vivaldi spent time working at the Ospedale della Pietà a Venetian institute which cared for unwanted children. During this time he composed this set works for women who were performers from the Pietà and part of a group of women known as the figlie di caro. Contrary to popular belief, these women were not children. They sang, played and taught the violin, violin in tromba marina, viola, viola d’amore and a large array of other baroque instruments. In this collection of music La Serenissima have joined with talented singers Claire Booth, Renata Pokupić and Jess Dandy to bring Antonio Vivaldi’s to life.
Vivaldi’s Women was recorded on the 25th to 28th October 2021, at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. It was made possible by a grant from Mr & Mrs J A Pye’s Charitable Settlement. La Serenissima wish to dedicate Vivaldi’s Women to the memory of Yvonne Pye (d. 2021) who did so much to champion its work.