Carnegie Hall Live: Ensemble Matheus

Airs Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m.  Together with its powerful leader, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus performs the Baroque repertoire it specializes in with white-hot energy. The ensemble is, as Stephen Brookes of The Washington Post put it, "aggressive, vibrant, and focused to an absolutely electrifying pitch."  Tune in for this top French chamber orchestra as they bring passionate life to operatic works by Vivaldi, Handel and the little-heard Nicola Antonio Porpora — a composer who was once Handel's rival.

Concert program
Handel: Frondi tenere from Xerses
Handel: "Ombra mai fù" from Xerses
Vivaldi: "Zeffiretti che sussurate" from Ercole su'l Termodonte, RV 710
Vivaldi: "Gelosia" from Ottone in Villa
Vivaldi: "Se mai senti" from Catone in Utica, RV 705
Vivaldi: "Siam navi all'onde algenti" from L'Olimpiade
Handel: Overture to Xerses
Bach: Concerto for Cello in A Minor
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Cello, Strings, and Continuo from L'estro armonico, Op. 3, No. 11
Porpora: Concerto in G Major for Cello