Another concert caught in Bologna this past weekend was a short concert for Palm Sunday in the Crypt of the Basilica of San Pietro. The music was by Quartetto d’Archi G. B. Martini and Corale Convivium Musicum, playing the following programme:
- Vivaldi: Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro
- Schubert: 6 Antifone per al Domenica della Palme
- Haydn: da Le Sette Parole di Cristo in Croce: Introduzione, Pater, and Terremoto.
The string quartet comprised Cesare Carretta (1st), Stefano Chiarotti (2nd), Margherita Fanton (viola), and Antonio Mostacci (‘cello).
The acoustics of the crypt were surprisingly good: despite the stone walls and columns, the low, curved ceilings bounced the sound around the chamber, and the crowd absorbed it well. Perhaps all the palm fronds being waved helped. The music was performed well, although the concert was over in under 30 minutes. We were left wanting more.