150 Years of Italian Music
Italian sonatas and concertos for strings
Music by D. Castello, B. Marini, T. Merula, G. Bononcini, G. Legrenzi, B. Galuppi, E. Dall'Abaco, A. Vivaldi, A. Scarlatti.
(4 strings, harpsichord, optional theorbo)
A fine selection among the best string music, composed by italian musicians from the beginning of XVII century, showing the changes occurred in the tecnique and language of string instruments during 150 years.
Sonatas and suites
Music by G. Muffat, J. Schmelzer, H. Biber, J. Rosenmuller, P. Vejvanowsky
(5 strings, harpsichord, theorbo)
Some examples of 5-parts string music, from german tradition and the most representative composer that combined italian fantasy with french elegance and allure.
Johann Sebastian Bach
“Variations on Variations”
Passacaglia d minor from c minor Passacaglia for organ BWV 582
Aria variata alla maniera italiana a minor BWV 989
Canzona d minor BWV 588
Goldberg variations BWV 988
(5 strings, harpsichord)
Strings versions of some well known keyboard work from Bach production. Not only a simple transcription, but some full 4-parts realization.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Triosonata G major BWV 1038
Canons BWV 1087
Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079
A celebrated masterwork among contrapuntal composition, showing the incredible degree of canonic elaboration of a simple melody, together with the amazing elaboration of the bass ground of Goldberg variations.
Giovanni Battista Stradella
Madrigals, motets and sinfonias
(6 singers, 2 violins, cello, violone, 2 theorbos, cembalo/organ, conductor)
Unknown music from the famous composer of “San Giovanni Battista”: virtuoso string music, spectacular virtuoso motets with strings and expressive madrigals, in the most effective late XVII century style.
Alessandro Melani & Giovanni Legrenzi
Motets 4 and 5 voices
(6 singers, theorbo, organ)
Music from the late roman and venetian sacred tradition. Theatrical elements and full contrapuntal writing combined in order to create sensuous sonorities and expressive harmonies.
Sacro e profano
Motettos and madrigals 5 and 6 voices
(6 singers, 2 theorbos, organo)
A selection among the best compositions of Monteverdi, combining some of the most known example of his production, giving an overview of his unique genius.