early music artists and events
Newsletter 01 - jan 2006





An important record recognition for the Ensemble Cantica Symphonia, directed by the tenor Giuseppe Maletto, "historic" voice of the Concerto Italiano by Rinaldo Alessandrini and of the La Venexiana by Claudio Cavina, and moreover one of the most clever, refined, cultivated and expressive interpreters of the Medieval and First Renaissance repertoire.

For QUADRIVIUM, the CD that marks the beginning of the collaboration of the Italian group with the Spanish label Glossa (GCDP31902), Cantica Symphonia was bestowed of the Diapason d'or de l'année 2005, received in Paris last November 9, at the Maison de la Radio, from the Director of the famous magazine that gives the price its name.
With this production dedicated to the vocal sacred music by Guillame Dufay (1397-1474), Maletto asserts himself rightly as one of the most sensitive interpreters of this repertoire. He succeeds in reconciling a clear and philological adhesion to the text with the same passion and perspicacity of the accomplished vocalist full of such a sublime instinct. Maletto, so skilled in managing a sharp orchestration, is able to blend instruments and voices in such a convincing and original way, far from banality and déjavu.  
photo Yannic Coupannec
Download   G.Dufay - Nuper rosarum flores (extract) / live in Thoronet (F) 2003 / nrf.mp3 [2’11”, 2Mb] © Cantica Symphonia

  HERMOSURAS debuts in France

The project Hermosuras - Beauties, translated from the Spanish and the Sardinian languages - was born from the title of a successful CD (5 stars on MUSICA, Recomendado by CDCompact) by the Janas Ensemble directed by Paola Erdas. Hermosuras is now a renewed group of ancient music with whom the harpsichordist made her debut in Lyon on December 15th, 2005, under the aegis of the Italian Cultural Institute.
The idea originates from the requirement to face a sixteenth and seventeenth century repertoire with a viewpoint centred on the historical deepening, in the widest sense of the term, in an aesthetics that never loses of sight the quest for the absolute beauty of the sound, a subject Paola Erdas has always cared very much about.
A framing that goes from the Janas, the mythological Sardinian fairies, to a wider horizon, a far-reaching one, sweeping from Italy to France and Spain to the rest of Europe. Paola avails herself of many collaborators, among them : Lorenzo Cavasanti and Dorothee Oberlinger (among the best recorder players of their generation), the cellist Jorge Alberto Guerrero, the soprano Lia Serafini, the theatre and historical dance specialist Deda Cristina Colonna, Antonio Fantinuoli, Marco Muzzati, Maurizio Less, Fabio Accurso.  
Download   T.Merula – Or ch’è tempo di dormire (extract) / live in Mondovì (I) 2005 / merula.mp3 [1’54”, 1.7Mb] © Hermosuras

  TRIPLA CONCORDIA focus on Telemann

After the success of the records dedicated to the triosonate by Telemann for recorder (Stradivarius STR33595CD with the oboist Alfredo Bernardini and STR33685 with the violinist Fabio Biondi, both have been given the 10 Classica/Repertoire prize, respectively in July 2003 and in October 2004), the artistic companionship among the musicians and the Hamburghese genius continues with a series of concerts from Pantelleria to Piedmont. They consolidate the
collaboration between the Ensemble Tripla Concordia ( the recorder player Lorenzo Cavasanti, the cembalist Sergio Ciomei and the cellist Caroline Boersma ) and the violinist Fabio Biondi, founder and leader of Europa Galante (at present engaged as host conductor of one of the most important European Symphonic Institutions). Tripla Concordia is going to publish a CD, always for Stradivarius, dedicated to Haendel, another XVIIIth century great German composer and a close friend of Telemann, apropos of companionship...  



Active as a teacher ( at the Schola Cantorum in Basel ) and an internationally renowned performer, he is one of the youngest fortepiano virtuosos. The fortepiano, together with the harpsichord, is his main activity. Last December he was invited to an international Symposium on executive praxis during Romanticism, organized by the Kunsthochschule of Berna ( among the other guests we remember Clive Brown, Jesper

Christensen, Hans Peter Blochwitz ), where he held a recital dedicated to the works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Niels W. Gade and Adolph Henselt.
Last October he has recorded a program of selected piano works by Niels Gade ( among them the Sonata op.28 and the Arabesque Op.27...) for on a 1863 Stainway piano, belonging to the collection of the Accademia Pianistica of Imola. The CD will be published in May 2006 by the label Pan Classics. Besides, Edoardo Torbianelli goes on with his performer's activity with his colleague, the virtuoso of historic clarinets, Pierre-André Taillard, with a series of concerts among which we can remember those at the Ancient Music Festival in Radovlijca ( Slovenia ) and the international Symposium of clarinet in Dresden.

text: Gregorio Carraro, translation: Daniela Pinna
engineered by: Massimo Tedesco

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