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Early music from the sunny Italy

Early music from the sunny Italy

2017-06-15

This year the Vilnius Festival presents an exceptional gift to the early music connoisseurs – a concert by Il Giardino Armonico Ensemble, internationally acclaimed Italian collective, and its artistic director Giovanni Antonini (baroque transverse flute). On June 19th at the National Philharmonic Hall the guests from the sunny Italy will offer works by Vivaldi and other Italian masters from the 16th–18th centuries.

Il Giardino Armonico,founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini, have long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, bringing together musicians from some of Europe’s leading music institutions. The ensemble’s repertory is mainly focused on the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the demands of each programme, the group will consist of anywhere from 3 to 35 musicians.

Il Giardino Armonico is regularly invited to festivals all over the world, performing in the most important concert halls, and has received the highest acclaim both for their concerts and for their staged opera productions, like operas by Händel, Monteverdi and Vivaldi. The ensemble can regularly be heard performing with such acclaimed soloists as Giuliano Carmignola, Cecilia Bartoli, Christophe Coin, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bernarda Fink, Viktoria Mullova and Giovanni Sollima. Since 2009, Il Giardino Armonico has collaborated with Ceilia Bartoli. They have initiated a project Sacrificium, which was crowned with a European tour and a recording awarded the Platinum Disc in France and Belgium. Their future projects include a second recording, followed by a European tour, with Julia Lezhneva, a tour in Far East with the chamber music ensemble, collaboration with cellist Sol Gabetta, the soprano Anna Prohaska and the violinist Isabelle Faust, and collaboration with the Bayerische Rundfunk Chor.

After many years as exclusive group of Teldec Classics, achieving several major awards for their recordings of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers, the group has signed in 2008 an exclusive recording agreement with DECCA/L’Oiseau-Lyre. Among its most significant recordings noteworthy are Händel’s Concerti Grossi and cantata Il Pianto di Maria with Bernarda Fink. In 2014, the first CD of the complete symphonies of Haydn were released, a twenty-year project for which the “Haydn Foundation” has been created in Basel, to support both the recording project and a series of concerts in various European capitals.

For the Vilnius Festival audience Il Giardino Armonico offers works by Vivaldi and other 16-18th century Italian composers of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism: Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovanni Legrenzi, Aurelio Virgiliano, Dario Castello, Pietro Nardini and Baldassare Galuppi. This concert is organized in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Vilnius.

Il Giardino Armonico and flute soloist Giovanni Antonini’s programme The Gardens of Harmony will be presented on June 19th, 19.00 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall.

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