“Aria di Napoli”
Music by Sacchini, Paisiello, Cimarosa, Donizetti
Naples is a universe of words and gestures. A journey through the essence of Neapolitan style, where words become music and re-emerge from music itself, ranging from original transcriptions by Paisiello and Cimarosa to the instrumental music of Sacchini and Donizetti.
Complete op.18 String Quartets
1770-2020. We celebrate the 250th anniversary of the of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven with the performance of his complete Opus 18.
Composed between 1798 and 1800 and printed for the first time in 1801, this set of quartets ideally represents the fulfillment of the classical era and at the same time contains track of future ferments. Therefore, this is a milestone that fits into our historically informed performance practice: a principle that we use both for studying the scores, edited on the basis of a careful reconstruction of the sources, and for our performances. We believe that nowadays, in order to archive a deep understanding of the eternal relevance of a work, we must first recall its original voice.
“A London Symphony”
Music by Haydn, Cirri, Sacchini
The London theaters and concert halls tributed great honours to Haydn and his music. The symphonies that he composed in the British capital city were such a big success that lead the impresario Salomon to repropose them to the audience in a new version adapted for strings and flute. The project that we present puts these compositions side to side with some quartets by Haydn and by other composers that lived in London in the second half of the 18th century.
Music by Cherubini, Reicha, Dauprat
In 1804 in Paris Luigi Cherubini composed his sonatas for horn and quartett. Paris is the fil rouge that connects the three composers in the programme, who lived in the french capital city during the beginning of the 19th century.
The quintets for horn and strings by Cherubini, Reicha and Dauprat form the newborn cd Passacaille, and are performed for the first time on historical instruments together with the horn player Alessandro Denabian www.denabian.com
music by Donizetti, Nardini, Rauzzini, Giuliani, Giorgetti, Cambini, Bertoni…
The best known production of the italian composers of the 18th and 19th centuries is mainly operatic, however this was obviously not their only composition.
Our project collects the most outstanding results of our research around the string quartet compositions of the authors of our country, that rested in the shade of the big masterpieces of the time.
Rediscovering and bringing back on stage these compositions is a major challenge for our ensemble, and it constitutes one of our most outstanding features.
“Don Giovanni at the Mirror”
portrait of a seducer
written and performed by Roberto Salemi
music from the Don Giovanni by Mozart
Da Ponte, Byron, Tirso de Molina, Kierkegaard, Moliere, Bernard Shaw, Rostand, Zehenter and many more have invented, transformed and recreated during the passing of time the image of this ambiguous hero whose destiny is fatal: Don Giovanni.
While the musicians run once more through the harmonies and arias that tribute that tragic day, the servant Leporello, imagined as a survivor, uses the words of the poets to reach once more the soul of his master, now in hell. The music is an original 18th century version for string quartet of the Mozart opera, that is located in the Pitti Collection, the music library of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
“Francesco Benucci, star of the Opera Buffa in Vienna”
Music by Mozart, Salieri, Paisiello, Cimarosa, Martin y Soler
The glorious career of Francesco Benucci, Mozart’s favourite basso buffo, starts in Italy, more precisely in Livorno, his hometown, and touches the major centers of the operatic production of the italian peninsula, till 1783, when he was called in Vienna.
In 1795 he moved to Florence, where he kept on with his music activity and he stayed till the end of his life. In the Fondo Pitti, the music library of the Grand Dukes now located at the Conservatory of Florence, we have found original transcriptions for quartet of the best known operas of the time. Therefore, we have extracted the transcriptions of the most famous arias that Benucci sung.
With the support of a narrator we recall the life and successes of one of the most important protagonists of the operatic world of the second half of the 18th century.
JUAN CRISOSTOMO DE ARRIAGA (1806 – 1826)
- Quartet n°1 in D minor
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
- Quartet op.18 – n°1 in F major
- Quartet op. 18 – n°2 in G major
- Quartet op. 18 – n°3 in D major
- Quartet op.18 – n°4 in C minor
- Quartet op.18 – n°5 in A major
- Quartet op.18 – n°6 in B flat major
FERDINANDO BERTONI (1725 – 1813)
- Quartet n°1 in B flat major
LUIGI BOCCHERINI (1743 – 1805)
- Quartet op. 2 n°1 in C minor
- Quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello e doubleness op. 39/1 G.377
- Quintet for flute and strings n°2 in G minor
GAETANO BRUNETTI (1744 – 1798)
- Quintet for bassoon and string quartet n. 6 op. 2
NORBERT BURGMULLER (1810 – 1836)
- Quartet n°4 op.14 in A minor
GIUSEPPE CAMBINI (1746 – 1825)
- Quartet op. 29 – n°5 in G major
JOSE’ AVELINO CANONGIA (1784 – 1842)
- Clarinet Concerto n°1 in G minor
- Sonatas for horn and strings n°1 & n°2 in F major
GIOVANNI BATTISTA CIRRI (1724 – 1808)
- Quartet op. 13 – n°6 in E minor
- Sextett for flute and strings in D major
LOUIS FRANCOIS DAUPRAT (1781 – 1868)
- Horn Quintet op. 6 n°3 in E flat major
GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848)
- Quartet n°13 in A major
- Quartet n°15 in F major
- Quartet n°17 in D major
TOMMASO GIORDANI (1730 – 1806)
- Quartet op. 8 – n°4 in A major
FRANCESCO GIULIANI (1760 – 1820)
- Quartet n°2 in G major
- Quartet n°3 in G minor
CHARLES-LOUIS HANSSENS (1802 – 1871)
- Quartet in C minor
FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732 – 1809)
- Quartet op. 20 – n°5 in F minor
- Quartet op. 33 – n°5 in G major
- Quartet op. 55 – n°1 in A major
- Sinfonia n°104 “London” in D major vers. Salomon for string quartet and flute
JOSEPH MARTIN KRAUS (1756 – 1792)
- Quartet op.1 n°6 in G major
VINCENZO MANFREDINI (1737 – 1799)
- Complete Six String Quartets
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
- Quartet kv 157 in C minor
- Quartet kv 421 in D minor
- “Don Giovanni” string quartet vers.
- Complete Six String Quartets
GIOVANNI PAISIELLO (1740 – 1816)
- “La Passione di N. S. Gesù Cristo” string quartet vers. by G. F. Mosel
AMILCARE PONCHIELLI (1834 – 1886)
- Quartet in E major
VENANZIO RAUZZINI (1746 – 1810)
- Quartet n°6 in C major
- Horn Quintet in E major
ANTONIO SACCHINI (1730 – 1786)
- Quartet n°5 in G major
- Quartet n°6 in A major
- 5 Minuettos e 6 Trios D. 89
- 5 German Dances with Coda e 7 Trios D. 90
- Octet D. 803 in F major
JOHAN BAPTISTE VANHAL (1739 – 1813)
- Complete Six Quartets for oboe and strings
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786 – 1826)
- Clarinet Quintet op.34 in B flat major
- Quartet op. 26 n°1 in B flat major