|Who||Accademia Bizantina (Italy)|
|Soloists||Delphine Galou, contralto
Alessandro Tampieri, Baroque violin & viola d’amore
|Where||Church of St. James the Elder, Lednice|
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 152 · Filiae maestae Jerusalem RV 638 (Introduction to Miserere) · Concerto for Viola d’amore in D minor RV 394 · Juditha Triumphans RV 644 aria “Nil arma, nil Bella” & “Agitata infido flatu” · Concerto for Strings in B-flat major RV 167 · Violin Concerto in E minor RV 279, Op. 4 No. 2 from “La Stravaganza” · Stabat Mater RV 621
On the fifth evening of the festival, we will be guided by the fantastic Italian baroque orchestra Accademia Bizantina led by violinist and viola d’amore player Alessandro Tampieri and French counteraltist Delphine Galou, one of the baroque music world celebrities, who collaborated with stars such as Ottavio Dantone, Andrea Marcon, Jean-Christophe Spinosi or Jordi Savall. This time, the programme combines the Vivaldi’s concert work with sacred work, including a performance of perhaps Vivaldi’s most famous sacred composition Stabat Mater RV 621 and Violin Concerto in E minor RV 279 from the “La Stravaganza” collection, dedicated to the Venetian nobleman Vettor Delfino. A copy of this collection was recently discovered by Czech musicologists Václav Kapsa and Jana Spáčilová in Benátky nad Jizerou. Ignác Zikmund from Klenová purchased and brought it to the Czech lands. The next gem in the programme is the Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor RV 394, which seems to be performed in its Czech premiere, and aria Agitata infido flatu from the oratorio Juditha Triumphans from an album Agitata, recorded by the protagonists of the fifth evening – Accademia Bizantina and Delphine Galou –, for which they won the prestigious Gramophone Award in the “Recital” category in 2018.
The native Parisian Delphine Galou, the “Discovery of the Year 2004” by the French association ADAMI, started her career in Jeunes Voix du Rhin (The Young Voices of the Rhine). The fortunate decision to specialize in the interpretation of early music brought this French contralto with a distinctive voice to the ensembles such as Venice Baroque Orchestra (Andrea Marcon), Les Arts Florissants (Jonathan Cohen), Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi ), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks) or Les Talents Lyriques (Christophe Rousset). Her career is flourished by the performances at Royal Opera in London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Berlin State Opera, Theater an der Wien and Lincoln Center in New York. Delphine Galou’s repertoire includes many works by Antonio Vivaldi – besides the oratorio Juditha triumphans the operas Orlando furioso, L’incoronazione di Dario, Teuzzone (recording with Jordi Savall for the Naïve) or Orlando 1714 (recording with Federico Maria Sardelli for the Naïve as well). Her voice also appears on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Delphine Galou’s collaboration with the Accademia Bizantina is very rich and successful. In 2018, together they won the Gramophone Award in the “Recital” category for the album Agitata.
The concert master of Accademia Bizantina Alessandro Tampieri says: “I have never been carried away by the technical possibilities of instruments, their virtuosity, even in the case of the violin. I love music in its purest form.” He became a member of the orchestra at the age of fifteen and gradually matured into a top artist under the direction of Ottavio Dantone. “He is a musician with the clearest musical vision I have ever met. Authentic character,” Tampieri says about Dantone. Tampieri’s interest in early music interpretation led him to collaborate with other top Baroque ensembles and soloists, such as Il Giardino Armonico, L’Arpeggiata, Enrico Onofri, Philippe Jaroussky and Vittorio Ghielmi. He also studies viola and viola d’amore. His recording of Vivaldi’s viola d’amore concertos and “Per il Castello” violin concertos with Accademia Bizantina adorns the Vivaldi Edition collection by Naïve. Alessandro Tampieri is a professor at Gioacchino Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro.
The French Diapason d’Or, British Gramophone Award, Prix Classica and nominations for the Grammy Music Award are just fundaments of the international successes of the Italian ensemble Accademia Bizantina. The ensemble was founded in 1983 in Ravenna with the aim to interpret the music for string orchestra in a chamber manner. This philosophy, combined with the deep study and artistic commitment of the all ensemble members, made Accademia Bizantina one of the most remarkable chamber orchestras playing at historical instruments and specialized in 17th to 19th century music. Its performances bear the features of the most glamorous Italian musical tradition. Since 1996, he has been artistically growing under the direction of harpsichordist and conductor Ottavio Dantone, who led Accademia Bizantina among the most prestigious baroque ensembles in the world setting trends and behind the rediscovery of many forgotten gems, especially in the field of baroque opera and oratorio. Accademia Bizantina records for Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Naïve.
|Who||Collegium Marianum (Czech Republic)
Jana Semerádová, traverso & artistic leader
|Soloists||Patricia Janečková, soprano|
|Where||The Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Břeclav–Poštorná|
|Who||Musica Florea (Czech Republic)
Marek Štryncl, music production & conductor
Andrea Miltnerová (GB), directing & choreography
Václav Krajc & Jiří Bláha, scene
Eduardo García Salas (ES), directing assistant & artistic programmer
Kateřina Ďuricová, light design
Christopher Vinz (GB), costumes
|Where||Valtice Castle Theatre|