The musicians of the Cappella Andrea Barca are primarily active as globally successful soloists and chamber musicians and are not tied to any orchestras. They were selected personally by Sir András Schiff for the performance of the complete Mozart Piano Concertos at the Mozartwoche Salzburg from 1999 to 2005. Since then, the Cappella Andrea Barca has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche.
Gradually, under the direction of Sir András Schiff, the orchestra widened their scope. Since 1999, they have organized the Omaggio a Palladio Festival at the Olimpico Theatre in Vicenza, where, in 2001, they were also involved in three performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The ensemble was also a guest at the Kunstfest Weimar in the years 2004-2007. In addition, they have toured numerous European cities such as Vienna, Innsbruck, Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Athens, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt, Bremen, Baden-Baden, Budapest and Lisbon. Two tours in the Mozart Year 2006 led Andrea Barca to the USA, where they were invited to New York’s Carnegie Hall for three concerts, as well as the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, Washington. At the Beethovenfest Bonn 2008 and 2010 Andrea Cappella performed further concerts. In 2012 Cappella Andrea Barca could be seen and heard at the Lucerne Festival, where they performed Bach’s B-flat Minor Mass to great acclaim. In the spring of 2014, they performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in collaboration with the Balthasar Neumann Chorus and conducted by Sir András Schiff. In 2014 and 2015 the Cappella Andrea Barca, led by Sir András Schiff, was part of a Schubert cycle at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg (Austria) and in 2016 at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and in 2017 was guest at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival.
Very little is known about Andrea Barca’s life, despite the diligent efforts of present-day musicologists. He was born most probably between 1730 and 1735 in Marignolle, near Florence, Italy. His parents and ancestors were contadini (“peasants”). He had close contact with Mozart, having participated at the latter’s private concert – on April 2, 1770, at the Villa Poggio Imperiale in Florence – as page turner. Ever since that day, he decided to devote his life to the interpretation of Mozart’s keyboard works. His enthusiasm brought him to Salzburg, where his efforts were received with mixed success – thanks to the famous local press. Thus, our musician returned to his homeland, working as a composer and pianist. Among his numerous compositions is La ribollita bruciata, an opera that must be seen as one of the highlights of Tuscan music history. Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan soup made of bread, beans, and vegetables; the title of the opera means “The burnt ribollita.”
Andrea Barca’s death – when, where, and under what circumstances he died (if he died) – continues to remain a mystery. “
Sir András Schiff’s ambition is to present Cappella Andrea Barca in a way that allows the ensemble to prove themselves in soloist and chamber music formations, which is something that most established orchestras will struggle to achieve. “What I work with as a conductor is an extension of chamber music; the cappella is a chamber music ensemble of excellent soloists, but above all chamber musicians. There are many string quartet players in this orchestra, and playing the string quartet is the pinnacle of making music.” Moreover, Sir András Schiff considers the human and personal component equally important:” There is no place for the egotist. This ensemble is based on friendship, understanding, equality and equal ideals – aesthetic, musical and human.”
The vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna brings to life the cultural heritage from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque in a unique way. The ensemble does not limit itself to a merely historical approach but combines it with other musical traditions, as well as literature, science, philosophy and current art expressions in the field of fine arts, theatre and dance. This results in fascinating pieces of ‘Gesamtkunst’ around a variety of symbolic or allegorical themes.
Therefore, the ensemble entered into dialogue with individual artists, directors, choreographers, composers and performers as Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Bram Bosteels, Brody Neuenschwander, Dick van der Harst, Ghalia Benali, Ief Spincemaille, Jeroen d’Hoe, Martin Valcke, Mauro Pawlowski, Sigrid T’Hooft, Stefaan Degand, Stevie Wishart, Timo Van Luijk, Tom Hannes and with ensembles as Abattoir Fermé, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Antwerps Kathedraalkoor, Figurentheater De Maan, Frank Vaganée Trio, Ialma, LOD, Pantalone, Psallentes, Ultima Thule, Vlaams Radiokoor/Hervé Niquet, Vocalconsort Berlin, ZOO/Thomas Hauert.
Through this approach, Zefiro Torna has gained international renown. The ensemble is a welcomed guest in prestigious (inter)national concert venues as Amuz, Bozar, Concertgebouw Brugge, De Bijloke, De Singel, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, Kaaitheater, Muziekgebouw aan ‘tIJ Amsterdam, Philharmonie Haarlem, Radialsystem V/Berlin, Vredenburg Utrecht, Wilminktheater Enschede and art and music festivals as Brosella, Charleroi Danses, Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen, Klarafestival, Laus Polyphoniae, MAfestival Brugge, Zomer van Antwerpen, Banchetto Musicale/Vilnius, Biennale Alter Musik/Konzerthaus Berlin, Concentus Moraviae, Festival de Musica Antigua de Sevilla, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival Seviqc-Brezice Slovenië, Frysk Festival, Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Operadagen Rotterdam, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch en Zeeland Nazomer Festival.
Their creations are regularly awarded and several of them have been released on the labels Et’Cetera, Warner Classics and Homerecords.
In about 10 years, Scherzi Musicali has become an unavoidable Early Music ensemble, recognized for its work on 17th and 18th centuries. It brings 3 to 20 singers and instrumentalists together around Nicolas Achten (°1985), one of the few singers self-accompaning on the lute, theorbo, harp or harpsichord. Scherzi Musicali perfoms through Europe in most Prestigious halls and festivals. Its discography counts 8 albums, including 6 world-première recordings (Caccini, Mazzocchi, Bertali, Fiocco — Brussels’ great baroque composer, etc) published by Ricercar, Alpha, Sony et Musique en Wallonie.
Subsequent Party at Ballsaal
Under the baton of its Music Director, the young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is one of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras. Based at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, it performs over 150 concerts each year in Birmingham and beyond – as well as managing four choruses, a youth orchestra, and a Learning and Participation programme that touches over 70,000 lives every year.
Elgar conducted the CBSO’s first symphonic concert in November 1920, and in 1962 the CBSO gave the world premiere of Britten’s War Requiem. In 1980, the CBSO appointed the 25-year old Simon Rattle as its principal conductor – propelling both Rattle and the orchestra into the international spotlight. Rattle’s successors Sakari Oramo (1998-2008) and Andris Nelsons (2008-2015) continued to cement that worldwide reputation.
Now, under the dynamic leadership of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, associate conductor Michael Seal, assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and chorus director Simon Halsey CBE, the CBSO continues to build on its strengths as an international orchestra based in a diverse and energetic 21st century city. We hope you enjoy tonight’s performance and extend the warmest possible invitation to come and hear us in our home: Birmingham, the “Heart of England”.
20.15 Uhr talk with the composer José Maria Sánchez-Verdú at Peterskirche
In cooperation with SWR Schwetzinger Festspielen and the experimental studio of SWR
Dr. Renate Keysser-Götze, Dr. Dietrich Götze und
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