Accademia Bizantina

The renowned Italian team, directed by the famous harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, returns to our country to offer three concerts with the French contralto Delphine Galou. The appointments of the Spanish tour of the Accademia Bizantina will take place in the next few days 19 May at the National Auditorium in Madrid (Baroque Universe – CNDM), 20 May in Úbeda (International Festival of Music and Dance “City of Úbeda”), Y 22 May at the Tenerife Auditorium. on lecterns, an original program with vocal and instrumental repertoire, in which they will present a selection of works, that they have recently recorded on disk.

The Byzantine Academy, Ottavio Dantone and Delphine Galou will perform the well-known aria Debated the blockade by blowing of the oratory Abra triumphans Vivaldi, that gives title to the disc “Agitata” (Alpha Classics), with which they received the "Gramophone Classical Music Award 2018" in the category of best recital. Galou will also share the stage with the musicians of the Accademia Byzantina to approach other well-known sacred and secular works for contralto by Vivaldi (the mournful daughters of Jerusalem, Salve Regina, Cease now cease), besides the aria Returning Prisoner, of the popular oratory "Betulia liberata" by Niccolò Jommelli, and the motet In a storm without a star by Nicola Porpora. The program is completed with several concerts Vivaldi: Concerto per Archi in B flat major RV 167, Concerto for Archi in F major RV 138, and the Violin Concerto in E minor RV 273, Alessandro Tampieri, concertmaster of the Byzantine Academy, solo.

At the end of this month, the Accademia Byzantina and Ottavio Dantone will release the second work record released by his own label HDB Sonus; this is the live recording of the opera Serse Handel. His upcoming commitments include The Triumph of Time and Disillusionment de Handel en el Festival Handel Festival Halle, The return of Ulysses to his homeland by Monteverdi at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, the program musical sacrifice at the Ravenna Festival, Julius Caesar at the Beaune Festival and the program For the Dresden Orchestra at the Innsbruck Festival Weeks of Early Music.

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The Byzantine Academy, the prestigious Italian ensemble conducted by the harpsichordist and conductor Ottavio Dantone, has created his own record label HDB SONUS; a project that arises from the desire to have direct control over the dissemination and promotion of its repertoire, as well as the need to listen and dialogue directly with the public.

The Italian ensemble premieres this new record adventure with the launch of the live recording of the opera Rinaldo the Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), performed at the Teatro Sociale in Como, in the framework of the season 2018/2019 of the theatrical circuit of the Opera Lombardia. Ottavio Dantone has carried out the dramaturgical review of the opera, while the Italian musicologist Bernardo Ticci has been in charge of its critical edition. He cast features expert voices from the baroque repertoire such as alto Delphine Galou (Rinaldo), the soprano Francesca Aspromonte (Almira), or countertenor Raffaele Pe (Goffredo), among others. This first HDB SONUS album, which is available in the record label's online store and on all digital platforms, includes a booklet from 128 pages with original bilingual script.

"One of the greatest fortunes of an artist today is having full creative and communicative autonomy. HDB SONUS makes this aspiration come true, allowing the Byzantine Accademia the possibility of offering its public the most sincere projects and emotions ”, Ottavio Dantone points out before this new challenge with the Byzantine Accademia.

Ottavio Dantone's version, that brings together the editions of 1711 Y 1731 of the well-known serious opera in three acts of Handel, It is backed by an excellent reception from Italian critics in its presentation on the Lombard circuit: "It is a beautiful spectacle. Merit must be attributed, first, to the direction of Ottavio Dantone, contrasted, energetic and, definitely, euphoric as this opera is ” (Alberto Mattioli, The print); Dantone conducts three hours of music in a compact succession of recitatives and arias, accompanying the harpsichord or improvising as a soloist… The execution is perfect, of the highest level and the Byzantine Accademia, authentic Italian jewel of the old, it is excellence made music. Simply extraordinary” (Maddalena Schito, the newspaper of music).

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The Academy Byzantine y Alessandro Tampieri

The famous Italian ensemble Accademia Bizantina, directed by harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, just launched to the market its eighth album in the legendary collection “The Vivaldi Edition”, French label Naïve Classique. This is the volume 62, and meets the RV concerts 389, RV 257, RV 371, RV 273, RV 367, y RV 390.

Under the title Violin Concertos VII – To the castle, the new album by Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina collected six of the fifteen concerts for violin collection, a month before his death, Vivaldi It malvendió in Vienna Count Vinciguerra Thomas Collalto (1710-1769), a Venetian nobleman who lived in his castle in Brtnice, Moravia (he castello that gives name to the disc).

In these late violin concertos, Vivaldi adapted to the demands of the galant style, Fashion from 1725, without losing any of his usual verve and imagination. With an extremely refined and virtuosic writing soloistic, Vivaldi fully exploits the broad expressive range of the violin, displaying a rich ornamentation and exceptional creativity.

Since 2011, Alessandro Tampieri, It is first violin and concertmaster of the Accademia Bizantina. After receiving unanimous acclaim from critics in 2018 with his solo recording of Concerts for viola d'amore (Volume 56), Alessandro Tampieri though with suma Violin Concertos VIITo the castle the distinguished violinists list Collection The Vivaldi Edition Naïve, in which they include performers such as Fabio Biondi, Riccardo Minasi, Dmitry Sinkovsky o Enrico Onofri, among others.

The Byzantine Academy, which always accompanies their records with original videos that aim to bring baroque music to contemporary audiences, It presents a new video for the film director Italian Daniele Quadrelli, grabado en la localidad Italian Riviera dei Pini - Tagliata di Cervia, one Ravenna, Alessandro de natal province Tampieri.

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After the extraordinary success of "Agitated", awarded 2018 con el prestigioso Gramophone Classical Music Award in the category of best recital, the Byzantine Academy, Ottavio Dantone, and the French contralto Delphine Galou, They approach their second album joint project: two albums in which they interpret sacred and secular vocal music by Vivaldi for contralto, that show connections between repertoires.

These volumes 59 Y 60 the legendary collection The Vivaldi Edition French label Naïve in Classique: "Sacred music for alto" (vol. 59), besides the known Salve Regina, It includes two introdutioni, "Afflicted daughters of Jerusalem" Y "is not in the meadow", he O “God of your soldiers”, with the participation of tenor Alessandro Giangrande, and the Concerto in D major "To the Most Holy Virgin Mary Assontione", interpretado por Alessandro Tampieri. Y "Arias and cantatas for alto" (vol. 60), with cantatas cease, henceforth cease, O my most beautiful purples, What golden rain, and arias from operas Tito Manlio, Tieteberga, The Candace them or are true friends, The truth in trial e The Giustino.

The famous Italian team, which in recent years has decided to bet on the audiovisual language to accompany their records and thus bring baroque music to contemporary audiences, presents, Besides, videos, Rocchetta Mattei recorded and directed by film director Daniele Quadrelli.

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The next sunday 11 of November, the Byzantine Academy, directed by famous harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, presents in Barcelona "Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra", serenade for two voices German composer Johann Adolph Hasse, with libreto of Francesco Ricciardi, released in 1725 Naples famous castrato Farinelli with as Cleopatra and contralto Vittoria Tesi as Marc'Antonio. L 'Auditori de Barcelona will host the final round of the European tour of the Accademia Bizantina, after passing through prominent concert halls such as the Kölner Philharmonie or Laeiszhalle Hamburg.

the prestigious ensemble, founded in the Italian city of Ravenna in 1983, It will for the occasion with a duo of singers expert in the interpretation of affections baroque, very present in this work about the loves of Egyptian queen: contralto francesa Delphine Galou (Marc'Antonio), and the Austrian mezzo Sophie Rennert (Cleopatra).

Among the most immediate projects of Accademia Bizantina Ottavio Dantone and its director, highlight the new production of the opera "Rinaldo" and "Serse" Haendel, that soon they will present in prominent theaters in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, and his American tour with violinist Giuliano Carmignola. further, he 16 November will market his latest album project for the legendary collection The Vivaldi Edition, French label Naïve Classique: the opera "Il Giustino" de Vivaldi, with the voices of Delphine Galou (Giustino), silk Thread (Anastasio) and Emöke Barath (Arianna), among other.

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His project is called "Revolution". What is the real revolution of Baroque music?

Revolution Baroque music in the last fifty years has experienced various stages, as the stage of rediscovery of ancient instruments, the language and its communication to the general public. Our project wants to extend the temporary space of early music this term extending until the nineteenth century, in order to show that the music of the nineteenth century is still nourished by many gestures and expressive codes from centuries past, that the listener can reveal today still hidden aspects and details, capable of producing new emotions, already forgotten.

Venetian composers Albinoni, Marcello, Vivaldi y Galuppi. What each brings special baroque?

All these composers, along with many other, They have helped create a style that in the eighteenth century Venice attracted musicians and music lovers from all over Europe. A rhythmic style that presents solutions, melodic and harmonic characteristics, product of influences from the many cultures that crisscrossed in a multiform and multifaceted city as the Venice of the time. A style, Besides, who has had a great influence on many musicians; first of all, J. S. Bach.

Why express baroque music in such a precise feelings and passions?

The link between the composer of Baroque music with the executing agency and ultimately the listener is characterized by an aesthetic that conceives emotions and passions in an order that determines the moments, in certain sensations are experienced. Definitely, we are talking about musical rhetoric, whose application enables us to understand this time and relive the emotions and passions stronger and sincere.

Do you think the codes currently used to transmit and receive baroque music are different from those used at the time of its composition? How it is evolving musical language?

In my opinion, Today is absolutely necessary to use the same codes then, because it is the only way we have to get as close as possible to what was in the mind of the composer and getting, so, the musical and emotional result is stronger and more communicative. What changes today from the past is perhaps the sound perception in relation to the spaces, with the consequent risk of distorting the meaning of the musical material.

Delving into the knowledge of Baroque music opens an infinite universe of communication and knowledge, no solo musical. After many years of career and a thorough study, semiotic cases, Baroque music, What is your diagnosis for this genre today?

I have spent over forty years studying ancient music and all aspects that characterize, not only music, but also historical, philosophical, sociological, etc. All this has allowed me to understand how much remains to be done to understand and learn new things that can be transmitted to others. It has also helped me to realize that this music still gets talk, and now seem despite the passage of time.

What we can expect is his new album: "Concerts for Strings III and concertos for viola d'amore" para prestigious Vivaldi Edition (classical naïve)?

Our last recording aims to highlight the extraordinary ability to tell Vivaldi always something new and original, albeit through a brief and seemingly stereotyped as Concerto for Strings. We wanted to delve, in deep, in the details, sometimes, hidden, that make these wonderful "miniatures", to make emerge the thousands of different solutions that are able to implement this great composer, while maintaining its recognizable and unique style. The Concertos for Viola d'amore They represent a body of work unique in its kind, allowing us to better understand the timbral and expressive possibilities of this mysterious and little-known instrument.

Through videos of his latest work we realize the importance of image and staging. How important is the aesthetic audiovisual communication as an element of his art?

I believe the visual element is, definitely, important to communicate and convey emotions quickly and effectively at all listening levels. Let us not forget that at the time baroque, the look "synesthetic", even music, It was very important. sounds, colors, effects, choreography or visual spectacle fascinated the listener and strongly conditioned the perception.

Is it a contradiction to say that Baroque music takes us back to the future?

Modern man, unlike previous centuries, look at the art and so also the music, moving elements of the past to contemporary aesthetics and sensitivity. Y, evidently, past and future are intertwined with researching their roots, and aesthetic requirements and future.

What makes Ottavio Dantone when not making music?

I relax in my house with my family, although the music does not leave me practically never.


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The Byzantine Academy; the celebrated ensemble founded in the Italian city of Ravenna in 1983, It presents his new recording project for the Naïve label: a double CD, entitled "Concerts for Strings III and concertos for viola d'amore", Alessandro Tampieri, concertino de la Byzantine Academy, solo.

This is the vol. 56 the prestigious Vivaldi Edition, the ambitious musical project created in 2000 by the Italian musicologist Alberto Basso, which she has brought to light an extensive collection of works composed by Antonio Vivaldi, conservadas en la Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino, many of whom had never heard before. With a total of 450 works, this extraordinary collection, with original manuscripts, It is the largest collection of sheet music composer there. Without her, We would have an incomplete picture of that, undoubtedly, It was the most important Italian composer of his time.

Ottavio Dantone, musical and artistic director of the Accademia Bizantina, describes these Concerts for Strings III as "musical miniatures in which, there is also room for syncopated rhythms, breaks own writing intervals Venetian, dances from multiple sources, and echoes of distant cultures that inspire dynamics and phrasings, often, atypical and surprising ".

Dantone, says: "the Concerts for viola d'amore Vivaldi represent abnormal corpus, unique and, most likely, the first in the field of solo concert form. These five compositions, that make up the second disc of this double album of the Accademia Bizantina, They offer us, According to the director of the Accademia Bizantina, "A comprehensive picture of the technical possibilities and timbres of the viola d'amore, an instrument prized for its sweet and soft sound, able to evoke effects orientalizantes, thanks to its string resonance ".

With the aim of bringing Baroque music to contemporary audiences, the famous Italian baroque ensemble presents, Besides, an original video clip RV concert 167 in B flat major, directed by Daniele Quadrelli, and the participating plotters Parkour.


The famous baroque music ensemble the Accademia Bizantina, founded in the Italian city of Ravenna in 1983, It presents his new recording project "Agitated". Ottavio Dantone, harpsichordist and director of the prestigious Accademia Bizantina and French contralto Delphine Galou, interpretan motets, cantatas and extracts oratorios, in the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries they were influenced by the genre of opera. A CD full of unpublished works, in which, in addition to the well-known aria "agitata Infidu Flatty" oratorio Abra triumphans from Vivaldi, We can hear the aria from another Judith, "Prigionier who returns" of the popular oratorio "Betulia Liberata" de Niccolò Jommelli, the Lamentations from Alessandro Stradella O, among other works, the motet "In procella sine stella" of Nicola Porpora.

"This program offers a varied sacred music tour for solo voice in dialogue with instruments, trying to highlight the expressive component and the use of affections, rhetoric that characterized key texts of religious argument. Our idea is to present music from purely sacred inspiration that was played in churches, like Lamentations de Stradella or sung de Torelli, and the oratorio, in the eighteenth century it was greatly influenced by the opera, as you can be seen in the works of Porpora and Jommelli. ", Ottavio Dantone notes, musical and artistic director of the Accademia Bizantina.

True to his philosophy of authentic baroque revolution and aiming to bring early music to contemporary public, the prestigious Italian side presents, Besides, the video for "agitata", the famous aria of the oratorio Abra triumphans Vivaldi, that title track. Directed by Marco Boarino, he film It is recorded in the Convento di San Francesco in the Italian city of Bagnacavallo (Ravenna), in which the art installation "About Dreams" of Collettivo shown Magma.

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He Sunday 18 from December to 19.30 hours, Universe cycle Baroque Music National Broadcasting Center (CNDM) It presented in the Symphony Hall of the National Music Auditorium of Madrid its last meeting this year. This Christmas concert will be carried out by the Stabat Mater de Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, with the Hail Regina in the minor by this same author and Concerto grosso nº 5 in D minorby Domenico Scarlatti and Charles Avison to complete the program. Those in charge of giving it life will be the Italian team Accademia Bizantina, with the harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone to the direction and an exceptional vocal cast starring great international voices specialized in this repertoire: soprano Silvia Frigato and the contralto Sara Migardo.

He “sublime poem of pain”

As the musicologist José María Domínguez recalls:”Para Vincenzo Bellini el Stabat Materde Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) It was a 'sublime poem of pain'. Romanticism found in this work and in the fame of its composer an emblem of the Neapolitan school, by analogy with Mozart and his Requiem. According to legend, the painful nature of Stabat Mater came from Pergolesi's impossible love for his student, the noble Maria Spinelli, in whose obsequies he directed the work, ya moribundo. Actually, according to the most plausible hypothesis, he Stabat Mater was commissioned in 1734 by a Neapolitan brotherhood to replace the homonymous composition by Alessandro Scarlatti with a more modern work, inspired by an intimate and subjective religiosity. That legend was created by Francesco Florimo, the studious friend of Bellini who fabricated a common identity for the legion of internationally famous composers forged in Naples centuries ago, inventing the concept of Neapolitan school, whose maximum exponent would be Alessandro Scarlatti. But the historical foundation of Florimo's proposal has been questioned for decades.. It is impossible to distinguish Neapolitan music from that written in Rome or Venice on stylistic grounds.. Y, but nevertheless, there is something of a school in the origin of the religious work of Pergolesi. He Stabat Mater is in fact today at the center of the international musicological agenda interested in the teaching methods used in the prestigious conservatories of the city. It is about the partitions, exercises to learn the basics of composition through practice. A way of the puzzle, the partimenti were continuous bass schemes that contained various combinatorial possibilities. The religious works of Pergolesi, as the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, are the product of a form of trained in the teaching method of the Naples conservatories, true apotheosis of the Neapolitan school.”

Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna in 1983 with the intention of “performing music as a great quartet”. Since then the group is managed autonomously thanks to its members, thus guaranteeing the focus of chamber music in their interpretations, what has always distinguished them. A series of prominent personalities from the international music scene supported the development and growth of the orchestra, among others Jorg Demus, Carlo Chiarappa, Riccardo Muti and Luciano Berio. Over the years they have also enjoyed the collaboration of several important musicians., como Stefano Montanari, who has been a fundamental member of the orchestra for more than 20 years. This has allowed the whole, who plays period instruments, further specialize in the repertoires of the seventeenth centuries, XVIII and XIX. Gradually, the orchestra developed a voice distinguished by adopting its own interpretive style based on a common language and a shared way of interpreting, reflecting the noblest tradition of Italian chamber music. In 1989, Ottavio Dantone joined the orchestra as harpsichordist and in 1996 was appointed musical and artistic director, thus guaranteeing the prestige and artistic quality of the group. Under your expert guidance, Accademia Byzantina incorporated philological research and an aesthetic approach to the interpretation of the music of the Baroque period.. Dantone's skills, their imagination and sophistication have been combined with the enthusiasm and artistic empathy of each member of the band, giving their interpretations the depth that makes them one of the most prestigious ensembles on the current international music scene. In 1999, Accademia Byzantina staged its first opera, Giulio Sabino by Giuseppe Sarti. The orchestra has been specializing in the rediscovery and interpretation of baroque operas, from great works to operas that have never been performed in modern times. The ensemble performs in concert halls and at festivals around the world. His many recordings, mainly for Decca, Harmonia Mundi y Naïve, have received numerous awards, including Diapason d'Or, Midem and a Music Grammy nomination for Purcell's “O Solitude” with Andreas Scholl. Of special relevance are his collaborations with the violinists Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola and with the countertenor Andreas Scholl., with whom they have made the main international tours and recording projects (for Onyx, German Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi y Decca). Among the new productions performed by the orchestra during 2016 have been the The coronation of Darius by Antonio Vivaldi, Alcina Y Belshazzarof Handel and The Art of Fugue J. S. Bach.

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