Academy of Pleasure

A re-creation of the laments caused by war catastrophes. That is what this program of Academy of Pleasure, the Sevillian's set Fahmi Alqhai, that will approach the dark vision of the terrible central years of the seventeenth century in the lands of the empire (Thirty Years War) through those who lived it and could tell it, like Weckmann the Buxtehude, North German school props. But there is also a look to the south, towards the Seville of Lobo y Correa and the moving Wailing de Antonio Mogavero, a musician from southern Italy who died in Madrid.


The courage of its innovative projects and the strong artistic personality of its director have made Accademia del Piacere the avant-garde group of early Spanish music and one of the leaders in Europe., thanks to his renewed conception of historical music., Accademia del Piacere has revealed new nuances in fundamental repertoires of historical music such as the Italian Seicento, Spanish Renaissance music (“Rediscovering Spain”) or the stage of the Hispanic Baroque ("Sing of Love", dedicated to Juan Hidalgo), receiving awards such as Choc de Classica (France), el Prelude Award(Holland) and the GEMA award for the Best Spanish Baroque Group in 2016. Accademia and Alqhai also surprise visiting artistic territories unrelated to historicism, as in the comings and goings and dialogues, respectively with the flamenco singers Arcángel and Rocío Márquez, for those who receive the Giraldillos from the Seville Flamenco Biennial 2012 and 2016.Accademia del Piacere has performed in the most prestigious stages of classical music, like the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the one in Vienna, Cologne Philharmonie, la Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, the National Auditorium in Madrid and many others in Holland,Mexico, Colombia, France, U.S, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Accademiadel Piacere receives support from the Andalusian Agency for Cultural Institutions and the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM).


viola da gamba and direction Fahmi Alqhaies today considered one of the most important viola da gamba players in the world, and one of the greatest innovators of the interpretation of early music, thanks to its bold conception, personal and communicative approach to historical repertoires.Born in Seville in 1976 a Syrian father and Palestinian mother, It formed in Seville and Switzerland (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and Conservatory of Italian Switzerland Lugano) with teachers Ventura Rico, Paolo Pandolfo y Vittorio Ghielmi. He worked for sets and top-notch directors (Jordi Savall, ton Koopman,Pedro Memelsdorff, uri Caine, etc.), While obtaining a degree in Dentistry from the University of Seville, his career was already focused on his soloist side and his ensemble, Academy of Pleasure, Fahmi Alqhai has led innovative recordings for Glossa (“Rediscovering Spain”, "Sing of Love") they have received important awards worldwide, even outside the realm of historical music, as the Giraldillo for Best Music at the Seville Flamenco Biennial 2012 for The comings and goings —his fourth CD—, by the cantaor Arcángel, and the Giraldillo 2016 to Innovation through Dialogues, with Rocío Márquez. 2014 Alqhai presents his first solo CD, "To taste", renovadora whose conception of viola da gamba received an excellent reception across Europe. For the British magazine Gramophone is a disc “extraordinary” what “takes the viola da gamba to a new terrain of joyous potential”, Y “a happy tribute to all that the violation may have been, and can still be”. With it toured Japan and the United States, after having conducted the Accademia del Piacere in the most important concert halls in the world, like the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the one in Berlin, the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cologne Philharmonie (Germany), Foundation Gulbenkian (Portugal), the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid (Spain) and many other stages in Holland, Mexico, Colombia, Switzerland, France, Italy, etc. In 2016 It presents his most personal work as a soloist, "The Bach Album" for the Glossa label, Audience Award for Best Album 2016 for GEMA, Exceptional Disc for Scherzoy Melómano de Oro. In 2018 receives the Medal of the City of Seville. 2009 He is artistic director of FEMAS, Early Music Festival in Seville.

20 of November, National Auditorium, Chamber Hall

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Photograph: © Oscar Romero

Fahmi Alqhai

On the third anniversary of the death of the master of the Spanish Royal Chapel Sebastian Duron, the Academy of Pleasure, the prestigious Sevillian group that leads the violagambista Fahmi Alqhai, It meets with soprano tarraconense Nuria Rial to pay tribute to the composer with a program that contextualizes its production of music for theater (arias and shades drawn from zarzuelas and operas) when placed in relation to one of the most brilliant Italian masters of his generation, Giovanni Bononcini, and the premiere of a canon Musicologist Alvaro Torrente.

Fahmi Alqhai It is considered today as one of the most important interpreters of World viola da gamba, and one of the greatest innovators of the interpretation of early music, thanks to its bold conception, the staff and communicative approach to historical repertoires. Born in Seville in 1976 a Syrian father and Palestinian mother, He spends his first eleven years of life in Syria, where his musical training begins at an early age. Later in Spain autodidact studies to join 1994 at the Conservatory of Seville Manuel Castillo to study the viola da gamba with Ventura Rico. Continues his training at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel) y el Conservatory of Italian Switzerland (Lugano) guided by teachers Paolo Pandolfo Y Vittorio Ghielmi, respectively. Parallel obtained the Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Sevilla. and in 1998 He begins his solo career specializing in the German repertoire for the viola da gamba; their versions of the viola da gamba sonatas and forced key Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded in 2004 next to Alberto Martínez Molina, They have had in all their actions an unbeatable critical both for the public and by the press. In 2002 funda Academy of Pleasure junto a soprano Marivi Blasco, who is director assembly. He is also founder, with his brother Rami Alqhai, record label Alqhai & Alqhai, with which he has produced and recorded four CDs, two of them dedicated to the Italian Seicento (The Tears of Eros, “Premio Prelude Classical Music 2009”, y Loves of Mars) and a third to the virtuoso music for viola da gamba Marais Y Forqueray (nominado a los “International Classical Music Awards 2011”). In 2012 Fahmi Alqhai received the "Best Music Giraldillo of the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2012" by the music of his fourth CD, The twists and turns, by the cantaor Archangel.

Nuria Rial He studied singing and piano in his native Catalonia, and then he continued studies at the Music Academy of Basel (Switzerland) with the teacher Kurt Widmer. In 2003 received the “Price Helvetia Patria Jeunesse Foundation” Pro Europe- European Foundation for Culture for his outstanding achievements as a singer. He has performed at major festivals in Europe, and collaborates with directors such as Ivan Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul Goodwin, Trevor Pinnock, Howard Griffiths, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Laurence Cummings, Neville Marriner y Teodor Currentzis, and with ensembles such as Concerto Köln, The English Concert, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Elbipolis Barockorchester, The Cetra Basel, LArpeggiata y Festival Strings Lucerne. In the field of opera he has participated as a soloist in major productions of many of the leading European theaters, as Eliogabalo Cavalli (in the paper Eritea) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels led by René Jacobs; L'Orfeo Monteverdi (Euridice) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin with René Jacobs and the Grand Théâtre Geneva Giovanni Antonini; and The Magic Flute Mozart (Pamina) Theatre Carlo Felice in Genoa. Rial has often played Baroque music on historical criteria, plus interest in other styles: A) Yes, in 2012 he played the role of Nuria in contemporary opera Ainadamar of Golijov for the Teatro Real Madrid, directed by Peter Sellars. In 2015 Y 2016 sings Pamina again with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, directed by Ivan Fischer. Interpreter also chamber music, Rial usually acts with ensembles such as Il Pomo d'Oro, Café Zimmermann and the Nash Ensemble. In his recitals French repertoire and sings Spanish, but also songs in German.

Thursday 3 November at 20:30h. Hospedería Fonseca in the Auditorium of the University of Salamanca.


die Cupido

Sebastian Duron (1660-1716) (Fahmi reconstruction Alqhai)
Symphony comedy Death in Love is the Absence
S. Duron (attributed) / José de Torres (ca.1670-1738) (attributed)
From The greatest love overcomes him impossible in Love
Recitation: "Oh pull Cupid"
Aria: "Another worship what I worship"
S. Duron
From The new weapons of Love
Arieta italiana: "How many are afraid al rigor"
Recitation: "And more than this"
"Claras sources, pure heaven "
Xácaras and folías
S. Duron
From Poison Love is envy ø+
Aria: "Mr. Glauco, my owner "
Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)
Shepherdess among the woods ø+
sung The assault of thoughts ø+
Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739) / Fahmi Alqhai (1976)
Tarantella y Fandango
S. Duron (attributed) / José de Torres (ca.1670-1738) (attributed)
From The most impossible love, Love overcomes him (1710)
"I, beautiful nymph "
S. Duron
From Exit the love of the world
only human: "Sosieguen, rest "
Alvaro Torrente (1963)
Canon for two violas above the sarabande ø+
S. Murcia / F. Alqhai
Marionas and canaries
S. Duron
Cantata to the Holy be, I love hug me in the flame
From Exit Love World
"Death to Cupid"


Arcangel Fahmi Alqhai

They are already several years to say summer is talking about music festival in many Spanish cities and European. Each with different levels of attractiveness and success in programming. One that certainly, always guess right, is he Festival Segovia. With a full attractive program provided for different audiences, usually go a step further and go for new talent, innovative or revolutionary music mestizajes. But always offering quality interpreters and music. If these successes unite the spaces chosen for shows, success is guaranteed. This time has been the magnificent parade ground of the Alcázar de Segovia in charge of welcoming among its stones a bright summer night.

Born in Huelva 1977, Francisco Jose Archangel Ramos, It is the hope of young flamenco fans. He won the first prize in the competition for children fandangos de Huelva with just ten years. It has grown and worked with the greatest singers and dancers who have called on his side, but it was in 1998, in the X Biennial of Seville, when he received the ultimate recognition from audiences and critics.
Lover of freedom in art and experimentation, He holds a clean voice, llena de optimismo y alegría.

Fahmi Alqhai It is considered one of the young performers viola da gamba and most prestigious early music and brilliant of his generation. Born in Seville in 1976. A Syrian father and Palestinian mother spends her first 11 Years of life in Syria where his musical training began at an early age.
He is cofounder, with soprano Marivi Blasco, and director of the group Academy of Pleasure, specialized in the interpretation of the musical repertoire of the Italian Seicento. He is the founder with his brother Rami Alqhai of the label ALQHAI & ALQHAI, which has produced the album "The Tears of Eros” , “Viols of the Heaven and Hell”, dedicated to the music of Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray, and has just released the third CD of the group, “Loves of Mars”.
Despite his youth is required by the most important chamber music formations of the national and international scene of early music. His dizzying concert career has led him to collaborate with numerous and famous formations; nowadays usually it works with Hesperion XXI (Jordi Savall) and The Talking Suonar (Vittorio Ghielmi). More Hispano founder member (Vicente Parrilla). Regularly it offers concerts throughout Europe, Japan, US and Latin America.

Curiosity took us on Sunday 29 July to Segovia. The curious to hear a flamenco voice like Archangel, accompanied by a group of Spanish baroque music as the Academy of Piacere.
Under a huge moon began to sound the first chords. recognizable music that was felt more strongly in the Patio de Armas of the Fortress. He appeared on the scene, intoning the first cante, an Archangel comfortable and happy, which it was delivered as the other musicians as the concert progressed, to the art of two musical worlds, It seems at that time, They were born to meet. At that meeting the music grew from the hand of improvisation with taste and experience all. It seemed that flamenco had found its true roots in the Baroque and vice versa. That exchange rates circulating in America and Andalusia centuries ago. This fusion of songs and dances round and another round again, of the Gulf of Guinea to the Caribbean and then to Triana and the Gulf of Cadiz. A mixture of jácaras, folías and chaconnes that were common heritage of popular music and cultured. Guarachas de Céspedes tanguillos reminiscent of Cádiz, medieval romances of oral tradition. Songs that were written centuries ago and now raised hand good musicians and good flamenco.

Archangel's voice and viola Alqhai dialogue in search of a common musical past and present. They perform on stage an exercise of freedom carried away solely by the musical instinct. Nothing more exhilarating on a summer night to be abandoned to the energetic music of a contemporary roots always.

Image and sound: Enrique Cornejo