Concerts and Follies in Pergolesi's time for the 300th anniversary of his birth (2009)

Geminiani, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Durante

I Musici

The intention of I Musici’s latest production is to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. The musical journey starts with a tribute to Francesco Geminiani, outstanding exponent together with Locatelli and Somis from Corelli’s school. The Concerto Grosso No. 12 “La Follia” from the sonata op. 5 no. 12 by Arcangelo Corelli for strings and harpsichord (a theme and variations), reminds us of the brightness of an exciting virtuosity that he took abroad, especially to London. There the Italian master became famous as he fed the tradition of great violinists gifted with capabilities and techniques of the time. We can’t however, leave out Corelli, foremost protagonist of the sonata, concerto and the baroque violin. His collections of instrumental music from 1681 came into their own as compositions of value in the following century, a period that imposed the Italian musical theatre tradition not only throughout Europe but beyond. Pergolesi, whose surname was originally Draghi, descendant from the family Pergola, thus “Pergolesi”, was deeply attached to Naples.
He studied at the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesu’ Cristo, where his violin teacher was first Domenico de Matteis then Durante. One may call all his works Neapolitan. It isn’t by chance that his compositions are fundamentally connected to the musical theatre, particularly the buffa (comic) form, which Pergolesi mastered - an example being the significant and very noted La Serva padrona and, altogether different, the Stabat Mater. It also isn’t coincidental that the best contributions of the period were from musicians and composers who had made a study of the violin, the instrument which best imitated the human voice, that for everyone was the supreme ideal. I Musici in their faithful way, have chosen to pay homage to the celebrated composer by presenting rarely played compositions, therefore not much known on the concert platform. The Concerto per violino, archi e basso continuo in B flat major features in the Pergolesi catalogue as one of the few instrumental works (in fact there are only five) but which is undoubtedly attributed to him. From the outset we are immediately introduced to music typical of the baroque sound which however, reveals a lyrical character of the instrument that gives a foretaste of the development of Italian instrumental music that was later to predominate. A discussion of the solo concerto of the 18th century, inevitably brings to mind Antonio Vivaldi, recognisable for his use of formal and stylistic characteristics starting with the classical structure in three movements. He was a giant in his time by the abundance of his writing (he wrote 480 concertos alone), as well as by representing the Venetian school which was famous throughout the world. Contrary to Pergolesi, Vivaldi’s compositions are more articulate and centred mostly around the instrumental form.
I Musici selected the Concerto per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531 in G minor and the Concerto per violino, archi e continuo “Grosso Mogul” RV 208 in D major. The second, as noted, struck Bach especially because of the violin’s cadenza and it should have indicated ‘India’ in the title as was customary at that time. Mogul was the great Islamic dynasty that dominated India from the 3rd century to the beginning of the 18th and obviously fired the imagination. Concerts and Follies in G. B. Pergolesi’s time

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In 1951, twelve young and promising italian musicians, mainly roman and mostly graduates of the at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, got together "inter pares" to create a unique chamber orchestra comprising six violins, two violas, two cellos, one double bass and one harpsichord.
They chose the simple, yet nice, name I MUSICI and they deliberately decided to shape the ensemble without conductor. They did so in order to create an egalitarian relationship among the twelve colleagues and friends, which would bring to their music-making a unanimity on technical and interpretative questions. It was a very unconventional but unexpectedly suitable procedure. Notably, maestro Arturo Toscanini, on hearing them rehearsing in April 1952 at the Italian Radio studios, enthused over the young orchestra in front of journalists and musical personalities, and dedicated his photograph to the group with the words “bravi, bravissimi …no! la musica non muore”, (bravo, the music will not die).
A few weeks earlier, on the 30th of March 1952, their public debut was an enormous success at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma; it was the starting point of an astonishing career, which in a schort time catapulted them among the ranks of the great international performers.
During the course of the years, the musicians have changed, the original members of the group retired but, together with the younger talent that has taken their place, there has always been a generation of “historic” members present who guarantee the tradition and continuity of the orchestra.
At present I Musici are regular guests at the most important international festivals and they carry out an intense concert activity in prestigious theatres and concert halls such as: “G Enescu” International Festival in Bucharest, Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the “Spring Festival” in Budapest, Sunthory Hall and Opera City in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Seoul Arts Centre, Boston Symphony Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Beijing National centre for the Performing Arts and numerous others.

 

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Concerts and Follies in Pergolesi's time for the 300th anniversary of his birth (2009)

Geminiani, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Durante

I Musici

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Digital Converters: DCS AD/DA
Microphones: Neumann U47,U48, M49
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording location: Casa di Spiritualita S. Teresa - Padri Carnelitani Scalzi
Recording Software: Pyramix
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"Concerto Grosso n?12 ""La follia"" per archi e cembalo"
Geminiani
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Concerto per violino, archi e basso continuo in Si bem. Mag. - I Allegro
Pergolesi
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Concerto per violino, archi e basso continuo in Si bem. Mag. - II Largo
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Concerto per violino, archi e basso continuo in Si bem. Mag. - III Allegro
Pergolesi
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Concerto in Sol Min. per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531 - I Allegro
Vivaldi
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Concerto in Sol Min. per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531 - II Largo
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Concerto in Sol Min. per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531 - III Allegro
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"Concerto in Re Mag. Per violino, archi e continuo ""Grosso Mogul"" RV 208 - I Allegro"
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"Concerto in Re Mag. Per violino, archi e continuo ""Grosso Mogul"" RV 208 - II Grave, recitativo"
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"Concerto in Re Mag. Per violino, archi e continuo ""Grosso Mogul"" RV 208 - III Allegro"
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"Concerto per archi n?8 in La Mag. ""La pazzia"" - I Allegro"
Durante
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"Concerto per archi n?8 in La Mag. ""La pazzia"" - II Affettuoso"
Durante
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"Concerto per archi n?8 in La Mag. ""La pazzia"" - III Allegro"
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