Friday, October 2, 2009

Geminiani - 12 Concerti Grossi - Ensemble 415, Banchini








Geminiani - 12 Concerti Grossi - Ensemble 415, Banchini
Baroque | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 2 CD, 644 MB
07/13/2004 | Zig Zag Records | RapidShare



Chiara Banchini founded Ensemble 415 in 1981. The ensemble is noted for its performances of Italian Baroque string music on period instruments. Banchini was among the better Baroque violinists performing at the end of the twentieth century, and the ensemble is at its best performing concerti featuring their director as solost. Their performances of music such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Boccherini, Muffat, and Tartini offer an opportunity to hear less well-known Baroque repertoire by composers who were very well known during the eighteenth century.


The Ensemble 415

Founded in 1981 in Geneva by Chiara Banchini, and established in Franche Comté, France, since 2001, Ensemble 415 is named after one of the pitches at which baroque music is played. Among the first generation of enthusiastic pioneers were François Fernandez, Enrico Gatti, Emilio Moreno and Fabio Biondi. Twenty years later, Ensemble 415 pursues its career with young violinists gathered in a partnership of soloists. David Plantier, Stéphanie Pfister, Eva Borhi and Leila Schayegh perpetuate the initial enthusiasm of Ensemble 415.

Internationally renowned Ensemble 415 has been invited to the greatest festivals and concert venues. Not only are its concerts and recordings acclaimed by critics and public alike, they also set durable impulses to the development of the perception and the interpretation of musical works from the 17th and 18th century as well as to the broadening of the repertoire proposed to music lovers.


Ensemble 415

The recording of and the rediscovery of such composers as Giuseppe Valentini and Giovanni Bononcini have demonstrated that the ensemble’s purpose lies in the assiduous research of quality, of the discovery and renewal of the repertoire as well as artistic integrity.

The Ensemble 415 is a gathering of soloists with the most talented baroque violinists and violists, supported by a continuo group of Italian inspiration. The Ensemble 415 is known for its harmonic sounding, the precision of the touching combined with a technical approach which is as much a result of the artistic complicity between its members as the unquenchable inspiration from its first violinist and artistic director, Chiara Banchini.

As a chamber orchestra, Ensemble 415 is performing with an orchestra from 13-40 musicians with a repertoire particularly dedicated to the music of Boccherini, Corelli and his school, Valentini and Muffat. As a chamber music group, the Ensemble 415 is dedicated in particular to Corelli’s Sonates Op. V, Vivaldi’s Sonates in Trio, to Quintettes and Sextuors by Boccherini and Mozart, as to J.S. Bach or Haydn. As a chamber music group the Ensemble 415 has recorded a selection of the Quintets from opus 39, 60 and 63, three sextets from opus 23 as well as the Stabat Mater in its first version for soprano and string quintet, with soloist Agnes Mellon.

During its long recording career, Ensemble 415 has published over 20 CDs, most of which have obtained international prizes and awards from specialized publications. Since 2001, Ensemble 415 is associated with the Parisian label Zig-Zag Territoires. The first publication of this collaboration, Giuseppe Valentini’s Concertos, won the unanimous acclaim of the critics and the public and has been awarded a “Diapason d’Or” and “10 de Répertoire” in September 2002.

During the last years, concert tours have led Ensemble 415 to Switzerland, Denmark, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Estonia, Russia. And the ensemble has been invited to perform at prestigious international events such as Brisbane Festival (Australia), Flanderen Festival (Brugge and Antwerp), Copenhagen Early Music Festival, Ambronay Festival, Ambraser Schlosskonzerte (Innsbruck), Utrecht-Early Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Musica Antiga in Barcelona, Brühler Schlosskonzerte, Cologne. It has also performed in the following venues: Caen and Poissy theatres, Clermont-Ferrand Opera (France), Lausanne Opera, Victoria Hall of Geneva and Komische Oper of Berlin.

Ensemble 415 is regularly present in France during many early music festivals in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Dieppe, Festival du Haut-Jura, Uzès, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Pontoise, Saint-Michel en Thiérache, etc. It is invited to the “Folle journée” in Nantes and the Loire region as well as to the concert season of the Théâtre de Suresnes.
Besides orchestral pieces by Corelli, works by Vivaldi, Valentini, Muffat, Bononcini, Porpora, and Geminiani appear on the programmes. Chamber music programmes include trios by Mozart and Haydn and Mozart’s quintet with French clarinettist Gilles Thomé and sonatas for violin and continuo by Corelli and Bonporti.

Among the distinguished soloists who collaborate with Ensemble 415 are: Christophe Coin, Roel Dieltiens, Christiane Jaccottet, René Jacobs, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Agnès Mellon, Guy de Mey, Luciano Sgrizzi, Conrad Steinmann, Geoffrey Lancaster, Andreas Scholl, Giuliano Carmignola, Carlos Mena, Marie Claude Chappuis, Katarina Arfken, Vesselina Kasarova, Veronica Cangemi, Lars Ulrich Mortensen, Juliette Galstian, Bart Kuijken, Gilles Thomé, Adriana Fernandez, Furio Zanasi and Gaetano Nasillo.

http://www.ensemble415.org/en/home_ensemble_415.php

CD Content

Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Major
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B flat Major
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C Major
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in G minor
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in A Major
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D minor
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in E minor
Concerto Grosso No. 9 in A Major
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in F Major
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in E Major
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D minor, 'Follia'

More info about Ensemble 415: http://ottomusick.com/Forum/index.php?topic=11.0

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