Contact Person: Francisco López
By Phone/Cell: 658697470
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYcT3Y-G9_C3hwH8qNQ1CQ
L´Ampastratta was born in 2015 due to the interest in the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The interpretive personality of this ensemble is based on the instrumental versatility of its members: voice, recorders, violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, plucked instruments and percussion.
Contact Person: Ángela García Villanueva
By phone/Cell: 961 780 015 / 616 015 301
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/capelladeministrers
Ever since its foundation, Capella de Ministrers ensemble, directed by Carles Magraner, has developed an important investigative and musicological task in favour of the musical Spanish patrimony. As a result of their study and recovery of early music, the ensemble has produced more than 55 records for EGT, Blau, Audivis and CDM, the latter being Capella de Ministrers’ own label. The group has been awarded numerous prizes from the specialised press,including the 2018 International Classical Music Awards, for best Early Music recording (ICMA)
Contact Person: Francina Medina
By Phone/Cell: 935 944 760
Following the model of the famous Medieval “royal chapels” for which the great masterpieces of both religious and secular music were composed on the Iberian Peninsula, in 1987 Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall founded La Capella Reial, one of the first vocal groups devoted to the performance of Golden Age music on historical principles and consisting exclusively of Hispanic and Latin voices. In 1990, when the ensemble received the regular patronage of the Generalitat of Catalonia, it changed its name to La Capella Reial de Catalunya.
The newly-formed ensemble specialized in the recovery and performance on historical principles of the polyphonic and vocal musice of Spain and Europe from the Middle Ages and Golden Age up to the 19th century. La Capella Reial de Catalunya shares with Hespèrion XXI the same artistic outlook and goals, rooted in respect for the profoundly spiritual and artistic dimension of each work, combining quality and authenticity regarding the style of the period with a careful attention to the declamation and expressive projection of the poetic text.
The ensemble’s extensive repertory ranges from the Medieval music of the various cultures of the Mediterranean to the great masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque. The group has distinguished itself in various Baroque and Classical opera repertories, as well as in contemporary works by Arvo Pärt. The Capella Reial de Catalunya played on de Jacques Rivette’s soundtrack of the film Jeanne La Pucelle (1993) on the life of Joan of Arc.
In 1992, La Capella Reial de Catalunya made their opera debut accompanying all the performances of Le Concert des Nations. They have received various awards and distinctions in recognition of their more than 40 CDs. Under the direction of Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunyapursue an intense programme of concerts and recordings all over the world, and since the ensemble’s creation it has regularly performed at the major international early music festivals.
Contact Person: Francina Medina
By Phone/Cell: 935 944 760
Ancient music’s most important value stems from its ability as a universal artistic language to transmit feelings, emotions and ancestral ideas that even today can enthral the contemporary listener. With a repertoire that encompasses the period between the 10th and 18th centuries, Hespèrion XXI searches continuously for new points of union between the East and West, with a clear desire for integration and for the recovery of international musical heritage, especially that of the Mediterranean basin and with links to the New World.
In 1974 Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, together with Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith, founded the ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XX in Basel as a way of recovering and disseminating the rich and fascinating musical repertoire prior to the 19th century on the basis of historical criteria and the use of original instruments. The name Hespèrion means “an inhabitant of Hesperia”, which in ancient Greek referred to the two most westerly peninsulas in Europe: the Iberian and the Italian. It was also the name given to the planet Venus as it appeared in the west. At the turn of the 21st century Hespèrion XX became known as Hespèrion XXI.
Today Hespèrion XXI is central to the understanding of the music of the period between the Middle Ages and the Baroque. Their labours to recover works, scores, instruments and unpublished documents have a double and incalculable value. On one hand, their rigorous research provides new information and understanding about the historical knowledge of the period, and on the other hand, the exquisite performances enable people to freely enjoy the aesthetic and spiritual delicacy of the works of this period.
Right from the beginning Hespèrion XXI set out on a clearly innovative and artistic course that would lead to the establishment of a school in the field of ancient music because they conceived, and continue to conceive, ancient music as an experimental musical tool and with it they seek the maximum beauty and expressiveness in their performances. Any musician in the field of ancient music will have a commitment to the original spirit of each work and has to learn to connect with it by studying the composer, the instruments of the period, the work itself and the circumstances surrounding it. But as a craftsman in the art of music, he is also obliged to make decisions about the piece being played: a musician’s capacity to connect the past with the present and to connect culture with its dissemination depend on his skill, creativity and capacity to transmit emotions.
Hespèrion XXI’s repertoire includes, amongst others, the music of the Sephardi Jews, Castilian romances, pieces from the Spanish Golden Age, and Europa de les Nacions. Some of their most celebrated concert programmes are Les Cantigues de Santa Maria d’Alfons X El Savi, La Diàspora Sefardí, the music of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Armenia and the Folías Criollas. Thanks to the outstanding work of numerous musicians and collaborators who have worked with the ensemble over all these years Hespèrion XXI still plays a key role in the recovery and reappraisal of the musical heritage, and one that has great resonance throughout the world. The group has published more than 60 CDs and performs concerts for the whole world, appearing regularly at the great international festivals of ancient music.
Contact Person: Patricia González
By Phone/Cell: +34 687 134 940
YouTube: Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla OBS
The Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla stands unquestionably among the top level of Spanish ensembles dedicated to the interpretación of early music with historicist criterion. It was founded in 1995 by Barry Sargent and Ventura Rico, and Pedro Gandía Martín has served as its artistic director since 2001.
International figures that have led the orchestra, some of which are of mythical standing, include Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Monica Huggett, Harry Christophers, Andreas Spering, Alfredo Bernardini, Diego Fasolis, Juanjo Mena, Eduardo López Banzo, Pablo Valetti, Fabio Bonizzoni, Enrico Onofri, Andoni Mercero, Maxim Emelyanychev, Hiro Kurosaki, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi and Ivor Bolton. In addition to its intense activity in Seville, with its regular season, and the rest of Andalusia, the orchestra performs at major Spanish (Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Real, Teatro Arriaga, Teatro de la Maestranza…) and European venues (Thüringer Bachwochen and Brühler Haydn Festival in Germany; Festival ‘Musiques des Lumières’ in Sorèze, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Festival Baroque de Pontoise, in France; and others in Italy, Switzerland…).
Having recorded for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Lindoro and Almaviva, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla has created its own label: OBS-Prometeo, and has received distinctions such as ‘Editor ́s Choice’ from Gramophone magazine, ‘exceptional’ from Scherzo and Ritmo Parade reviews, ‘recommended’ from Cd Compact and AudioClásica magazines, ‘5 starts’ from Goldberg magazine and ‘Melómano GOLD’ from Melómano magazine. Recent releases by the label include La música en la catedral de Sevilla, conducted by Enrico Onofri, and Adonde infiel dragón, with Vanni Moretto. In recent years the OBS has released with the label Passacaille a CD/DVD with the first complete recording of the C. P. E. Bach’s Cello concertos, with Christophe Coin, and Trauermusik. Haydn in Sevilla, devoted to the recovery of Andalusian musical heritage and conducted by Enrico Onofri.
In 2011, the orchestra won the National Music Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. It also won the 2010 Manuel de Falla award from the Regional Government of Andalusia, the 2011 FestClásica award, and an Honorary Distinction from the Seville City Council. The OBS enjoys the support and collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Seville City Council and University of Seville.
Contact person: Eduardo López Banzo
By phone/cell: +34 653 163 759
Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo. The fact that Al Ayre Español has not settled for becoming a specialised early music ensemble, but chosen instead to create a musical philosophy that Eduardo has build up with his musicians, permits their performances to be vivid and fresh for contemporary audiences.
With more than 30 years of appearances in top festivals concert halls and theaters in Europe, 20 CD recordings, national and international awards (2004 Premio Nacional de Música of Spain, among others) and distinctions, as well as a relentless schedule of international performances and events for the coming seasons, there is no doubt that the group is one of the most prominent ensembles in Spain.
Contact person: Eva Febrer Florit
By phone/Cell: 646 267 991
Canal de YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmsMTgtRNx49POfDTxO-xiA
Repertoire: XVII and XVIII
Il Gesto Armonico is an ensemble created with the aim of exploring, studying and interpreting repertoires of the 17th and 18th centuries following historical criteria, performed with original instruments. The integration of research in historical dance and historical choreography has a very important role in the group’s programs and repertoire.
Il Gesto Armonico is the resident group of the Festival de Música Antiga des Migjorn Gran Music Festival (Menorca).
Contact person: Javier Ulises Illán
By phone/Cell: 606850818
Repertoire: baroque and classical
Nereydas was founded in 2010 at the initiative of the conductor and musicologist Javier Ulises Illán and rapidly became recognized internationally as one of the leading Spanish ensembles in historically informed performance practice. The name Nereydas, mermaids, is taken from the mythology. Nereydas’s mission is to bring to to life the music of the past with a fresh, dynamic and contemporary approach.