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 Il Giardino Armonico

Il Giardino Armonico (Early Music Ensemble)

The Italian period-instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico was founded by Giovanni Antonini and Luca Pianca in 1985, and specialises in Italian baroque music. Their debut recording (entitled Christmas Concertos, and featuring works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Torelli and Manfredini) appeared on Teldec in 1991; it was followed by a highly acclaimed series of Vivaldi recordings, including Cecilia Bartoli’s Grammy-winning Vivaldi Album in 1999, which sold over 700, 000 copies and contributed to a widespread resurgence of interest in Vivaldi’s operas. Their discography also includes the complete Mozart violin concertos with Isabelle Faust (named Recording of the Year at the 2017 Gramophone Awards), Telemann recorder music with Antonini as soloist (winner of an ECHO Klassik Award and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année), Sacrificum (an album of arias composed for the great castrati) with Bartoli, the Brandenburg Concertos, and Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa as part of Naive’s landmark Vivaldi Edition (‘Il Giardino Armonico play with invigorating forward drive, rhythmic punch, and bright sweetness of tone’ – Classic FM).

In 2014 they embarked on the Haydn 2032 project in collaboration with the Kammerorchester Basel, which will see the two groups perform and record all of Haydn’s symphonies between them by the composer’s tercentenary. The series has been described as ‘breathtaking in its accuracy’ (Gramophone), and ‘ vividly played and well recorded’ (BBC Music Magazine); Volume 4 (‘Il Distratto’) won a Gramophone Awards in 2017.

Further Reading: Il Giardino Armonico

Recording of the Week, Giovanni Antonini conducts Haydn's Die Schöpfung

The Italian conductor makes a slight detour from his project to record all of Haydn's symphonies with an incisive, characterful account of the Creation oratorio.

Recording of the Week, Julia Lezhneva: Alleluia

The young Russian soprano makes her solo debut on Decca with cantatas by Handel, Mozart, Porpora and Vivaldi which showcase her scintillating coloratura, tonal clarity and warmth, and radiant middle register; Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini accompany with panache.

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