Accademia del Ricercare                     Renaissance Ensemble

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFounded in 1989 by the current conductor Pietro Busca, the Renaissance ensemble of the Accademia del Ricercare represents a unique experience of its kind both in Italy and abroad. Unlike modern orchestras, the Renaissance ensemble is not made of strings, woodwinds and brass sections but instead it resembles the instrumental ensembles from the main European courts of the 15th and 17th centuries. It then consists of different consorts – various sizes of the same instrument – of viols, recorders, transverse flutes, capped reed instruments such as crumhorns, plucked instruments (lute, theorbo and harps), a continuo section made of harpsichord, virginal, organ and violone (double bass viol) and a variety of percussions. These are copies of original renaissance instruments and allow the ensemble to achieve a distinctive timbre, in order to interpret a specific repertoire at its best.

Moreover, having maintained almost the same musicians, allowed the conductor Pietro Busca to obtain an exceptional harmony from the ensemble. During its 25 years of activity, the ensemble has performed a considerable number of concerts in Italy and abroad, being acclaimed by critics and featured in magazines such as CD Classics, Medioevo and Amadeus. Among the most renowned festivals are the Early Music Festival Graz, Festival de la Laguna Tenerife, Festival de Música de Canarias, Festival de Musique et Renaissance de Paris, Antiqua BZ and the Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio in Milan.

The Renaissance ensemble has then released on Stradivarius and Brilliant Classics several recordings covering a wide repertoire, from the dances by Pierre Attaingnant and Claude Gervaise to the sacred works for the 1600 Jubilee by G.F. Anerio, trough the secular cantatas by J.A. Hasse and the Banchetto musicale by J.H. Schein up to the masterworks by A. Corelli and A. Vivaldi.

In 2009 the Spanish Society of Musicology together with the government of the Canary Islands assigned the Rennaisance ensemble a recording project of the Villancicos by Diego Duron.

In 2015 the Accademia del Ricercare has signed with the German label CPO (Classic Produktion Osnabrück), twice awarded as best independent label at the Cannes Classical Awards (MIDEM).

This collaboration will lead up to the release of Musae Aoniae by M. Praetorius and Erasmus Widmann and the Sonatas op. 3 by Carlo Farina and is aimed at consolidating the its reputation among the most successful Early Music ensembles in the world.


GERMAN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
At the beginning of the 17th century

M. Praetorius (1571-1621): Corrente I, II Balletto Pavana di Spagna Branle de village
E. Widmann (1572-1634): Intrada XVIII Sophia, Anna Agata Barbara, Ursula Clara Margaretha, Joanna
C. Farina (1600-1640) Dal III libro (Dresda, 1627) 

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Instruments:
recorders, crumhorns, viola da gamba, harpsichord, percussions


THE HEYDAY OF PRINTED MUSIC
Renaissance dance music

This programme displays original Italian dance music from two main sources: the Mus MS 1503(h) from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and the Royal Appendix 59-62 from the British Library in London. We do know however that the music of the two manuscripts was composed at the very beginning of the 16th century, considering the majority of the Italian repertoire of dance music around the first half of the 16th century (consistently less than the French output).

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Instruments:
recorders, crumhorns, viola da gamba, harpsichord, percussions


ARCANGELO CORELLI AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Corelli’s legacy towards students and composers

A. Corelli (1653-1713): Ciaccona
G. Ph. Telemann (1681-1767): Triosonata in D minor TWV 42:d10 
A. Corelli: Sonata op.5 n.7 Preludio, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga
J. M. Leclair (1697 -1764): Deuxiéme Récréation op.8 Chaccone
G. Ph. Telemann: Triosonata in B minor “Corellisirende Sonaten” 
A. Corelli: Follia
A. Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in F major Allegro, Largo, Allegro

VITTORIA PANATO violin LORENZO CAVASANTI recorder ANTONIO FANTINUOLI cello
UGO NASTRUCCI tiorba CLAUDIA FERRERO continuo



VIVALDI & TELEMANN
Concertos for solo and orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741):
   Concerto for two flutes in C major RV533 
   Concerto for piccolo recorder in C major RV 444 
   Concerto for violin and orchestra “il Favorito” RV 277

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767):
   Concerto per flute and recorder in E minor TWV 52:e1

 

MANUEL STAROPOLI, GERMANA BUSCA flute and recorder
VITTORIA PANATO, FRANCESCO BERGAMINI violin
ANTONIO FANTINUOLI cello
FEDERICO BAGNASCO double bass
CLAUDIA FERRERO continuo


ANTONIO VIVALDI
Sonate a tre

LORENZO CAVASANTI, MANUEL STAROPOLI recorder
ANTONIO FANTINUOLI cello
UGO NASTRUCCI theorbo
CLAUDIA FERRERO continuo

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L’Arena – Il Giornale di Verona (IT)

The Accademia del Ricercare conducted by Peter Busca has invaded cheerfully the oratory of S. Giorgetto for the closing concert of the tenth festival of ancient music. They performed a delightful program dedicated to the “Dancing at print of the european renaissance”. Nothing to plead from the technical side: excellent the intonation of the instruments, a brilliant and accurate the issuance in woodwind…enthusiasm with which every single dance was addressed…by giving priority to the rhythmic aspectties…” by Chiara Zocca

Farina.coverCarlo Farina (ca. 1600-1640)
Consort Music (Dresden 1627)
Dances from 3rd book of 1627
(Pavane, gagliarde, brandi, mascherata, arie franzese, volte, corrente, sinfonie)

Accademia del Ricercare / Pietro Busca, conductor
(CPO, 2016, 1 CD, Catalogue no. cpo 555 034-2)
 
Dances and Sonatas by Carlo Farina
Some musicologists simply continue to regard Carlo Farina as music history’s first composer of program music because of the Capriccio stravagante, his most famous work. However, the great expressive variety and the sumptuous, finely constructed textures of other works enlarge our picture of this composer, who was much more multifaceted than the (certainly very remarkable) Capriccio stravagante might lead us to believe. Here we need only consider the boldness with which Farina endeavored to employ all the technical and expressive resources of the violin, which made him one of the most important and enduring models for the leading representatives of the German school from Johannes Schop to Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Jakob Walther. The second CD on CPOfeaturing the Accademia Ricercare ensemble presents three-part and four-part dances (pavans, galliards, branles, courantes, balletti, and mascherate) as well as ten two-part and three-part sonatas with titles. While these sonatas were clearly composed for stringed instruments, the dances offer many performance possibilities for consorts consisting of gambas, wind-cap reed instruments, and recorders like the ones very similarly enjoying great popularity in Elizabethan England. A comparative look at Farina’s dances demonstrates that Farina took a decisive step toward modernity in his ten sonatas!
 

0761203760824Erasmus Widmann (1572-1634)
Musikalischer Tugendtspiegel (Selection)
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Terpsichore Musarum

Accademia del Ricercare / Pietro Busca, conductor
(CPO, 2006/2016, 1 CD, Catalogue no. cpo 777 608-2)
 
Spirited Dances from the Seventeenth Century
The first release on CPO in cooperation with the Accademia del Ricercare, an ensemble that has logged more than eight hundred concerts over the past twenty years in changing formations geared to the particular repertoire, offers a fascinating overview of the German instrumental world just prior to the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48). Michael Praetorius, one of the most prominent musicians of those times, is represented here with a suite, while we also have the opportunity to become acquainted with a virtual unknown in the person of the composer Erasmus Widmann, whose works recorded here demonstrate that a myriad of talents once existed side by side with more familiar musicians and now merit their rightful places in music history. Even though Praetorius’ Terpsichore and Widmann’s Musicalischer Tugendtspiegel ganz neuer Gesäng […] auch newe Däntz und Galliarden were published only a year apart (1612 and 1613), both collections exhibit many traits indicating just how heterogeneously instrumental musical expression could be at the dawn of the Baroque. While the author of the Syntagma musicum based his compositions primarily on the dance forms current at the time, Widmann continued to employ movement headings like gagliarda while not always intending his pieces for a specific context but for the »delectation of honorable gatherings« (this in the best Lutheran tradition). A particularly significant aspect in Widmann’s production consists in the fact that in the majority of cases he did not compose suites (by which we mean a series of dance movements like the allemande, courante, and sarabande preceded by an abstract prelude). He instead penned independent dances from which the interpreters were largely free to choose in keeping with the available musical resources. You can look forward to dances of spirited motion quite literally inviting the listener to dance and exhibiting a full and richly varied sound palette.

Arcangelo Corelli corelli-cover

Sonate, Ciacona e Follia 
Lorenzo Cavasanti & Luisa Busca, flute
Accademia del Ricercare / Pietro Busca, conductor
(Stradivarius, 2012, 1 CD, Catalogue no. STR 33961)

 

 

 

 

vivaldi-coverAntonio Vivaldi
Sonate a tre 

Accademia del Ricercare
Lorenzo Cavasanti, recorder
Manuel Staropoli, recorder
Linda Murgia, cello
Claudio Ferrero, harpsichord
Ugo Nastrucci, guitar
(Brilliant Classics, 2011, 1 CD, Catalogue no.  94173)

 

 

hasse-cantatas-coverJ.A. Hasse
Cantatas, Vol. I

Gabriella Martellacci, contralto
Accademia del Ricercare
Pietro Busca, conductor
(Brilliant Classics, 2007, 1 CD, Catalogue no. 93636)

 

 

 

 

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 Antonio Vivaldi
L’Arte della Trascrizione
Accademia del Ricercare / Pietro Busca, conductor
(Tactus, 2004 – 1 CD, Catalogue no. CD Classics 042)

 

 

 

 

 

danze-a-stampa-coverC. Gervaise, P. Attaignant, T. Susato, M. Praetorius
Danze a stampa del rinascimento europeo
Accademia del Ricercare / Pietro Busca, conductor
(Stadivarius, 2003, 1 CD, STR 075)

Events

Event Information:

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017

    Lesa (Italy)

    CHIESA DI SAN MARTINO