Europa Galante

 

Europa Galante was founded thanks to Fabio Biondi's wish to draw the international public's attention to a new and ultimate Italian presence in the field of musical interpretation played on antique instruments of the great baroque and classic repertoire. For this purpose, Biondi gathered around him some of the best Italian musicians, with whom he had already worked in the most famous international ensembles.

Europa Galante met with an immediate success: their first record, Vivaldi's concertos, resulted in a big hit, and was awarded the Premio Cini of Venice and the Choc de la Musique, soon followed in the subsequent years by a remarkable number of further recognitions such as five Golden Diapasons, Golden Diapason of the Year in France, RTL Prize, 'Record of the Year' nominations in Spain, Canada, Sweden, France and Finland, Prix du Disque (Locatelli's Concerti Grossi), 'ffff' of Telerama review (Humanità e Lucifero oratorio).

Europa Galante has performed worldwide in the major concert halls and theatres: the Scala Theatre in Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Suntory Hall of Tokyo, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Lincoln Center of New York and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble regularly tours through Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay).

Europa Galante collaborates with the Ente Santa Cecilia Roma in order to recover and restore the XVIII century Italian operas, such as Antonio Caldara's 'La Passione di Gesù Cristo' and Leonardo Leo's 'Sant'Elena al Calvario'. This activity includes the ensemble presence at the Alessandro Scarlatti Festival of Palermo with the first world performance of 'Clori, Dorino e Amore serenata', 'Massimo Puppieno' and 'Il Trionfo dell'Onore'.

Europa Galante's repertoire ranges from the great XVIII century instrumental operas to Haendel's (Poro) and Vivaldi's (Bajazet) operas, to Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorios ('Maddalena', 'Humanità e Lucifero', 'Caino'). The ensemble describes itself as a 'varying structure', their approach and method consisting of a close study and a sophisticated selection of the chamber music.
This resulted in successful recordings of Luigi Boccherini's 'Quintetti' and sonatas by Dario Castello's, Legrenzi's, Farina's and other XVII century italian composers. After years of collaboration with the Opus 111 French record company, in 1998 Europa Galante signed an exclusive contract with Virgin Classic which has already published their recordings of Vivaldi's 'Estro Armonico' and 'Concerti per violino', Luigi Boccherini's Quintets.
Recent recordings include arias from Bach Cantatas with tenor Ian Bostridge, Vivaldi's Mottetti, with counter tenor David Daniels.

This season comprises concerts at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Palais des Congrès in Bruxelles and the Barbican Centre in London, starting a extensive English tour; a tour in Spain and a collaboration with the French Ballet Atlantique in the production 'Chair Obscur' and the world (modern) premiere of 'La Santissima Trinità' di A.Scarlatti.

     
     

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