In addition to his activities as founder-director of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is renowned as a recitalist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ, and is considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Monteverdi worldwide. His profound knowledge and love of the Italian repertoire is naturally reflected in programmes in which he seeks to reproduce the essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements so fundamental to Italian music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
He has performed in Japan, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe, and is in growing demand with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della RAI, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Toscanini, Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Bordeaux, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and Kölner Rundfunkorchester. He is Principal Guest Conductor at Norwegian Opera.
Recent engagements as an opera conductor have included Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Monnaie in Brussels, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse at Welsh National Opera, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Monteverdi Orfeo in Oslo. He has also conducted and directed a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salamanca.
In the near future he will conduct Don Giovanni in Vienna, Poppea in Bordeaux, Vivaldi’s Armida in Paris and Vienna and the complete Monteverdi cycle at La Scala, with several concert performances in Copenhagen, San Francisco, Madrid, Liverpool, and Oslo.
His recordings include not only Italian music, but also Bach and his contemporaries. He has garnered the highest critical plaudits including three Gramophone Awards, two Grands Prix du Disque, three Deutsche Schallplattenpreise, the Prix Caecilia, the Premio Cini, and four Midem Awards in Cannes.
Rinaldo Alessandrini was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Together with Concerto Italiano he was awarded the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati. He is also responsible for the Monteverdi opera edition at Bärenreiter Verlag.
Concerto Italiano’s revelatory interpretations have revolutionised our perception of Italian music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (the group’s groundbreaking recordings of Monteverdi’s madrigals have achieved international benchmark status), establishing it with critics and audiences as the finest ensemble of its kind in Italy today. Moving on from the madrigal repertoire, in addition to its vibrant performances and recordings of familiar Baroque masterpieces, Rinaldo Alessandrini’s ensemble has also reclaimed for modern audiences works that have languished in obscurity for centuries.
The ensemble’s current schedule features sacred music by Handel, Scarlatti, Legrenzi, Vivaldi, Melani, Pergolesi, and Stradella; instrumental works by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Locatelli, and Rossini; and secular vocal music by Monteverdi, Marenzio, De Wert, Charpentier, Nenna, and De Monte.
Concerto Italiano has appeared in Utrecht (Oude Muziek Festival), Rotterdam, Antwerp (Flanders Festival), London (Lufthansa Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Glasgow, Vienna (Konzerthaus), Graz (Styriarte), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels (Festival de Wallonie, Flanders Festival, Société Philharmonique), Madrid (Liceo de Cámara), Barcelona (Festival de Música Antigua, Palau de la Música), Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, Oslo (Chamber Music Festival), Bergen, Vantaa, Turku, Paris (Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville), Beaune, Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Metz (Arsenal), Ambronay, Saintes, Versailles, Cologne (Conservatory and WDR), Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Rome (Accademia di S. Cecilia and Accademia Filarmonica Romana), Milan (Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio), Ravenna, Ferrara, Turin, Spoleto (Festival dei Due Mondi), Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Rio de Janeiro (Teatro São Paolo), Mexico City, New York (Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center, Washington (Library of Congress), Tokyo, and Kyoto.
The group’s most recent large-scale productions were the Monteverdi Vespers, the Brandenburg Concertos, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (new staging in Salamanca), his complete sixth and eighth books of madrigals in France, Spain and Italy, and a year-long tour of L’Orfeo in Italy, Belgium and Spain. During the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Concerto Italiano was in residence for a spectacular Monteverdi cycle of five concerts including excerpts from all the books of madrigals. The next major project is Vivaldi’s Armida. Concerto Italiano will also be involved in the complete Monteverdi trilogy with the stage director Robert Wilson at La Scala during the 2009-11 seasons.
Concerto Italiano records exclusively for Naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, a collection of sacred music by A. Scarlatti, Monteverdi’s complete eighth book, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The impressive array of critical awards received for these recordings confirms the outstanding performance quality of a group now recognised as a unique force in the interpretation of seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury music. Concerto Italiano was awarded the Premio Abbiati in Italy in 2003.
- disc 1
- 1. A Sei Voci - Bernard Fabre-Garrus "Ave Maria"
- disc 2
- 2. A SEI VOCI - Bernard Fabre-Garrus "Fabri: Vesperae a quattuor choris"
- disc 3
- 3. Anne Quentin "Inconstance et vanité du Monde: Musique aux cours de France et de Savoie en 1601"
- disc 4
- 4. A Sei Voci - Bernard Fabre-Garrus "Une messe imaginaire"
- disc 5
- 5. Accentus - Laurence Equilbey - Frédéric Desenclos "Hugard: Missa "Redde Mihi Laetitiam""
- disc 6
- 6. Ensemble Polyphonique de France - Charles Ravier "Clément Janequin XIX chansons nouvelles"
- disc 7
- 7. Doulce Mémoire - Denis Raisin Dadre "Henri IV & Marie de Medicis, Messe de mariage"
- disc 8
- 8. Doulce Mémoire - Denis Raisin Dadre "Jacques Moderne: Fricassées lyonnaises"
- disc 9
- 9. Eugène Ferré - Jérome Blum - Brian Feehan - Pascal Monteilhet "Nicolas Vallet: Le Secret des muses"
- disc 10
- 10. Hopkinson Smith "Guerau: Poema Harmonico"
- disc 11
- 11. Hopkinson Smith "Pierre Attaingnant"
- disc 12
- 12. Patrick Cohen - Ensemble Baroque de Limoges - Christophe Coin "Mozart: Concertos No. 6 & 9"
- disc 13
- 13. Jérôme Hantaï - Philippe Couvert - Alix Verzier "Haydn: Trios"
- disc 14
- 14. Paul Badura-Skoda "Pianoforte Sonatas K. 284, K. 309, K. 311 (Tome 2)"
- disc 15
- 15. Quatuor Mosaïques "Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 No. 1, No. 3 & No. 6"
- disc 16
- 16. Quatuor Mosaïques "Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 No. 2, No. 4 & No. 5"
- disc 17
- 17. Quatuor Mosaïques "Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64, 76 & 77"
- disc 18
- 18. Quatuor Mosaïques "Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18, No. 5 & No. 6"
- disc 19
- 19. Quatuor Mosaïques "Mozart: The String Quartets Dedicated to Haydn"
- disc 20
- 20. Quatuor Mosaïques "Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20"
- disc 21
- 21. Quatuor Mosaïques "Haydn - Beethoven - Mozart - Schubert - Mendelssohn"
- disc 22
- 22. Quatuor Mosaïques "Portrait"
- disc 23
- 23. Ensemble Kapsberger - Rolf Lislevand "Alfabeto: Foscarini - Pellegrini - Granata - Corbetta"
- disc 24
- 24. Jean-Claude Malgoire - La Grande Ecurie & La Chambre du Roy "Mozart La nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni"
- disc 25
- 25. Ensemble Fitzwilliam - Le Concert Royal "Musique à la cour du Roy"
- disc 26
- 26. Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr - Emmanuel Mandrin - Isabelle Desrochers "Musique pour les couvents du Roy"
- disc 27
- 27. Rolf Lislevand - Les Festes Galantes - Ensemble Zefiro - Ensemble Fitzwilliam - Le Concert Français "Baroque Festivities"
- disc 28
- 28. Rolf Lislevand "La belle homicide"
- disc 29
- 29. Rinaldo Alessandrini "Pasquini: Sonate per gravicembalo"
- disc 30
- 30. Sébastien Marcq - François Fernandez - Philippe Pierlot - Pierre Hantaï "Bach"
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