Concerto Italiano © Javier Sierra

Concerto Italiano

Rinaldo Alessandrini - artistic director

Rinaldo Alessandrini’s Concerto Italiano was born in 1984. Its history overlaps with that of the revival of early music in Italy. Monteverdi, Bach and Vivaldi were the main pins over which the group has been able to renew the language of ancient music, revealing completely new aesthetic and rhetorical aspects. After 33 years the recordings of Concerto Italiano are still considered as value of reference by critics and public.

Concerto Italiano has appeared in Utrecht (Oude Muziek Festival), Rotterdam (De Doelen, De Singel), Antwerp and Leuven (Flandern Festival), London (Lufthansa Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall), Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), Aldeburgh, Glasgow, Vienna (Konzerthaus), Graz (Styriarte), Innsbruck, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels (Festival de Wallonie, Flandern Festival, Societè Philarmonique), Madrid (Liceo de Camara), Barcelona (Festival de Musica Antigua, Palau de la Musica), Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, S.Sebastian, Salamanca, Santander, Oslo (Chamber Music Festival), Bergen, Vantaa, Turku, Paris (Citè de la Musique, Theatre de la Ville, Theatre des Champs Elysèes), Beaune, Lyon, Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Metz (Arsenal), Ambronay, Saintes, Chase-Dieux, Berlin (Philharmonie, Pierre Boulez Saal), Cologne (WDR), Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Rome (Accademia di S. Cecilia, Accademia Filarmonica Romana), Milan (Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio), Ravenna, Ferrara, Turin, Spoleto (Festival dei Due Mondi), Palermo (Festival Scarlatti), Perugia, Bologna (Bologna Festival), Naples (Teatro S. Carlo and Associazione Scarlatti), Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Krakow, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Rio de Janeiro (Teatro S. Paolo), New York (Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center), Washington (Library of Congress), Tokyo etc.

Concerto Italiano has been recently involved in the complete Monteverdi opera cycle at La Scala (Milan) and Opera Garnier (Paris) with the stage director Bob Wilson. In 2016 the ensemble made its debut in Australia and New Zealand performing Monteverdi’s Vespers. Together with RIAS Kammerchor the group has been touring with a monumental program of roman sacred music and A. Scarlatti’s oratorio “Caino”. Performing Monteverdi’s music such as 1610 Vespers, Orfeo and Poppea and others, they toured China and Japan, Australia, New York (debut concert at Carnegie Hall) and many European cities in 2017.

Concerto Italiano regularly records on naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”, a collection of sacred music by A. Scarlatti, Monteverdi’s complete 8th Book of Madrigals and Bach’s “Brandeburg Concertos” as well as Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and “Selva Morale e Spirituale”. The impressive array of critical awards received for these recordings confirms the outstanding quality of their performances, now recognised as a unique force in the interpretation of seventeenth and eighteenth century music. Their latest recordings of 2019 are “un viaggio a roma” with Sandrine Piau (soprano) and Sara Mingardo (contralto) and a recording of the complete ouvertures for orchestra by Johann Sebastian, Johann Bernhard and Johann Ludwig Bach. Further recording projects to be realized on naïve in 2020 include the complete madrigals by Monteverdi as well as music by Legrenzi, Bononcini and Louis Couperin.