Rediscovering Baroque Music
We are a chamber music ensemble specialized in the recovery of the European instrumental repertoire of the early 18th century. Our work is fueled by our curious spirit and the constant search for a historically informed performance. We seek to give life to completely unknown works and rediscover the forgotten musical language of the Baroque. It is a language that breaks with the established music tradition, a language that gives a new life to each musical act. An ever-changing speech, new, fresh but that emerges from a deep understanding of our past and that connects the audience with a different way of understanding music. It is rhetorical music, rooted on the art of convincing the listener; that moves his feelings, that teaches, moves, and delights.
Scaramuccia was founded on the initiative of violinist and musicologist Javier Lupiáñez and debuted at the fringes of Bruges and Utrecht festivals in summer 2013, with a very positive reception by audience and organizers. Since then, the ensemble has established itself in the European Early Music scene as an original proposal. Among other festivals and venues, Scaramuccia has performed in Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht – Janine Jansen and Friends, Kasteelconcerten, and Musica Antica da Camera (The Netherlands), Fora do Lugar (Portugal), Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro de Madrid (Spain), Museum Vleeshuis and Philarmonie de Namur (Belgium), Maldon Festival of Arts (United Kingdom), and Festival Echi Lontani (Italy).
In its zeal to discover new music, Scaramuccia had the privilege of attributing for the first time the RV 820 and the RV 205/2 to Vivaldi and performing both pieces as a world première in an interview and a live concert broadcasted by the programme De Musyck Kamer of the Dutch radio station Concertzender in the summer of 2014. These pieces, together with the latest Vivaldi discoveries for violin and basso continuo, were recorded for Ayros in 2015 on the ensemble’s first album.
Scaramuccia was awarded the Audience Prize in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2015/2016 competition.
Scaramuccia is currently immersed in “The Cabinet II Project”, a journey to Dresden in the footsteps of the great Konzertmeister Johann Georg Pisendel and his manuscripts preserved in the Schranck II. The scope of the project includes the unearthing of musical works, live performances, sheet music and musicological texts publishing, and CD recordings.
“1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy”, released in 2018 is the first of these CD. It has been acclaimed by reviewers all over Europe, and has been nominated to the ICMA awards 2019. It was released with their own recording label: Snakewood Editions.
5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Brian Clark, Early Music Review
5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Discos Recomendados” Ángel Villagrasa, Melómano
“Fascinating CD”… “They are technically outstanding and balanced with rare sensitivity” Brian Robins, Early Music Review
“The performances are consistently persuasive and full of flair and sensitivity.”
Jonathan Woolf , Musicweb
“This disc is not just one of many. This is a major addition to the Vivaldi discography.” […] This disc is a model of sincere and intelligent music-making.” Johan van Veen. Musica Dei donum
Our concert programs are very carefully prepared in many ways: musically, historically and rhetorically.
The presentation of the pieces and the interaction with the audience are crucial for us; we would like the listener to listen actively, to become a part of the music itself. We understand the performance as a journey through emotions, giving it unity from the first to the last note.Read More
The aim of Scaramuccia is to rediscover unknown and great music from the past. We are doing an intensive research and planning new and exciting projects that will need financial support. You can be part of all these adventures making a contribution. No matter how big or small it is, it will be greatly appreciated!Read More