Programmes

Our concert programmes are well designed in terms of the choice of repertoire; we also take great care of the historical and rhetorical aspects of the music we perform.

Presentation of the pieces and interaction with the Audience are crucial for us. We want the Listener to listen actively in order to become part of the Musical Act itself. We understand the performance as a journey through emotions, entailing everything from the first to the last note.

Lectures

In addition to our concerts, an introductory lecture is available.

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New Programmes

Our most recent projects, all of them featuring world premieres

L'Altra Venezia

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Music for Violin, Cello and Continuo by Venetian Masters at the dawn of the Settecento

Cello Sonatas by Gentili and violin sonatas by Albinoni, Caldara, Gentili, Reali and Bigaglia

[Recorded for Snakewood Editions in 2023]

It seems that the Venice of the early 18th century is today inexorably linked to the name of Vivaldi, but Venice is not only Vivaldi: in those years the young composer lives and breathes the music of Venetian masters today overshadowed by the imposing figure of the Prete Rosso. Great masters who, at the dawn of the 18th century, forged a new musical taste, an extraordinary change of style that in a matter of a few years will assimilate the old Italian tradition in a new exuberant and virtuous instrumental language.

“L’altra Venezia” shows us unexplored places in Venice at the turn of the century: composers hidden behind gigantic figures such as Vivaldi, works silenced for centuries that show us the splendor of a new style in the making. Composers that deserve to be remembered, works that must be unearthed. Thus, two sonatas by the great Albinoni recently discovered by Prof. Michael Talbot or sonatas of the former concertmaster of the San Marco orchestra, Giorgio Gentili, are some of the works that will be performed for the first time in a program made up entirely of premieres in modern times.

Other programmes

Pisendel. Neue Sonaten

Forces: violin, cello, harpsichord 

[Recorded for Snakewood in 2020]

World premiere recording of newly discovered sonatas by Johann Georg Pisendel.

Johann Georg Pisendel was one of those artists who undoubtedly marked the European music scene of the first half of the eighteenth century. He was a reference for performers and composers of his time and his legacy continues to surprise us and discover fundamental and unknown aspects of the Baroque musical world. Yet, Pisendel is still a great unknown.

The discovery of these sonatas represents a major addition to the musical repertoire of the 18th century as well as the rediscovery of one of the greatest virtuosos of the first half of the 18th century.

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1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy 

Forces: violin, cello, harpsichord 

[Recorded for Snakewood Editions in February 2018]

September, 1717.

The young virtuoso Johann Georg Pisendel returned to Germany after almost one year of travelling across Italy. Pisendel, who was to become one of the most renowned musicians in Europe, arrived in Dresden later that year to take the position of Premier Violon in the Dresden Hofkapelle. During his Italian sojourn he earned the respect and friendship of the most important musicians of the time, including Vivaldi, Montanari and Albinoni. Pisendel brought with him not only the teachings of the great virtuosos, but also luggage full of musical manuscripts, a selection of scores carefully made by himself. Some of those musical treasures were last performed 300 years ago.

New Discoveries of Vivaldi

Forces: violin, cello, harpsichord [optional: theorbo]

[Recorded for Ayros in November 2015]

Vivaldi is perhaps one of the most famous composers of all time and yet we are still discovering his work. Scaramuccia’s programme features the most recently discovered Vivaldi sonatas for violin, as well as an exciting discovery of two works (2015) by the Venetian composer, as identified by our violinist Javier Lupiáñez.

The scores were added to the RISM as RV 820 and RV 205/2. 

 

The Handel Experience

Forces: 2 violins, violoncello and harpsichord

Works by Handel, Veracini, Geminiani, Vivaldi, Telemann, Oswald and Jimi Hendrix

The Handel Experience takes you on a journey through the life of Handel: the people he met, the places he visited and the music he listened to. All of this put together opens up a fascinating network of characters and relationships, where the central characters are Handel and his music (a concert programme by Scaramuccia tailored for the competition of the Göttingen Historical Music Series 2016).

Lament

Forces: 2 violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord

Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Pandolfi Mealli, Niel Gow, Turlough O’Carolan

Instrumental Laments in the Baroque Period

“Lament” is a look at one of the most beautiful and poignant instrumental repertoires of the European Baroque. From the traditional “Scottish lament”, French “tombeau” and instrumental laments in Italian and German music, we will embark on a musical journey through the 17th and 18th centuries as viewed from a different, daring perspective. We will discover melodies inspired by the most profound sadness, which then end up becoming the most powerful apology to hope and beauty, for which our world is often so desperate