Godina: 2019

07.09.2019., 8 p.m. – Little square, Trpanj

LA RITIRATA (Spain)

JOSETXU OBREGÓN, cello & artistic direction

Tamar Lalo, recorder

Ignacio Prego, harpsichord

Daniel Garay, percussion

 

 

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1630 – 1670)            

Sonata da chiesa, Op.3, No.4 “La Castella”            

 

Andrea Falconieri (1585 – 1656)

Corrente detta L’Auellina                             

Corriente dicha la cuella

Il Spiritillo Brando

Brando dicho el Melo

 

Domenico Gabrielli (1659 – 1690)             

Ricercare VI para cello solo

 

Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1667 – 1727)

Sonata per Camera, Op. 1, No. 8 in a-moll  

 

Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)             

Marionas

 

Diego Ortiz (c. 1510 – c. 1570)

Recercadas Sobre la canción „Doulce Memoire“

 

Andrea Falconieri

Alemana dicha Villega                                 

La Benedetta

Corriente Dicha la Mota, hecha por Don Pedro de la Mota

 

Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632 – 1692)

Toccata y bergamasca per la lettera B

           

Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739)             

Cumbées        

 

Andrea Falconieri

La Suave Melodía                             

 

Diego Ortiz

Recercadas Sobre Tenores Italianos

06.09.2019, 9 p.m. – Arneri Palace Courtyard, Korčula

LA RITIRATA (Spain)

JOSETXU OBREGÓN, cello & artistic direction

Tamar Lalo, recorder

Ignacio Prego, harpsichord

Daniel Garay, percussion

 

 

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1630 – 1670)            

Sonata da chiesa, Op.3, No.4 “La Castella”            

 

Andrea Falconieri (1585 – 1656)

Corrente detta L’Auellina                             

Corriente dicha la cuella

Il Spiritillo Brando

Brando dicho el Melo

 

Domenico Gabrielli (1659 – 1690)             

Ricercare VI para cello solo

 

Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1667 – 1727)

Sonata per Camera, Op. 1, No. 8 in a-moll  

 

Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)             

Marionas

 

Diego Ortiz (c. 1510 – c. 1570)

Recercadas Sobre la canción „Doulce Memoire“

 

Andrea Falconieri

Alemana dicha Villega                                 

La Benedetta

Corriente Dicha la Mota, hecha por Don Pedro de la Mota

 

Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632 – 1692)

Toccata y bergamasca per la lettera B

           

Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739)             

Cumbées        

 

Andrea Falconieri

La Suave Melodía                             

 

Diego Ortiz

Recercadas Sobre Tenores Italianos

La Ritirata

Dedicated to combining accurate historical awareness (through a knowledge of the instruments and aesthetics of a composer’s time) with the highest levels of artistic quality, La Ritirata is at home in Baroque musical traditions from all across Europe; Bach and Handel figure in the ensemble’s programmes as much as Italian and Spanish composers from the courtly traditions of Early Baroque who feature on the Glossa album Il Spiritillo Brando. And naturally, given the Boccherinian reference in its name, La Ritirata holds a special place in its heart for the Classical era composer from Lucca who settled in Spain: programmes of cello sonatas, string trios and other chamber works feature in the group’s repertory. The talent of La Ritirata is taking the group to concert venues and festivals all over the world; recent examples include the National Theatre of Beijing, the CNART Early Music Festival (México City), the closing ceremony of the Spanish EU presidency (Tokyo), the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (Germany), the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago (Chile), the Centro Studi Boccherini (Lucca), the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, as well as all across Spain including at Musika-Música for La Folle Journée in the Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), the Real Alcázar (Sevilla) and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid (in a series organized by the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical). La Ritirata was also the only Spanish group to be selected for the first ‘Grande Audition’ of the European Early Music Network, REMA. Regular members of La Ritirata include some of the finest musicians of the younger generations of historically-informed performers, such as Tamar Lalo, Enrike Solinís and Daniel Zapico, as well as more-established players such as the renowned Hiro Kurosaki. In 2016-2017 season La Ritirata performed at Potsdam Festival, at the Gemäldegalerie Berlin (concert
broadcasted live for Germany by Deutschlandradio Kultur), at the Haydn String Quartet Festival Eszterháza (Hungary), at the Varazdin Baroque Evenings (Croatia), at the Banchetto Musicale Festival in Vilna (Lithuania), two concerts at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Bogotá (Colombia) and Algeria and offered two concerts in Bilbao, the Festival Internacional de Órgano de Getafe (Madrid), the Conjunto Monumental San Juan de Dios (Murcia), the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel-Aviv and the Kulturforum Amthof in Feldkirchen in Kärnten (Austria). In 2017/2018 season La Ritirara performed concerts in Ecuador, Festival de Música Antiga in Palma de Mallorca, Festival de Música Española in Cádiz, Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Thüringer Bachwochen in Germany, and Madrid Arte Sacro Festival. Highlight for this season was the semi-staged performance of Antonio Caldara’s opera “ Don Chisciotte in corte della Duchessa ” at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, along with soloists María Espada, Emiliano González Toro and Joao Fernandes under the stage direction of Ignacio García in November 2017.
In 2018 La Ritirata celebrated its 10th anniversary with the release of its 10th CD “ Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments ” [Glossa] and with performances at London Music Nights in Madrid, the opening concert at the Mozartwochen in Salzburg, two performances at Thüringer Bachwochen Germany, concerts at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Madrid, as well as at the Fundación Juan March, the opening concert of the prestigious “Universo Barroco” concert series at the chamber hall of Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid performing Bocchrini’s Stabat Mater along soprano Nuria Rial (recorded and broadcasted by the Spanish national tv and radio) and took its “A ntonio Caldara: The Cervantes Operas ” to Muziekcentrum De Bijloke in Ghent.
La Ritirata has been recently awarded the Culture Prize of the Comunidad de Madrid in the classical music category – the most distinguished cultural award granted yearly by the Region’s Government that rewards Josetxu Obregón’s research and dissemination of Early Music in this decade, and which has led La Ritirata to perform more than 230 concerts in 22 countries on 4 continents.

JANUARY 2019

Marta Kratochvílová

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. In 2000 began her studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized in baroque and renaissance flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she played baroque and renaissance flute extensively in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique Strasbourg, Bohemia duo and NotaBene. She also performed renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) with a consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

Since 2010 she lives in the Czech Republic while performing regularly throughout Europe. In chamber and solo projects, she cooperates closely with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau and Petr Wagner. She is also leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and interpretation.

Jan Čižmář

Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire.

After graduation in guitar and musicology in his native Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar.

He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

Plaisirs de Musique

Plaisirs de Musique is an ensemble that specializes in authentic performance of music from older periods on period instruments. Under the artistic direction of Jan Čižmář it interprets music from the 15th to the 19th century. Its members are leading European professional musicians specializing in early music. Projects which the ensemble performs are partly purely musical, but they also include cooperation on realisations of opera, recitals with singers, actors and dancers.

Musica Batavia

Founded in the spring of 2009, the Musica Batavia trio has performed in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States to great praise: “Chamber music at its finest,” lauded the Osnabrücker Zeitung in 2012. Since 2011 Musica Batavia has also hosted an annual summer workshop for Baroque string, recorder and harpsichord players.

Bert Honig, Mimi Mitchell and Christina Edelen all regularly perform with a range of prominent ensembles, including The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Currende, In Stil Moderno, Brisk, the Amsterdam Bach Soloists and the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.

All experienced soloists, chamber musicians and teachers, the members of Musica Batavia often combine concert tours with masterclasses.  The ensemble’s repertoire consists of late Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical works and ranges from works by composers such as Bach and Telemann to less well-known figures.

Oliver Webber

An eclectic, international education laid the foundations for Oliver Webber’s adventurous approach to historical performance. His scientific studies and passion for historical Italian literature and language have inspired programming for his ensemble, Monteverdi String Band: recent performances have included poetry, sword-fighting and a specially commissioned play on the life of Galileo.

Outside MSB, Oliver also enjoys making chamber music with the London Handel Players and Passacaglia, and can often be seen and heard working as principal and guest leader with Gabrieli, the London Handel Orchestra, Early Opera Company, and the English Baroque Soloists.

He makes his own gut strings, and his research on this topic has influenced many orchestras and ensembles both in the UK and internationally. Connecting the worlds of scholarship and performance is a passion for Oliver, and he has been active in exploring many aspects of performance practice, including instrument- and bow-holds, intonation systems, and ornamentation. He teaches baroque violin and viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has given guest lectures and workshops throughout Europe.

Oliver lives in London with his wife and two sons, although they spend as much time as possible in the mountains of Liguria, where he also teaches on Deborah Roberts’ Triora Musica 17th-century opera courses, which combine detailed study of recitative and ornamentation with pizza and prosecco.

Monteverdi String Band

The Monteverdi String Band is dedicated to celebrating the sound and style of the early violin consort in both well-established repertoire and creative new programmes. Our instruments are modelled on originals from the early decades of the 17th century; enhanced by pure gut strings in equal tension, they lend the ensemble a rich, grounded and blended tone. As one critic wrote, “The MSB’s sound is quite unlike any that of any other ensemble I know that plays this music”.

Our new programmes have been inspired by the rich cultural milieu of Italy around 1600, and have been greeted with great enthusiasm: Galileo, based on the life, thought and music of the great scientist, premiered at the Brighton Early Music Festival in 2016 (the drama offers a platform for excellent singing and playing from the small forces of the Marian Consort and the Monteverdi String Band” – The Observer), while our reimagining of Monteverdi’s Combattimento in its original context was described as “utterly gripping in its mixture of eroticism and violence” by The Guardian.

Immersing ourselves in the repertoire (both vocal and instrumental), idioms and literature of Monteverdi’s time helps us to bring extra insight to the well-known repertoire such as the remarkable Vespers and the genre-defining operas; we were delighted to read of our 2017 production of L’Orfeo in Brighton, co-directed by MSB director Oliver Webber, that “The musical production has an immediacy and vitality that I found breath-taking” – The Argus.

The Madrigal Transformed, premiered in Sardinia in 2014, in which we interleave “modern” (17th century!) and ancient (16th century) madrigals with contemporary readings, was the first of these creative ventures, and we are delighted to be bringing it to the Korkyra Festival.

News, photographs, articles and video clips can be found at www.monteverdistringband.com

 

Josetxu Obregón

Josetxu Obregón​, cello and artistic direction, born in Bilbao, he studied cello, chamber music and conducting at Bachelor and Masters level in Spain and Holland, where he studied baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and where he was in touch with Anner Bylsma.
Josetxu performs on a regular basis at the most prestigious concert halls in 18 different European countries, the United States, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Japan and China; at venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Opera City, Centro Nacional de las Artes de México, the Royal Festival Hall London. He has played with some of Europe’s most important ensembles, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and in
the context of Early Music with Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and as first cellist of L’Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar), EUBO (European Union Baroque Orchestra) and Arte dei Suonatori, among others. He has recorded for Virgin, Verso, Arsis, Columna Música and The Gift of Music record labels and also for BBC3, NPS Radio 3 Holland, Mezzo, the Spanish National Radio and TV and the Macedonian TV, among others.
Josetxu plays an original 1740 cello by Sebastian Klotz.