Sonatas for violin with thorough bass
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 – 1704)
Sonatas n° V et VI (Sonatae violono solo, 1681)
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667)
Lamento on the death of Ferdinand III
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (v. 1620 – 1680)
Sonata tertia & quarta (Unarum Fidium)
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1620 – 1669)
Sonata op. 3 n° IV La Castella
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonate n° III Sonatae violino solo
Domitille Gilon, violin and direction
Ronald Martin Alonso, viola da gamba
Diego Salamanca, theorbo
Chloé Sévère, harpsichord and organ
Austria: At the Habsburg court
Saturday July 25th, 21:00 – Valloire church
Though the intense musical activity that prevailed at the Habsburg court seems to date back to the 15th century, the accession to the throne of Ferdinand III, in 1637, started a new dynasty of highly cultured, music loving emperors, if not talented musicians or prolific composers themselves. These generous sponsors, notably Ferdinand III, Leopold I and Joseph I, were thus effective actors of the musical life that punctuated the various events at the court.
Such ebullient creativeness rippled out across Europe, fostering numerous exchanges between Germany and Italy, then Spain and France. Vienna then became the melting pot of constantly renewed practices, styles and techniques of composition or interpretation.
The works chosen for the coming concert were all composed in the artistic heyday of the 17th-century court of Vienna. Not just inventive, they bear witness to the close bond that the Habsburg emperors and four of their favourite composers entertained.
Stravaganza is a baroque ensemble formed around violinist Domitille Gilon and harpsichordist Thomas Soltani. It is essentially focused on 17th and 18th-century chamber music for one or two high-pitched instruments.
A flexible project, Stravaganza is composed of soloists coming from the most important European conservatories (Lyon CNSMD, Paris CNSMD, Amsterdam Conservatory…). It regularly performs within a great many reputed professional orchestras: La Simphonie du Marais (Hugo Reyne), Ensemble Sagittarius (Michel Laplénie), Fuoco e Cenere (Jay Bernfeld), Gli Incogniti (Amandine Beyer), Les Ambassadeurs (Alexis Kossenko), Ensemble Pulcinella (Ophélie Gaillard), Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien (François Lazarevich)…
Invited at numerous international festivals, Stravaganza appears in France (Festival baroque du Pays du Mont-Blanc, Festival Jeunes Talents – Paris, Sinfonia en Périgord, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo…), and equally across Europe : Scotland (Saint Cecilia Hall – Edinburgh), The Netherlands (Fabulous Fringe Oude Muziek festival – Utrecht), Belgium (Ma festival – Bruges), Germany (Tage Alter Musik Regensburg), England, Austria (Wiener Konzerthaus), Poland…
Stravaganza’s first recording, “Concert à la cour des Habsbourg”, released in 2012, met with great critical success: 5/5 Muse Baroque, 4 croches Pizzicato, 5/5 On-Mag. Both the ensemble’s second recording, featuring trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, and the following one, with soprano Hasnaa Bennani, were equally widely acclaimed.
“Abendmusiken”, the ensemble’s latest recording, centred on High Baroque in Northern Germany, is dedicated to sonatas for two violins and viola da gamba by D. Buxtehude, J.A. Reinken, J. Theile…
Stravaganza is a member of FEVIS. It receives the support of Adami, the conseil général et régional of P.A.C.A and of the city of Digne-les-Bains for its educational involvement.