AUSTRIA – Stravaganza_En

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620 – 1680)
Sonate terza : Sonatae unarum fidium, seu a violino solo (Nürnberg, 1664)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 – 1704)
Sonate n° V : Sonatae violino solo (Salzburg, 1681)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (v. 1620 – 1680)
Sonate quarta : Sonatae unarum fidium, seu a violino solo (Nürnberg, 1664)
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667)
Lamentation sur la mort de sa majesté Ferdinand III, se joue lentement et à la discrétion (clavecin seul)
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1620 – 1669)
Sonata op.3 n° IV : La Castella, aus Sei Sonate a violino solo per chiesa e camera (Innsbruck, 1660)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonate n° III : Sonatae violino solo (Salzburg 1681)
Ensemble Stravaganza
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.

Ensemble Stravaganza

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.
Interview Thomas Soltani and Gaël de Kerret about the concerts performed in Valloire: