Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Sinfonia in C major RV 116
Allegro – Affetuoso – Presto
Concerto for cello in A minor RV 421
Allegro non troppo – Largo – Allegro
Concerto for violin and organ in C major RV 808
Allegro – Largo – Allegro
Les Quatre Saisons, Opus 8
Concerto Op. 8 nº 1 in E major RV 269
Allegro – Largo – Allegro
Concerto Op. 8 nº 2 in G minor RV 315
Allegro non molto – Adagio – Presto
Concerto Op. 8 nº 3 in F major RV 293
Allegro – Adagio molto – Allegro
Concerto Op. 8 nº 4 in F minor RV 297
Allegro non molto – Largo – Allegro
Amandine Beyer, solo violin and direction
Alba Roca, Yoko Kawakubo, violins
Marta Páramo, viola
Marco Ceccato, cello
Baldomero Barciela, violone
Francesco Romano, theorbo
Anna Fontana, harpsichord and organ
Le Théâtre du Temps
Les Quatre Saisons et autres concertos de Antonio Vivaldi
Sunday July 30th, 21:00 – Valloire church
The four seasons
Among the works most often played and recorded, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons undoubtedly ranks first. Ever since the composer was rediscovered in the 1930’s, the score has become his iconic composition, performed in innumerable interpretations, with various aesthetic slants. You may then wonder how the work fits in a programme dedicated to curiosities and oddities, the theme of the 2017 edition of the festival. Well, in terms of structure, none of the Four Seasons concertos resembles any other of Vivaldi’s concertos. Ever surprising, ever creative, the composer drives both violin technique and concerto form beyond their wonted limits, achieving a then unprecedented result. Such inventiveness compels the musician to get rid of a number of interpretative habits and find technical and musical solutions likely to render Vivaldi’s intent, all the while allowing in his or her own perception and imagination.
Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti
For some years now, Amandine Beyer has unquestionably been a major figure of baroque music in particular, and of the revival of classical music in general.
She studies the violin at the CNSMD in Paris, then enrols at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, training with Chiara Banchini, whose teaching position she takes over in 2011. In a short time, she distinguishes herself at several international competitions, winning, among other awards, First Prize at the Vivaldi competition in Turin, in 2001. Amandine Beyer is then invited to give countless master classes, also often called as concert master by orchestras from the world over; to name but a few, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Torento Tafel Musik Baroque Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Gent, Chiara Banchini’s Ensemble 415, the Accademia Montis Regalis, Al Ayre Espanyol…
She regularly appears at chamber music recitals, playing with such equally prominent fellow musicians as Pierre Hantaï or Giuliano Carmignola.
In 2006, she founds her own ensemble, Gli Incogniti. Together, they perform at the most prestigious French concert venues (Théâtre de la Ville, Philharmonie de Paris, Montpellier, Sablé, Saintes, Fondation Royaumont…) and also abroad (Washington and Boston Festivals, Bergen International Festival, Wigmore Hall in London, Oude Muziek at Utrecht, Ogi Hall in Tokyo…)
In 2008, the ensemble releases a recording of Vivaldi’s « Four Seasons », now a reference version, which immediately raises its profile among the general public. A springboard for Gli Incogniti’s lavish ensuing discography: Matteis, Rosenmüller, Vivaldi, Corelli, Couperin… Unanimously acclaimed by critics, CD after CD, the ensemble reaps the highest distinctions in the music world (Diapason d’Or, Choc de l’année, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, ffff by Télérama).
In 2012, choreographer Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker calls for Amandine Beyer’s participation for the creation of her latest work « Partita 2 »; the onset of an ongoing partnership which allows her to attract ever-wider, and different, audiences.
Gli Incogniti is supported by FCM for its Vivaldi tour.
Gli Incogniti‘s web site : www.gliincogniti.com