MONTANARI: Concerto Grosso in A Major
in A Major
Performed according to the traditions of the time
by the European Union Baroque Orchestra
Concertmaster & Violin Soloist: Kinga Ujszászi
Music Director & Violin Soloist: Riccardo Minasi
A live recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 9 Min. 48 Sec.
Digital Album · 3 Tracks
ntonio Maria Montanari (29 November 1676 in Modena - 2 April 1737 in Rome) was an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque period. Nothing is known of Antonio Maria Montanari's childhood or his musical education but he was already in Rome as a young man, and between 1692 and 1737 documentation exists (albeit with interruptions) indicating his involvement as a violinist, often in important positions, in the orchestra of Cardinal Ottoboni. From 1712 onwards he appears to have held a permanent post in the Ottoboni household but he also served other families of the Roman nobility, and he is thus found among the musicians who performed in George Frederic Handel's La Resurrezione in 1708 in the Palazzo Ruspoli. On this occasion, and on others documented from 1694 onwards, he is referred to as 'Antonio del sig.r card.le Colonna', which suggests that he had already been in the service of Cardinal Giovanni Paolo Colonna for some time. Between 1695 and 1708 he was in the service of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili and of the Accademia del Disegno di S Luca. Montanari must have had considerable standing as a violinist, his name always appearing near the top of the lists of players. His reputation was such that Johann Georg Pisendel, who had already studied with Giuseppe Torelli and Antonio Vivaldi, took lessons from him in 1717. In his op. 5 trio sonatas of 1707 Giuseppe Valentini entitled one work La Montanari. He also dedicated a sonnet to Montanari in his collection of Rime, and another sonata by him entitled La Montanari exists in Dresden. The most important single source of biographical information on Antonio Maria Montanari is a commemorative seven-line paragraph squeezed in at the foot of a lightly caricatural pen sketch of the composer by the famous artist Pier Leone Ghezzi:
"S.r Antonio Montanari virtuossisimo sonator di violino, e poi era accompagniata la virtù con un costume da angelo il quale morì alli due di aprile 1737. alle ore 23. e la sua morte è stata compianta da tutta Roma, et io cav. Ghezzi me ne sono lassata la presente memoria il giorno doppo la sua morte, il quale morì in 3 giorni di pontura in età di anni 62 e fu esposto nella chiesa di S. Apostoli dove gli fù cantata messa solenne da tutti i professori di musica tanto cantanti, che sonatori, con 12 faccolotti, ove in detta chiesa riposerà sino al giuditio. Amen. Il med.o nacque alli 29 di novembre del 1676 alle ore 5."
According to contemporary sources, Montanari experimented with enharmonic micro-intervals. His high standing as a violinist suggests that he would have had a teacher-pupil relationship with many talented players in Rome, especially after the death of Arcangelo Corelli, including, perhaps, Pietro Antonio Locatelli. Montanari's works have yet to be studied in depth. His Concerti op.1 are exceptionally well crafted, the alliance of virtuosity with solid contrapuntal writing suggesting the possibility of a lineage of post-Corellian solo concerto such as no other composer attempted. Hitherto almost completely ignored, Montanari's concertos rank amongst the most impressive achievements in the Italian repertoire.
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European Union Baroque Orchestra ~ Cultural Ambassador for the European Union
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: EUBO auditions and selects completely new personnel every year. EUBO's ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young Baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. Members of EUBO come from all over the EU to gain experience, working together for a six-month season with Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and some of the world's leading guest directors, including Enrico Onofri, Roy Goodman, Alexis Kossenko, Ton Koopman, Christina Pluhar, Margaret Faultless, Riccardo Minasi, Paul Agnew and Gottfried von der Goltz. Tours take them to all corners of Europe - from celebrated city concert halls, to seaside summer festivals, to monasteries nestling in autumnal forests, and to winter celebrations in beautiful churches. And at the centre of these great arcs of European travelling EUBO has established residencies in several cities, most notably as "orchestra-in-residence" in Echternach, Luxembourg, where, with the support of its local partners, it is creating a centre of excellence for Baroque music. EUBO's activities are supported with a grant from the European Commission's programme "cultural ambassadors". Flying the flag for Europe, "EUBO is" as President José Manuel Barroso says, "a perfect symbol of the power of integration, a subtle and potent instrument of harmonisation between people and nations".
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is supported by the European Commission Culture Programme, Ville d'Echternach, Festival International Echternach, Trifolion Echternach, the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg and the Early Music Shop.
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European Union Baroque Orchestra 2012
Magdalena Cieslak (Poland) ~ Anna Curzon (UK) ~ Dominika Fehér (Hungary) ~ Nadine Henrichs (Germany) ~ Joanna Kaniewska (Poland) ~ Jacek Kurzydło (Poland) ~ Emma Lake (UK) ~ Claudia Norz (Austria) ~ Lena Weckesser (Germany)
Ricardo Cuende Isuskiza (Spain) ~ Magdalena Schenk-Bader (Germany) ~ Annemarie Kosten-Dür (Austria)
Petr Hamouz (Czech Republic) ~ Lea Rahel Bader (Germany)
Zaynab Martin (UK)
Francesco Tomasi (Italy)
Jean-Christophe Dijoux (France) ~ Eloy Orzaiz Galarza (Spain)
Concertmaster & Violin Soloist:
Kinga Ujszászi (Hungary)
Music Director & Violin Soloist:
Riccardo Minasi (Italy)
Director General: Paul James (UK)
Orchestral Manager: Emma Wilkinson (UK)
Communications Manager: Noora Heiskanen (Finland)
Keyboard Technician: Simon Neal (UK)
Riccardo Minasi, born in Rome 1978, has performed both as soloist and as concertmaster with Le Concert des Nations, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Ayre Español, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. As well as the European Union Baroque Orchestra, he has conducted the Kammerakademie of Potsdam, Zurich Kammerorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, L'Arpa Festante, Recreation-Grosses Orchester of Graz, Attersee-Akademie Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Il Complesso Barocco and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. He was invited by Kent Nagano to perform as concertmaster at the Belcanto Festival in Knowlton and collaborated as historical advisor for the Montrèal Symphony Orchestra in Canada. In 2010 he worked as assistant conductor, concertmaster and editor of the upcoming new critical edition of Bellini's opera Norma with Cecilia Bartoli and Thomas Hengelbrock. He has given masterclasses at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (USA), the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Chinese Culture University of Taipei, the Conservatory of Sydney, the Zurich Opera House, and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
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