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I Barocchisti
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Swiss Italian

1950 to Present...

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Società cameristica di Lugano

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Artist Biography
The Associazione Barocchisti - Orchestra Barocca della Svizzera Italiana is a Swiss Chamber Orchestra specializing in baroque music and historical performance practice , directed by Diego Fasolis .
The ensemble emerged from the Società cameristica di Lugano , which - founded and led by Edwin Loehrer (1906-1991) - since the late 1950s rediscovered important vocal and instrumental works of the Baroque, and is now considered on an international level as a reference orchestra for performances Old music on historical instruments. The orchestra is made up of renowned specialists from Italy and Switzerland, which often occur as a soloist at the international level. The cast varies from four to forty musicians. The ensemble plays regularly with well-known vocal soloists such as Cecilia Bartoli , Philippe Jaroussky and Julia Lezhnevaand cooperates closely with the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera , also run by Fasolis.
The repertoire of Barocchisti consists mainly of works by Bach , Cavalli , Galuppi , Gossec , Handel , Mozart , Paisiello , Pergolesi , Piccinni , Purcell , Scarlatti and Vivaldi . Sound recordings are regularly combined with concert tours to the same subject. In 2008, the rarely performed Handel opera Faramondo was presented in Ascona and recorded on phonograms. 2013 saw a multi-award-winning recording of Pergolesis Stabat Materwith Jaroussky and Lezhneva, who was then presented on a tour of Amsterdam, Essen, Baden-Baden and Lucerne. The close artistic partnership of orchestra and conductor with Cecilia Bartoli led to the multimedia project Mission , the rediscovery of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani , was awarded an ECHO Klassik and nominated for the Grammy Award . It was followed by other Steffani CDs of Barocchisti , the Stabat Mater and the Danze e Ouvertures , finally summarized in the exclusive collection edition The Steffani Project . In 2014, Bartoli's CD project St. Petersburg followed, Baroque music at the Zarenhof, whose publication followed a long tour through Europe.
I Barocchisti has performed and guested at major music festivals and opera houses in Europe and the USA, such as Settimane Musicali di Ascona or Lugano Festival , Amsterdam Concertgebouw and La Scala , Gstaad and Stockholm , Belgium , France , Croatia . Portugal and Spain . At the Salzburg Festival , the ensemble debuted at Whitsun 2013 with Niccolò Jommelli's oratorio Isacco figura del redentore, the first modern performance of the critical edition by Francesco Luisi , accompanied Franco Fagioli's aria evening in honor of the castrato Giambattista Velluti (1780-1861) in 2014 and were first engaged in 2015 as an opera orchestra in Salzburg. They played in the scenic performance series of Glucks Iphigénie en Tauride and in a concert version of Handel's Semele , both with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.

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