April 27, 2019

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler

Baroque Violin and Continuo

London at the Italian Time: a selection of the most beautiful English Trio Sonatas composed by Purcell, Draghi, King, Keller and Blow, full of Italian influences.

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler (baroque violin and continuo)
Described as “the ensemble for Baroque chamber music” by the German MDR and praised for its “warm tonal brilliance and razor-sharp definition” by Gramophone Magazine, Ensemble Diderot established itself in recent years as one of the foremost European chamber music groups performing exclusively on period instruments. The French music magazine Classica qualified them as “splendidly prepared to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln.” The ensemble’s core consists of four musicians around violinist and founder Johannes Pramsohler, who devote themselves to the exploration and performance of the baroque chamber music repertoire. The ensemble is based in Paris and owes its name to the French author, thinker, and philosopher Denis Diderot. It dedicates itself primarily to the inexhaustible heritage of trio sonatas, quartets and larger ensemble sonatas of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The ensemble has been an acclaimed guest on stages and festivals at home and abroad, and was invited as ensemble-in-residence to Royaumont (France) and Aldeburgh (Great Britain). In 2010 the young musicians were in residence as the “Rheinsberger Hofkapelle” in the castle of Friedrich the Great and Prince Heinrich of Prussia at Rheinsberg in Brandenburg. Live concert recordings are regularly broadcast by international radio stations. In its highly regarded CD recordings for Audax Records, which have been referred to as being “standard-setting,” the ensemble has primarily focused on unknown and neglected repertoire. Since 2012 the ensemble has collaborated closely with the Théâtre Roger Barat in Herblay (France), where Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda on texts by Torquato Tasso, supplemented by music of seventeenth-century Italian masters, was staged in a spectacular manner. Since 2014 the ensemble appears also in an orchestral formation with up to 32 musicians. Conducted by Johannes Pramsohler and Iñaki Encina Oyón, it has performed Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Falstaff by Antonio Salieri and Handel’s oratorio Athalia. Ensemble Diderot is in residence at the Euregio Cultural Centre in Toblach, Italy and receives support from the French Ministry of Culture, the Caisse des dépots et consignations and the Fondation Orange.

About This Event:

Date:   April 27, 2019

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church