Other Programmes

Sound the Trumpet

H Purcell: Suite from King Arthur

H Purcell: Sonata in Four Parts No.3 in A minor

W Corbett: Suite in D

GF Rebel: Les Caractères de la danse

G Fantini: Sonata a due Trombe detta del Gucciardini

G Legrenzi: Sonata a Quarta in D

V Albrici: Sonata a 5

N Matteis: Extracts from Ayres for the Violin

P Franceschini: Suonata a 7 con due Trombe

Beginning with the music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, dynamic period-instrumentalists Spiritato! follow their world-premiere recording of The Judgment of Paris with a vibrant programme of music from Europe at the end of the 17th century. As England was gripped by ‘Italian fever’ we look at the heroic, virtuosic and colourful music that inspired this change. Symbolic of glory, victory and the divine. composers used the trumpet in their most inspiring works to stir the passions of their listeners. Contrasting celestial sounds of the court with playful tunes from the theatres, join us as we explore a world of music that will excite and entertain!

We've performed this programme at Chichester Chamber Concerts, Wiltshire Music Centre, Stroud Green Festival and Oxshott and Cobham Music Society

La Notte di Natale - music for an Italian Baroque Christmas

P Locatelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 1, No. 8

A Scarlatti: Cantata Pastorale; Non sò qual più m'ingombra

G Torelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 8, No. 6

A Vivaldi: Winter from The four seasons

G Sammartini: Concerto Grosso, Op. 5, No. 6

A Scarlatti: Cantata Pastorale per la nascità di Nostro Signore; O di Betlemme altera

A Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8

In the pastoral beauty of an Italian countryside, shepherds play shawms and bagpipes to celebrate the Christmas season whilst snow falls gently around their campfires. Baroque ensemble Spiritato evoke this rich imagery with a dazzling selection of Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Torelli and Locatelli. Often composed for Christmas Eve, these works chart the beginning of the concerto grosso genre, combining virtuosic solos with characterful dances. Violinist Kinga Ujszaszi conjures a frosty landscape with Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, and soprano Augusta Hebbert joins the ensemble for two of Alessandro Scarlatti’s most beautiful Cantatas; singing of the excitement and astonishment of the shepherds and the hope that comes with the thawing of the ice and the return of Spring.

This programme has received performances at Cambridge Early Music, Turner Sims, Music at Oxford and York Early Music Christmas Festival

The Leipzig Legacy – Solos and Suites for Orchestra by JS Bach, Telemann and Fasch

JF Fasch: Concerto in D major for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, violin and strings

GP Telemann: Burlesque de Don Quixotte

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 2

JS Bach: Sinfonia (BWV 1045)

JF Fasch: Quartetto (FaWV N:d3)

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 3

In this energetic instrumental programme, featuring innovative, daring and virtuosic music from three of the late Baroque’s most inspiring composers, Spiritato bring together an entire orchestra of dynamic soloists. Connected by their experiences in one of 18th Century Europe’s leading centres for music, Bach, Telemann and Fasch pioneered an orchestral style that would ultimately pave the way for the Classical period. The concert opens with a dazzling concerto for multiple soloists followed by Telemann’s wonderfully characterful Burlesque de Don Quixotte. Violinist Kinga Ujszaszi takes the lead in two of Bach’s most famous solo works before Fasch’s Quartetto provides a moment of delightful contrast. Finally, one of the greatest of all Baroque works brings this thrilling programme to a joyously triumphant end.

This programme received its premiere at the 2020 York Early Music Christmas Festival.

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