Il Giardino Armonico
Founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico is one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, bringing together musicians from Europe’s relevant music institutions. The ensemble’s repertoire mainly focuses on the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the demands of each programme, the group consists of from three to up to thirty musicians.
Il Giardino Armonico is regularly invited to festivals all over the world, performing in the most important concert halls, and has received high acclaim for both concerts and opera productions. These have included Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa, Handel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, La Resurrezione,and Giulio Cesare in Egittowith Cecilia Bartoli during the 2012 Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival.
Beside that, Il Giardino Armonico sustains an intense recording activity. After many years as an exclusive group of Teldec, achieving several major awards for its recordings of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers, the group had an exclusive agreement with Decca/L’Oiseau-Lyre recording Handel Concerti Grossi op. VI and the cantata Il Pianto di Mariawith Bernarda Fink. The group also released on Naïve La Casa del Diavolo, Vivaldi – Cello Concertoswith Christophe Coin, and the opera Ottone in Villa, winning the Diapason d’Or in 2011. On the label Onyx the Vivaldi – Violin Concertos with Viktoria Mullova.
After the universal success and the Grammy Award received for The Vivaldi Album with Cecilia Bartoli (Decca, 2000), a new cooperation with her in 2009 led to the project Sacrificium (Decca), a Platinum Album in France and Belgium and another Grammy Award. Alleluia(Decca, March 2013) and Handel in Italy(October 2015) with Julia Lezhneva were acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
The group published Serpent & Firewith Anna Prohaska (Alpha Classics – Outhere music group, 2016) winning the ICMA “Baroque vocal” in 2017. On Alpha Classics also Telemannin 2016 (CD and LP), winning the Diapason d’Or de l’année and the Echo Klassik award in 2017. The recording of five Mozart Violin Concertos with Isabelle Faust (Harmonia Mundi, 2016) was the result of a prestigious collaboration with the great violinist, and it won the Gramophone Award and Le Choc de l’année in 2017.
Il Giardino Armonico is part of the twenty-year Haydn2032project for which the Haydn Foundation has been created in Basel to support both the recording project of the complete Haydn symphonies (Alpha Classic) and a series of concerts in various European cities, with theme programmes focusing on this fascinating repertoire. The first album, titled La Passione,was published in November 2014 and won the Echo Klassik award in 2015. Il Filosofo, issued in 2015, was Classica’s “CHOC of the year”. The third one, Solo e Pensoso,was released in August 2016, and the fourth, Il Distratto,in March 2017, winning the Gramophone Award in 2017. The last volumes of the Haydn2032 project are available as CD and LP too.
The ensemble has also worked with such acclaimed soloists as Giuliano Carmignola, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova and Giovanni Sollima. Its most recent projects include the recording of La Morte della Ragione, a programme focusing on the rise of Baroque sensibility through Europe and seeks a renewed listening experience of early music. In 2018 the group continued its collaboration with the gifted young violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with a new programme of fertile tension between past and future, bringing together philological accuracy and contemporary music. The result is soon to be released by Alpha Classics.