I musicisti dell段mperatore | Pan Classics PC10324

I musicisti dell段mperatore


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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10324

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th February 2015



Music from the reign of Charles VI of Austria.

An Italian violin virtuoso of the 18th century, Giovanni Antonio Piani, is the inspiration behind the group bearing his initials, the G.A.P. Ensemble founded in 2012. Its three members - Emilio Percan (violin), Oriol Aymat Fust (violoncello) und Luca Quintavalle (harpsichord) are united in their shared interest in the works of this composer who is almost unknown today.

The Habsburgs were amongst the most important music patrons from the 15th century onwards, engaging the best musicians of the period at their courts. The programme of this recording presents composers who were connected to the Habsburgs and Emperor Charles VI in the most varied ways, such as Giovanni Antonio Piani - the best-paid musician of the Imperial Court Orchestra, and Antonio Caldara, Charles VI痴 favourite composer both of whom lived and worked in Vienna. Music directors in the service of the Habsburgs in other locations were Alessandro Scarlatti and Antonio Vivaldi, in Naples and Mantua respectively.

The cantatas by Caldara and Scarlatti are world premiere recordings.

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