Il Giardino Armonico (Giovanni Antonini)
Il Giardino Armonico, founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini, has long established itself as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, bringing together musicians from some of the most important music institutions in Europe. The repertoire of the ensemble focuses mainly on works of the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the requirements of the program, the ensemble consists of three to 30 instrumentalists.
After being with Teldec Classics for many years and achieving several major awards for the recordings of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers, the orchestra signed an exclusive recording agreement with DECCA/L’Oiseau-Lyre. With this record label the ensemble released Händel’s Concerti Grossi Op VI and the cantata Il Pianto di Maria, as well as Alleluia with Bernarda Fink. Il Giardino Armonico’s recording with the young soprano Julia Lezhneva, released by Decca in March 2013, has been unanimously acclaimed by the public and the critics. As the result of further collaboration a second CD Händel in Italy was published in October 2015.
Handel’s Concerti grossi HWV 319 – 330 and the cantata Il pianto di Maria with Bernarda Fink were published here. In 2009, a collaboration with Cecilia Bartoli led to the project Sacrificium with a CD release at Decca (platinum status reached in France and Belgium in the first three months) and an extensive European tour.
Il Giardino Armonico is regularly invited to festivals all over the world, performing in the most important concert halls, and received the highest acclaim for both their concerts and their staged opera productions, like Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Händel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno and La Resurrezione, Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa, as well as Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Salzburger Festspiele and Pfingstfestival in 2012.
Il Giardino Armonico worked with acclaimed soloists like Giuliano Carmignola, Christophe Coin, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bernarda Fink, Viktoria Mullova and Cecilia Bartoli.
Their latest projects include collaborations with the cellist Sol Gabetta, the cellist Giovanni Sollima, the violinist Isabelle Faust (and the recording of five Mozart’s violin concerts for the label Harmonia Mundi) and the soprano Anna Prohaska (with a recording for the label Outhere).
In November 2014 the first CD of the complete symphonies of F.J. Haydn titled La Passione was released, followed by the second one Il Filosofo in May 2015 (for the label Alpha-Outhere) – all within a twenty-year project Haydn2032, for which the Haydn Foundation was created in Basel to support both the recording project and a series of concerts in various European cities with thematic programs focused on this repertoire. In October 2015 La Passione won the Echo Klassik reward and Il Filosofo the Choc de l’Annee by Classica. The third edition, Solo e Pensoso, was finally published in September 2016.
In summer 2016 the ensemble published its first recording with soprano Anna Prohaska Serpent & Fire. A common tour led orchestra and singer to such venues as Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Theater an der Wien and Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
October 2016 saw the ensembles first cooperation with Isabell Faust, who recorded Mozarts violin concertos with the orchestra under the baton of Giovanni Antonini. Several recordings of the ensemble are nominated for the 59th Grammy as well as for ICMA (international classical music award). In 2017 the highly acclaimed recording Telemann was honoured with the Echo Klassik.