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«Musica Antiqua Russica»

          Musica Antiqua Russica was founded in 1988. The first series of concerts ensemble played in Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg and it has become deep symbolical-just the shape of baroque town with the greatest force embodied in this architectural complex has become the determining factor in the aesthetic concept of ensemble and its repertoire.
          By uniting at the end of the 80th most prominent Russian musicians, which specialized in historical performance of the 17 and 18 century music, the ensemble at once has defined the person: Russian music of the 18th century, which musicians founded in the archives of St. Petersburg, received a new life at the concerts of collective and has become a basis of its repertoire.

          At the same time ensemble perform a lot of Western-European music. During recent years Musica Antiqua prepared a dozens of programs from early 17th century Italian baroque up to sacred music of Arvo Part.
          Concert tours takes ensemble not only all over the Europe and United States where Musica Antiqua has appeared almost at all main festivals, but also to such "exotic" place as Africa and Siberia. The group has successfully participated in Early Music Festivals in Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Regensburg (Germany), Malaga, Puerto de la Maria (Spain), Brezice (Slovenia); Music Festivals in Madrid, Melilla, Valliadolid, Valencia (Spain), Bad Kissingen (Germany); festivals of Russian Music in Manchester (UK), Enschede (Holland), Kalamazoo (USA), Tallinn, Parnu and Haapsalu (Estonia), and many others.
          Performances of Musica Antiqua Russica and its CD recordings find the wide response in press, invariable receiving a high estimation of critics and experts.(St.Petersburg Times, Suddeutsche Zeitnung (Munchen), Early Music Review (London).

Repertoire:

1) Russian music of the 18th century.
Bortnyansky, Khandoshkin, Trutovsky, Beresovsky

2) Music at the Russian Royal Court in the 18th century.
Araja, Galuppi, Manfredini, Paisiello, Madonis, Martin y Soler

3) SHERZI MUSICALI
Schmelzer, J.S. Bach, Biber, Monteverdi, Walter, Farina

4) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ITALIAN MUSIC
Ucellini, Marini, Stradella, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi

5) FLOW MY TEARS
Schmelzer, Monteverdi, Froberger, Dowland, Van Eyck, Biber, Purcell

6) Music at the court of Lois XIV
Lully, Forquerey, Boismortier, Marais, Monteclair

7) German music before J.S. Bach.
Pachelbel, Buxtechude, Biber, Buxtechude, Schutz

8) MUSIC OF PASSION Friday
Caldara, Bach, Biber, Teleman

9) "Orfeus Britanicus" - Purcell and English composers of the 17th century
10) Slavic Spirit in Music Music of Polish,Czech and Russian composers(17-18 cent)
11) Handel and Bach - Golden age of German Music
12) War and Peace - Theme of War in 17-18 cent music
13) Italians in Russia
14) Germans in St Petersburg
15) Russian Ethno-Baroque (the folk theme in Russian 18 century music)



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