In addition to his activities as founder-director of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is renowned as a recitalist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ, and is considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Monteverdi worldwide. His profound knowledge and love of the Italian repertoire is naturally reflected in programmes in which he seeks to reproduce the essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements so fundamental to Italian music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
He has performed in Japan, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe, and is in growing demand with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della RAI, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Toscanini, Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Bordeaux, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and Kölner Rundfunkorchester. He is Principal Guest Conductor at Norwegian Opera.
Recent engagements as an opera conductor have included Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Monnaie in Brussels, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse at Welsh National Opera, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Monteverdi Orfeo in Oslo. He has also conducted and directed a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salamanca.
In the near future he will conduct Don Giovanni in Vienna, Poppea in Bordeaux, Vivaldi’s Armida in Paris and Vienna and the complete Monteverdi cycle at La Scala, with several concert performances in Copenhagen, San Francisco, Madrid, Liverpool, and Oslo.
His recordings include not only Italian music, but also Bach and his contemporaries. He has garnered the highest critical plaudits including three Gramophone Awards, two Grands Prix du Disque, three Deutsche Schallplattenpreise, the Prix Caecilia, the Premio Cini, and four Midem Awards in Cannes.
Rinaldo Alessandrini was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Together with Concerto Italiano he was awarded the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati. He is also responsible for the Monteverdi opera edition at Bärenreiter Verlag.
Concerto Italiano’s revelatory interpretations have revolutionised our perception of Italian music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (the group’s groundbreaking recordings of Monteverdi’s madrigals have achieved international benchmark status), establishing it with critics and audiences as the finest ensemble of its kind in Italy today. Moving on from the madrigal repertoire, in addition to its vibrant performances and recordings of familiar Baroque masterpieces, Rinaldo Alessandrini’s ensemble has also reclaimed for modern audiences works that have languished in obscurity for centuries.
The ensemble’s current schedule features sacred music by Handel, Scarlatti, Legrenzi, Vivaldi, Melani, Pergolesi, and Stradella; instrumental works by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Locatelli, and Rossini; and secular vocal music by Monteverdi, Marenzio, De Wert, Charpentier, Nenna, and De Monte.
Concerto Italiano has appeared in Utrecht (Oude Muziek Festival), Rotterdam, Antwerp (Flanders Festival), London (Lufthansa Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Glasgow, Vienna (Konzerthaus), Graz (Styriarte), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels (Festival de Wallonie, Flanders Festival, Société Philharmonique), Madrid (Liceo de Cámara), Barcelona (Festival de Música Antigua, Palau de la Música), Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, Oslo (Chamber Music Festival), Bergen, Vantaa, Turku, Paris (Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville), Beaune, Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Metz (Arsenal), Ambronay, Saintes, Versailles, Cologne (Conservatory and WDR), Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Rome (Accademia di S. Cecilia and Accademia Filarmonica Romana), Milan (Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio), Ravenna, Ferrara, Turin, Spoleto (Festival dei Due Mondi), Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Rio de Janeiro (Teatro São Paolo), Mexico City, New York (Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center, Washington (Library of Congress), Tokyo, and Kyoto.
The group’s most recent large-scale productions were the Monteverdi Vespers, the Brandenburg Concertos, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (new staging in Salamanca), his complete sixth and eighth books of madrigals in France, Spain and Italy, and a year-long tour of L’Orfeo in Italy, Belgium and Spain. During the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Concerto Italiano was in residence for a spectacular Monteverdi cycle of five concerts including excerpts from all the books of madrigals. The next major project is Vivaldi’s Armida. Concerto Italiano will also be involved in the complete Monteverdi trilogy with the stage director Robert Wilson at La Scala during the 2009-11 seasons.
Concerto Italiano records exclusively for Naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, a collection of sacred music by A. Scarlatti, Monteverdi’s complete eighth book, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The impressive array of critical awards received for these recordings confirms the outstanding performance quality of a group now recognised as a unique force in the interpretation of seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury music. Concerto Italiano was awarded the Premio Abbiati in Italy in 2003.
Bach : Préludes et Fugues
- 1. Prelude in C Major, BWV 933
- 2. Fugue in C Major, BWV 952
- 3. Prelude in G Major, BWV 902
- 4. Fugue in G Major, BWV 902
- 5. Prelude in D Minor, BWV 935
- 6. Fugue in D Minor, BWV 948
- 7. Prelude in F Major, BWV 901
- 8. Fugue in F Major, BWV 902
- 9. Prelude in C Major, BWV 870a
- 10. Fugue in C Major, BWV 870a
- 11. Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999
- 12. Fugue in C Minor, BWV 961
- 13. Prelude in C Major, BWV 924
- 14. Fugue in C Major, BWV 946
- 15. Prelude in A Minor, BWV 895
- 16. Fugue in A Minor, BWV 895
- 17. Prelude in C Major, BWV 943
- 18. Fugue in C Major, BWV 953
- 19. Prelude in E Minor, BWV 900
- 20. Fugue in E Minor, BWV 900
- 21. Prelude in A Minor, BWV 942
- 22. Fugue in A Minor, BWV 947
- 23. Prelude in D Minor, BWV 926
- 24. Fugue in D Minor, BWV 899
- 25. Prelude in G Major, BWV 902a
- 26. Fugue in G Major, BWV 957
- 27. Prelude in E Minor, BWV 938
- 28. Fugue in E Minor, BWV 956
- 29. Prelude in B Minor, BWV 923
- 30. Fugue in B Minor, BWV 951
Rinaldo Alessandrini présents "Bach : Préludes et Fugues"
Rinaldo Alessandrini présents "Bach : Préludes et Fugues"