The Baroque Orchestra of Mitteleuropa
The Baroque Orchestra of Mitteleuropa has been active since 1998 on the initiative of the Academy of Ancient Music
The Mitteleuropean Baroque Orchestra and Choir has been active since 1998 on the initiative of the Academy of Ancient Music, as part of the wider international Euregiomusica project. Based in Rovereto, in the course of its activity it has involved many musicians, from European and non-European countries (Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Germany, France, Ukraine, Greece, Chile and Japan). The project has had among others the patronage of the Central European Initiative, and develops a collaboration between the musical institutions of the respective countries, in order to offer a moment of study and dissemination of the Central European musical civilization. Alongside the research activity, the project creates musical productions through advanced training projects, with orchestral and choral tutors, and established or emerging directors in the international scene. These include B. Kuijken A. Marcon, L. Van Dael, P. Neumann, P. Nemeth, R. Vettori. Under the direction of Barthold Kuijken, First Guest Director, Mitteleuropäische Chor and Barockorchester presented the Theresienmesse by F.J. Haydn (2000), Weissenhausmesse by W. A. Mozart and J. Ch. Bach’s Dies Irae (2003). With the direction of Andrea Marcon, the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi was performed in the reworking of J. S. Bach, Krönungs-Te Deum by A. Salieri and the first modern performance of, the Hassemesse by D. Pasqui (2000). With Peter Neumann, music by J. S. Bach, J. D. Zelenka and W.A. Mozart (2002-2006) was performed. Particular attention was paid to the execution of Polish sacred music (G. Gorczycki, In virtue tua, Litaniae de Providentia Divina). Other composers performed were: D. Cimarosa on the 200th anniversary of his death (2001), F. J. Haydn and G. B. Sammartini. The Euromusicantica productions have been presented at the “Regional Music Festival of Sacred Music” in Trento and Bolzano, “Music and Poetry at San Maurizio” in Milan, and in 2002 for the first time in Budapest and at the Cracow Antique Music Festival . Many programs have been fully recorded and transmitted by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana. For the label Dux of Warsaw the orchestra recorded the oratory Il Caino by A. Scarlatti, presented at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw (2009). The Euroregiomusica project had among others the patronage of the C.E.I. (Central European Initiative) and collaboration with Austrian National Radio ORF, for whom the orchestra recorded concerts, sonatas and motets by F.A. Bonporti.
Of particular significance is the repertoire, focusing on the musical tradition of the Central European area up to Mozart, with unpublished or rare works: Salmi a quattro cori by P. Lappi for the Archbishop Lodron of Salzburg (2003), D. Cimarosa, Giannina and Bernardone, inaugural opera of Rovereto’s eighteenth-century theatre (1998), Mass “Santa Maria-Hassemesse” by D. Pasqui for the imperial court (2000). For the 25th anniversary of the San Marco Concerts (2013) and the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the Academy of Ancient Music (2014) two large-scale masses were performed: the Missa Sapientiae by A. Lotti and the Missa in D major, by J.A. Hasse,,composed for the inauguration of the court Catholic church in Dresden. In 2018, on the 250th anniversary of the first Italian performance of Handel’s Messiah (1768), the orchestra gave the first modern performance of Il Messia, with vocal parts entirely performed by male voices (sopranists, altists, tenors, basses). The orchestra regularly collaborates with participants, finalists and winners of the Premio Bonporti and Premio Ferrari, respectively baroque violin and fortepiano competitions.