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CONCERTO ANTICO, consort of early music

The consort's activity (concerts, recordings and open lectures) aims to present the music of late Renaissance, Baroque and Gallant style not focused on the call for a conceivably original sound (the idea of "authenticity") but on the internal substance of the music and its sense for the spirituality of each one of us. In their performance they implement in practice the concept of the Affects, the rhetoric (or poetic) figures constructing the music of the epoch, the connection of human with the harmony of spheres, historical motion of the music as procession of thought through the centuries.

In order to perform not only chamber forms but also large oratorio compositions, the consort has attracted both instrumentalists and singers. Thereby the consort realizes a concert performance of "Una Stravaganza dei Medici. Intermedi per la Pellegrina" (1589), as well as a concert for the Inauguration of the Catholic Cathedral of "St. Joseph" in Sofia performing Händel's Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV237 and Chandos Anthem No. 1: "O be joyful in the Lord", HWV 246).

The consort also realized numerous audio recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and TV baroque programs. CONCERTO ANTICO has appeared in Greece, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Since December 2006 the permanent group for performance of concertant styles and trio forms consists of: Zefira Valova - violin, Ivan Iliev - violin, Yanko Marinov - harpsichord/organ and Yavor Genov - lute.

This formation participated in the fringe programme of the XXX Festival de Musica Antiga de Barcelona presenting virtuoso trio sonatas of Telemann and Handel in three concerts. The project "Oratorias in camera music" demonstrates large oratorio forms transformed into chamber music based on works of the Late Baroque. In this way it is shown one of the most interesting and fruitful composing technique of the époque - citation (parodie) technique, a kind of recycling as well exegesis of the musical material. With such transformations while hearing chamber music we imagine the imposing trumpet sound, virtuoso concertato passages or lyrical instrumental recitatives. After the successful participation the consort was invited to present a concert in the main program of the XXXI edition of the Festival (May 2008).

In collaboration with the soprano Janeta Stegareva and the traverso player Dimitre Marinkev the consort realized premier for Bulgaria performance of arias from Handel oratorios and his recently discovered Gloria in excelsis Deo. CONCERTO ANTICO participated in the organization and concerts of the Fesival of Baroque Arts in Sofia (2007 & 2008) and took part in the concert series of "Musica Christiana" (Sofia, 2008) in a project with the distinguished Finnish harpsichord player and conductor Aapo Hakkinen.

One of the recent projects of the consort concerns the stylistic plurality of the Baroque, possibilities for combination of different forms, to archaize, to transform one style into another. This is the leading idea of the concert of CONCERTO ANTICO entitled "Polymorphia" presented at the XXXI edition of the Festival de Musica Antiga de Barcelona, 2008.