Concerto Romano Concerto Romano, formed by Alessandro Quarta, is the first group to undertake a systematic revival of the whole remarkable world of Roman Renaissance and Baroque music. The visual backdrop of the period – Rome’s spectacular frescoes, paintings and baroque architecture – is equalled by an awe-inspiring musical sound-track nowadays nearly forgotten (with the exception of a few great names such as Giacomo Carissimi and Luigi Rossi). And yet, Rome’s archives are laden with musical wonders.
In 2009, Concerto Romano debuted at the prestigious early music festival, Tage Alte Musik in Herne in Germany, in 2010 in the Konzerthaus in Vienna meeting with enormous success. Since then Concerto Romano performed at international festivals and in concert halls in Italy (Sagra Musicale Umbra, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Società del Quartetto di Milano), Austria (Resonanzen, Styriarte, Wiener Konzerthaus), Belgium (De Bijloke Gent), Germany (Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe, Kölner Philharmonie, Mozartfest Würzburg, Rheingau Musik Festival, RheinVokal, WDR-Funkhaus), Holland (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Switzerland (Festival Alter Musik Zürich). 2017 performed at AEQUINOX Musiktage, Boston Early Music Festival, Händel Festspiele Göttingen, Händel Festspiele Halle, IMAGO DEI Krems, Musikfest Bremen, Musikfest Stuttgart, Thüringer Bachwochen and in the big hall of Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. 2018 will i.a. include concerts at Valletta International Baroque Festival, Resonanzen Vienna, Vesperali Lugano, in Teatro Argentina in Rome and in the cathedral of Florence.
While maintaining a philological and historically correct approach to its early music repertoire, Concerto Romano never abandons its distinct style, with deep roots in Italian culture and voice quality. The ensemble is convinced that the specific cultural features embedded in the sound of a given musical ambient should be cultivated, and that experimenting with the elements and the differences that tie one repertoire or another to the physical and social environment for which the music was conceived, composed and performed is an essential aspect of their contribution.
CD recordings with the Christophorus (Luther in Rome, Sacred Music for the Poor, B. Pasquinis La Sete di Christo) have been nominated for the German Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2014 and received the Belgian Prix Caecilia 2015 and the French “Diapason d’Or” Découverte 2016.