They were already extravagant musical instruments in the 18th century when they saw their greatest success. The crystalline but dimmed timbre, due to the sympathetic strings, combined well with the “exotical” taste that was of great fashion in the second half of the eighteen century and also with the “northern” feeling (in fact they were frequently called “Viole all’inglese”) that would soon after give birth to Romanticism.
The Baryton is a six strings Bass Viol with sympathetic strings, while the Viola d’Amore represents a hybrid between the family of Viols, for its shape and for the fact that it has six or seven strings, and that of the violin, for its “da braccio” playing position and also for the fact it has no frets. The fact that both instruments have sympathetic strings would make them a family with the two voices of Treble and Bass, but in reality this marriage never really took place as we see no evidence of them playing together in the vast amount of music written for each.
The intention of the Trio Guerra Amorosa is to create an
original, inedited ensemble that performs music written in the
second half of the 18th century, a period that witnessed the
passage from the Baroque and Gallant styles to the Classical
one. The Viola d’Amore and the Baryton together with the Bass
Viola da Gamba give a unique and unheard tone-colour.
Wilhelm Friedrich Rust (1739 - 1796):
Sonatina "La Paisanne"
Giovanni Battista Borghi (1738 – 1796):
Sonata in D major
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809):
Divertimento in D major n. 23, Trio in A major n. 35, Trio in B min. n. 96
Luigi Tomasini (1741 – 1808):
Trio in E min. Kor. 34
Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787):
Sonata in G major WK125
Raffaele has devoted himself for several years to the study of performance practice of music of the '600 and '700, specializing in baroque violin with Enrico Gatti and Chiara Banchini and he was a member of various chamber and orchestral ensembles such as Musica Antiqua Toulon, The Academy I Filarmonici di Verona, Collegium Pro Musica, Il Rossignolo, Dolce & Tempesta, Le Musiche Nove, Baroque Ensemble of Naples. He has given concerts in the most prestigious festivals in Italy and abroad , collaborating with some of the biggest names on the European music scene. Currently he is a regular member of the ensemble Baroque Modo Antiquo (Florence), directed by Federico Maria Sardelli, even as Prime Violin and Viola d'Amore solo and concertmaster and violin soloist of La Confraternita de' Musici (Brindisi), directed by Cosimo Prontera.
Gianni studied Cello and Viola da Gamba in Rome with Mario Centurione and Paolo Pandolfo. For three years he has attended the masterclasses of Jordi Savall in Italy and in Spain.
Gianni attended more than 15 international music courses around the world, won 3 International competitions of musical interpretation, worked for 20 years in several Italian orchestras and has recorded more than twenty CDs. He plays Cello and Viola da Gamba and has held over a thousand concerts around the world as a soloist and a chamber musician. Since 2012 he is the owner and Artistic and Technical Director of a record label that is primarily concerned with early and classical music. Gianni has taught Viola da Gamba at the Conservatories of Latina, Lecce and Bari and Cello in some music schools. He is founding member of GUERRA AMOROSA. His personal Web Site.
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