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Ensemble 415 performs Albinoni and Muffat

A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).

violinist and orchestra

Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

Chiara Banchini, founder and director of Ensemble 415.

The baroque orchestra known as Ensemble 415 is one of the world’s finest early music groups. They were founded in 1981 by Chiara Banchini, the Swiss violinist who still directs and inspires the ensemble. Under Banchini’s guidance, Ensemble 415 has explored the vast repertoire from the Italian baroque, including many composers who you might not be familiar with.

Ensemble 415’s latest recording of Albinoni’s Concerti a 5 on the Zig-Zag Territories label is proof they are as good as ever. Their sound is lush and their energy, high. Albinoni’s concerti haven’t been recorded that often in the past. To now have such a terrific recording is a welcome addition to the Albinoni discography.

Ensemble 415’s Harmonia Mundi recording of Georg Muffat’s Armonico Tributo is a classic. Recorded often by a number of ensembles, Muffat’s work—made up of five dance suites—gets the royal treatment in Ensemble 415’s hands. With an orchestra of forty musicians, the work is given a sumptuous and energetic reading.

Music Heard On This Episode

Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata #5, Allegro assai
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini — Sinfonie e Cinque, op. 2 (Zig-Zag , 2009)
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Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata #5, Allegro assai
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini — Sinfonie e Cinque, op. 2 (Zig-Zag , 2009)
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Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata #5, Largo
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini — Sinfonie e Cinque, op. 2 (Zig-Zag , 2009)
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Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata #1, Allegro
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini — Sinfonie e Cinque, op. 2 (Zig-Zag , 2009)
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Georg Muffat: Sonata in G minor, no. 2, Allegro
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini and Jesper Christensen — Armonico Tributo (Harmonia Mundi , 1999)
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Georg Muffat: Sonata in D major, no. 1, Menuet (Allegro e forte)
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini and Jesper Christensen — Armonico Tributo (Harmonia Mundi , 1999)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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