Musiche da Camera”, constituted in 1993 by a group of Neapolitan musicians
dedicated to the research in the field of ancient music, has focused its
activity, since the beginning, on the exploration of inedited works of
Neapolitan musicians of XVII and XVIII century, with works which follow the
original baroque performing praxis.
The members of the ensemble studied at the school for the specialists of
baroque and classical performing praxis and they also collaborate with
important baroque institutions and ensemble.
The basic formation changes according to different necessities of repertory
and it has the peculiarity to play typical instruments of Neapolitan context,
such as mandolin, “mandolone”, “mandoloncello”, “colascione”, baroque guitar.
The sources at the basis of the ensemble’s work are, in the majority of
cases, the original manuscripts and printed material; the work of research,
revision and modern transcription is done by Egidio Mastrominico, assisted
by Pier Paolo De Martino.
The programmes offered are indicative of the research the ensemble has done
to present to the audience not a simple florilegium of music, but musical
paths with a thematic structure that coherently combines musicologic study
with listening enjoyment.
“Le Musiche da Camera” has presented for the first time a modern
transcription of the works of composers of the XVIII century such as
Emanuele Barbella, Giovanni Paisiello, Nicolò Piccinni, Domenico Sarro,
Francesco Feo, Angelo Ragazzi, Nicola Sabatino, Davide Perez, during
festivals and musical meetings of international importance (Festival “Grande
Musica in Chiesa” – Roma, 9° Festival “Antiqua” – Torino, 51° Ravello
Festival, “Todi Festival”, Barocco Festival “Leonardo Leo” – S.Vito
Normanni, III Festival di Musica Barocca “Farinelli” – Andria, Festival
Musicarchitettura – Gerace, Festival dell’Opera Buffa “Recitarcantando” –
Ripatransone, Festival “Musiche nelle Corti” – Matera, II Convegno
Internazionale Jommeli e Cimarosa – Aversa, “Musica antica per un nuovo
mondo” Concerts for Greenpeace, “I venerdì della musica” and “Melodie
all’Archivio di Stato” – IX and X Maggio dei Monumenti Napoli, “Natale della
Reggia” and “Festa dell’Arte 2004” Reggia di Caserta – Caserta, “Classica al
Chiostro” – Sorrento, “Le Musiche al Chiostro” – Massalubrense, “Concerti
d’Autunno” – Napoli).
The ensemble has been invited to perform by organizations and associations
such as: UNESCO, Regione Campania, Sovrintendenza BAAAS di Caserta,
Fondazione Ravello Festival, Accademia del Ricercare, Centro Studi “L.Leo”,
“415” Associazione Italiana per la Musica e la Danza Antiche, Ass. Musicale
Marchigiana, Teatro Comunale di Viterbo, Unione Musicisti Napoletani,
receiveing gratifying appreciation from the audience and the critics (reviews
on the newspapers La Repubblica, Il Mattino, Il Tempo, Roma, Contrappunti,
Il Giornale di Napoli, Cronache di Napoli).
In collaboration with the association “Area Arte”, which looks after its
activity, the ensemble organized in 2001 the concert performances “Convivio
Armonico”, now at its fourth edition, at Teatro Sancarluccio, Napoli, and in
this context, in the February of the same year, the project “L’intermezzo
Ritrovato” was launched, which includes the first modern performance of the
intermezzi “Eurilla e Beltramme” by D.Sarro, “Morano e Rosicca” by F.Feo and
“Erighetta and Don Chilone” by L.Vinci.
The ensemble carries on its work of divulgation with a number of concerts
for the schools in Campania with the support of Assessorato alla Cultura
Regione Campania and particularly important was the series of
Concerts-Lessons organized with the collaboration of Sovrintendenza per I
Beni Ambientali e Architettonici di Napoli at Palazzo Reale di Napoli, with
the theme “Musica e musicisti al Palazzo Reale nel Settencento”.
“Le musiche da camera” has recorded the Hamilton - Trios by Emanuele
Barbella for the label Tactus, first of a series of CD dedicated to the
Neapolitan violinist and composer, realized with the collaboration of
Legambiente – Parco Letterario Vesuvio, to which the series of the
Intermezzi will alternate.