The Birth of the Orchestra – Bucharest Early Music Festival
The Birth of the Orchestra

The Birth of the Orchestra

Starts from: November 17, 2016

Start Time 7:00 pm

Studioul de Concerte al Societății Române de Radiodifuziune

Thursday, November 17, at 19.00, in the Concert Studio of the Romanian Radio Society, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) will perform, for the second consecutive year, a concert in the frame of the EarlyMusic Festival in Bucharest.

Context – The Birth of the Orchestra

In the early years of the musical Baroque, in Paris, London, Rome, Venice, Bologna or Salzburg, the most outspread instrumental assemblies had a small number of instrumentalists. Once the famous Jean Baptiste Lully “entered the stage”, the instrumental assembly acquired new sound variations. His absolute creation in this domain was the instrumental assembly from the court of France which had in its composition no fewer than 24 violinists. Lully thus assessed a new approach for the instrumental music and a study discipline in itself, known today as “orchestral master classes”. This instrumental assembly was absolutely inspiring even for the conductor Archangelo Corelli who extended the number of members of the Congregazione di Santa Cecilia assembly to 150. The birth of the orchestra was the “key moment” for some of the most famous works of the early music composers. The most beautiful works ever heard on the scenes of Paris and London, whether they were orchestral suites or Concerti Grossi, with tutti and soli (assembly and solo), determined even the legendary Corelli to type, in those days, a collection of orchestral works.
EUBO will bring back to light some of the works from this collection, along with a double concert by Antonio Vivaldi! Directed by violinist Margaret Faultless, one of the world’s leading baroque music specialists, the ever-inspiring musicians of the European Union Baroque Orchestra create a celebration of the sound world of the grand baroque orchestral style. You will find that when EUBO performs this selection of music by Lully, Purcell, Corelli and their contemporaries some spontaneous decisions might well be taken in the true spirit of the time!

The European Union Baroque Orchestra

The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: its modus operandi since its foundation in 1985 has been to audition and select new personnel annually. EUBO’s ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. “The skilful playing of this extraordinary pan-European orchestra…augurs well for the future of Baroque music-making in Europe.” (International Record Review 2014). Members of EUBO come from all over the EU to gain performing experience, working together under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and some of the world’s finest baroque musicians. Ton Koopman, Margaret Faultless, Enrico Onofri, Rachel Podger, Riccardo Minasi, Paul Agnew, Gottfried von der Goltz and Stefano Montanari have all been guest directors in recent seasons. Tours take the talented young orchestra to all corners of Europe – from celebrated city concert halls, to seaside summer festivals, to monasteries nestling in autumnal forests, and to winter celebrations in beautiful churches. And at the centre of these great arcs of European travelling EUBO has established residencies in several cities, most notably as “orchestra-in-residence” in Echternach, Luxembourg, where, with the support of its local partners, it is creating a centre of excellence for baroque music. Over the years EUBO has recorded several CDs, the last four under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen. The CD release ‘Peace & Celebration’, featuring choral and orchestral works by Handel, was recorded live in concert in London with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, in September 2013. Gramophone magazine praised “the refreshing spontaneity of this live recording. The rapturous dialogue of Mortensen and his youthful crew…put some more experienced Baroque bands to shame.” EUBO’s recording ‘Pure Handel’ with soprano Maria Keohane was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Awards: “a generous celebration of this estimable organisation’s (EUBO) continuing high achievement. These are live-wire performances, technically excellent and propelled with exactly the right degree of driving energy…” (Gramophone August 2014).

Margaret Faultless

Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best-known as a performer of eighteenth-century repertoire and historical performance practice. With a reputation as a distinguished leader and director of both period instrument and modern orchestras, Margaret is also instrumental in fostering the talents of the next generation of musicians in her capacities as Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, Director of Performance at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies for the European Union Baroque Orchestra. For over twenty years she has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directing the orchestra on a regular basis, and she also plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals. She directed the OAE CD of Mozart horn concerti with soloist Roger Montgomery. For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, notably as concertmaster and soloist in their ten-year project to perform and record J.S Bach’s Cantatas. As Artistic director of Music for a while she shapes the artistic programme of the ensemble including its annual Summer Festival. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years, and played in a duo focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, investigating nineteenthcentury performance traditions. Margaret also lectures on performance practice, her special interests being leadership and social interactions in ensembles before the age of silent conducting. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and has recently been awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music.


Archangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713) – Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 1: Largo-Allegro – Largo – Allegro – Largo – Allegro – Allegro
Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) – Suite from ”Atys”, LWV53: Ouverture – Air pour la Suite de Flore – Entrée des Songes Agreables – Entrée des Songes Funestes – Deuxieme entrée des Songes Funestes – Prelude – Seconde entrée – Premiere entrée des Coribantes
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) – Suite from The Fairy Queen: First Music [Prelude-Hornpipe] – Second Music [Air-Rondeau] – First Act Tune [Jig] – Act V Prelude – Dance for the Fairies – Symphony While the swans come forward – Third Act Tune [Hornpipe] – Chaconne [Dance for the Chinese man and woman]
Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709) – Sinfonia in A TV50: Allegro – Largo – Allegro


Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) – A VIVALDI – Concerto for 2 oboes in d minor RV535: Largo – Allegro – Largo – Allegro molto
Georg Muffat (1653 – 1704) – Sonata II in g minor from ”Armonico Tributo”: Grave – Allegro – Grave-Forte e AllegroGrave – Aria – Grave – Sarabanda – Grave – Borea

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