1643 — 1682
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The Alessandro Stradella Consort is a group dedicated to the authentic performance of Italian Baroque music, using exclusively Italian singers and performing on period instruments where applicable. The Alessandro Stradella Consort was established in July 1987 by Estevan Velardi, bringing together some of the top singers and instrumentalists who specialise in the performance of Italian Baroque music on original instruments. The group's complex repertoire ranges from the late Renaissance to the Baroque period and the number of members at any performance varies depending on need, ranging from a minimum of four players to a maximum of thirty.
Particular attention is given to finding rare or unpublished music from seventeenth and eighteenth century Italy, which is performed on either original instruments or copies of period instruments. Since 1990, the Alessandro Stradella Consort has given particular focus to the music of Alessandro Stradella, the musician for which the consort was named. The group has participated in numerous early and contemporary music festivals including Verucchio, Academy of Baroque Rome, Music in the Park and the Teatro Verdi Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. The group's performances at these festivals have gained it consistently high praise from both audiences and critics.
A couple of notable recordings from the Alessandro Stradella Consort include the 2006 album with ‘Lovers Ola, Ola' and other previously unreleased serenades, as well as the March 2004 release for which the Alessandro Stradella Consort recorded the work of Alessandro Stradella ‘La Doriclea'. Well-known vocalists who have collaborated with the Alessandro Stradella Consort include sopranos Eva Mei, Rosita Frisani, Anna Chierichetti, Silvia Bossa and Linda Campanella, basses Carlo Lepore and Riccardo Ristori, the mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer, altos Lazzra Marco and Gianluca Belfiori Doro and tenors Mario Clouds, Leonardo De Lisi and Mario Cecchetti. Instrumentalists who have collaborated with the consort include trumpeters Gabriele Cassone and Luca Primo Marzana, violinists Riccardo Minasi and Fabrizio Cipriani, cellists Giorgio Matteoli, and Marco Testori Narcello Scandelli and on various plucked instruments Diego Cantalupi and Peter Prosser, on keyboards Davide Pozzi, Giorgio and Sergio Ciomei Paronuzzi and on harp Marina Bonetti.