Los Musicos de su Alteza

Biography
Pergolesi: Stabat mater / Los Músicos de Su Alteza
From 1669 to 1677, the Vicar General of Aragón, second Don Juan de Austria and son of Felipe IV and the actress María Calderón, maintained in the town of Zaragoza a prestigious chamber ensemble formed of highly regarded musicians of diverse origins. The ensemble, named Músicos de Su Alteza, enhanced creativity in Spanish music by his active national presence and exchanges with the rest of Europe.

Luis Antonio González founded the present ensemble in 1992 with the aim of reviving the most significant works from that particular period in Spanish baroque. The group works closely with scholars and musicologists, in order to perform the original composition as faithfully as possible. As a result of thorough investigation, Los Músicos de Su Alteza, have re-discovered Joseph Ruiz Samaniego’s Villancicos, Vísperas and Lamentaciones as well as works by Juan Pérez Roldán, Filippo Coppola (his opera El robo de Proserpina and his Requiem­) and José de Nebra, including his Requiem, Miserere and the only opera to which he contributed, Amor aumenta el Valor.

In March 2000, Los Músicos de Su Alteza inaugurated their own concert season “Música Antigua en la Real Capilla de Santa Isabel de Portugal”, supported by Zaragoza’s Local Authority and Council. This new role allowed them to approach the European baroque repertoire, which they are now performing on a regular basis (Bach, Händel, Pergolesi, etc…).

Los Músicos de Su Alteza have appeared at prestigious festivals including Ambronay, Fribourg, Sevilla, Murcia, Salamenca, Gijón, Jaca, Cuenca, Lyon, Sablé, Lessay, Arques La Bataille, Den Haag, Naples’Maggio dei Monumenti, Sassari’s Festival Spaziomusica, Sardegna’s Quartu Sant’Elena and Tunis’ Automne Musical. Furthermore, the ensemble has performed at the best concert venues in Spain and abroad, such as the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Catedral in Barcelona and the Ateneu G. Enescu in Bucharest. In 2008, the group performed Joseph Ruiz Samaniego’s Villancicos during a nine concert tour on the way to Compostelle, both in France and in Spain. Forthcoming concerts include debuts at the OudeMuziek festival in Utrecht, a tour of Benelux with Oudemuziek, a tour of Europe including an appearance at De Bijloke in Gand and Auditorium in Dijon.

Their discography boasts Miserere and La Divina Filotea by José Nebra for which they received great acclaim and collected awards such as Diapason d'Or, Premio CD-Compact 2000, Muse d'Or, La Clef, Prelude Classical Music Awards 2010. They are now recording exclusively for ALPHA; their first CD, La Vida es Sueño, features a selection of Villancicos by Joseph Ruiz Samaniego, under the title: La Vida es Sueno. Other CDs include Amor Aumenta el Valor by José de Nebra and Il Tormento e l’estasi, a collection of Italian oratorios by Luigi Rossi, Domenico Mazzochi and Giacomo Carissimi. Their concerts are also regularly broadcast on national radios such as Radio Suisse Romande, Espace 2 in Switzerland and France-Musique in France.

Los Músicos de Su Alteza was honoured with a prize at the 9th International Competition Van Wassenaer for early music ensembles in Den Hague in 1996.

Founding members of AEGIVE (Asociación Española de Grupos Instrumentales y Vocales Especializados), Los Músicos de Su Alteza collaborate regularly with CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research). The ensemble is sponsored by the Gobierno de Aragón and the Orange Foundation.

January 2014

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