European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) – Oltremontano – Illustri Colleghi Da San Marco (Live from AMUZ, Antwerpen, 09-12-2018)


Wim Becu, artistic director
Sofie Thoen, soprano
Vincent Lesage, tenor
Adrien Mabire, cornett
Wim Becu, trombone
Wim Maeseele, theorbo
Kris Verhelst, organ & harpsichord

Alessandro Grandi (1586-ca.1630)
O beate Benedicte, uit: Motetti a una et due voci con sinfonie
O dulce nomen Jesus, uit: Motetti a voce sola
Dario Castello (?-1630?)
Sonata quarta, uit: Sonate concertate in stil moderno
Alessandro Grandi
Salve regina, uit: Motetti a una et due voci con sinfonie
Giuseppe Scarani (?-1642)
Hic est vere martyr, uit: Concerti ecclesiastici, opus 2
Sonata XIII à 3, uit: Sonate concertate à due e tre voci opera prima
Iudica Domine nocentes, uit: Concerti ecclesiastici, opus 2
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Iubilet, uit: Selva morale et spirituale
Cantate Domino, uit: Parnassus Musicus Ferdinandaeus
Dario Castello
Sonata sesta, uit: Sonata concertate in stil moderno
Claudio Monteverdi
Confitebor tibi, Domine, uit: Messa a quattro voci et salmi

The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) 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 European Union 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 Londonwith 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).

Between 2015 and 2018, the activities of EUBO are an integral part of EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy, a Creative Europe co-operation project, co-funded by the European Union and organised by EUBO and its nine partners. The orchestra has been honoured with the status of Cultural Ambassador for the European Union in perpetuity. Flying the flag for Europe, “EUBO is” as former EC President Barroso says, “a perfect symbol of the power of integration, a subtle and potent instrument of harmonisation between people and nations”.

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