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Arcadian Academy (Period-instrument Chamber Ensemble)

Founded: San Francisco, California, USA

The Arcadian Academy is a chamber music ensemble founded and directed by conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan. It takes its name and inspiration from the original association founded in Rome in 1690, which was a group of artists, musicians, and writers dedicated to the reform of Italian culture. The modern-day Arcadian Academy is a period instrument ensemble made up of members from San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The group regularly tours the USA and Europe and has won several awards for its recordings. Its debut recording for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Alessandro Scarlatti Cantatas with soprano Christine Brandes, was named Recording of the Month by Gramophone magazine. The group subsequently released three more volumes of A. Scarlatti cantatas with countertenors David Daniels and Brian Asawa, as well as a recording of duets with sopranos Christine Brandes and Dominique Labelle. The group has received two Diapasons d'Or for its recordings of Nicola Matteis' Ayres for the Violin, Vols. I and II. The Arcadian Academy presented the premiere performance of the newly reconstructed Vespers of St. Cecilia by A. Scarlatti at the 2001 Göttingen Festival.

 

Source: All Music Guide Website (Author: Robert Adelson)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Nicholas McGegan

Instrumental Ensemble

BWV 56, BWV 82 [w/ baritone William Parker]

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Arcadian Academy - Biography (AMG)

 

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