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Orchestra La Scintilla an der Oper Zürich (Early Music Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 1996 - Zürich, Switzerland

The cultivation of the historical performance practice has been a tradition at the Opera House Zurich since the performance of the Monteverdi Cycle in the 1970’s. During the following series of Mozart operas, which were directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ponnelle, further pioneering work was accomplished and the musicians altered their playing techniques according to the latest research on historical performance practices.

In 1996 an independent ensemble was formed by first-class specialized musicians of the Zurich Opera Orchestra and soon obtained an excellent reputation. The spark that ignited the enthusiasm for new “old music” gave its name to the ensemble: "La Scintilla" - The Spark.

Performances with eminent authorities in the field such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Reinhard Goebel and Giuliano Carmignola were so successful that the Opera House Zürich had and still has this ensemble perform all Baroque operas and nearly all operas of the classical period.

"La Scintilla" gives concerts with well-known soloists, instrumentalists and singers and performs regularly in the large concert halls. In autumn 2005 “La Scintilla” accompanied the extremely successful musician Cecilia Bartoli on a tour in North America and Europe during several weeks.

The Musicians

The members of “La Scintilla” are all musicians who have studied historical instruments and their adequate style of play intensively. The core of the ensemble is composed of members of the Zürich Opera Orchestra and of freelance international specialists, and additional musicians are recruited from both groups if necessary.

"La Scintilla"-musicians also perform as guests in "scene"-orchestras like Les Arts Florissants, Concentus Musicus Wien, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Il Giardino Armonico and others and they also give concerts in soloistic and small formations at international festivals and concert cycles.


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Source: La Scintilla Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Marc Minkowski

Orchestra

DVD: Arias from BWV 5, BWV 82; BWV 243

Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works

Conductor

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Works

Marc Minkowski

Orchestra

DVD: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Links to other Sites

La Scintilla (Official Website) [English/German]

 

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