Silvia De Rosso, violone
Clara Pouvreau, cello and cello piccolo
Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, cello and cello piccolo
Margherita Burattini, harp
Gabriele Levi, harpsichord
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Canzona undecima a due canti e basso “La Plettenberger”
Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751), Trio sonata in A minor, No. 6, Op. 1
Andrea Falconieri (1586-1656), La Suave Melodia et su Corrente
Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690), Canon à due violoncelli in D major
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Trio sonata in G minor RV73 No. 1, Op. 1
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Canzona Prima a due canti e basso
Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739), Sonata a tre in C minor, Op. 2, No. 2
Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto (1680?-1783), Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 4
Founded in 2018, the ensemble UnderStories focuses on exploring the rise of the cello as a solo instrument, and the repertoire for two concertante cellos in the 18th century. The ensemble, initially consisting of two cellos and a harpsichord, decided to add an arpa doppia and a violone to enrich the sound of the group. The ensemble is devoted to treating Baroque music as liberally as it was within the period itself, where arranging and changing instrumentation to shed a new light on seemingly familiar repertoire was the order of the day.
Therefore, the use of two piccolo cellos appeared necessary. The sound and tuning of the instrument makes the transcription of violin music especially idiomatic and hopefully enables the public to experience a repertoire that they might not know otherwise.
Born out of an encounter between Clara Pouvreau and Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, the five members of UnderStories have studied at the most prestigious schools in Europe: the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Basel Schola Cantorum, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Civica Scuola di musica Claudio Abbado di Milano. Laureates of numerous international competitions such as the Bach competition Leipzig, the Förderpreis Alte Musik Saarland in Saarbrücken or the Göttingen Handel competition to name a few, they have had the chance to work individually with artists such as Ton Koopman, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Kristin von der Goltz, Petra Mullejeans, Paolo Pandolfo, Catherine Jones, Mara Galassi and Amandine Beyer among others. They have appeared in festivals such as the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, The Ambronay Festival, MA Bruges Festival and have collaborated with ensembles like the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the Freiburger Barockorchester. In June 2019, they were awarded with the Audience Prize at the Early Music Competition Val de Loire in France. They were part of the IYAP 2021 presentation for young talented ensembles and performed at the AMUZ festival.
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