The baroque virtuosi ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico, proves how exciting original instruments can be by clearing out the intellectual and sensuous ballast that a work accumulates over the centuries and allowing it to sparkle in its genuine colours. The musicians featured in Paul Fenkart’s captivating new film are Giovanni Antonini (flute), Enrico Onofri (violin), Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba), Luca Pianca (lute) and Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord).
Salzburg’s magnificent Mannerist palace at Hellbrunn provides evocative settings for the group’s recitals of rarely-performed works from the French-style baroque repertoire. Written around the turn of the 17th century, this musical style influenced most of European courtly culture.
Hellbrunn Palace - an architectural masterpiece -still boasts the enchanting gardens, mystic grottoes, water-powered figures, trick fountains and mechanical theatre that delighted its original visitors. Hidden in the hills of its park is a natural stone quarry, transformed centuries ago into a unique open-air theatre know today as the ‘Steintheater’. These different locations around the palace provide the backdrop scenery as Il Giardino Armonico performs in period costumes and viewers are plunged into the world of the baroque. In several sequences, the international dance company, ‘Musica et Saltatoria’, can be seen performing historically authentic ballet from the baroque period. Among the featured composers are Rameau, Marais, Forqueray, de Visée, Telemann, Chédeville and Dieupart.
This repertoire-jewel-case has also been released on DVD.