Ensemble Giardino di Delizie
When passion and art combine
Grand things happen
It all started with passion
The Ensemble Giardino di Delizie is a Roman female Baroque ensemble and was founded in 2014 by its artistic director Ewa Anna Augustynowicz. The ensemble has a varying structure from string duets to small chamber orchestra and its musicians specialized with internationally renowned masters, such as Enrico Onofri, Marco Ceccato, Enrico Gatti, Andrea Coen, Giovanni Togni, Dmitry Sinkowsky, Amandine Beyer, Marco Testori. Franco Pavan etc. In addition to the high level of training and specialization, the members of the group work regularly with different ensembles including Les Eléments, Divino Sospiro, Capella Cracoviensis, Accademia Montis Regalis, Europa Galante, Arianna Art Ensemble, Collegium Pro Musica, Quatuor Mosaiques Concerto Romano, Accordone and Pomo d’Oro.
Alongside the musical activity, the ensemble also conducts research in the field of musicology with particular regard to the Roman and Polish Baroque repertoire, rediscovering forgotten authors and trying to draw bridge between these two countries. Due to its unique binational character, the ￼ensemble is particularly interested in the peculiarities of their own musical languages. ￼￼The musicians are strongly convinced of the need of “saper ben parlare per ben suonare”, thus their research starts with a proper phonetic analysis of each langugaes to make them present in the execution and interpretation of the musical pieces. Hence, their performances are rich in sweet tones of Italian Corellian passages on the one side and and vigorous and lively sounds of the Polish dances on the other side. The ensemble’s performances, particularly intense and exciting, are in fact the result of extensive historical surveys to rediscover masterpieces of Italian composers who have had the center of its activities in the Rome of Alessandro Stradella, Arcangelo Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti during the long poignant and bright sunset of the Roman polyphonic style and those of Polish and Italian composers such as Marcin Mielczewski, Adam Jarzebski, Tarquinio Merula who had their centre of activity at the court of the Polish kings.
The ensemble is based in Rome and since its foundation pursued its activity in important institutions such as the Circle of the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence in Rome, Umberto Theatre, the Polish Church of St. Stanislaus in Rome, different cultural associations and others. The group participated in festivals such as the Festival of Music Rome; Almisonis Melos Chivasso, Turin; Musica Antica a San Rufo, Rieti; Sulle Ombre del Cusanino Filottrano, Marche; Santa Rita Basilica of Cascia and Concerti di Campagna, Monte Compatri. In August 2016 the ensemble performed with a great success at two important European festivals: the BRQ Vantaa Music Festival (Helsinki) and the Oude Musik Festival (Utrecht). In February 2017 the ensemble went on tournee in Poland giving concerts as a special guest at the Schola Cantorum Early Music Festival in Kalisz, at the Wilanow Palace in Warsaw and for the Societa Dante Alighieri in Katowice. In August 2017 the ensemble played with a great succes at the festival Barok na Spiszu in Poland. The ensemble has been invited to perform at the Parnassus Early Music Festival in Warsaw in July 2018.
Recently, as a result of intense musicological research, the ensemble recorded its first CD for Brilliant Classics with 10 Triosonatas by Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, a still quite unknown Roman Baroque composer. It is the first modern recording of all these sonatas and Carlo Ambrogio Lonati is in focus of ensemble’s musicological survey. The musicians of the Giardino di Delizie perform their repertoire on historical instruments, copies of important Italian manufacturers.
Svetlana Fomina – Viola, Violin
Sara Montani, Violin
Silvia de Maria – Viola da Gamba
Rebecca Ferri – Cello
Valeria Brunelli – Cello
The origin of Giardino di Delizie
In the late medieval period, the name “Giardino di Delizie” was used to describe the gardens of medical plants cultivated around monastries. Later, at the rise of the so called Signorie, these spaces were transformed into places of pleasure and business meetings and were usually located close to villas, castles and monastries. It was in particularly the Medici family who managed to create imaginative and refined gardens around Florence, real masterpieces where the study of plants became an art. The water with brilliant and creative solutions became the undisputed first lady of these places. The fountains and ponds full of fish were the centre of amazement and pleasure of these new gardens where the original architecture became a sort of a symbol of a new life style. In the Baroque era, beside the waterworks these gardens were decorated with the works of art of different kind, in particularly with the ancient sculptures, and thus they delighted its visitors, often guests of certain importance, and constituted an inspiration for the talented contemporary artists visiting these amazing places.