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The creation of I Musici was something extraordinary and unique. Founded in 1951 and deliberately shaped without a conductor, it is the oldest continuously active chamber group in Italy and one of the most respected chamber ensembles in existence today. In the early years, they introduced 18th-century Italian music to the world and made Vivaldi's The Four Seasons one of the most well-known compositions in the entire music repertoire, being the first to record this masterpiece, which has sold over 25 million copies in various editions. Notably, I Musici is the first group to record classical music on CD for Philips. They also have the distinction of having recorded, in the 1970s, the very first classical music video. As graduates of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the ensemble has brought Rome's name and Italian music to five continents, playing repertoire from the 18th to the 21st century, including the works of such contemporary composers as Nino Rota, Ennio Porrino, Valentino Bucchi, Louis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone.

 

Posted: Dec-17-2014
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I Musici di Roma was honored with the 2013 Brand Laureate Premier Award from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.
Posted: Jun-27-2013
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For the entire 17th century and for at least one quarter of the next one, Rome was one of the centers of Italian and European instrumental music, where many of the most important composers of concertos and sonatas met; as a consequence, it was also the center of dissemination of a style that for years would influence music at an international level. Although decadent and depopulated, Rome remained a city of great artistic importance, which attracted musicians from all over Italy and also from abroad.
Arcangelo Corelli is definitely the most prominent figure of Rome’s instrumental music school between the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries.


Giuseppe Valentini, violinist and composer was equally a figure of great relevance in the Roman music life during the first decades of the 1700s. He favours a creative, at times somewhat bizarre style, leaving ample room for the open display of violin virtuosity.

Antonio Locatelli stayed long in Rome during his formative years and knew Giuseppe Valentini.
The only musician actually born in Rome featured in this programme is Pietro Castrucci, a pupil of Arcangelo Corelli, who quickly gained renown as a violinist.

This CD would not be complete without a concerto grosso by Francesco Geminiani, one of the greatest Italian 18th-century composers. A highly appreciated violinist and teacher, he was the son of a violinist and had studied in Rome with Alessandro Scarlatti, with the Milanese violinist Ambrogio Lonati and perhaps also with Arcangelo Corelli.

Posted: Aug-1-2015
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"With the same agility and fire they’ve so often lavished on the music of Vivaldi and his baroque contemporaries, the 12 musicians of I Musici di Roma took on Rossini, Paganini, Rolla and a sampling of 20th-century Italian film scores for their appearance at the National Gallery on Sunday. It was the third concert in the gallery’s celebration of Italian art, film and music, and it was an evening of exuberantly lavish virtuosity."
— Washington Post
Posted: Oct-22-2012
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Posted: Oct-12-2016