The Belgian instrumental ensemble Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 and is known for its German Baroque repertoire. One of its founding members, Philippe Pierlot, is also a member of a viola da Gamba quintet. With internationally renowned virtuosos like Bulgarian kaval player Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Turkish kanun player Hakan Güngor, Spanish teorbo musician Daniel Zapico, and German baritone player Matthias Vieweg, Pierlot brings a selection of 17th century Transylvanian Baroque music, a period when Italian, French, German, and Ottoman influences shaped Romania and its culture.
The concert combines religious and secular pieces based on the Codex Caioni and the Ottoman compositions of Dimitrie Cantemir. The recently rediscovered Codex Caioni is an incredible collection of manuscripts and compositions compiled by the Franciscan priest and musician Johannes Caoini during the 17th century. It presents works by, among others, Claudio Monteverdi, Orlando Lasso, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Praetorius. The Romanian soldier, musicologist and statesman Dimitrie Cantemir spent twenty years in Constantinople during the Enlightenment and left behind a unique collection of Ottoman music from this era. The ensemble will perform beautiful ‘Makams’, melodies unique to Arab, Persian and Turkish classical music.
Philippe Pierlot: artistic direction / Maria Keohane: soprano /Hanna Bayodi-Hirt: soprano /
David Sagastume: alto /Jeffrey Thompson: tenor / Matthias Vieweg: bass