Filling in space
ROMA 1708 – PASQUINI, SCARLATTI & Händel
- Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
- Timing: Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Concert ends ~9:30pm. Complementary canapés, fine wines & beverages served post-concert.
- Venue: Aberfoyle Place NW, Washington DC 20015.
- Metro: Venue is 2 miles from Friendship Heights metro. Uber usually available.
- Parking: Plentiful untimed parking available on well-lit Aberfoyle Place and cross streets.
- Seat reservations will be confirmed via email within 24 hours of purchase.
- Please note: Ticket sales are final and refunds cannot be processed. Ticket exchanges are possible providing requests are received +14 days out from the concert and that the selected exchange concert occurs in the 2022/2023 Season. Exchange requests should be sent to Carolyn@CapriccioBaroque.org
- If Capriccio must cancel a concert ticket holders will be reimbursed minus PayPal transaction fees.
Renowned Italian harpsichordist Alberto Busettini presents a gorgeous Program of opulent, sumptuous music composed and performed in the “Roman Style”. This style swept outwards from Rome, greatly influencing the development of Baroque music. The style’s rich harmonies, distinctive virtuosity, and improvisatory elements were simply irresistible, and still are today. On the Program are works by Bernardo Pasquini and Alessandro Scarlatti, two early proponents of the style, and Georg Friedrich Händel who embraced the style slightly later during a visit to Rome.
As Maestro al Cembalo he has conducted operas, including ‘L’Orfeo’ by Claudio Monteverdi, ‘Dido & Aeneas’ by Henry Purcell, Italian Intermezzos such as ‘Pimpinone’ by T. Albinoni and ‘La Serva Padrona’ by G. B. Pergolesi. Alberto regularly conducts Bach Cantatas with Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Alberto is pursuing a full schedule in 2022 which includes performing recitals and concerts in USA and across Europe. On his agenda are engagements in Venice with Gran Teatro La Fenice with Fabio Biondi (violin) and Monteverdi’s ‘Ulisse’ for Biennale Musica.
Alberto also continues as Artistic Director for the acclaimed Festival Risonanze, a position he has held since 2017. He also continues to teach harpsichord and basso continuo at the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia of Portogruaro, Venice.
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In XVII Century’s Italian Music “Alberto Busettini shows from the first bars great technical skills and a phrasing consistent with the finest Baroque aesthetics”
On performing Scarlatti’s Sonatas “Alberto Busettini’s clarity and attention to detail in Scarlatti’s scores brings out the influences and reverberations of Spanish folk music, even the least obvious ones.”
On his French Repertoire “ The public can admire this Italian Harpsichordist’s excellent choice of tempi for the dances and pieces, and the richness he brings to the ornaments in Couperin’s style; … the works he performs by Rameau and Royer highlight his technical skills in the virtuoso style.”
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In the Johannes Passion by J. S. Bach “Noticeable in the orchestra was Alberto Busettini at the positive organ, capable of breathing together with singers, creating with the voice a close relationship with a deep emotional content.”
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“A performance full of brilliance, exuberance and invention. Contrarco, with harpsichordist Alberto Busettini, showed a high level of technical excellence and competence, highlighted by the strong connection among the musicians themselves. They gave totally new energy and life to these lesser known works of the 17th and 18th centuries.”