Early Baroque music concert at the Conservatorio Santa Maria degli Angeli: June 21, 2014 at 9pm

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini is an early music ensemble performing on original instruments, based in Florence, Italy.

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini is an early music ensemble performing on original instruments, based in Florence, Italy.

Lo Scrigno Armonico: Seicento Musicale Fiorentino

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Via della Colonna 34, Florence – ITALY

June 21st, Saturday, 9:00 pm

Entry by donation to benefit the Conservatorio – €5 recommended

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini Ensemble:
Mya Fracassini
, mezzosoprano
Gabriele Micheli, organo e clavicembalo
Martino Noferi, flauto
Gian Luca Lastraioli, liuto, tiorba e chitarra barocca

Early Baroque music concert of seicento Florentine music directed and performed by SACI’s History of Italian Opera instructor  Maestro Gian Luca Lastraioli and his Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini Ensemble. The concert, which is part of Florence’s Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista, will be held at the Conservatorio Santa Maria degli Angeli, Via della Colonna 34. This unique musical event is being presented in a venue rarely open to the public thanks to the gracious generosity of the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Gian Luca LastraioliGian Luca Lastraioli began his professional career in 1982 as lutenist and theorbist. Over the years he has participated in numerous concerts and festivals of historic music in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Israel, England, United States, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, New Zealand, and has worked with numerous ensembles specializing in medieval music, Renaissance and Baroque.

Gian Luca has to his credit more than fifty recordings of early music published by some of the major European houses. Among the most significant recordings made as a lutenist and / or master conductor is the first integral recording of The Medici Suites by Lorenzo Allegri, the first ever recording of L’Aurora Deceived by Girolamo Giacobbi, the first monographic recording devoted to composers Henry Radesca, Charles Milanuzzi, Francesca Caccini and Cosimo Bottegari. The latter album was hailed by critics as a specialized “true theater of the feelings with which Lastraioli properly gives light to one of the most extraordinary periods in the history of music.”

Gian Luca Lastraioli is currently a teacher of the Lute and Music for Ancient Instruments at the Conservatory of Music G. Rossini in Pesaro and lute teacher at the School of Music of Fiesole. He also teaches the History of Opera at SACI, and since 2012 is the artistic and musical director of the European Lute Orchestra.

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, Florence, Italy.

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, Florence, Italy.


The Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini Ensemble specializes in the performance of the musical repertoire dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, performed on historical instruments with philological orientation.

Among the more recent recordings of the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini are noted monographic CDs (published by Brilliant Classics) dedicated to the previously unpublished Francesca Caccini and Charles Milanuzzi.


The concert program features vocal and instrumental chamber music of Caccini Francsesca, Cosimo Bottegari, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Lorenzo Allegri, composers who, during the first half of the seventeenth century were all, at various times and with different assignments, active in Florence at the court of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

The program presented is of particular interest in music, history and philology: it reconstructs it, and the repertoire proposes a hypothetical evening of musical entertainment which could have taken place in one of the rooms of Palazzo Pitti in Florence during the first half of the the seventeenth century.

The repertoire performed also provides to the public examples of noble and sophisticated madrigals composed for voice solos in the “new recitative style” — agile arias and songs from the playful and witty tone that we can easily point out which are typical examples of “light music” of the Early Baroque period.

In accordance with the customs of the era, the executive vocal pieces are introduced or “framed” by appropriate instrumental pages that well denote the extreme versatility of seventeenth-century composers, always ready to offer its audience variety, contrast and “wonder”.

© Gian Luca Lastraioli 2014


John Hoenig FRSA
Fondatore e Direttore Artistico
Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista – Firenze, Italia
Email: info@festacultura.org
Follow on Twitter: @FestaCultura

Further information and bookings please visit the new Festival website:www.festacultura.org

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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