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 Accentus Austria

1st March at 19,00 Museum of Riga History and Navigation, Hall of Columns

Accentus Austria

Olga Pitarch - soprano
Thomas Wimmer - viola da gamba
Michael Posch - recorders
Reinhild Waldek - spanish harp
Wolfgang Reithofer - percussion
Thomas Wimmer - director
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Fascinated by Spain's unique, multi-cultural substrate, which enriched the entire Renaissance music of the country, the ensemble Accentus austria made early Spanish music its main concern from ist very foundation in 1992. In the meantime, many years of occupation with this music have led to the development of a repertoire that hence extends from orally transmitted Sefardic Romances, improvisatory in character, by the way of the sumptuous and manifold polyphonic music - both sacred and secular - of the 16th century to the soloistic baroque music of the late 17th century.

A second focal point of the repertoire of Accentus austria is 16th, and 17th-century music of the Austrian Empire. No less multi-cultural, this period saw the unification of artistic currents from Germany, the Low Countries, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and even from the Ottoman Empire - an exceedingly fruitful mixture which retained its driving force even until after the Classical period.

Accentus austria appears as an ensemble of variable composition, the number of musicians ranges from three to seventeen according to the specific programme.

In recent years Accentus austria has performed, among others, the following events: Semana de Música Antigua-Sevilla/E. Concerts d'Estiu a Montserrat-Barcelona/E, Festival de Santander/E, Palau de Música-Barcelona/E, Festival van Flanderen-Brugge/B, Southbanks-London/GB, Kyburgiade/Switzerland, Tage Alter Musik Würzburg/Germany, Festwoche Alter Musik-Stuttgart/Germany, Alte Oper Frankfurt/Germany, Ambraser Schloßkonzerte-Innsbruck/Austria, Brucknerhaus-Linz/Austria, Konzerthaus-Wien/Austria, Music in Old Kraków/Poland, Wratislavia Cantans/Poland, Yehiam Festival/Israel, Essaouira/Maroque, Faro Festival and Madeira Music Festival/Portugal, Athens Concert Hall/Greece and in the United Arabian Emirates. In 2006 Accentus austria performed in the scenical stage production "The Lament of Arianna" in the Teatro Apollon/ Patras, European Cultural Capital 2006.

CDs by Accentus austria:
Sephardische Romanzen - Musik der spanischen Juden um 1500, Preiser Records 90161
La Música Popular y de la Corte - Preiser Records 90239
El Cancionero Músical de Palacio - Naxos 8.553536
Sephardic Romances - Traditional Jewish Music from Spain, Naxos 8.553617
Musik der drei Kulturen Spaniens - Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik 970719-2
Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566) - Tientos y Glosados, Naxos 8.554836
Misteris de Dolor - Cantos Sacros de Catalunya y Polyfonia Instrumental Española, S.XVI-XVII, Pneuma PN-410
Greghesche, Libro I, 1564 - Composizioni di diversi autori su testi poetici di Manolo Blessi
Cantadas de Pasión - Cantatas and Tonos humanos of the Spanish Baroque,ARCANA A333
Romances Séfarades - Dans l'empire de la Sublime Porte, ARCANA A341
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Olga Pitarch

Studied piano and singing at the Conservatory of Valencis and at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. As a winner of several prices (Jeunesses Musicales-91 ; Concours d'opéra E. Marco -94), she appeared in recitals and Oratories («Mass in c-minor » by W. A. Mozart, «Resurrection», « Messiah » by Händel, « King David » by A. Honegger...), as well as in several operaproductions («La Didone»  (Iride, Amore) by Cavalli ; Artaserse  (Semira) by D. Terradellas ; La incoronatione de Popea  (Drusilla, Valletto) ; Zelos aun del ayre matan by J. Hidalgo ; Una cosa rara (Lilla), Il Sogno (Nice),  Ifigenia in Aulide (Ifigenia) by V. Martin y Soler ; Eco y Narciso (Narciso) by D. Scarlatti, Orlando (Medoro) by N. Porpora; Orfeo (Amore) by W. Gluck and others) under the direction of C. Rousset, A. Zedda, J .C. Malgoire, E. López-Banzo, J. B. Otero, M Valdicieso, G. Garrido and W. Christie. Among others she sung at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Festival Grec de Barcelone, Teatro de la Zarzuela y Teatro Real Madrid, Théatre des Champs Elysées à Paris and Concertgebouw  Amsterdam.

   Her predeliction for baroquemusic allowed her to take part in the rediscovering of an extant Spanish repertoire performed in concerts and recordings with the ensembles Al ayre español, La Capella de Ministrers, Estil Concertant, Armoniosi Concerti,Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla et Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara at the festivals Granada y Cuenca (E), Ludwigsburg y Herne (G), Utrecht (Nl), Cervantino (Mexico) and others.

   At the same time she worked with Le Parlement de Musique,Elyma , La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Faenza, Accentus Austria, La Fenice and Les Arts Florissants. With the latter she appeared as Minerva in Il ritorno d'Ulisse by C.Monteverdi as aprt of a DVD-production, as Damon in Acis and Galatea (G.F.Händel), as Proserpine in La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (Charpentier) in Lausanne, Paris (Opéra Comique et Cité de la Musique), Wien (Teater an der Wien), London (Barbican Center and Royal Albert Hall), Köln, Baden-Baden,  München ,Bruxelles, New York (BAM and Lincoln Center), Washington , Chicago, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón ), Montevideo and São Paulo.

   She took part in recordings of "Orlando" ( Medoro) by N. Porpora, "La semaine Mystique", "Ifigenia in Aulide" ( Ifigenia ) by V. Martin y Soler".


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