19 Jan 2016
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Ta’ Giezu Church


On the 19th January, the Spanish early music ensemble, La Ritirata, will be performing at the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2016 as part of the Il Spiritillo Brando program.

This is an opportunity to enjoy exciting performances by a new name in the Spanish early music scene. The ensemble offers a thrilling ride across the terrain of the Spanish and Italian courtly instrumental traditions, and they bring us the dance rhythm delights of Andrea Falconieri, whose music leads the way to contributions from the likes of Diego Ortiz and Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde.

As the title implies, Il Spiritillo Brando evokes both the social dancing which will have taken place in the court of the Spanish vice-royalty in Naples itself, and the mischievous duendes which roamed the streets, animating all the proceedings in the vicinity.

Founded by Josetxu Obregón when he was based in The Netherlands, the ensemble La Ritirata takes its name from the final movement of the famous quintet composed by Luigi Boccherini in Spain, entitled La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid.

Dedicated to combining accurate historical awareness with the highest levels of artistic quality, La Ritirata is at home in Baroque musical traditions from all across Europe. Bach and Handel figure in the ensemble’s programmes as much as Italian and Spanish composers from the courtly traditions of early baroque. Naturally, given the Boccherinian reference in its name, La Ritirata holds a special place in its heart for the classical era composer from Lucca who settled in Spain. Programmes of cello sonatas, string trios and other chamber works feature in the group’s repertory.

Cellist Obregón, a student of Anner Bylsma among others, holds a teaching post at the Real Conservatorio Superior in Madrid and is the recipient of a substantial number of prizes from prestigious national and international competitions. Regular members of La Ritirata include some of the finest musicians of the younger generations of historically informed performers, such as Tamar Lalo, Enrike Solinís and Daniel Zapico, as well as more established players such as the renowned Hiro Kurosaki.


Tickets can be purchased from the Manoel Theatre website and the performance will commence at 7.30pm at the Ta’ Ġieżu Church.

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