Ghislieri Choir and Orchestra is considered one of the most original Italian realities in the field of historically informed music.
The passion of its director Giulio Prandi for the sacred Italian repertoire of the 18th century, supported and shared by the musicians who regularly take part in it, and combined with the vision of the Ghislieri Foundation, has made possible a unique project. Ghislieri Choir and Orchestra perform the model of the great musical chapels of the 18th century in the contemporary world. To make it possible, they rediscover the extraordinary forgotten masterpieces of great Italian composers such as Perez, Jommelli, Galuppi, alongside the cornerstones of the Baroque and classical repertoire, .
The rigorous research work constantly carried out by the group, supported by a Scientific Committee specifically set up in collaboration with the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia, has also made it possible to render the beauty of these masterpieces in an authentic way, also on an interpretative level.
This approach is warmly appreciated by the audiences of the many specialist festivals and the most prestigious European concert halls where the group returns to perform every year. These include: BOZAR Brussels, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Lyon Auditorium, Arsenal in Metz, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Valletta International Baroque Festival, Besançon Festival, Festival d’Ambronay, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Opéra de Rouen, Fondation Royaumont, De Singel and AMUZ in Antwerp, Tege Altermusik in Herne, MAfestival Bruges, MITO Settembre Musica, Stresa Festival, Festival Monteverdi di Cremona, Festival Pergolesi-Spontini di Jesi.
In 2018 the group celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, making their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Berlin Philharmonie in the Berlin Philharmonic season.
It then returned to perform again at the Concertgebouw in 2019, where in November it received a triumphant reception for the performance of a programme with Sandrine Piau that juxtaposed Jommelli’s Requiem with Mozart’s Requiem K626.
After the debut album for the magazine Amadeus, the ensemble released a series of records for Sony – Deutsche Harmonia Mundi dedicated to the most representative authors of the constant research work on the repertoire: Baldassarre Galuppi, Niccolò Jommelli and Davide Perez, with a live volume dedicated to Händel’s Roman production. In 2018 began the collaboration with the Arcana – Outhere Music label with the publication of a new volume dedicated to Pergolesi containing the Messa in D major and the unpublished Mottetto Dignas laudes resonemus, which received the prestigious Diapason Découverte award. In 2020 the new album of the group dedicated to Jommelli’s Requiem will be released for Arcana – Outhere Music.
The ensemble’s concerts have been broadcast by RAI Radio 3, Culturebox – France Télévisions, Avro Klassiek, Radio Klara, France Musique, RTBF Musiq’3, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, NPO Radio 4, WDR.