The reviews are in for our Carbonelli recording!
23 June 2017 will be the release date of our first CD with Delphian Records. You can hear us performing Carbonelli live on 20 July at Music at Paxton Festival, Paxton House, and on 24 September at Roman River Music Festival, Colchester.
The last weekend in June took the Illyria Consort to a church in East Woodhay to record our first disc, a collection of violin sonatas by the unjustly neglected 18th-century composer Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli. He was a wine merchant in London at one time, as well as the leader of the orchestra at London's Theatre Drury Lane.
The Illyria Consort is comprised of Susanne Heinrich (viola da gamba), David Miller (theorbo, archlute, and baroque guitar), Steven Devine (harpsichord and organ), and Bojan Cicic (violin).
The disc is expected to be released in early summer of 2017. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this project possible, particularly those who gave so generously during our JustGiving fundraiser a few months ago. We are still looking for opportunities to raise the last £2,500 through private concerts; please get in touch if you, or anyone you know, would like to host a private recital and talk by Bojan in their homes or a historic venue.
Listen again here (for a limited time) to the Academy of Ancient Music's concert "Angels and Saints" from Cambridge, directed by Bojan Cicic on 23 November this year: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pxdzf
From the Radio 3 website:
Bojan Cicic directs the Academy of Ancient Music in an astonishing programme of concertos and sonatas inspired by visions of spiritual beings and the promise of the after-life.
Recorded at West Road Concert Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
Vivaldi: Concerto in F major "per la Solennitá di S Lorenzo"
Vejvanovsky: Sonatas "Sancti Spiritus" and "Paschalis"
Vivaldi: Sonata in E flat major "Sancto Sepolcro"
Leclair: Violin Concerto in D major
Interval - Interval music from disc
Manfredini: Concerti "Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale"
Biber: Passacaglia in G minor for unaccompanied violin "The Guardian Angel"
Vivaldi: Concerto in E major "Il Riposo per il S Natale"
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major "S Lingua di S Antonio di Padova"
As one of the rising stars of the world of period performance, Bojan Cicic currently leads the second violin section of the AAM, and is directing several programmes with them this season. Here he directs Baroque music written for special feast days in the Christian calendar.
This autumn, Bojan will be directing the Academy of Ancient Music in an astonishing programme of music from composers inspired by the spiritual and the promise of the afterlife. With concerts in Cambridge (18 November), Dorchester (25 November), and Truro (26 November), the centrepiece will be the performance at Milton Court (Barbican) in London, on 20 November (click here to be taken to the Barbican website).
Bojan has three new discs out this month: a recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos with Florilegium, in which he plays violin, viola, and violino piccolo. He also plays "Summer" on the European Union Baroque Orchestra's new disc of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
In addition, he is featured on a live recording of a BBC Chamber Prom from July this year, playing the CPE Bach Sonata for Two Violins ("Sanguineus & Melancholicus") with Rachel Podger. The disc is exclusively available with the December issue of the BBC Music magazine.