Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera vol.2 GLOBAL RELEASE on 26 July 2019

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The final instalment in our Carbonelli project is here! This marks the end of a years-long journey of discovery, exploring the gorgeous repertoire of a little-known composer who flourished in Handel’s London. You can read more about Carbonelli and this project, and pre-order the disc, at Presto Classical.

Available everywhere music is sold or streamed.

A snapshot from the Illyria Consort's latest recording Carbonelli: Sonate da camera vol.2

We have just finished recording the second of a two-disc set of Carbonelli’s violin sonatas. Vol. 1, which included sonatas 1-6, was released in 2017, and this disc will be released at the end of 2019. See the post below for details of our latest recording of Giornovich’s violin concertos, which will be released in just a month on 1 March 2019.

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Two recordings, soon to be released a week apart

The two discs below will be released on 1 March 2019 and 22 of February respectively. Look for them in all good record stores and online! Details can be found below.

The Illyria Consort, with soloist and director Bojan Cicic, presents a world premiere recording of three violin concertos by Giovanni Giornovich

The Illyria Consort, with soloist and director Bojan Cicic, presents a world premiere recording of three violin concertos by Giovanni Giornovich

Bojan directs the Academy of Ancient Music in a recording of baroque recorder concertos

Bojan directs the Academy of Ancient Music in a recording of baroque recorder concertos

Bojan's second solo disc with the Illyria Consort is in the can!

Following the tremendous success of the Illyria Consort's first disc (Carbonelli Violin Sonatas 1-6), we are delighted to announce that Bojan and the Illyria Consort have now recorded their second disc together: the world premiere recording of Giovanni Giornovich's three London Violin Concertos.

This new recording will be available on the 1st of March, 2019. In the meantime, here are some photos from the sessions. 

Delphian Records sessions completed for Illyria Consort's first disc (despite interruptions from a hailstorm)

Sonata No. 5 just visible on the music stand. 

Sonata No. 5 just visible on the music stand. 

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. 

Bojan directs the Academy of Ancient Music - listen again on Radio 3

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

Part 2:
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.

Bojan Cicic to make highly-anticipated directorial debut with Academy of Ancient Music at Milton Court

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).

New Recordings

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. 

Florilegium in sessions for Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London.

Florilegium in sessions for Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London.

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.