The Castello Consort is offering a variety of different concert programs, all based on a general theme that suits the repertoire of the ensemble well. On this page you will find short descriptions of each of them. Of course all of the programs can be varied with different instruments and/or singers.
In Laudate!, the Castello Consort will perform a rather religious program. During the 17th century, masses usually lasted very long compared to nowadays. Some of the partbooks that were used in these ceremonies have survived 400 years, and give us a nice view into the organization of these masses. Interesting is that there were often instrumental pieces included in those partbooks. Many of them inspired by well-known madrigals that everyone at that time knew. Most of the instrumental pieces have a subtitle, like ‘Per l’Introito’, ‘Per l’Epiftola’, ‘Per l’Offertorio’. This specifies very clearly for which part of the ceremony they were intended. One of these pieces will also be included in this concert: the Canzon 'La Guaralda', ‘Per il Deo Gratias’ (at the very end of the mass) by P.A. Mariani.
This program is intended for our usual chamber music instrumentation, consisting of violin, sackbut, cello and organ.
In this program, there is one big connection: the Stylus Phantasticus in Northern Europe, with its many short and contrasting fragments. In this program, religious vocal and virtuosic instrumental repertoire will be alternating. Many pieces will come from the three big surviving sources of 17th-century music: the Ludwig Partiturbuch, the Rost Codex and of course the Düben Collection.
For Phantasticus, the ensemble is extended with a baritone voice and two baroque violins. One of the longer pieces in the program will be Bruhns' 'De Profundis', based on Psalm 130. The remaining pieces are composed by Bertali, Buxtehude and more.
This program consists of virtuosic 17th-century Italian music in different settings: many ensemble pieces, but also a variety of solo repertoire.
Italian Virtuosos is also a collaboration with a baroque violinist. It seems to be a strange consort of instruments nowadays (violin, trombone, cello, continuo), but there is actually a lot of original music for this combination. Composers like Castello, Cima, Picchi, Cesare, Riccio and Mariani wrote many compositions for it.
This program can also be performed with a cornetto player instead of or besides a violinist.
As the name of this program already suggests, it contains music that was inspired by the Italian music of the 16th and 17th century. The European contemporaries of the great Italian composers include Jarzębski (Poland), Schmelzer (Austria), Cabanilles (Spain), Sweelinck (The Netherlands), De Kempis (Belgium) and others. Pieces by these composers are combined with Italian pieces that have a strong connection with them.
Inspiring Italians is a program that we can perform with or without extra instrumentalists. The core of the ensemble (sackbut, cello & continuo) performed it amongst others in the 'fringe' of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (The Netherlands) and the BRQ Vantaa Festival (Finland), where it was recieved with enthousiasm.
Jesu Dulcis Memoria
This program was performed during our concert tour in Norway an The Netherlands in the summer of 2015. The main component of the program was religious (vocal) music from the 17th century, which was sang by a mezzo-soprano. Besides that, the ensemble was also extended with an additional trombone. Works by Merula, Monteverdi, Falconieri and their contemporaries were performed in these concerts.