As an online festival taking place around 21 March, the EMD Festival offers seven concerts proposed by the members of the European Network of Early Music. Every year, the programme encompasses early music in all its diversity: from solo to opera, from a few minutes of music to a complete work, we select for you the best of early music, to celebrate Early Music Day with your favorite artists and discover you net favourite pieces!
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Pietro Nardini (1722-1793) was a well-known violinist and composer in his lifetime and a pupil of the famous Giuseppe Tartini in Padua. Nardini himself trained influential students who spread his reputation and stylistic influence across Europe.
For the 300th year anniversary of his birth, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Freunde Alter Musik Basel (FAMB) seized the chance to look more deeply at this European repertoire of the 1760s and 1770s. Nardini left only a few compositions, but he cultivated many contacts. This was also the case with the Mozart family. Father Leopold heard him in Ludwigsburg and expressly praised his art; Wolfgang played music with him during a stay in Florence in 1770. In the juxtaposition of the three works in our programme, quite different musical languages become audible, displaying the broad musical and emotional spectrum in which European music of that time moved. Both the Nardini Sinfonia, from a Basel inventory, and the Tartini Concerto are modern premieres.
The orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is made up of current students of the institute for early music and is directed by Leila Schayegh, who also leads a violin class at the school.


Pietro Nardini (1722-1793)
Sinfonia in D major for horns, strings and basso
Allegro, Andante, Allegro

Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
Concerto in D major (GT. D.29) for violin, strings and basso
Allegro, Largo, Allegro assai

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Symphony in A major (KV 201)
Allegro moderato, Andante, Menuetto, Allegro con spirito


Ad Astra Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Leila Schayegh
conductor and soloist
Vojtech Jakl, Lorenzo Rosato, Noam Lelior Gal, Maya Webne-Behrmanviolins I
Léna Ruisz, Sophia Mücke, Sepideh Nikoukar, Beatriz Arias Milánviolins II
Zora Janská, Marguerite Wassermann, Loïc Simonet violas
Giulio Sanna, Karin Hannisdal cellos
Joachim Pedarnig double bass
Anke Bernardy, Mei Kamikawa oboes
Andres Sánchez Trejos, Olivier Mourault horns
Pablo Montes Guedez bassoon
Eliot Xaquin Dios Martinez harpsichord

October 2022
recorded in the Peterskirche Basel, Switzerland
Sound engineering and video direction Oren Kirschenbaum
Production Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and Freunde Alter Music Basel 
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