Valletta International Baroque Ensemble
Pearls from the Mediterranean
VRIJDAG 8 JULI
20u00 Openingsconcert20 P
Valletta International Baroque ensemble brings to life the rich repertoire of Maltese baroque works. Their "Pearls of the Mediterranean" program starts with polychronic chants on a sacred text by an anonymous composer from the Maltese islands and ends with Girolamo Abos' Stabat Mater. The latter contains numerous interesting characteristics and a mood-determining instrumental introduction by which the audience will be carried away. VIBE introduces the era of great wonder.
The Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE), founded in 2012, is the permanent ensemble of the Valletta International Baroque Festival. The group plays on period instruments and consists of established Malta-based musicians working with internationally established specialists in Early Music. VIBE's repertoire includes important works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Willaert, Usper, Handel and JS Bach. The Ensemble also played an important role in the rediscovery and performance of works by Maltese composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.
VIBE has collaborated in the past with leading world authorities on early music, including violinist Catherine Martin, cellist Albert Brüggen, trumpeter Richard Thomas, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, sackbut expert Sue Addison and theorboists David Miller and Eligio Quintero, choral conductor Eomonn Dougan and members of The Sixteen. ViBE also has an ongoing collaboration with KorMalta, Malta's National Choir, with whom they have performed major works and custom projects based on research into Caravaggio paintings and Dante's Divina Commedia. ViBE believes in constant training, especially in the niche area that requires specific instrumental techniques and historically informed performance styles. ViBE has also collaborated with contemporary Maltese composers to premiere works that either revive baroque musical forms, such as Alexander Vella Gregory's Concerto Grosso. This dialogue between old and new is at the heart of the VIBE project and complements its mission to bring a passion for early music to a contemporary audience.