Barocco Locco

Barocco Locco

The international ensemble Barocco Locco was founded in 1985 by Fritz Heller to perform music of the 16th and 17th centuries with the instruments and performance practice of the period. Each programme is preceded by extensive research, and the musicians play as far as possible from the original notation or their own arrangement of the original. The nucleus of Barocco Locco consists of Fritz Heller (comett), Saskia van der Wel (soprano and violoncello), Arwen Bouw (violin), Cas Gevers (trombone) and Vincent van Laar (organ and harpsichord). The ensemble can also be increased to perform large‑scale works. In its smaller form Barocco Locco aims to draw attention to little‑known repertoire in addition to more standard works. Programmes have included German music (Schein, Selle, Schütz and Vierdanck), Italian works (Frescobaldi, Cima, Monteverdi and Castello), programmes focusing on Netherlanders (Verrijt, Hollanders and Padbrué) and productions inspired by local music history (Aachen, Liege, Maastricht, Düsseldorf, Jülich, Rostock and Haarlem).

Examples of large‑scale projects:
Heinrich Schütz: Christmas historia
Claudio Monteverdi: Marian Vespers
Marian Vespers with unpublished works from the church of San Petronio in Bologna
‘Wege zu Bach’, the Protestant Mass in the 17th century
‘Muziek en Ruimte’, two‑, three‑ and four‑choir music from Germany and Italy
Claudio Monteverdi: Selva Morale et Spirituale
Heinrich Schütz: Psalmen Davids

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