Rinaldo Alessandrini

Biography

Born: 1960; Italy  
Rinaldo Alessandrini is a major conductor and harpsichordist specializing in Italian Baroque music.

After musical studies including serious research in Italian music from 1550 to 1750, Alessandrini embarked on his career as a harpsichordist, both as a soloist and as continuo player/leader of Concerto Italiano, a vocal and instrumental ensemble he founded. During the 1980s and 1990s Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano established themselves
Read more as the leading ensemble for Italian Baroque music from the music's home country.

Alessandrini believes that, regardless of musical era, there is a set of "essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements of fundamental to Italian music." His aim is to find those qualities in music of the Italian Baroque period, which he regards "the most fertile and innovative in all Italian music."

He and Concerto Italiano have toured extensively in Europe, including many of the major musical festivals, especially the ones with interest in the era. He and the ensemble record for various labels and have won awards such as the Cini Foundation Vivaldi Prize, the Choc de la Musique, Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or (in three successive years), the Cecilia Prize, the Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Prize, and the Grand Prix de l'Academie Charles Cros.

Alessandrini also conducts Italian Baroque opera widely. His is considered one of the world's leading specialists in the operas of Monteverdi, and also revives lesser-known Italian opera composers such as Cavalli and Vinci. He includes the Italian operas of George Frideric Handel in his conducting repertoire, and he and Concerto Italiano have recorded harpsichord concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach. These Gramophone Award-nominated performances are hailed for paying special attention to the direct Italian inspiration for the concertos. Other acclaimed CDs include his two volumes of One Hundred Fifty Years of Italian Music, featuring harpsichord music on the first disc and organ music on the second. Read less
Couperin: Concerts Royaux / Rufa, Pandolfo, Alessandrini
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Tactus  
Catalog: 660302   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Monteverdi: Il Sesto Libro De Madrigali; 1600 / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40042 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Tarquinio Merula  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Marchitelli,  Ugo Di Giovanni,  Loredana Gintoli,  Sergio Foresti  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    C.P.E. Bach Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94640 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anna Starr,  Joaquim Guerra Codina,  Machiko Takahashi,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Poetica  ... 
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    Couperin: Concerts Royaux / Rufa, Pandolfo, Alessandrini
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 660302 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Claudio Rufa,  Paolo Pandolfo,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1, 3, 4 & 5 / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40030 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Bach & Vivaldi / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30530 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Riccardo Minasi,  Luca Peverini,  Antonio De Secondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 6.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40014 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Antonio Fantinuoli,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabrizio Cipriani,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Violon X - Exteme Violin - Biondi, Buskov, Ivanov, Khachaturian / Biondi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Marcelle Dedieu-Vidal,  Evgueni Bushkov,  Régis Pasquier  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Bartholomée,  Alessandro De Marchi,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Communauté Française de Belgique Orchestra,  Academia Montis Regalis  ... 
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    Tuma - Partitas, Sonatas And Sinfonias / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30436 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Concerto Italiano, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30412 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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