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
Vivaldi: L'olimpiade / Alessandrini, Mingardo, Invernizzi
Release Date: 01/14/2003   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30316   Number of Discs: 3
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Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 10/30/2007   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30439   Number of Discs: 2
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Vivaldi: Armida / Mingardo, Zanasi, Alessandrini
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 30492   Number of Discs: 3
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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Alessandrini, Nigl, Invernizzi, Mingardo, Donato, Milanesi
Release Date: 03/29/2011   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1044   Number of Discs: 1
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Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Alessandrini, Nigl, Invernizzi, Mingardo, Donato, Milanesi [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/29/2011   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7080   Number of Discs: 1
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    Palestrina: Il primo libro de' madrigali / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 521604 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina
    Performer:  Claudio Cavina,  Sandro Naglia,  Daniele Carnovich,  Giuseppe Maletto  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Monteverdi: Vespri Solenni Per La Festa Di San Marco / Alessandrino, Concerto Italiano [CD & DVD]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30557 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Francesco Usper  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 3.
    My Favorite Mozart
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5392 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Sandrine Piau,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Patrick Cohen
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Laurence Equilbey,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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    Trent'anni a Roma / Piau, Mingardo, Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30563 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Luca Marenzio,  Philippe de Monte,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi  ... 
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Caccini: L'euridice / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30552 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesca Caccini
    Performer:  Luca Dordolo,  Silvia Frigato,  Furio Zanasi,  Monica Piccinini  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater / Mingaro, Jaroussky, Lemieux, Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30558 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Gianfranco Bertagna,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus
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  • 7.
    Handel: Arias & Duets, Between Heaven & Earth / Sandrine Piau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40037 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Sara Mingardo,  Topi Lehtipuu
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Stefano Montanari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina
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    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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  • 9.
    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30554 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 10.
    Magnificat / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30555 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Alessandro Melani,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Pietro Paolo Bencini  ... 
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Daniele Carnovich,  Monica Piccinini,  Anna Simboli  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 11.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672258 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 12.
    Les Sopranos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5351 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Lezhneva,  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Antonini,  Alan Curtis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Una Stella Ensemble  ... 
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  • 13.
    Vivaldi Operas Vol 2: Arias
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30547 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julia Lezhneva,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Ensemble Matheus,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble  ... 
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  • 14.
    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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    Pergolesi, Scarlatti: Stabat Maters / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40024 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Sara Mingardo
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 16.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Dixit Dominus / Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40017 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Piccinini,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Gianluca Ferrarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 17.
    Handel: Sacred Music [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Lynne Dawson,  Chris de Moor,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Marc Minkowski,  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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  • 18.
    Sacred Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5313 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Daniele Carnovich,  Monica Piccinini,  Anna Simboli  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Marc Minkowski,  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Ensemble a Sei Voci  ... 
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  • 19.
    Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30542 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Christophe Coin,  Sébastien Marq,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30541 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Roberta Invernizzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina,  Ensemble Matheus
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  • 21.
    Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30537 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Maria Bononcini
    Performer:  Valerio Contaldo,  Raffaella Milanesi,  Andrea Arrivabene,  Silvia Frigato  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 22.
    1600 / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30531 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Tarquinio Merula,  Giovanni de Macque  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 23.
    Galuppi: L’inimico Delle Donne / Alessandrini, Panzarella, Devos,  Opera Royal De Wallonie
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33677 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Baldassare Galuppi
    Performer:  Pricille Laplace,  Anna Maria Panzarella,  Liesbeth Devos,  Frederica Carnevale  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra
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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    Indispensable Vivaldi: Highlights From La Senna Festegiante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5273 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Sébastien Marq,  Sandrine Piau,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Diego Fasolis,  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus,  Europa Galante  ... 
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