Europa Galante

Biography

Active: 1989 - ; Italy
La Europe Galante was Italy's first dedicated period instruments Baroque ensemble and has earned a reputation of one of Europe's finest and most stylish such orchestras.

It was founded by Italy's leading period violinist, Fabio Biondi at the instigation of a record company executive, Yolanta Skura. Skura, a Polish recording engineer who had trained as a pianist, in the late 1980s began planning to go into business with her own label, Opus
Read more 111. She decided to sign unknown, but excellent musicians in whom she had confidence and could watch over the development of their careers, a process she says is in contrast to the approach of big companies.

One of the most interesting young musicians of the time was Fabio Biondi, a violinist from Sicily, born in 1961, who had become interested in the Baroque violin, while studying at the Rome Conservatory. Biondi had debuted as a Baroque violinist in the esteemed Musikverein of Vienna at 16 and through the 1980s worked with some of the leading international-rank period groups. Skura suggested that he founded his own Baroque period ensemble in the interests of developing an Italian approach to "authentic" performances.

La Europa Galante derives its name from the "galante" style of music that developed after the height of Baroque music and known for its simpler, direct technical means. The new ensemble was an immediate hit in Italy, where it was hailed as a symbol of the rebirth of Baroque music in Italy. Stereo Review likened the effect of its fresh approach to Baroque music to seeing "a well-restored painting by Caravaggio or Tiepolo."

La Europa Galante was the top act on the Opus 111 label. Its recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons stood out among the several dozen versions of that over-recorded work and became the label's top-selling disc. It was named the best recording of the year by sources in at lease five countries.

Soon the ensemble was a familiar guest at international music festivals and great recital and concert halls. Biondi, who loves the human voice, eagerly accepted offers to lead the group in Baroque opera and oratorio performances. These included the modern premiere of Handel's Poro, Caldara's La Passione de Gesů Cristo, and Alessandro Scarlatti's La Maddalena and Humanitŕ e Lucifero.

Late in the 1990s, La Europe Galante and Biondi accepted an offer to join EMI's Virgin label. Their first release was another highly successful Vivaldi project, L'Estro armonico, and it has also released the Caldara Passion on the Virgin Veritas imprint. Read less
Il Diario Di Chiara / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante [CD & DVD]
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: 923401   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Il Diario Di Chiara / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante [CD & DVD]
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923401 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Porta,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gaetano Latilla,  Andrea Bernasconi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Tutto Pergolesi - The Complete Opera Edition [12-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107538 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Alessandra Marianelli,  Carlo Lepore,  Marina Rodríguez Cusí,  Antonio Lozano  ... 
    Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris,  Ottavio Dantone,  Fabio Biondi,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Barocca De I Virtuosi Italiani,  Accademia Bizantina,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Porta,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Alan Curtis,  Kazushi Ono,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, L'europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40018 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'nnamorato / Alaimo, Belfiore, Biondi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101652 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  David Alegret,  Jurgita Adamonyte,  Rosa Bove,  Elena Belfiore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'nnamorato / Alaimo, Belfiore, Biondi [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108066 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  David Alegret,  Jurgita Adamonyte,  Rosa Bove,  Elena Belfiore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Vivaldi: String Concerti
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 309004 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrian Chamorro,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: L'oracolo In Messenia / Biondi, Genaux, Basso, Gottwald, Hallenberg
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2547 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ann Hallenberg,  Romina Basso,  Franziska Gottwald,  Julia Lezhneva  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Telemann: Quixotte & La Changeante / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Agogique   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2503 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317512 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Gerald Finley,  Janet See,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Europa Galante,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Cavalli: La Virtu De’ Strali D’amore / Biondi, Nicotra, Bertagnolli, Sancho, Invernizzi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110614 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
    Performer:  Donatella Lombardi,  Monica Piccinini,  Marco Scavazza,  Roberto Abbondanza  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    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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    Vivaldi: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84030 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Janet See,  David Daniels,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Andrew Parrott,  Fabio Biondi,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Taverner Players,  Europa Galante
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  • 17.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; String Concertos / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30517 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Fabrizio Cipriani,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Antonio Fantinuoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Boccherini: String Quintets; Guitar Quintets / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 96339 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza,  Ernest Braucher,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members,  Europa Galante
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  • 19.
    Vivaldi: La Stravaganza / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19300 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 20.
    Bellini: Norma / Anderson, Barcellona, Biondi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107235 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Shin Young-Hoon,  Ildar Abdrazakov,  Svetlana Ignatovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Festival Chorus,  Europa Galante
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  • 21.
    50 Best Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 22.
    Vivaldi: Ercole / Biondi, Villazon, Damrau, Lehtipuu, Genaux
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94545 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Vivica Genaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Cavalli: La Didone / Biondi, Mcfaddon, Staveland, Domenech, Custer
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 537 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
    Performer:  Donatella Lombardi,  Claron McFadden,  Jordi Domčnech,  Marina De Liso  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    A. Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinita / Biondi, Gens
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 28647 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Roberto Abbondanza,  Paul Agnew,  Vivica Genaux,  Roberta Invernizzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    50 Best Bach
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57496 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Peter Kooy,  Christoph Prégardien,  Catherine Patriasz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Andrew Parrott,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum,  Taverner Players,  La Petite Bande  ... 
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