A programme to recreate the sophisticated atmosphere of an Italian Renaissance Court, inspired by the famous Book of the Courtier by Baldassarre Castiglione. Text and music alternate to introduce some of its main topics: poetry and jokes, war, love, the courtisan's sprezzatura ... The Book of the Courtier is set at the Montefeltro Court of Urbino, where Castiglione stayed in 1507.

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In duo with Silvia Frigato

What else can speak the poet if not love?
Through literature, music or paintings great artists of all time have always told about its magic, suffered its torments, even invoked God's love.
The programme focuses on early XVII cent. Italy, where the new style we know as Baroque developed gorgeously.
Giulio Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi and Girolamo Frescobaldi are, among others, representatives of this new musical practice, where text is “magister” and music “ancilla”.

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It is worth listening to these colossi of the Baroque repertoire side-by-side, to discover that Weiss‘s music results from the instrumental characteristics of the lute and magnifies its potential, while Bach’s music compels the performer to shape an idiom that, thanks to a sort of intellectual virtuosity, stretches the characteristics of the instrument itself.
Evangelina Mascardi devoted them two CDs, warmly received by the international critic and awarded with Diapason Découverte, Pizzicato Supersonic and 5 Stars Goldberg.
A key programme, demanding but admirably performed.

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A programme focused on Bellerofonte Castaldi, an erudit "dilettante" of the XVII century, a superb musician and lute virtuoso. Some of his works, like Tasteggio Soave or Ferita d’amore were impressive at his time, but nowadays still charm the listener with their expressiveness and rhetorical texture.
Evangelina Mascardi recorded in 2011 a selection from his Capricci a due stromenti and Primo mazzetto di fiori,
highlighting his mastery in counterpoint and “affetti” expression, demonstrating how his work undoubtedly deserves to be better known.

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In this programme Evangelina Mascardi draws together different works from various Italian, French and English manuscripts and publications from the XVI century and creates an intimate fresco which reflects, through the peculiar stylistic forms of lute Renaissance repertoire, the innovative blossoming of contemporary figurative arts.

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In duo with Lincoln Almada

Evangelina and the Paraguayan harpist Lincoln Almada invite us to discover traditional Latin American music going back to the time of Conquistadores. At the beginning of the XVII century the Jesuits introduced the harp and the guitar in Latin America from Europe to teach music in order to play sacred music as a tool for evangelism.

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