Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden) plays concertos and a suite from the Baroque era giants, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach at Schwetzingen Festspiele (Schwetzingen festival). Conductor (also the founder member of the ensemble): Giovanni Antonini.
- Telemann: Suite for recorder in A minor, TWV 55:a2
- Vivaldi: Concerto for strings in G minor, RV 152
- Bach: Concerto for violin in A minor, BWV 1041
- Telemann: Concerto for recorder and flute, TWV 52:e1
- Bach: Brandenburg concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Founded in 1952 by the broadcaster Süddeutscher Rundfunk in the Schwetzingen area, The Schwetzingen Festival (German: Schwetzinger Festspiele, now Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele) is an early summer festival of opera and other classical music presented each year from May to early June in Schwetzingen, Germany.
The festival is located in a beautiful 250-year-old palace and park, Schwetzingen Castle, near the famous city of Heidelberg. The main venue is the historic Schlosstheater Schwetzingen. Nowadays, the successor organization is the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and it organises a large number of international concerts and music theatre events every year.
One of the festival’s characteristics is the world premiere of a new opera, as well as at least one rediscovered opera from former centuries, performed on period instruments.
Il Giardino Armonico is an Italian early music ensemble founded in Milan in 1985 by Luca Pianca and Giovanni Antonini, primarily to play 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. The ensemble’s repertory is mainly focused on the 17th and 18th centuries.