Sezione aurea is the Italian for “Golden section”, which is defined as “the part of a line segment which represents the mean proportion between the entire segment and the remaining part”. The ensemble Sezione Aurea was created in 2013 following Luca Giardini’s idea of reuniting some of the finest European baroque musicians active on the concert platform and on disc. The aim of the group is to study and play the instrumental and vocal Italian repertoire of the 17th and 18th century. Since many of the pieces performed are still virtually unknown today, the ensemble relies on a musicological team who assist them at the start of each project.

Sezione Aurea gruppo

A particular interesting feature in the ensemble’s suggested programs is the presence of synaesthesia with its broad cultural appeal. Sezione Aurea focuses on the particular connection between the musical Doctrine of the Affections and its symbols in the Italian music and the corresponding figurative codes in the visual art of the same period. Operating within a modern framework of different cultural strata, the ensemble ventures on an original association of early Italian music and historical cuisine or contemporary painting. Visualizing music through pictures and videos is also part of the group’s experimentation.

Sezione Aurea pursues a rigorous approach to the use of the instruments, which are chosen and set up according to the original periods and places of the works performed, maintaining the highest aim of authenticity.

The ensemble has debuted in June 2013 at the Concentus Moraviae Festival.

Sezione Aurea, led by Luca Giardini, performed Luigi Rossi’s opera “Il Palazzo di Atlante” at the Sagra Malatestiana in Rimini. The staging was realized by Anagoor, a theatre company which experiments with photo and visual arts.

In 2014 Luca Giardini were invited again in Rimini as conductor of Sezione Aurea for the dramatik- opera “King Arthur” by Purcell, with the direction of the renowned company theatre Motus. The performance was repeated with huge success at the Teatro Argentina in Rome (Roma Europa Festival) and in October 2015 has opened Musica Insieme Season at the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna.

Recently the ensemble has participated in the show “In viaggio con Dante” with the actor Ivano Marescotti, playing music by Filiberto Laurenzi and in a recital with music of Ignazio Cirri and W. A. Mozart at Musei San Domenico in Forlì.

Future engagements include: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Japan under Aaron Carpene and the direction of Stefano Vizioli.

“Original Sin” released in 2015 is the new album of the composer Cesare Picco, who has expressly written some pieces for Sezione Aurea. Some interesting recordings will be shortly issued, such as: the sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Ignazio Cirri (a composer from Forli).

Luca Giardini

Luca Giardini studied modern violin in Milan and Lugano with Carlo Chiarappa. He then devoted himself to study further the historically informed practice of the violin music  between 17th and 19th century, under the guidance of specialists such as Catherine Mackintosh, Monica Huggett, Nicolette Moonen and Peter Hanson in London and Anton Steck.

After working with many chamber and symphony orchestras in Milan, in 1998 he started to collaborate on a regular basis with the most important European Early Music groups, playing at some of the major concert venues all over the world. Luca regularly performs with ensembles such as: Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Complesso Barocco, Ensemble Zefiro, Modo Antiquo, Ensemble Concerto, Il Rossignolo, Aglaia, La Venexiana; I Barocchisti, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Bach Ensemble, Al Ayre Español, Ensemble Matheus, La Cetra-Basel, Marini Consort-Innsbruck, Divino Sospiro, Collegium 1704, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges. Among the renowned conductors and soloists he works with are Simon Rattle, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Cecilia Bartoli, Ian Bostridge, Giuliano Carmignola, Ottavio Dantone and Christoph Coin.

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