Scherzi Musicali
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Short Biography

Nicolas Achten, artistic direction

Scherzi Musicali is considered one of the most notable young ensembles in the world of early music. While aiming to rediscover lost gems of a forgotten musical heritage, Scherzi Musicali nevertheless do not neglect the key works of the repertoire, be they secular, sacred or operatic.

Since 2006, Scherzi Musicali has performed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Itlay, England and Germany, at the Festival van Vlaanderen, De Bijloke (including a concert with Emma Kirkby), Concertgebouw Brugge, De Singel, Bozar, Festival de Wallonie, Automne Musical de Spa, Operadagen Rotterdam, Amia Strasbourg, the Venetian Festival of Baroque Music, the Festival Baroque de Pontoise, etc. Scherzi Musicali was selected by the European Network of Early Music to perform in their showcase at the Casa da Musica, Porto, in November 2011.

Scherzi Musicali has recorded six CD's, published by Outhere (Ricercar and Alpha) and Musique en Wallonie. After four recordings of works previously never released on CD — "l’Euridice" by Giulio Caccini, the album "Dulcis Amor Iesu" (motets of Giovanni Felice Sances), the album "Petits Motets" dedicated to the Brussels composer Joseph-Hector Fiocco, and Domenico Mazzocchi's "La Catena d’Adone”, "How pleasant 'tis to Love" is devoted to Purcell's songs. Their latest recording “Il Pianto d’Orfeo” was released in autumn 2014.

Each of Scherzi Musicali’s records have generated genuine enthusiasm from the international press, expressed with awards like the Diapason d’or découverte, Joker (Crescendo magazine), La clé (ResMusica), Prelude Classics Award, 4-star of (Monde de la musique), Muse d'Or, Golden Ring (Classic Info), "Outstanding" (International Record Review).

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