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La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel

Founded in 1999, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel is recognised as one of the world’s leading ensembles in historically informed performance practice. La Cetra Vokalensemble was called into existence in 2012 and regularly performs with the orchestra for opera and oratorio productions as well as in its own programmes. The musicians from both ensembles come from all over the globe, and many are graduates of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Their repertoire stretches from works of the late Renaissance through the Baroque and into the early Romantic periods, with Vivaldi as a major focus of La Cetra’s programming. Andrea Marcon, Artistic Director of La Cetra since 2009, is a specialist for Baroque and early Classical repertoire. Together with La Cetra, he brought Antonio Caldara’s forgotten work “La concordia de’ pianeti” to life for the first time in nearly 300 years. This performance was recorded live in concert and went on to garner an Edison Award, and is also one of four recordings for La Cetra on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The latest recording on Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion label, entitled “Monteverdi” features Magdalena Kožená and was nominated in 2016 for a Grammy Award. From the outset, La Cetra has worked regularly with some of the world’s best-known guest conductors, among them Jordi Savall, René Jacobs, Attilio Cremonesi and Gustav Leonhardt, as well as with soloists such as Andreas Scholl, Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, Maurice Steger or Giuliano Carmignola, to name a few. The repertoire and the occasion determine the size of the orchestra which may extend from a smaller consort to a full-fledged orchestra with chorus and soloists.