Mauro Valli


Conservatorio "G. B. Martini" of Bologna

Bach at the Cello

Mauro Valli recently recorded Bach's complete Cello Suites, pairing them with Domenico Gabrielli's Ricercari. This produced a new interpretation, seen from an unusual viewpoint which reinforces the hypothesis of a connection beween the two composers: Gabrielli might have influenced Bach's composition of his Suites.

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Mauro Valli teaches at the Conservatory of Bologna. Since more than thirty years, he performs the Baroque repertoire on period instruments. He has recorded countless works as a soloist and member of chamber music ensembles, together with some of the most prestigious and famous soloists and ensembles worldwide, including Maurice Steger, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti. He performs regularly on stages such as those of New York's Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Vienna Konzertverein and the Barbican Hall in London.


Sergio Vartolo

University and Conservatory of Bologna

Performance and Musicology

Among Sergio Vartolo's publications, books and CDs about the Goldberg Variations and the ARt of the Fugue, as well as on Johann Sebastian Bach's life are found.

Sergio Vartolo studied music (organ and harpsichord) at the Conservatory of Bologna, while also graduating in Literature at the University of the same city. He performs in Italy and in Europe as an organist, harpsichordist and conductor of vocal and instrumental ensembles in the field of Renaissance and Baroque musica. He has been the Director of the Cappella Musicale di San Petronio for fourteen years; during his directorship, and through recordings and tour, the Chapel has become famous worldwide.

He has recorded approximately sixty CDs as a soloist, among which Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Art of the Fugue, Froberger's Lamenti e Toccate, and the complete keyboard works by Frescobaldi (German Critics' Prize and Choc of the Monde de la Musique), Zipoli, M. Rossi, Cavazzoni and Trabaci. As the director of the  Cappella Musicale di San Petronio he recorded the complete Madrigals for 1, 2, and 3 sopranos by Luzzasco Luzzaschi (Diapason d'Or of the French Critics), the complete Messe Mantovane by Palestrina, the Scherzi Musicali and the Canzonette, the Ballo delle IngrateIl Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the complete melodrammi by  Monteverdi (Orfeo - twice - Poppea and Ulisse), the Rappresentazione di Anima e Corpo by Cavalieri, the complete Sonatas and Concertos for 1, 2, 3 and 4 trumpets and orchestra by Torelli, several Vespri concertati of the Bolognese S. Petronio School and a collection of Baroque Laments (among which, with the participation of Anna Caterina Antonacci, La Pazza by Girami, Il Lamento di Arianna by Monteverdi and Il Lamento della Madre Ebrea by Cesti). 

He published a study about the sources and practice of Frescobaldi's keyboard works (Girolamo Frescobaldi: annotazioni sulla musica per strumento a tastiera, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana 4/1994), an essay and the facsimile (librettos and score) of Monteverdi's  Il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria di Monteverdi (SPES, Florence 2000) and an essay and the facsimile of Bach's The Art of the Fugue  (SPES; Florence, 2009). He composed or arranged sacred and secular works for the Radio TV of the Italian Switzerland  (Planctus Mariae, Selva di varia ricreazione), for theFestival de La-Chaise-Dieu (Passione di Cristo secondo Giovanni, Assalonne punito) and for the Cappella di S. Petronio.

He taught Theory, History of Music and Harpsichord at the Conservatories of Foggia, Bologna, Padova, Ferrara, Mantova and Venezia. He was a Fellow of the DAMS at the University of Bologna and he is a member of the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna.


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