Gunar Letzbor © Daniil Rabovsky
Ars Antiqua Austria
»Rediscovering early music from Austria» - the Ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria has remained consistently true to this credo since its beginnings. This time, the program of its cycle in the Vienna Konzerthaus includes selected cantatas by the master cellist of the imperial court orchestra Antonio Bononcini, lute concertos by Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt and musical "temptations" ('Allettamenti') by Corelli's rival Giuseppe Valentini; music from the first half of the 18th century and thus from the reign of the art-loving emperors Joseph I and, in particular, Charles VI, under whose 29-year reign the Habsburg Empire achieved the territorially greatest expansion of its history. As guest soloists, Gunar Letzbor and his colleagues welcome Alois Mühlbacher, currently probably the most famous former pupil of the St. Florian Boys' Choir, as well as members of the Austrian Lute Society alongside ensemble lutenist Hubert Hoffmann in Radolt's double concerts.