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Accademia del Piacere

The unique nature of the Accademia del Piacere ensemble is based on its dynamic musical vision and the vibrant artistic personality of its director. Its members perceive it as something almost living, full of emotions, sensations which they internalize and transmit to their audience, whether they are performing music created today or pieces which were conceived centuries ago. In the words of David Yearsley in the American magazine Counterpunch,” the name of the group says it all: I’ve never heard anything more challenging, moving or pleasurable.”

Accademia del Piacere’s recordings have revealed fascinating nuances in essential repertoires of early music from 17th century Italy (Le Lacrime di Eros), the Spanish Renaissance (Rediscovering Spain) and the Spanish Baroque period (Muera Cupid, with Nuria Rial), and it has recieved awards such as Germany’s Opus Klassik (2020), the Choc de Classica (France), the Prelude Award (Holland) as well as several GEMA awards in Spain, amongst many others. But Alqhai and the Accademia also successfully visit other artistic territories unrelated to historicism, such as Las idas and las vueltas and Diálogos, with flamenco singers Arcángel and Rocío Márquez, both pieces receiving Giraldillos at Seville’s Bienal de Flamenco in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

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