Cappella Mediteranea

Bach before Bach

Chouchane Sinarossian, Balázs Máté, Leonardo García Alarcón, Bach before Bach, Cappella Mediterranea

Chouchane Siranossian – the guest of honour at the Festivals de Wallonie in 2019 –reunited with Leonardo García Alarcón in May 2020 to inaugurate this programme that is centred on Bach’s violin repertoire. The concert took place at the Opéra de Dijon after the first lockdown.

“These works are masterpieces of instrumental music, but are not that far removed from vocal music”

Chouchane Siranossian and Leonardo García Alarcón

The violin according to Bach

In the first half of the 17th century, European composers were using instrumental music to experiment with sound and expression. They took inspiration from vocal rhetoric to create a new instrumental language that was characterised by increased virtuosity, invention, improvisation and a quest for unfamiliar and surprising sounds. The violin was the ideal instrument for this new repertoire, which sparked the creativity of musicians like Farina, Schmelzer, Biber, Pisendel and Bach. Their works emerged from the early baroque style of “stylus phantasticus”, breaking free from convention and custom in order to explore new expressive possibilities.

Chouchane Siranossian, Balázs Maté and Leonardo García Alarcón invite us to discover this groundbreaking repertoire.

Prochaines dates


    • La Farina, Carlo Farina, 6’20

    • Victori der Christen, Andreas Anton Schmelzer, 9’

    • Sonate en Ré Majeur, Georg Muffat, 13′

    • Passacaille, 6ème sonate, Walther, 8’

    • BWV 1024, J.S Bach 13’

    • Fugue, g minor, BWV 1026, J.S Bach, 4’30

    • BWV 1023, e minor, J.S Bach, 11’

    • BWV 1021, g major, J.S Bach 9’10

Performance running time: 75 min


Chouchane Sinarossian, violin

Balázs Máté, cello and bass violin

Leonardo García Alarcón, German harpsichord and direction

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