News 2011

News 2011: (IT) Exhibition in Castello di Duino, Friuli, Italy

Contributed by Admin on Apr 23, 2011

Orpheon wishes to open your eyes and ears to the marvelous world of string instruments of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Classical Periods. The collection now contains over 170 violins, violas, violoncellos, violas da gamba, violas d'amore, barytons and historical bows dating mostly from 1560 to 1780, all restored to their original playing conditions and placed at the disposal of members of the Orpheon Consort, professional musicians and outstanding students from all over Europe for competitions, recordings, concerts and longterm study.

Its owner, Prof. José Vázquez of the University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna holds that it is the living acoustical heritage - the sounds that these instruments produce for those living today - that interests us, and not their mere decorative flair as objets trouvés from aristocratic residences of a distant past. We wish to hear what these instruments have to say and we wish to learn from them about the manner of performance of their musical heritage from the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Classical Periods.

“You may wish to call people's attention to the exhibition of my musical instrument collection. It has been "indefinitely extended"! The instruments can be seen at the magnificent Castello di Duino, near Trieste, Italy.” (Prof. José Vázquez)

Visit the Exhibition in Castello di Duino to view some of the instrument collection as well as details of the exhibition location.