“Armoniosi Concerti” ensemble takes its name from the guitar
book “Armoniosi concerti sopra la guitarra spagnuola” by
Domenico Pellegrini, published in Bolonia in 1650. It emerges as
a result of the same titled recording of its director, Juan
Carlos Rivera, featuring Italian music from the 17th century for
guitar and theorbo, in which he gets accompanied by another
theorbo and another guitar in several pieces. The record
obtained, among other distinctions, the *****Goldberg.
Their record “Zarambeques”, dedicated completely to the Spanish
music of the 17th and 18th centuries, for the label Harmonia
Mundi, has obtained excellent international reviews (*****BBC
Music Magazine, *****Klassik, ****Le Monde de la Musique, “E”
from Scherzo, ****Ritmo, ****Amadeus, CD Compact, Classical
Guitar Magazine, La Guitare Classique, Fonoforum, American
Record Guide reccomendations...). A second CD for Harmonia Mundi
is now available: "Silva de Sirenas", with the countertenor
Carlos Mena collaboration, dedicated to the Spanish vihuelist
Enríquez de Valderrábano.
Depending on the concert programme, Armoniosi Concerti presents different formations from the basic trio, wich is often added to by the involvement of singers: María Espada, Lluis Vilamajó, Carlos Mena, Raquel Andueza, Olga Pitarch, or instrumentalists: Francisco Rubio (cornetto), Fahmi Alqai, Sara Ruiz and Itziar Atutxa (viola da gamba), José Manuel Vaquero (hurdy-gurdy), and Bárbara Sela (dulcian).