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Watch and Listen: Boldly Baroque "Tempesta di Mare" Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

The Miami Herald called Baroque ensemble Tempesta di Mare, "the model of a top-notch period orchestra." The Philadelphia Inquirer noted how the concerts of this Philadelphia-based orchestra exude an “off-the-grid” chic.  Fanfare Magazine praised Tempesta for its "abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, and undeniable sense of purpose." 

On Friday, June 22, the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players performed music rediscovered in the collections of three Jewish sisters at the forefront of musical trendsetting in the 1780s.

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hosted the program that could have been heard in the salons of Sara, Fanny and Bella Itzig. The story behind how this music came into the homes of these influential tastemakers living in Berlin and Vienna is fascinating. 

Watch the recorded live performance on WRTI’s Facebook page.

In a marketplace dominated by European ensembles, Tempesta is the only American baroque orchestra and chamber ensemble to record for the prestigious Chandos label.  Its twelfth Chandos album, Telemann: The Concerti en Suite, was released in May.  The Chamber Players' album Janitsch: Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy Collection was released earlier this year.

National broadcasts of Tempesta's live sessions include performances on SymphonyCastPerformance Today, and Sunday Baroque and Harmonia, reaching more than 55 million listeners in the U.S., and millions more around the world. 

Tempesta di Mare was founded by Gwyn Roberts (recorder and flute) and Richard Stone (lute), who are among its chamber players—an ensemble that also includes concertmaster Emlyn Ngai (violin), Daniela Giulia Pierson (viola),  Lisa Terry (cello) and Adam Pearl (harpsichord).

PROGRAM for Broadcast:

From the collections and salons of Sara and Her Sisters (Sara, Fanny and Bella Itzig)

J.S. Bach: Allegro from the Trio Sonata No. 5 in F Major
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Largo from the Trio Sonata in B Flat
Johann Joachim Quantz: Vivace from Quartet in E minor
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Andante from Sonata da camera in E Flat “con stilo di recitativo”  
W.A Mozart/arr. J. Wendt: "O, wie will ich triumphieren" from The Abduction from the Seraglio

Tempesta di Mare's name comes from a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, translated to mean "storm at sea."