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From the end of 2010 Musici Aurei is the new name of the Campania Chamber Orchestra, the group founded in 2002 by Luigi Piovano. Resident orchestra of the Pompei International Festival since 2004, during the past years, always under the guide of Luigi Piovano and with Grazia Raimondi as permanent leader, the group has performed with success in major concert venues both in Italy and abroad (Ravello Festival, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Japan tour in 2007) with different settings from chamber orchestra to the quartet collaborating with such conductors and soloists as Myung-Whun Chung and Antonio Pappano, Luis Bacalov, Gemma Bertagnolli, Stefano Bollani, Sara Mingardo, François-Joël Thiollier, Reyko Watanabe.

Under the name of Campania Chamber Orchestra the group recorded a CD of Italian music of the 18th Century (Artemide label) and a CD with three Piano Concertos by Paisiello, with Francesco Nicolosi as soloist, released in 2009 by Naxos label.

In 2010 the French label Eloquentia released the first CD of the group under the name of Musici Aurei: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Grazia Raimondi as soloist and Luigi Piovano as conductor, highly praised by international press. David Vernier writing on “Classics Today” spoke of «assertive expressive character, ultra-refined ensemble, and terrific solo work from violinist Grazia Raimondi. You’ll never hear a more exciting, deliciously ferocious Presto from the “L’Estate” (Summer) concerto than here--wow!, this is the way to treat this unashamedly theatrical music, with verve, vivaciousness, and uninhibited fury--but served by flawless technical skill and ensemble precision. […] This is first-class, distinctive--and distinguished--Vivaldi that will enhance an existing collection or serve as a reference version or sole choice».

In 2012 Eloquentia released a new CD of the group conducted by Luigi Piovano with Sara Mingardo as soloist – the chamber orchestra versions of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and of Busoni’s Berceuse élégiaque plus Mahler Quartettsatz – which immediately won the Elizabeth Schwarzkopf Award from Académie du disque lyrique in France as best Lieder recording for 2012. Charlotte Gardner wrote about it on BBC: «this tautly expressive interpretation pushes the sense of grief and loss to an almost palpable level. Add Sara Mingardo to the mix, and it's pretty much unimprovable. […] Musici Aurei’s interpretation of this last work [Busoni] will creep under your skin just as effectively as their Kindertotenlieder does, its musicians stretching out a stomach-knotting sense of quiet, grief-stricken tension over the course of the piece’s 10 minutes. In fact, as programmes go, this is one of the most expertly compiled and emotively performed you'll find around».

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Vivaldi: Sinfonia in sol RV 146, I

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