GJ Werner | Vol. III: Masses and Motets

The masses and motets of Gregor Joseph Werner unite the greatest contrasts imaginable between instrumental brilliance and polyphonic richness of the vocal. A special trump card of the composer is Palestrina's stile antico, of which Werner is the last great master.

ANTONIO | Vivaldi, Lotti und Caldara

New discoviers with countertenor Alex Potter and la festa musicale

Three Venetian contemporaries named Antonio - one, Vivaldi, made it to world fame with his Concerti. But who knows Antonio Lotti and Caldara? In their time, they were famous composers beyond the borders of Venice, and yet some of their music has lain dormant in the archives for over three hundred years. Now selected alto cantatas by Lotti as well as oratorio introductions and an "Ave Regina" by Caldara may reawaken: Combined with the "Nisi Dominus" RV 608 and two furious concerti by Vivaldi, the baroque orchestra la festa musicale, together with the internationally acclaimed countertenor Alex Potter, presents an album full of virtuoso and touching musical treasures by the three Antonios from the Grand Canal.

Gregor Joseph Werner

Vol. II: Requiem

The second album in the recording series dedicated to Gregor Joseph Werner is characterised by darkly shimmering hues between suffering and redemption. In his Requiem of 1763, Passiontide motets and instrumental oratorio introductions, Haydn’s largely unknown predecessor astounds with his contrapuntal artistry, spirituality and expressiveness. An insider’s tip for church music!

Storie di Napoli

​Storie di Napoli is la festa musicale's third album for audite, presenting an innovative approach towards the varied and expressive Neapolitan baroque repertoire. Sensual arias and virtuoso concertos by composers such as Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini and Nicola Fiorenza are collaged into a sonic-narrative telling Naples' best stories from the baroque heyday of what was then Europe's third-largest metropolis.

Gregor Joseph Werner

Vol. I: Salve Reginas · Pastorellas

Expressiveness, drama and Alpine joie de vivre: the hitherto neglected œuvre of Haydn's predecessor Gregor Joseph Werner reveals a wealth of contrasts. Connecting different epochs to each other, his compositions are musical jewels casting a new light on the works of the Viennese classical era.

Francesco Venturini


Orchestral music full of varied colours, expressive melodies and irresistible rhythms: Venturini creatively combines his own ideas with French and Italian stylistic elements in his concertos to create an elegant and virtuoso mélange. A real discovery!