Ensemble Caprice

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Ensemble Caprice was formed in Germany in 1989 and is now based in Montreal.  The ensemble gives concerts throughout Europe, Israel, and Taiwan.  It has its own concert series in Montreal.   

For some projects the ensemble expands to a full baroque orchestra, conducted by Matthias Maute.  Ensemble Caprice has made many recordings, featuring works of Corelli, Schmelzer, Sammartini, Telemann, and Vivaldi.  Its latest compact disc, the second on the Analekta label, features the orchestra, a female choir, and several soloists.  The title is Gloria! Vivaldi and His Angels.  It will be released in November of 2008. 

The musicians perform with a number of other early music groups, including Rebel, Arion, Les Violins du Roy, New York Collegium, Philharmonia Baroque, and Tafelmusik.  In 2005 the ensemble made its United States debut at the Boston Early Music Festival, and it has appeared in other parts of the country.  This is the New York debut of Ensemble Caprice.


La Follia and the Gypsies

Diego Ortiz (1510-1570)

Recercada primera Diego Ortiz
Recercada segunda
Recercada sopra Doulce memoire
Recercada primera

Balletto La bella zingara

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680)

La Suave Melodia

Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656)

My Lady Carey’s Dompe

Anonymous (16th century)

La Follia


Balletto La Pastorella


Hungaricus 15-Hungaricus 25-C 106-Les sept sauts

(from Uhrovska zbierka, 1730)



Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Trio Sonata Opus 1, No. 12 La Follia

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Balletti di Venezia

Anonymous (18th century)

Allegro assai
Adagio- Finale (Presto)

Präambulum-Anglicus-C 275-Iag Bari


(from Uhrovska zbierka)