The Violoncello da Spalla took centre stage - The Venice Baroque Orchestra with Andrea Marcon and Sergey Malov at Kissinger Sommer
On 30 June 2023, the Venice Baroque Orchestra with Andrea Marcon as conductor and harpsichordist and Sergey Malov as soloist were guests at the sold-out Erlöserkirche in Bad Kissingen.
"Effortlessly virtuosic, strong in its rhythms" is how the press praises the Italian baroque orchestra, but the focus in the coverage is on Sergey Malov's Violoncello da Spalla, an instrument that is rarely heard or seen and which Sergey Malov made his trademark. We also learn that there are only three original instruments of this kind preserved from the Baroque period left in museums. In this concert, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violoncellos, Strings and Basso continuo in G minor RV 531 was presented, giving the audience the opportunity to compare the sound of the common cello with that of the violoncello das spalla, which is smaller, similar to a guitar, hung around the neck with the chin resting on it. "The difference was in the sound (...), but that too - along with the great access of the soloists and the ensemble - made for excitement". The complete article can be read here.