Oltremontano

 

 

 

In a nutshell ...

 

 

 

 


Oltremontano


Wim Becu

Sackbut


Adam Woolf

Sackbut


Adam Bregman

Sackbut


Robert Schlegl

Sackbut


Doron David Sherwin

Cornett


Adrien Mabire

Cornett

 


Musicians, playing with Oltremontano


Veronika Skuplik

Baroque violin


An Van Laethem

Baroque violin


Christoph Barth

Chitarrone


Kris Verhelst

Harpischord, organ


Bart Rodyns

Harpischord, organ

 

Since its very inception the ensemble Oltremontano has been intimately linked with the Flemish classical radio Klara. It was brought together in 1993 by producer Koen Uvin for a radio recording of the motets of Andreas Pevernage. Oltremontano was subsequently a guest at the Festivals of Bruges and Antwerp and has since gone on to make a name for it self both in Flanders and abroad as one of the prominent performers of renaissance music for wind ensembles. In recent years Oltremontano has expanded its scope to include music from the 17th century.

 

The formation of Oltremontano is depending on the program. Oltremontano makes frequent use of vocalists. This has led, amongst other things, to joint projects with the Capilla Flamenca, Camerata Trajectina, the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam and the Egidius Kwartet

 

The name 'Oltremontano' is a reference to the Flemish polyphonies, which dominated and defined the European music world of the 15th and 16th century and were known in Italy as the 'oltremontani' or 'those from across the mountains'. The core of Oltremontano consists of sackbuts, cornetti and double reed instruments. This corresponds with the formation of of the North-Italian and North-German bands, called 'Piffari', who were employed by the local authorities.

 

A sackbut is a trombone from the renaissance and baroque. The instrument is more refined and has a softer, more flexible sound than its modern counterparts. The cornett is an instrument with a small trumpet-like mouthpiece and finger holes. The similarity of its sound with the sound of the human voice and its ability to perform detailed ornamentations are very characteristic.