La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

As part of Philadelphia's vibrant early music scene, La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble specializes in chamber music from 1600-1750 presenting engaging programs of repertory from France, Germany, Italy, and England. Performing on copies of period instruments, the core ensemble consists of Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord and organ. Guest musicians are often invited to join the ensemble in their exploration of the extensive and varied repertoire of baroque chamber music. During the 2017-18 concert season, the ensemble is joined by Heather Miller Lardin and Rebecca Humphrey, violas da gamba.  The group's name refers to the title of a piece by Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi that La Bernardinia performed on their debut program.

 Sample Recordings

1. Benedetto Marcello, 1686-1739. Ciaconna Allegro from Sonata for recorder & continuo in F major [PLAY]
2. George Philipp Telemann, 1681-1767. Mesto from Trio Sonata for recorder, viola da gamba, & continuo in F major [PLAY]
3. Girolamo Frescobaldi, 1583-1643. Variations on the "Ruggiero" for solo harpsichord [PLAY]
4. Sieur de Machy, 17th century. Prelude from Suite in D minor for solo viola da gamba [PLAY]
5. Arcangelo Corelli, 1653-1713. Variations on "La Folia" for recorder & continuo in G minor [PLAY]

Samples 1, 2, and 4 recorded live at Steinman Hall, Pennsylvania Academy of Music.  Samples 3 and 5 recorded live at Barshinger Hall, Franklin and Marshall College.