Fanfare magazine recently hailed Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare as “clearly one of the finest in the world, …with abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, impeccable intonation and an undeniable sense of purpose.” Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music and solo recitals. The group performs all orchestral repertoire without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new.
Tempesta’s Philadelphia Concert Series emphasizes creating a sense of discovery for artists and audience alike, and has included 31 modern “world premieres” of lost or forgotten baroque masterpieces. Supported by such funders as the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Presser Foundation and the NEA, it is the only American baroque music group to record for the prestigious British label Chandos. Current releases are Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004), Flaming Rose (2007), Scarlatti: Cantatas and Chamber Music (2010), and Fasch: Orchestral Music, vol.1 (2008), vol.2 (2011) and vol.3 (2012). Mancini: Solos for Flute and Bach: Trio Sonatas will be released in 2014.
Tempesta’s touring performances have included the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Frick Collection, NY, the International Fasch Festival in Zerbst and a sold-out appearance on the Garmany Series in Hartford. National broadcasts of live performances include SymphonyCast, Performance Today, Sunday Baroque and Harmonia. Our concert recordings are distributed worldwide via the European Broadcast Union.