At the beginning of the 17th century, a new style of composition appeared in Italy, moving away from the strict polyphony of counterpoint. The expression of strong feelings came to the forefront, whereby a playful virtuosity was again allowed. This "musical springtime" (la primavera) of the late Renaissance and early Baroque forms the core of the repertoire of La Primavera, with which the ensemble, comprised of an enlarged continuo group and soloists, makes each concert a special happening. The number of performers varies from two to eight depending on the music. For specific programs, the core ensemble can be expanded with more singers and instrumentalists.
La Primavera is a European ensemble, created in 1996. Its members come from France, Portugal, Brasil, Belgium, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands; each has received prizes at national and international competitions. The members are graduates of the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris, the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen, and the conservatories in Utrecht, The Hague, Tilburg and Amsterdam and the Conservatory in Bruges.
La Primavera has appeared at concerts and prestigious festivals such as in France ( Abbaye de Royaumont, Festival de l'Abbaye d'Ambronay), Germany (München, Berliner Tage für alte Musik), Belgium (Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge/Antwerpen, Festival van Wallonie), Austria (Konzerthaus Wien; Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik), Portugal (Encontros de Música da Casa de Mateus), Swiss, Poland (Wratislavia Cantans / Wroclaw, Warsaw Philharmonic, Bydgoszcz Philharmonic), Brazil, Bulgaria (Varna Summer Festival) en Holland (Festival of Early Music Utrecht, Concertgebouw, Netwerk Oude Muziek).
In 1996 in the Netherlands, at the Van Wassenaer Competition (the 9th international competition for early music ensembles), La Primavera won Third Prize and the prize for the best ensemble of the Netherlands. In 1998 at the same competition, the ensemble won Second Prize and was voted the best ensemble by the audience.
La Primavera has performed on radio and televisionprograms, such as France Musiques, Radio Classique, Radio Suisse Romande/ Espace 2, AVRO, NPS, VRT3 and RTBF and VRT-TV.
La Primavera’s first CD on the Zig Zag Territoires label (ZZT9807 01), entitled “Va Donna Ingrata”, features 17th century Italian and Spanish works. The second CD, entitled “Concerto delle Donne”, on the Ligia Digital label (Lidi 0202118-02), features works by Italian women composers of the 17th century. A CD with chamber music of Telemann has been produced by Et'cetera . The latest CD "Dolci Sospiri" featuring vocal and instrumental music by A. Falconieri has been produced by Et´cetera in 2007. Additional CDs are scheduled.