Valencia Baryton Project
String trios with four instruments? A harpsichord hiding behind the cello? The Valencia Baryton Project has dedicated itself to the performance of music of the ancient and little-known instrument, the baryton. A relative of the viol da gamba, but with 10 resonating/plucked strings down the back of the instrument, the baryton gives the traditional string trio an entirely new dimension.
The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by colleagues from the opera of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn in various formations with the baryton. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional formation in trio – baryton, viola, and violoncello – for which Haydn wrote 126 works of outstanding beauty during his time as the court composer for the Prince Esterhazy of Austria.
From the XVI and XVII centuries, the baryton was the traditional accompaniment instrument for vocal music, and so the ensemble has also expanded to perform concerts of the music of Dowland, Purcell and Händel with soprano and lute.