Barroco y flamenco

The Origins of Spanish Flamenco


Fahmi Alqhai – viola da gamba
Rami Alqhai – viola da gamba
Enrique Solinís – Baroque guitar
Agustín Diassera – percussion


Tuesday 22. 7. 2014, 20.30
Prague Castle, Rudolf Gallery, Prague 1

Supported by the Spanish Embassy, Instituto Cervantes Praga and in collaboration with Prague Castle Administration. 


On 22 July the majestic Rudolph Gallery at the Prague Castle hosted Accademia del Piacere from Spain. The ensemble appeared in a throbbing dance repertoire, under the leadership of the gambist Fahmi Alqhai, who had won the Prague audience with his virtuosic performance (2010, Fantasías y glosas, Troja Chateau). Their programme, Barroco y flamenco, traced the unexplored areas of mutual influences between the historical forms of Spanish flamenco and the development of baroque music and interpretation on the Iberian Peninsula.  


Concert Programme

La Spagna
Anonym – Heinrich Isaac (1450–1517)


Las morillas de Jaén – Paseávase el Rey Moro
Luys de Narváez (1500–1550/60)


Diferencias sobre el Passamezzo


Preludio, Pasacalle, Marizápalos & Fandángos
Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710), Santiago de Murcia (1673–1739)


Folías, Marionas y Canarios
Gaspar Sanz


Glosa sobre Mille Regretz de Josquin


Xácaras & Bulerías
Pasacalles & Seguiriyas


Arrangements by Fahmi Alqhai.



The Inventiveness of the Summer Festivities of Early Music has No Limits
Mladá fronta DNES, 28. 7. 2014, Věra Drápelová
Alqhai, his brother Rami, also a viol player, one guitarist and a percussionist played period music as well, but the core of their performance was interpretation, masterful interpretation. The spacious Rudolf Gallery of the  Prague Castle was perhaps too tight for their temperament.


Delight and Grace
Harmonie 9/2014, Michaela Freemanová

[…] these were truly remarkable examples of combining the tradition with contemporary trends and of the music of the past being brought back to life – not in quite an authentic, but completely legitimate way.