Founded by Leonor de Lera in 2015, L’Estro d’Orfeo has been heralded by the critics as an “ensemble of exceptional quality”. Specialising in instrumental music of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, played on period instruments, with an historically informed approach in line with the aesthetics of the time. Their purpose is to champion instrumental music that marked the beginning of a new era and a new concept in music: instrumental virtuosity.
L’Estro d’Orfeo takes its name and inspiration from the Greek legend of Orpheus. Son of the god Apollo, god of the music and the arts; and Calliope, the muse of poetry and eloquence; Orpheus inherited from them the gift of music and poetry. As Apollo was considered the best musician amongst the gods, so Orpheus was considered the best musician amongst the mortals.
L’Estro d’Orfeo released their debut CD “Altri Canti d’Amor” in September 2017 under the Dutch label Challenge Classics, which received rave reviews in leading classical music magazines.