German orchestra L'Arte del Mondo has primarily devoted itself to historically oriented performances, and specifically to revivals of little-known works and to innovative performances that put familiar works in a new perspective. In the latter vein it has performed music from times as recent as the Romantic era.
L'Arte del Mondo was formed in 2004 by freelance German conductor Werner Ehrhardt. The group quickly garnered invitations to perform at major German festivals, including the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. In 2006 its recording of Etienne Méhul's L'Irato ou L'Emporté won a French Diapason d'Or award. It signed with the Capriccio label and released its first recording there, of Giovanni Paisiello's little-known Passio di San Giovanni, in 2007. The orchestra has continued to record for Capriccio, Onyx, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, releasing a performance of Antonio Salieri's La Scuola de' Gelosi on the latter label in 2016. That year the group made its inaugural tours of both North and South America. It has also recorded a group of symphonies of Carl Stamitz for CPO.