Milano Arte Musica, international festival of early music, presents its fourteenth edition from 23 July to 31 August.
A season that, despite the delayed start, does not fail to contribute to the restart of the city of Milan: 14 dates and over 25 appointments to accompany citizens and fans of the Baroque-Renaissance musical repertoire during the summer.
The 2020 edition is organized by the Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale, thanks to the support of the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, FNM, A2A, , with the sponsorship of the Regione Lombardia and adheres to program Aria di Cultura of the Municipality of Milan
Radio Classica, Radio Marconi, RadioMamma, Classic Voice are the media partners of the fourteenth edition.
“Milano Arte Musica was born during the economic crisis of the last decade to respond to the need for an adequate cultural proposal destined for those who remained in the city, soon becoming for many listeners a fixed appointment for the summer” says the outgoing artistic director Maurizio Salerno. “Despite the organizational and economic difficulties, we have decided to be there even in this delicate moment of the restart, prompted by the many messages of solidarity from our listeners, testifying to the fundamental value of music in the life of all of us”.
“We opted for an“ intimate ”season, with many solo concerts, to place musicians at the center of the stage, one of the most penalized job categories in recent months. It is also thanks to them if it was possible to organize the festival: eager to be alongside Milan and start again in the name of music, the artists agreed to participate despite a reduction in their cachet “says the new artistic director of the festival Maurizio Croci.
An edition that declares its strong intention of testimony already from the inaugural concert (23 July): a passing of the baton between the two artistic directors, Maurizio Salerno and Maurizio Croci, who will perform at the imposing organs of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Passione, with the program “Bach, Händel, Scarlatti”, a comparison between three “icons” of the keyboard, all three born in 1685.
Christophe Rousset, soloist and conductor among the top experts of the French repertoire, performs “Alla maniera Francese”, performing the famous French Overture by J. S. Bach and the Huitième Ordre of François Couperin, harpsichordist of Louis XV (28 July).
Johann Sebastian Bach will be the undisputed protagonist of many events of the festival, in which some of his most celebrated instrumental pages will be proposed: Boris Begelman on the violin and Rinaldo Alessandrini on the harpsichord will perform the Sonatas for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1019, 1020, 1021), exploring the “visceral” relationship between Bach and the violin and the offshoots of Bach’s activity (30 July).
Wolfgang Zerer will propose pieces from the Bach organ repertoire, embracing a wide variety of formal choices, also regarding the chronological scope of the compositions in the program, which accompany us through the stages of Bach’s creative journey (August 3).
Francesco Galligioni will interpret the first 4 Suites for solo cello, a work which, although conceived as a monodic instrument, is built on the principles of counterpoint and on a surprising variety of figures and rhythms (20 and 21 August).
Lorenzo Ghielmi will perform the Partita per harpsichord (BWV 828 and BWV 829), intended “for amateurs for the recreation of the spirit”, as well as the first work for harpsichord that Bach released (27 August).
In addition to the Bachian parenthesis, there will also be space for the children, who have suffered a lot from the situation in recent months, to return to live the joy of music in an event entirely dedicated to them: the famous fairy tale “Pierino e il lupo” by Sergej Prokofiev will be performed “in stereophony” at the two organs of the Basilica of S. Maria della Passione by the young musicians Alberto Barbetta and Jeanne Chicaud, and interpreted by the actor Umberto Fiorelli (Fantateatro) (July 26).
L’Arte dell’Arco (Federico Guglielmo, violin, Francesco Galligioni, cello, Roberto Loreggian, harpsichord) will celebrate the 350 years since the birth of the composer Antonio Caldara and the 250 years since the death of the violinist Giuseppe Tartini, absolute prominent figures of their time, which with their activity covered almost three quarters of the eighteenth century (10 August).
Accademia dell’Annunciata, baroque orchestra composed of young musicians under 35, and the soprano Carlotta Colombo, conducted by Riccardo Doni, present In Furore, a musical journey through the notes of Händel, Caldara and Vivaldi (12 August).
As per tradition, Milano Arte Musica does not stop even on August 15th! This year will be Enrico Onofri on the violin, recently awarded the “F. Abbiati “as best soloist of the year, and Riccardo Doni at the organ to accompany the city mid-August with music by Biber, Frescobaldi, Rossi, Virgiliano, Vivaldi (15 August).
Evangelina Mascardi alla vihuela and Maurizio Croci at the harpsichord will present for the first time in Italy the program “1548: Spanish Music” with music by de Cabezón, Werrecore, Milán, de Valderrábano, concerting the vihuela with a keyboard instrument according to the indication of the sources of the period “para tecla … y vihuela” (18 August).
After many years of absence from the festival, one of the most loved artists by the public returns: the violinist and conductor applauded all over the world, Stefano Montanari, in a program “Solo à Violino“, with music by Telemann and JS Bach (August 29).
The exhibition ends on Monday 31 August with the Milanese ensemble Pian & Forte (Gabriele Cassone, Matteo Frigé, natural trumpets; Antonio Frigé, organ) and some of the most important Baroque-Renaissance authors: Frescobaldi, Händel, Stanley, Storace, Vivaldi.
All concerts, except those of 3 and 15 August, have a duration of 40 minutes to allow the smooth running of the event according to the current provisions
For information on locations and ticket offices, visit the website www.milanoartemusica.com
Luana Castelli – Press office
Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale