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Ravenna Festival 2018 • Vespers of San Vitale
Basilica San Vitale - via San Vitale, 17
Dates: from 01/06/2018 to 05/07/2018

Also this year Ravenna Festival doesn't fail to pay homage with the return of the applauded appointment Vespers of San Vitale to the most iconic Basilica of the city, the Basilica of San Vitale, UNESCO World Heritage.

From 1st June to 5th July the Basilica comes alive with sounds and mystical voices: every day, at the time of vespers, visitors and citizens are invited to live a unique experience on a golden background of mosaics, floating between Occident and Orient in the beauty of San Vitale - a musical, artistic and spiritual fascination -  through the music that, for centuries, outlined the essence of its soul.

Admission fee: 1€

From Sunday, 1st to Thursday, 5th July

Basilica of San Vitale
Piero Bonaguri Guitar
The sacred repertoire: from the Middle Ages until today
A very little part of a wide repertoire of sacred music that can be played on guitar. Original pieces for classical guitar, music for lute and vihuela with a rich classic and contemporary repertoire and in the end sacred popular music.


Saturday, 2nd June

Refectory of the National Museum of Ravenna
Tullia Melandri
Rediscovering Schumann's music
Today we are used to the music by Schumann played on the modern piano, but we should need to rediscover the music starting from the instrument he knew and used, especially during his years of youth when he wrote most of his piano compositions.

Tullia Melandri, fortepiano

Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870)
Sonate mélancholique op. 49 in F-sharp minor (1821)
Allegro con passione

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Intermezzo op. 4 (1832)

Friday, 1st, Sunday, 3rd and Wednesday 6th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Sacred representation for countertenor, three viols, ear trumpet and playing voice
This cantata was inspired to the unique figure of Ermanno il Contratto, benidictine monk who live on the Reichenau Island from 1013 to 1054

Music by Paolo Baioni
Text by Paolo Baioni and Franco Costantini

Hermann Carlo Vistoli, countertenor
Fra Bertoldo, his friend  Franco Costantini playing voice

Carlo Vistoli, countertenor  Rosita Ippolito, viol (3rd-6th June) Antonello Mostacci, viol (1st June) Marco Casonato, viol  Laura Secco, viol  Stefano Ensabella, ear trumpet

From Thursday, 7th to Sunday, 10th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Sacri Ottoni (Sacred Brass)
This concert is dedicated to the rediscovery of the sacred repertoire of 16th-century Venetian School, whose major representative was Giovanni Gabrieli.

Romagna Brass
Matteo Fiumara, trumpet  Luca Piazzi, trumpet  Monica Sanguedolce, trumpet  Miloro Vagnini, trumpet  Maikol Cavallari, horn  Damiano Drei, trombone Lorenzo Rocculi, trombone Fausto Civenni, tuba

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Dalle Sacrae Symphoniae (1597)

From Monday, 11th to Friday, 15th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Duo Serenissima
The 17th-century Italian monasteries hosted very well-educated, independent and creative women, who were often unrecognised protagonists of music life of that time. The programme is dedicated right to those women and particularly to two religious rebel women of that time: Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani.

Duo Serenissima
Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano David Mackor, lute

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602 – ca. 1676-78)
O Maria, tu dulcis

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662)
O magnum mysterium

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani
Ecce annuntio vobis

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana
Ave stella matutina
Sonet vox tua

Dal Sacerdotale Romanum (Venezia, 1597)
Cum Autem Venissent

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani
Ave Mater dilectissima

Saturday, 16th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Stabat Mater
Girolamo Abos, Nel Cuore del Settecento Napoletano
Towards the half of the 18th century, Girolamo Abos was one of the most beloved opera writer in Neapel, which was at that time an extraordinary music hub. His theatre works were so successful that they reached also the stages of London.

Italian Spouses Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Choir

Nancy Milesis Romano, conductor  Johanna Piszczorowics, violin  Francesca Camagni, violin  Rosita Ippolito, viol  Nicola Lamon, pipe organ

Girolamo Abos (1715-1760)
Stabat Mater

Sunday, 17th June

Refectory of the National Museum of Ravenna
Duo Serenissima
Celebrated still today as the pioneer of monody, Giulio Caccini had been drawing inspiration from the Greek Tragedy, when, during the meeting of the Florentine Camerata at the end of the 16th century he started a new vocal-based music genre consisting of a single line accompanied by a bass-line that was harmonised by a musician. In this way, he put the basis for what later became the music theatre

Duo Serenissima
Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano  David Mackor, lute

Giulio Caccini (ca. 1550-1618)
Amarilli, mia Bella
Dolcissimo sospiro
Non ha ’l ciel cotanti lumi

Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (ca. 1580-1651)
Toccata II from Libro Primo d’Intavolatura di Lauto (1611)

Giulio Caccini
Amor, io parto
Belle rose porporine
Torna, deh torna (Aria Della Romanesca)

Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
Toccata VI from Libro Primo d’Intavolatura di Lauto (1611)

Francesca Caccini (1587-1641)
Maria, dolce Maria

From Monday, 18th to Wednesday, 20th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Extravagant 17th century
The 17th century was the extravagant era par excellence: it dealt with moments of eccentricity interspersed with spikes of formal classicism. This continuous balance of different genres is what makes us perceive so alluring the heart of "Baroque".

David Brutti, ear trumpet  Nicola Lamon, pipe organ

Andrea Gabrieli (1533 - 1585)
Intonazione del Secondo Tono

Gioseffo Guami (1542 - 1611)
“L’accorta”, taken from Canzonette alla Francese (Antwerpen, 1601)

Dario Castello (? - ca. 1658)
Sonata seconda a Sopran solo, taken from Sonate concertate in stil moderno (Venezia, 1621)

Gioseffo Guami
Fantasia in modo di Canzon Francese

Giovanni Battista Bovicelli (1550 - 1594) / Cipriano De Rore (1515 ca. - 1565)
“Angelus ad Pastores”, taken from Regole, passaggi di musica
(Venezia, 1593)

Angelo Notari (1566 - 1663)
“Ahi che s’acresce”, taken from Prime musiche nuove (Londra, 1613)

Andrea Gabrieli
Intonazione del Quinto Tono

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557 - 1612)
Canzon Seconda, taken from Canzoni per sonare con ogni sorta di stromenti (1608)

Fabrizio Fontana (1620 - 1695)
Sonata prima a violino solo, taken from Sonate a 1 2 e 3 per il Violino (Venezia, 1628)

Giovanni Gabrieli
Toccata del Secondo Tono

Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 - 1690)
“En gentes desideratum tempus” da Acclamationi divote a voce sola, Libro Primo, Op. X (Bologna, 1670)

Thomas Crequillon (ca. 1505 - 1557) / Girolamo Dalla Casa (? - 1601)
“Oncques amour” da Il vero modo di diminuir (Venezia, 1584)

Andrea Gabrieli
Canzon detta “Qui la dira”, taken from Canzoni alla francese per sonar sopra stromenti da tasti, Libro VI (Venezia, 1605)

Andrea Falconieri (ca. 1585 - 1656)
“La Monarca” a violin solo, taken from Il Primo libro di canzone, sinfonie… (Napoli, 1650)

“El bisson” (pavana), taken from Manoscritto, D-Mbs

Thursday, 21st and Friday, 22nd June

Basilica of San Vitale
Homage to Rheinberger
Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger was a multifaceted and interesting artist: organist and piano virtuoso, prolific composer, teacher, conductor, researcher, musicologist. Even if the majority does not know him today, he worked for 50 years giving birth to more than 200 works of different genres

Marta Fumagalli, mezzo-soprano Marco Cortinovis, pipe organ

Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 -1901)
Taken from 12 Meditationen op. 167
VIII. Tempo di Marcia (pipe organ)

Taken from 6 Religiöse Gesänge op. 157
I. Sehet, welche Liebe
II. Ich bin des Herrn

Da 12 Meditationen op. 167
VI. Aria (organo)

Taken from 6 Religiöse Gesänge op. 157
III. Wenn Alle untreu werden
IV. Vater unser

Taken from 12 Meditationen op. 167
IX. Tema Variato (organo)

Taken from 6 Religiöse Gesänge op. 157
V. Nachtgebet
VI. Ave Maria

From Sunday, 24th  to Tuesday, 26th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Liszt and Pärt, sacred consonances

Choir of the Higher School of Music “Giuseppe Verdi”
Antonio Greco, conductor  Anna Bessi, mezzo-soprano Andrea Berardi, pipe organ

Arvo Pärt (1935)
Trivium (II) for pipe organ
Da Pacem Domine for a cappella choir
Vater unser for mezzo-soprano solo and pipe organ

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Ave Maria di Arcadelt for pipe organ
Salve Regina for choir and pipe organ
I. Mysteria gaudiosa (for choir and pipe organ)
II. Mysteria dolorosa (for choir and pipe organ)
III. Mysteria gloriosa (for choir and pipe organ)
Pater noster (for mezzo-soprano and pipe organ)

Arvo Pärt
Salve Regina for choir and pipe organ

Saturday 23rd and Wednesday 27th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Harmonia Ludens
The aim of this concert is to reinterpret several works by Johann Sebastian Bach for violin and cello, trying to focus on the most typical and characterising music forms of this artist

Harmonia Ludens
Rocco Malagoli, violin  Matteo Montanari, cello

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Violin Sonata in G major BWV 1021

Fugue in G minor BWV 578

Two-part inventions BWV 772, 785, 777, 779

Aria from the Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Canon Alla Ottava from the Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565

From Thursday, 28th to Saturday, 30th June

Basilica of San Vitale
Candia, crocevia di culture
Candia (today's Hiraklion) was the capital of Crete. Because of its strategic position at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, it was an important meeting point of music cultures in the years between the 16th and the 17th century. Even if it is not easy to recollect the old repertoires played in that Island during the period of Venetian domination there are many hints

Ensemble La Dafne
Stefano Rossi, Ayako Matsunaga, violins  Rosita Ippolito, viol and violone  Valeria Montanari, harpsichord Fabiano Merlante, theorbo  Ewa Gubańska, mezzo-soprano

Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
Canzon a 3, taken from Musiche Sacre concernenti Messa e Salmi (Venezia, 1656)

Franghiskos Leontaridis (1516 ca. - 1572 ca.)
Crucifixus, taken from Missa super Aller (Proske Music Library, Ms. No. 907)

Salomone Rossi (1570 - 1630 ca.)
Sonata undecima also known as “La scatola” taken from Il quarto libro delle varie sonate (Venezia, 1642)

Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 - 1690)
Credidi for contralto, strings, and b.c. (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, D-B Mus. Ms 30222)

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