7th International Music Festival Summer Festivities of Early Music
Praha 18. 7. - 6. 8. 2006 Motto: "Vogliam ridere e scherzar"
(Lorenzo da Ponte, Don Giovanni)
During July and the first week of August, some of the most beautiful historical venues in Prague will for the seventh time resound with the Summer Festivities of Early Music International Music Festival. This year´s programming contributes to the worldwide celebrations of the double anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the 250th anniversary of his birth and the 215th anniversary of his death. It is hardly necessary to go into a lengthy introduction of this genius among composers; the festival programme shall do so in the best possible manner: through presenting his music in the top performance of some of the leading European soloists and ensembles.
Mozart´s legacy will be introduced in the context of the music of his precursors, contemporaries and followers and of the musical centres where Mozart sojourned, such as Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, Munich, or Prague. Due to its dramaturgy, the current festival forms part of the extensive, inter-institutional Mozart Prague 2006 project.
The motto of the current Summer Festivities of Early Music, "Vogliam ridere e scherzar" ("Come, let all be mirth and gladness!"), comes from the first act of Mozart´s Don Giovanni. This opera, which was written especially for Prague and which was accepted by the Prague audiences more enthusiastically than any other Mozart´s opera in Vienna, is also one of the two dramaturgical mainstays of the programme.
However, this time it will be no staged performance, but a selection of famous tunes from the opera arranged for a wind ensemble by one of Mozart´s contemporaries.
In its concert in the charming setting of the Ledeburg Garden below the Prague Castle, Amphion Bläseroktett will also play works by Franz Anton Rössler-Rosetti and Ludwig van Beethoven.
The second mainstay of the programme and perhaps the most attractive event of the festival shall be the ballet performance in the Divadlo na Vinohradech theatre on 27th July. The French dance ensemble La Compagnie L´Eventail together with the Czech orchestra Collegium Marianum and the German Ampion Bläseroktett will appear in the famous ballet by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Don Juan, and a choreography to the affective symphony Les Éléments by the French Baroque composer Jean- Fery Rebel. The mini-series of scenic music is to be closed by the last event of this season, a concert performance of the comic intermezzo La Serva Padrona from the pen of Giovani Battista Pergolesi, one of the greatest influences on Mozart in the area of comic opera.
The programme features foremost chamber ensembles and soloists from a number of European countries. The Hungarian virtuoso on fortepiano, Miklós Spányi, and the Finnish violinist Petri Tapio Mattson will offer a programme of excellent, but nowadays almost unknown music by Mozart´s German contemporaries active in Paris. For the first time, the Prague audience will have the chance to hear Eric Hoeprich from Holland, one of the greatest promoters of the basset horn, an instrument which Mozart much favoured. With the Austrian ensemble Salzburger Hofmusik we shall find ourselves at the Salzburg court at the time of Mozart´s childhood. Forgotten treasures for classicistic harp from historical musical collections preserved in Prague will be played by the Japanese harpist Masumi Nagasawa, in a joint performance with the Czech flutist Jana Semerádová. The Spanish ensemble La Real Camara will bring an appealing programme, consisting of music by Mozart´s Spanish contemporaries. Apart from the above mentioned venues, the concerts take place also in the beautiful historical halls of the Břevnov Monastery, the Troja Chateau, the Zbraslav Chateau, and the Czech Museum of Music. The opening and closing concert of the season have been placed in the recently renovated Baroque Library Hall in the former Servite Monastery, nowadays the seat of the organizing agency, Collegium Marianum.
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