There a new web site for” LuccaMusica”, the music magazine for Lucca and its province, which has just been inaugurated yesterday thanks to the efforts of Chief Editor Francesco Cipriano and his collaborators (including me…)
This means that you will have absolutely no excuse for missing any of the great musical events Lucca and its province provides since the site will be constantly updated. Furthermore, you will also not have to wait in vain for your copy of “Lucca Musica” to reach you.
This is truly a great opportunity to keep in touch and enjoy the fine world of music that Lucca provides – a place which is truly the Salzburg of the south (or is Salzburg the Lucca of the north?).
The web site is at www.luccamusica.it
PS Here’s already an addendum to it:
MOZART REQUIEM AT THE CHIESA DEI SERVI
The Sagra Musicale Lucchese, the longest running festival in the city of Lucca, and one of the most prestigious regional musical events, organized by the City, Province, and the Archdiocese of Lucca with the support of the Foundation and CRL sponsorship of Oleificio Rocchi, is presenting four concerts in June. On Thursday, 4th June at 9.15 PM in the Chiesa dei Servi is a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Fritz Kreisler’s Prelude and Allegro for violin and orchestra. Taking part is the Choir of Pisa University and the Tuscan Chamber Orchestra. Soloists are Alida Berti, soprano; Maria Vittoria Paba, contralto; Claudio Sassetti, tenor; Antonio Marani, bass; Antonio Aiello, violin. Tickets 10 euro; 5 euro for over 65 years. Students free admission.
ORGAN RECITAL BY GIULIA BIAGETTI
Sunday, June 7th at 6 pm at San Martino Cathedral, organ recital by Giulia Biagetti with a program including Cesar Franck: Prelude, fugue and variation op. 18, Grande pièce symphonique, Op. 17, Liszt: Consolation in D, and Fugue on the name Bach.
Giulia Biagetti is a brilliant Lucchese organist of European fame. She graduated in piano and organ composition. She is titular organist of Lucca Cathedral and has performed over five hundred concert throughout Italy and Europe.
LISTENING GUIDE TO MARIANNA BOTTINI’S REQUIEM MASS
Saturday, June 13th AT 6 pm, at the Oratorio della Madonnina (via Carrara, zona porta San Pietro) listening Guide by Paolo Razzuoli to Marianna Bottini’s Symphony and Requiem Mass, performed live in San Giovanni on the 9 June 2007 with the Santa Cecilia Chapel Choir. Luigi Boccherini Orchestra. Soloists: Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano), Anastasia Boldyreva (mezzo soprano), Samuele Simoncini (tenor), Giuseppe Altomare (baritone). Conductor: Gianfranco Cosmi.
UNPUBLISHED MUSIC BY VALERIO TESEI AT THE CHIESA DEI SERVI
On Saturday, June 20th at 9.15 pm in the Chiesa dei Servi there’s a final concert with unpublished music by Valerio Tesei discovered and revised by Luca Bacci, performed by the Cathedral’s Santa Cecilia Choir, Lucca and the “L. Boccherini” Chamber Orchestra. Soloists: Sonia Bellugi (soprano), Elisabetta Vuocolo (contralto), Carlo Morini (baritone). Conductor: Luca Bacci (entry 10 euro, reduced 5 euro for over 65’s, students free admission).
Don Valerio Tesei (Bologna 1749 – 1804) was a composer, musicologist and choirmaster of San Petronio. His music has been included in the Lucchese Music Festival not only for its worth, but also because he was Antonio Puccini’s brother-in-law. (His sister, Caterina Tesei, married Antonio Puccini in 1771). Antonio had turned to him on several occasions asking him to provide music for religious services in Lucca, which he was unable to fulfil alone.