There’s going to be a great series of concerts from the Animando Ensemble in Lucca. It’s my favourite kind of music too – full blooded Italian baroque!
BAROQUE CONCERT AT THE SUFFRAGIO AUDITORIUM
From February to May Animando, the music promotion centre, is presenting further events in its “eighteenth century music in Lucca” project. There’s a round table, a film, an evening of baroque dance and five concerts. Naturally there will be performances by Lucca composers such as Francesco Barsanti, Francesco Geminiani, Luigi Boccherini, with the focus on Giacomo Puccini senior, towards whose full appreciation animando’s artistic director, Silvano Pieruccini, has been working for some years. In addition, there will be works by other baroque composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Tartini, Giovan Battista Viotti, from Bologna (where Francesco Manfredini from Pistoia trained) to Tommaso Traetta from Naples. Free admission.
On Saturday, February 13, at 9.15 pm, in the Suffragio Auditorium there’s a concert entitled “The Baroque soloist” with violinist Christian Joseph Saccon. Alan Freiles conducts the ‘”Nuove Assonance” ensemble in a program that includes Vivaldi’s mandolin concerto in C major RV 425 with soloist Francesco Mammola, Boccherini’s cello concerto in G major G 480 with soloist Fernando Caida Greco, Viotti’s violin concerto no 16 in E minor with soloist Christian Joseph Saccon.
HISTORIC MUSIC FILM IN SAN MICHELETTO
On Monday, February 29th, at 9.30 pm, at the S. Micheletto centre there’s a screening of the historic-music feature film “Tutte le mattine del mondo” (“All the world’s mornings”) (1991) by Alain Corneau in collaboration with the Lucca Film Club.
ROUNDTABLE ON TUSCAN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY MUSIC
On Thursday, March 3rd, at 5.30 pm, in the Sala Maria Luisa (Palazzo Ducale), there’s a Round Table on the theme “Between Lucca and Pistoia: the recovery of Tuscan eighteenth century music”. Speakers are Gian Piero Ballotti (Manfredini scholar), Richard Pini (musician and musicologist), Alan Freiles (conductor) and Silvano Pieruccini (animando’s artistic director).
THE CONCERTO GROSSO
On Saturday, March 5th, at 9.15 pm, in the Suffragio Auditorium, there’s a concert entitled “The Concerto Grosso”. The programme includes Geminiani’s Concertos Op 2, No. 3 and 6, Barsanti’s Concerto Op 3, n. 7, Francesco Manfredini’s Concertos Op 3, n. 9, 11 and 12, all performed by the “Nuove Assonanze Ensemble” from Pistoia City Orchestra. Conductor: Alan Freiles.
MUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAY
On Friday, March 25th (Good Friday) at 9 pm in the historic centre, as part of the liturgy commemorating Christ’s crucifixion, music from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion will be performed in San Salvatore church. There’s the aria “Ich will dir mein Herze schenken with soprano Alessandra Rossi and tenor Claudio Sassetti. The Baroque Choir is directed by Silvano Pieruccini. The “Nuove assonanze” ensemble is conducted by Alan Freiles.
On Friday, March 25 (Good Friday) at 9.45 pm in the Church of San Frediano (in collaboration with Lucca Parish) within the liturgy commemorating Christ’s crucifixion there will be music from St. Bach’s St Matthew Passion: the chorale “O Capo insanguinato” and the final chorale “Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder”. There’s also Traetta’s (1727-1779) “Stabat Mater” for soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra.
Soprano: Alessandra Rossi – mezzo soprano Laura Masini
Tenor: Claudio Sassetti – Bass Nicola Gerbi
Baroque Choir,directed by Silvano Pieruccini
“Nuove assonanze” ensemble
Conductor Alan Freiles
MUSIC FROM ISTRIA
On Saturday 30th at 9.15 pm in the church of S. Maria dei Servi there’s a concert entitled “Musiche dalle terre istriane”. The programme includes Tartini’s Symphony in A C538 and the violin concerto in G major by Antonio Illersberg (1882-1953). (Full score reconstructed by A. Martinolli D’Arcy) Soloist: Laura Bortolotto. The “Nuove Assonanze” Orchestra” is conducted by Adriano Martinolli D’Arcy.
MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI SENIOR
Monday, May 16th, at 9.15 pm, at the Church of St. Peter in Somaldi there’s a concert entitled, “Itinerario Pucciniano”. The evening’s program includes the “Te Deum” for choir and orchestra; “Vexilla” for soloists, chorus and orchestra; the “mottettone of the Holy Cross” for double choir and orchestra by Giacomo Puccini Senior (January 16, 1712 – May 16th 1781) in commemoration of his anniversary.
Woodwind quintet (transcription by Silvano Pieruccini)
Soprano, Alessandra Rossi
Mezzo-soprano, Laura Masini
Tenor Claudio Sassetti – Bass Marco Simonelli
Conductor, Silvano Pieruccini
(Giacomo Puccini – Giacomo ‘Opera’ Puccini’s great-great grand-dad)