The theme of the third edition of LakeComo Festival is "Tourists and Travellers", a series of concerts ideally dedicated to all the personalities - European and non - who visited Lake Como and sojourned by its shores.
In the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue we have thought it right to use music to pay homage to the long and prestigious history – still enjoying world fame today – of Lake Como territory. This artistic choice has led to a programme, more classical compared to the preceding editions, which includes milestones of the European music literature and which re-proposes the solo piano, not utilized in the last season.
The experiences and the recollections of the foreign artists who visited lake Como and the “journey” that unites the lives of all artists are the leitmotiv of all the concerts, from the opening one, performed by the brilliant Quartetto Corelli (music from Mozart to Rota and Morricone) to the last one in which Nazzareno Carusi, the ambassador of Italian culture in the United States of America, will introduce passages composed by Lizst during his stay in Bellagio and a collection of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, an Italian artist who lived in Spain for a long time.
Three concerts are dedicated to great German composers: the piano recital by Eugenio De Rosa (17th August at Villa Cipressi, Varenna); the evening dedicated to the lieds with Ute Beckert and Frank Wasser as protagonists (on 16th September at Palazzo Agudio, Varenna) and the piano recital of Marco Sollini, who will perform his original compositions as well as works by Schumann and Chopin.
A different interpretation of the theme "Tourists and Travellers" will be the one given by the soprano Paola Matarrese and by the Quartetto Sax Accademia, one of the best and oldest groups of Chamber Music in Italy. They will perform respectively on 22nd August at Villa Monastero, Varenna, a concert of learned-popular Brazilian songs, and on 4th September at Villa Cipressi, Varenna, dedicated to the journeys of the Quartetto Accademia. Both concerts will deal with authors who are attached to our territory, but also to the countries visited during their numerous tournées and about their artistic lives.
The Concert of August 28th will take place in the delightful Ascension Church in Cadenabbia, a corner of England on Lake Como. The choice of this church is due to the great importance given to music by the Protestant Church. The programme of the concert will involve a contralto, flute and harp (Alessandra Zapparoli, Claudio Ferrarini and Floraleda Sacchi) and it will cover the greatest European composers of the past and of modern days (from Johann Sebastian Bach to Arvo Part and to a work by Roberto Fabbriciani, in a world premiere performance). All these authors, in periods and places deeply different one from the other, have composed music inspired by their religious feelings.
Direttore Artistico del LakeComo Festival