XXII St. Petersburg EARLYMUSIC International Festival


XXII St. Petersburg EARLYMUSIC International Festival

The XXII St. Petersburg EARLYMUSIC International Festival will take place from the 14th of September until the 9th of October 2019. It is the first, the biggest and the most influential early music festival in Russia, connecting Russian audience with the most respectful period soloists, ensembles, orchestras and theatre-projects from European countries, unveiling the forgotten Russian music and theatre treasures of the 17-18th centuries, conducting the long-term work on local musicians’ education and training.

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2019 programme consists of:

  • 9 evenings;
  • 2 theatre premieres – the new Baroque ballet by Klaus Abromeit, and the production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera “Atys” by the French Baroque actor Thierry Peteau;
  • 2 performances by 2 famous violinists: Christian Tetzlaff (Germany) and Lina Tur Bonet (Spain);
  • 2 brilliant Baroque ensembles – Masques (France) and MUSIca ALcheMIca (Spain-Italy);
  • 2 music marathons, dedicated to women of the Baroque times and the sacred music of the 12-18th cc.
  • 1 open discussion and 3 lectures.

The core purpose of the XXII EARLYMUSIC is to bring European specialists and performers in close artistic collaboration with their Russian colleagues. The festival Masters are the famous British conductor and musicologist Andrew Parrott, the extraordinary French Baroque actor and singer Thierry Peteau, and the German historical dance choreographer Klaus Abromeit. This year, the festival is focused on the music of J. S. Bach. For the first time in Russia, the classical and historical versions of the same masterpiece of J. S. Bach will meet on stage of the St. Petersburg State Capella. A monument of the composer on Nevsky prospect will be presented on the opening day of the festival. And the music of his German predecessors will also sound at EARLYMUSIC.

September 14, 12:00
Opening ceremony of the monument to J. S. Bach: Nevsky pr., 22-24, the garden in front of the Petrikirche. Sculptor – Levon Lazarev.

September 14, 19:00 Opening concert of the XXII EARLYMUSIC, St. Petersburg State Capella 
The famous German contemporary violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the EARLYMUSIC director, Baroque violinist Andrey Reshetin will perform J.S. Bach’s Chaconne. Moreover, Allemande, Saraband, and Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D Minor for Violin solo will return to their dance nature in choreography of Klaus Abromeit and Konstantin Chuvashev for the St. Petersburg Ballet of Angiolini. The innovative program “J. S. Bach and His Reflections” will be completed by instrumental and vocal music and initiate the productive dialogue between the worlds of classical and historical music.

September 18 and 19, 19:00 Premiere of the ballet “Dancing with the Times”. Theatre “Na Liteinom”
Choreographer – Klaus Abromeit. “The St. Petersburg Ballet of Angiolini” dance company, costumes – Lilia Kisselenko, music performance – Soloists of Catherine the Great. The history of European dance through four centuries – from the 15th to 18th – is shown in a cycle of miniatures with historic, allegoric, even comic plots.

September 22, 15:00, 19:00 “Women of the Baroque times”: literature, poetry, music. Hall of “The Palma” Society (18, pereulok Pirogova) 
Concert-marathon, split into two parts, sketches 5 stories of women, who made a great influence on Baroque culture. Performers: Soloists of Catherine the Great, Daniil Vedernikov, The St. Petersburg Ballet of Angiolini and others.
15:00 - “Brother and Sister: William and Carolina Herschel” with Herschel’s Capriccios for violin solo - “Development of Feelings: the Salon of Madeleine de Scudéry”, featuring the Russian premiere of pieces for violin and basso continuo by the little-known French composer Louis Heudelinne - “More than Death: Johann Sebastian and Barbara Bach, Nikita and Alexandra Demidov’s”, with music od J. S. Bach and Ivan Khandoshkin
19:00 - “Defamed dignity: Musical St. Petersburg of the Empress Anna Ioannovna” with music and poetry, devoted to the Empress - “Aurora’s gardens: Musical St. Petersburg of the Empress Elisabeth Petrovna” – Francesco Araja, Alexander Sumarokov, opera “Cefalo e Procri”, II act.

September 23, 19:00 “Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady: sacred music of the 12-18th cc”. Feodorovsky Cathedral
Concert-workshop presents a new festival vocal ensemble under conducting of Andrew Parrott (Great Britain) with parts of John Taverner’s mass “The Western Wind” and Russian polyphony of the 17-18th cc., the programme also features Emili Van Evera (Great Britain, singing Hildegard Von Bingen), and the ensemble for medieval music Laterna Magica (St. Petersburg, performing Cantigas de Santa Maria).

October 1, 19:00 Ensemble Masques (France). The St. Petersburg State Capella
Russian premiere of the brilliant French ensemble with the programme “Bach’s roots” including Sonatas and Suites by Biber, Rosenmuller, Muffat, Schmeltzer and Weichlein.

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October 2, 19:00. Lina Tur Bonet and the ensemble MUSIca ALEcheMIca (Spain, Italy). Menshikov Palace
The programme “Music of Baroque Rome” is dedicated to the sonatas of Arcangelo Corelli, op.5. Lina Tur Bonet’s performance of this opus is unrivaled in our days.

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October 8 and 9, 19:00. Premiere of the opera by Jean-Baptiste Lully “Atys. Opera for the King”. The Hermitage Theatre
Director – Thierry Peteau.  Assistants: Andrei Reshetin, Daniil Vedernikov, Andrey Penyugin. Performing: Boris Stepanov, Anastasia Bondareva, Vera Chekanova, Ilya Mazurov, Yulia Hotai, Vitaly Sobolev, Alexander Nazemtzev, Thierry Peteau, Soloists of Catherine the Great, the St. Petersburg Ballet of Angiolini.

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The XXII St. Petersburg EARLYMUSIC International Festival is supported by the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, the Delzell Foundation (USA), the Consulate General of Germany in St. Petersburg, Acción Cultural Española, the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and the ESTEL.

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