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Elba Musical Island of Europe 2023 | 27th edition
An international festival between music and nature in the most suggestive places of the island; the names of Gidon Kremer and Mario Brunello and the return of the Elba Festival Orchestra stand out on the bill
The festival is back Elba Musical Island of Europe: the 27th edition It will take place from the 27 August to 10 September 2023  and as always it will be a festival characterized by international scope and from the interweaving between music and nature, with its range of concerts set in places of great charm, a Portoferraio and in other Municipalities of theElba island, Capoliveri, Rio, Marciana is Marciana Marina, with the addition of an unprecedented 'trip out of town' to theCapraia Island.

The billboard 2023 of Elba Musical Island of Europe, signed by the founder and artistic director George Edelman, puts into dialogue different repertoires, styles and sounds, from the chamber music is symphonic to the jazz up to music brazilian, and sees the return of great soloists such as Gidon Kremer is Mario Brunello. It is also confirmed by the experience ofElba Festival Orchestra, successfully conceived in 2022, starting a new phase of the event. Finally, it will be repeated again this year the meeting between music and cinema, at the center of the event that will close the 2023 Festival on 10 September.

The program

Portoferraio: from Rachmaninov to Chaplin via South America and Mozart

Opens on Sunday August 27, 2023 to Portoferraio, there 27th edition of Elba Musical Island of Europe: the opening concert at De Laugier Cultural Center will have as its exceptional protagonist – in a national exclusive – the star of the violin Gidon Kremer. The great Latvian master will propose the Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings Hob XVIII:6 of Joseph Haydn together with the compatriot pianist Georgijs Osokins and ai Festival Soloists (Aki Saulière and Chiara Sannicandro on violins, Georgy Kovalev on viola, Raphael Bell on cello and Amerigo Bernardi on double bass); will then pay tribute to 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergej Rachmaninov with the Elegiac Trio No. 2 op. 9 for violin, cello and piano, performed with Osokins and the cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite.

Five other appointments set in the evocative spaces of the De Laugier Cultural Center, a former convent wanted in 1562 by Cosimo I de' Medici: the August 28, a fascinating evening with an exotic flavor will bring to the stage Monica Salmaso, today considered the most beautiful female voice in Brazilian music; in trio with the pianist Nelson Ayres and the saxophonist and flautist with you Cardoso, will propose a trip to the Brazilian songwriter crossing eras and styles.

The August 31 it will be time for Quartet Klimt, which will lead to listening to the Quartet op. 13 of Richard Strauss and the Sextet op. 110 of Felix Mendelssohn, enlarging the staff with Amerigo Bernardi on double bass and Margherita Di Giovanni on viola.

The September 3 the young cellist Erica Piccotti  and the pianist Enrico Pace back to the center of the program Rachmaninov, by running the Sonata for cello and piano op. 19; complete the evening on Quartet op. 60 of Johannes Brahms with i Festival Soloists, violinist Liana Gourdjia, violist David Quiggle, cellist Raphael Bell.</ p> L' 8 Septemberis, i Festival Soloists – this time with violinists Jonian Ilias Kadesha and Pablo Hernán Benedí, violist Georgy Kovalev, cellists Vashti Hunter and Indira Rahmatulla and pianist Noam Greenberg – will play music by George Enescu (Quintet for piano and strings op. 29) and of Robert Schumann (Trio for violin, cello and piano No. 1 op. 63).

Sunday September 10, as last year will be the meeting between music and cinema to seal the festival Elba Musical Island of Europe 2023: German composer and conductor Günter Buchwald and its ensemble improCinema will give a new musical look to three short films by Charlie Chaplin, The Vagabond (The Tramp), One am (Charlot returns late) e The Pawnshop (Charlot usurer), all from 1916.

The concerts at the Centro De Laugier will start at 6.30 pm, except for the evenings of 28 August and 10 September, both at 9.15 pm.

Also in Portoferraio, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament opens the doors to the Festival for the first time by hosting three concerts, which see all in prim

or plan L'Elba Festival Orchestra, formed this year by musicians from 10 different countries, with Liana Gourdjia in the guise of facilitator.

The September 4th opens the evening on Concerto for organ and orchestra Hob.XVIII:1 of Haydn, guest of the Artistic Director of Capraia Musica Festival Maria Grazia Amoruso, who will play a very special completely mechanical wooden organ, built with the same artisanal methods as the old master organ builders. Follows the Concerto for flute and string orchestra in E minor of Mercadante, solo British flautist Adam Walker, and concludes the event the famous Symphony no. 29K. 201 of Mozart.

The next day, September 5th, the great cellist will join the Orchestra Mario Brunello, regular presence of the Festival since the first edition; in programs the Concertino for cello and strings op. 43  of Mieczysław Weinberg, followed by the Serenade for string orchestra op. 22 of Antonin Dvořák.

The third and last concert with the Elba Festival Orchestra, the September 7, will be marked with before execution absolute of the Concert for guitar and orchestra written expressly for the Brazilian guitarist Plínio Fernandes by the Colombian composer Arturo Cuéllar, now a close friend of Elba Musical Island of Europe. Also in the lineup Nonet II of Finnish Olli Mustonen (first cello Orfeo Mandozzi) and the Symphony no. 5 D. 485 of Franz Schubert.

Two other extraordinary places in Portoferraio will host as many significant concerts: the August 30th there Roman Villa of the Caves, with its extraordinary panoramic view of the gulf of the city, will host the Signum Saxophone Quartet (event in collaboration with the Friends of the Festival Association); scheduled music by Haydn, Ginastera, Gershwin is Bernstein specially arranged for saxophone quartet;

the September 9 at matinee, the Napoleonic Museum Villa di San Martino it will be the frame for the evocative ones Island Songs for cello and voice presented by the Irish Naomi Berrill.

Musical journey to the island of Capraia

Among the most emblematic moments of the 2023 edition of Elba Musical Island of Europe is to be reported transfer to the island of Capraia scheduled on August 29: the event inaugurates the collaboration with the Capraia Musica Festival, emphasizing even more the link with the sea and nature. The departure by ship from Portoferraio is set for 2 pm, with about two hours of navigation; in the Church of Sant'Antonio (6.30 pm) the violinists Aki Saulière and Chiara Sannicandro they will propose the Sonata for two violins op. 56 of Prokofiev; they will join them Georgy Kovalev to viola, Raphael Bell on the cello e Amerigo Bernardi on the double bass to perform the Quintet op. 77 of Dvořák. The return to Portoferraio is expected in the evening, with departure from the Island of Capraia at 21.30.

Tango in Capoliveri, strings in Rio, wind instruments in Marciana and jazz in Marciana Marina

Faithful to its traveling nature, this year too Elba Musical Island of Europe offers four concerts in as many Municipalities.

TheSeptember 1st, to the Flamingo Theater in Capoliveri (6.30 pm), the young and talented duo formed by Erica Piccotti on the cello e Gian Marco Ciampa on guitar, will propose a musical journey from Spain to Argentina with songs by Albeniz, De Falla, Granados is pitch.

The 2 September, at the Church of SS. Giacomo and Quirico of Rio (6.30 pm), the violinists Chiara Sannicandro and Diet Tilanus, the violists Georgy Kovalev and David Quiggle and the cellist Raphael Bell they will take turns in the performance of songs not too often heard, the Duo n.1 for violin and viola 'Three Madrigal'i H. 313 of Martinů is lament for two violas of Frank Bridge, flanked by the Quartet K. 421 of Mozart.

The September 6 (18.30), at the Pisan fortress of Marciana, the notes of will sound Mozart, CPE Bach, Bruno Bettinelli, Antal Dorati, protagonists The Winds of the Festival, or Rossana Calvi and Davide D'Agostino on oboe, Jukka Hariju and Marian Strandenius on horn, Andrea Zucco and David Garnés Poved on bassoon.

In the end, Elba Musical Island of Europe will give space to jazz with the trumpeter's quartet Fabrizio Bosso, that theSeptember 9to Marciana Marina will offer his tribute to the icon of black music Stevie Wonder. The concert, which will be held in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (9.15 pm), has free admission).

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The UNESCO Islands of Tuscany Reserve, established in 2003, is made up of the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri) and some islets between the Tuscan coast and Corsica.

It therefore includes the Tuscan Archipelago National Park (the largest marine park in the Mediterranean), 15 sites of the Natura 2000 network including Sites of Community Interest and Special Protection Areas and part of the International Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Mediterranean.

Three islands Capraia, Gorgona and Pianosa became penitentiary islands in the 19th century. Subsequently the penal institutions of Capraia and Pianosa were closed, but the limitations imposed on access and exploitation of the territory linked to the presence of the prison undoubtedly contributed to an exceptional conservation of the environment both on land and at sea, and to its variety.

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