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LacMus Festival 2023 – 7th edition • Lake Como – Tremezzina
On the shores of the Lario and in Brianza, twelve concerts set in breathtaking scenery, with renowned artists and young promises; theme of the year, 'L'Exil'
It comes to the seventh edition the LacMus Festival, that from 6 to 17 July 2023 back to animate the banks of the Lake of Como: Tremezzina, Bellagio and the Brianza they will offer lovely wallpapers to ai twelve concerts on the bill, proposed by internationally renowned musicians and young talents, working alongside the artistic directors Louis Lortie is Paolo Bressan. Among the protagonists of the 2023 season, the names of Anna Pirozzthe, Hélène Mercier, Christiane Karg is Jan Vogler; with them, a brilliant group of young promises, including Jaemin Han, Illia Ovcharenko is Luca Giovannini.

Iconic places and spectacular landscapes will welcome the concerts, adding a touch of magic to the musical performances: Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso in Ossuccio (Unesco Heritage), the Greenway of Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Durini Castle in Alzate Brianza is Villa Melzi in Bellagio they are the venues of great artistic-environmental value, carefully chosen to host the LacMus Festival. The 2023 edition combines the historic locations of the exhibition with new ones: the public will thus be able to discover the Teresio Olivelli Park in Tremezzo and theAbbey of San Benedetto in Val Perlana, Romanesque gem immersed in the woods and reachable only on foot.

Always attentive to the union between music and territory, the LacMus Festival offers a true synesthetic experience, in which sight and hearing amplify each other, giving unforgettable moments of enchantment.

Thematic leitmotif of the 2023 festival will be the figure of exile and the idea of exile: in the center of the billboard, Sergej Rachmaninov, of which the 150th anniversary of birth and the 80th anniversary of his death (1873-1943). The composer, deeply rooted in the culture, history, fairy tales, religious faith of Russia, left his homeland in 1918, after the Revolution, and never returned. LacMus Festival has chosen to investigate his work precisely through the central theme of exile, proposing works created far from his homeland.

Rachmaninov will be compared to other composers who shared the fate of exile with him, such as the Polish exile Fryderyk Chopin and Hungarian György Ligeti (whose birth centenary occurs), Igor Stravinsky, the eternal wayfarer of the twentieth century, e Kurt Weill, the communist Jew fleeing Hitler, both landed in the United States, like the Bohemian Bohuslav Martinů and of the other Austrian Jew Erich Wolfgang Korngold. It's still Joachim Rossini, voluntary exile, first from Italy and then from the world of opera, e Arnold Schoenberg, an exile from Nazi Germany, but also an eternal inner exile, in the self-imposed solitude of his utopian dodecaphonic anti-world.

The goal of LacMus Festival is to honor the spirit of resilience that has accompanied the forced exile of many great musicians, whose creative strength has been able to overcome the difficulties that have always accompanied those who leave their homeland: a very topical theme, in a world that still today sees many people on the run, for different but equally dramatic reasons.

As always, also this seventh edition of the LacMus Festival welcomes prestigious soloists from various parts of the world, the pianist Hélène Mercier, already hosted in 2018, the cellist Jan Vogler, the sopranos Anna Pirozzi is Christiane Karg and, as the LacMus Festival tradition, a good number of young talents including the cellist Jaemin Han from South Korea, the Ukrainian Illia Ovcharenko, recent winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, and his contemporary Luca Giovannini, award-winning cellist.

And like every year, LacMus Festival presents something new: the first edition of Prize for pianists "Guglielmina Durini Litta Countess of Monza”, in homage to the 19th century Milanese noblewoman, who was an indefatigable cultural promoter and an excellent pianist. The prize will be awarded during the evening at Castello Durini on 9 July.

The program

The curtain will open Thursday 6 July to Villa of Balbianello, where the artistic director of LacMus Festival will do the honors Louis Lortie, together with an emerging cellist, the Korean Jaemin Han, result the youngest winner in the history of the prestigious Enescu Competition (2021). For Great Romantic Cello Sonatas The two artists chose the magnificent Sonatas for cello and piano op. 65 by Chopin and op.19 by Rachmaninov, sharing the same key, G minor. These two works imbued with romantic cantabile will alternate twentieth-century piano pieces by György Ligeti, in which the Hungarian composer appears mindful of Bartók's lesson.

Friday 7 July LacMus Festival will stop at Villa Carlotta, and will happily reunite the duo formed by Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier: both Canadian, the two pianists have often shared concert and recording adventures. sacred dances is the title of the concert, in which the transcription of the Sacre du Printemps by Stravinsky, a milestone in the history of twentieth-century music, which caused a huge scandal at its first Parisian performance in 1913.

Over the Rainbow is the fairy-tale title of the third concert, scheduled for a Villa Melzi d'Eril on Saturday 8th July. Star of the evening the soprano Anna Pirozzi, considered one of the greatest interpreters of the Verdi repertoire of her generation, and accustomed to treading the most prestigious stages, from the Scala in Milan to the Fenice in Venice, from the Salzburg Festival to the Royal Opera House in London. Accompanied by Italian Opera Quartet and by pianists Sophia Munoz and Paolo Bressan, Anna Pirozzi will lead the LacMus Festival audience on a musical journey through the most famous arias of the operatic repertoire, to arrive at the musical and the Neapolitan song.

Sunday 9 July the Festival moves to Brianza, al Durini Castle in Alzate, for A Night at the Castle, with two young and extraordinary pianists: the Italian John Bertolazzi, awarded at the Liszt Competition in Budapest in 2021, and the Ukrainian Illia Ovcharenko, which won the 2022 Honors International Piano Competition. From the 19th century by Rossini (presented in a rare transcription signed by Schönberg), we will arrive at Rachmaninov with the Sonata n. 2 op. 36, and then conclude with the lively rhythms of Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud, a very lucky page of which there are versions for different organics.

For the public that is not afraid of fatigue, Tuesday 11th July the extraordinary appointment is in the morning atAbbey of San Benedetto in Val Perlana, suggestive medieval abbey reachable in an hour's walk on foot. The courageous interpreter of this concert, entitled musical meditation, is once again a rising star, Luca Giovannini, first prize at the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (the only Italian one) and at the Grand Prize in Salzburg. His cello will give voice to the sublime Suite n. 3 and 4 by Bach, but also offering a twentieth-century interlude with the impervious Sonata by Ligeti.

On the same day the inevitable also returns Musical Greenway of Lake Como, a path in which walks alternate with listening to musical interludes, entrusted to a group of young and talented performers. The program, with pages by Korngold, Weill and Ligeti, concludes with the performance of the Concerto n. 4 by Rachmaninov, proposed first European for piano and virtual orchestra and entrusted to the Russian soloist VyaisYeslav Gryaznov.

The charming German soprano Christiane Karg, already applauded in some of the previous editions, it is once again a guest of LacMus Festival Wednesday 12 July along with the baritone Michael Nagy, for Aimez-vous Brahms?, a program entirely dedicated to the German genius a Villa Carlottawhere the composer stayed. Together with Patricia Nolz (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Bruns (tenor) and the two artistic directors Lortie and Bressan, Christiane Karg and Michael Nagy they will perform the Liebeslieder-Walzer, chamber vocal pages of which the two artists are considered among the best interpreters in the world.

With At Rachmaninov Celebration the festival goes on Thursday 13 July at Villa del Balbianello with the pianist Alexander Kashpurin, trained in St. Petersburg and a pupil of Louis Lortie. Of the great Russian composer, Kashpurin will interpret the Variations on a Theme by Corelli op. 42 and the Études-Tableaux op. 39.

Alongside the internationally renowned artists and the very young emerging artists, there is an appointment with a formation linked to the territory, the Musical Chapel of the Milan Cathedral directed by Archbishop Massimo Palombella. The Milanese choir in the concert Or Magnum Mysterium will cover the most significant stages of the liturgical year through Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony at the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso of Ossuccio, Friday 14th July.

Saturday 15th July from the Teresio Olivelli Park in Tremezzo you will virtually fly to the States with Rhapsody in Blue on the Waterfront and a very varied program entrusted to the American pianist Andrew Von Oeyen and to the brass band of the Quintessence Brass.

The suggestive could not be missing concert at dawn in Mezzegra Park, followed by a yoga session, Sunday 16th July. The protagonist will be Raffaele Putzolu, considered one of the most brilliant Italian guitarists, with a recital in which, alongside a solemn homage to Bach, stand out pages by Tárrega, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo, of Iberian and South American inspiration.

The closing concert, Monday 17 July at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, he sees the artistic director together, in chamber formation Louis Lortie at the piano and some of the best soloists in business: Danusha Waskiewicz, former viola soloist of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Luzern Festival Orchestra, Jan Vogler, world-renowned cellist and chart-topping Sony recording artist, e Markus Daunert, violinist and co-founder of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Among the scheduled pages, the Quartet in A minor by Mahler, the Quartet no. 2 op. 87 by Dvořák and the Trio élégiaque no. 1 by Rachmaninov.

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