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Merano Music Weeks - Südtirol Festival Merano 2021
'Energy and Harmony' the motto of the current edition of the festival
The Merano Music Weeks, today Südtirol Festival Merano, have been held annually since 1986, marking the culmination of South Tyrolean musical events. Among the most important classical festivals in Europe, the Merano Music Weeks have been characterized since the beginning by the high artistic level of the bill, which over the years has hosted the major symphony orchestras conducted by prestigious sticks, and many world-famous musicians.

The 2021 edition of the Südtirol Festival Merano, with the artistic direction of Andreas Cappello, it will be on stage from 16 August to 19 September in the splendid liberty setting of the Kurhaus - one of the most beautiful concert halls in the entire Alpine arc - and in other suggestive locations such as the Pavillon des Fleurs, the Puccini Theater, Piazza Terme.

It arises under the motto 'Harmony and energy'this year's review, which presents 27 events divided into six thematic cycles Classic, Baroque, Colors of music, Matinée classique, Mystica, Vox humana, in addition to Young Artists Portrait and al Prefestival.

A parade of stars will give extraordinary musical emotions to the festival audience, with leading names on the international classical scene such as Yuja Wang, Fazil Say, Julia Fischer, Gautier Capuçon, Vladimir Spivakov, Giuliano Carmignola, Valery Gergiev, Mariangela Vacatello, Sir Karl Jenkins, The Tallis Scholars and large orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic London, National Philharmonic of Russia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Marinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg.

The Südtirol Festival Merano 2021 inaugurates the August 22 with a concert that sends a message of trust and optimism: it will be the young musicians of the string ensemble LGT Young Soloists, directed by Alexander Gilman, to open the program with pieces ranging from Beethoven to Bruch, from Jenkins to Piazzolla. The LGT Young Soloists ensemble is a unique formation in the world, made up of exceptionally talented young instrumentalists (14 -23 years old) from more than 15 different countries, who play alternately as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestras.

The concert is inserted in the 'Classic series', ten events that form the heart of the festival, and which continues on August 26 with the pianist Lucas Debargue. The French musician, brilliant and nonconformist, who revealed himself at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, returns to Merano after the success of last year, presenting pieces of skill such as the Grande Sonate ”n. 3 by Schumann or the virtuosic Fantasia in B flat minor by Scriabin.

The August 30th The Italian Virtuosos, directed by Giuliano Carmignola in the double role of violinist and conductor, they propose a sumptuous baroque program with music by Telemann, Händel, Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach;

the next appointment on September 3 is with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic directed by Kristjan Järvi. The orchestra, made up of musicians from 10 Baltic countries, has the particularity of playing standing and without a score. At the Südtirol Festival he stops with the project 'Nordic Swans', songs by Sibelius, Pärt and Tchaikovsky which have the swan as the protagonist.

Two very prestigious orchestras follow: the September 6 there Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London presents itself under the guidance of Vasily Petrenko and with the violinist Julia Fischer as a soloist, experimenting with Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Symphony no. 4 of Brahms,

while the September 9 there National Philharmonic of Russia, directed by Vladimir Spivakov, performs alongside the cellist Gautier Capuçon performing Dvořák's legendary Cello Concerto and the fascinating Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky.

An event of absolute involvement will then be the concert of the famous Turkish pianist Fazil Say and the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who interpret passionate chamber compositions by Schubert, Brahms and Janáček with a rare and engaging vitality (September 13).

To follow, one of the most anticipated appointments of the festival, the performance of the piano star Yuja Wang - together with Mahler Chamber Orchestra he tries his hand at famous pieces by Bach and Haydn and with the Concerto n. 2 op. 102 by Shostakovich (September 17).

The September 18th, the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble driven by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, brings together the best strings of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg paying homage to the legend of tango Astor Piazzolla on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, with 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires', alongside pieces by Elgar and Suk.

Finally, the final concert of the Südtirol Festival 2021 scheduled on September 19, is entrusted to Mariinsky Orchestra directed by Valery Gergiev, with music by Schubert and Prokofiev. An exhibition that is already announced as one of the highlights of the show, destined to leave lasting traces in the emotions of the public.

Alongside the Classic series, the other thematic cycles of the Festival offer a varied range of music, with performers among the best on the international scene:

For the cycle Baroque, in addition to the Italian Virtuosi will perform the Florilegium Instrumental Group directed by Maurizio Manara with the program 'In Venetia', music by Marcello, Castaldi, Caldara, Vivaldi, Piatti, Vandini (August 24, Chiesa S. Spirito) el'Ensemble Combo CAM, with pieces of Baroque music from Italy, England, Spain and Peru (September 16, Pavillon des Fleurs).

As part of the series'Colors of Music'which gives space to other musical genres such as jazz, folk, klezmer, tango, gospel and crossover, on September 1st at the Kursaal the Merano / Meran Pop Symphony Orchestra directed by Roberto Federico and theSeptember 8 the well-known Finnish jazz pianist performs at the Pavillion de Fleurs Iiro Rantala.

The September 15 the Austrian actor Peter Simonischek (well-known interpreter of the film Toni Erdmann) reads the "Legend of the holy drinker”By Joseph Roth, accompanied by Österreichische Salonisten performing soundtracks by Charlie Chaplin and Nino Rota, but also songs from Edith Piaf to Eric Satie that once echoed in dance halls, nightclubs or dancing cafes.

The chamber music concerts of the series' Matinée Classique'all take place at 11 at the Pavillon des Fleurs:

the August 28 the Parisian Trio Sora proposes Beethoven's Trio 'L'Arciduca' and the trio for piano and strings i re min. by Arensky;

the September 4th will be on stage on Prometheus Quartet is Mariangela Vacatello with a Schumann Quintet and a Beethoven Quartet,

and finally, theSept. 11 Vadym Kholodenko with four duets taken from Bach's "Third part of Clavier-Übung", sonata no. 28 op. 101 by Beethoven, and Rachmaninov's second Piano Sonata shows the evolution of the keyboard playing technique through two centuries of music history.

For the cycle 'Mystica' the 25 August you will be able to listen to the ensemble The Talking Sound, with Vittorio Ghielmi conductor and viola da gamba, and the soprano Graciela Gibelli, in a program of sacred music from the Baroque in Pärt (San Leonardo Val Passiria, Parish Church);

the September 5th in the Cathedral of Merano, the 'classical band' Spark with the countertenor Valer Sabadus they will blend baroque and minimal music, chansons and operatic compositions, for an adventurous and romantic overview through genres and eras, lapping pieces by Ravel and Satie, Vivaldi and Depeche Mode.

For 'Vox humana', The art of vocal music, the August 31 one of the best known formations in the sector, I Tallis Scholars of London directed by Peter Phillips will be in the parish church of Lana di Sotto with the program 'Ave Maria', music from Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Tommaso de Victoria in Poulenc, Holst, Rheinberger.

The September 7 the vocal ensemble at Castel Scena Amarcord, founded in 1992 by members of the Leipzig Thomanerchor, performs music by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Grieg, Ives, Elgar and traditional.

The September 12 al Kursaal, the composer and multi-instrumentalist Sir Karl Jenkins at the helm of the OHaydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento he was born in Chamber Choir of Europe performs his Mass for Peace 'The Armed Man'. Jenkins here combines elements of the Christian liturgy with a multicultural collage of texts that give voice to both those who tacitly tolerated war and those who were victims of it.

As part of the Young Artists Portrait dedicated to emerging musicians, the young German formation Vision String Quartet, will compete in two evenings on 23 and 27 August at the end of which he will answer questions from the public.

All concerts will take place at 8.30 pm, with the exception of the 'Matinée classique' series scheduled at 11 am.

(Kurhaus, photo by Damian Pertoll)

Other information of interest

The Festival is divided into the Classic, Baroque, Colors of music, Matinée classique, Mystica, Vox humana sections, as well as the Young Artists Portrait and the Prefestival. <
Merano Music Weeks - Südtirol Festival Merano 2021

Author: Sabine Frantellizzi

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