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Trento Musicantica 2023 | 37th edition
Precious extravagances is the title of the sought-after program divided into seven events
It kicks off Trento Musicantica, wanted international festival which every autumn explores the sounds of distant centuries by offering original listening itineraries, including famous masterpieces and rarely performed programmes.

Entitled Precious extravagances, the 37th edition It will take place from 30 September to 6 December 2023 animating with notes some of the most significant places of art and history of the city, the Buonconsiglio Castle, the Church of San Francesco Saverio and the Abbey of San Lorenzo.

Organized by Service center Cultural Santa Chiara and from Laurence KJ Feininger Center of Excellence the Trento Musicantica 2023 program is signed by Danilo Curti-Feininger, Roberto Gianotti is Marco Goiters, creators and artistic curators of the project.

Seven appointments proposed – five concerts is two conference-concerts – articulated around three thematic nuclei, the famous Trentino musical codes of the fifteenth century, the profane music between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the sacred and profane music of the mid-seventeenth century: an intriguing mix of authors, projects and repertoires that brings acclaimed and renowned soloists to the stage ensemble.

The program

Trento Musicantica 2023 opens on Saturday September 30th at the Buonconsiglio Castle with the concert-show  Comedy, Comedy! Music and Commedia dell'Arte, protagonists  Lorenzo Bassotto, comedian, and theItalian Instrumental Academy directed by Alberto Rasi. A reference group in the musical repertoire between the Renaissance and Baroque, the ensemble is composed of Elena Bertuzzi, soprano, Luigi Lupo, flutes, Davide Monti, violin, Claudia Pasetto, tenor viola da gamba, Alberto Rasi, bass viola da gamba, Bèatrice Pornon , lute and guitar, Sbibu, percussion. The lively show links commedia dell'arte and music starting from the life of one of the most famous comedians of art, Francesco Andreini. Historical jokes and targeted improvisations alternate with a musical program that includes absolute rarities and pieces well known to those who frequent the sixteenth-seventeenth century repertoire, including pieces by Hadrian Willaert, Orlando di Lasso, Benedetto Ferrari, Josquin Des Prez.

Tuesday October 10 the scenario changes, moving from the world of commedia dell'arte to that of Marian devotion in seventeenth-century Rome: in the Church of San Francesco Saverio the protagonist will be Rosso Porpora Ensemble directed by Walter Testolin, a vocal and instrumental group specialized in madrigal and baroque repertoire. With a large staff made up of nine singers (Cristina Fanelli, Arianna Miceli, Marta Redaelli singing, Elisabetta Vuocolo, Andrés Montilla Acurero alto, Massimo Altieri, Giacomo Schiavo tenors, Guglielmo Buonsanti, Marco Saccardin bass) and three instrumentalists (Dario Carpanese organ, Giovanni Bellini big guitar, Noelia Reverte-Reche viola da gamba), the group presents the program Salus Populi Romani, executing the Mass for eight voices In lectulo meo of Orazio Benevoli, a work with fascinating writing, with moments of great singing alternating with choral moments of intense expressive power. Also scheduled three Marian antiphons by Bonifazio Graziani, one of the major representatives of the Roman polyphonic school of the 17th century and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin of the Pistoia area Alessandro Melani, for a concert that allows you to rediscover a sacred repertoire of refined depth.

The next concert, Saturday October 14 at the Buonconsiglio Castle, sees the company on stage Sparse Rhymes, a group born with the aim of bringing the public closer to a complex and little-known musical repertoire, that of the four-voice madrigal, intertwining it with other art forms. On stage the actress Elisa Vitiello, Marta Redaelli soprano, Silvia Capobianco contralto, Roberto Rilievi tenor, Matteo Bellotto bass and Gabriele Palomba on the theorbo, in the concert-show Donkey skin. A fairy tale for adults where the story is intertwined with sixteenth-seventeenth century madrigals by Vittoria Aleotti, Claudio Saracini is Barbara Strozzi.

Trento Musicantica continues Saturday 4 November with the medieval music ensemble Puy de Saint Cyr, a group dedicated to the performance of rare and little-known pieces of the medieval and Renaissance repertoire and composed of ancient music specialists from Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, with Caterina Chiarcos, vocals, Andrea Gavagnin, vocals, David Brutti, silent cornet , bombards, recorders, Matthijs van der Moolen, Renaissance trombone and Susanna Defendi, trumpet, Renaissance trombone. The Ensemble will perform music from the Trentino musical codes of the fifteenth century alternating with the movements of the Ordinary of the Mass Basse Danse of the Renaissance composer Guillaume Faugues

Sunday 1November 9 a concert dedicated to the sacred and profane works of Maurizio CazzatI, Emilian composer of the Baroque period and author of a vast production. Titled Annuntio Vobis, the appointment is connected chronologically to that of the Rosso Porpora Ensemble and is entrusted to the baritone Mauro Borgioni and to the group Seventeenth century Extravagant with David Brutti, cornet, silent cornet and flute, Rossella Croce violin and Nicola Lamon harpsichord and regal. On the lectern motets and sonatas by Maurizio Cazzati and two pages of Girolamo Frescobaldi, Caprice of harshness is Second song called La Sabbatina.

They complete the Festival's programming two concert conferences: on 6 December Giuseppe Calliari and Cosimo Colazzo present the volume of unpublished instrumental compositions by Laurence Feininger edited by Roberto Gianotti, while the ensemble Labirinti Armonici will perform some chamber pieces by Feininger;

the presentation of the volume of musicological studies in memory of Peter Wright, an illustrious musicologist who dedicated his studies in particular to the Trentino Musical Codes of the fifteenth century, is scheduled between November and December; during the meeting the Laurence KJ Feininger Vocal Group directed by Roberto Gianotti will offer the opportunity to listen to some songs taken from the aforementioned codes.

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Free entry to all events; Reservations are not required.

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