The 2018 bill of the Tuscan festival ranges from the “Pastoral” Symphony by Beethoven to the Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. At the Bertarelli Concert Hall of Poggi del Sasso also Baroque masterpieces, intrusions in the tango, waltz and cabaret world. A lot of music for piano and – in the year of their anniversaries – tributes to Rossini, Debussy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Bernstein.
Music without boundaries at the Amiata Piano Festival. For the 14th edition (May 19 – December 9 2018) the artistic director Maurizio Baglini signs a fresh and lively bill that ranges from the “Pastoral” Symphony by Beethoven to the Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. Fourteen concerts all to enjoy surrounded by the enchanting natural scenery of the Tuscan Maremma at the Bertarelli Concert Hall of Poggi del Sasso (Cinigiano, Grosseto). With the support of the Bertarelli Foundation. Info: www.amiatapianofestival.com.
Music. Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): in the year of their anniversaries, the Amiata Piano Festival celebrates these four composers’ genius with a significant series of tributes. The programme embraces then a vast repertoire, with some Baroque masterpieces such as the Concertos for more pianos and strings by Bach, the Music on the water by Teleman, the Stabat Mater by Vivaldi. And with intrusions in the jazz, Argentinian tango, waltz, author musical cabaret world.
Performers. On stage some of the international performing stars, that will present themselves in the most various combinations: as soloists, ensembles, orchestras, choirs, even piano and sax quartets. As the name of the festival promises, lots of pianists will perform: besides the same Baglini, there will be Michele Campanella, Monica Leone, Gianluca Luisi, Andrea Padova, Marco Scolastra, Marcello Mazzoni, Davide Cabassi, Tatiana Larionova, Jin Ju, Marco Inchingolo, Axel Trolese, Alessandra Ammara and David Helbock. Other soloists: the violinists Francesca Dego, Mihalea Costea and Gauthier Dooghe; the violists Simonide Braconi, Anna Serova and Ralph Szigeti; the guitarist Giulio Tampalini, the clarinetist Jean-Luc Votano, the hornist Denis Simándy and the cellist Silvia Chiesa, resident artist of the festival. Orchestras and ensembles: the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by Daniele Rustioni, The Italian Philharmonic soloists with Federico Guglielmo, the Vocal Ensemble of Naples (soloists: Linda Campanella, Adriana Di Paola, Francesco Marsiglia and Matteo D’Apolito; Enrica Ruggiero, harmonium); the duo Javier Girotto and Gianni Iorio; the Italian Saxophone Quartet with Federico Mondelci; the Silete Venti! with Simone Toni and the soprano Raffaella Milanesi; the Rossignolo with Ottaviano Tenerani; the Dosto & Yevski. Furthermore, the young stars of the classical music: Giovanni Andrea Zanon, Laura Bortolotto, Christian Sebastianutto, Giulia Rimonda (violins); Costanza Pepini, Stefano Musolino (violes); Andrea Nocerino, cello.
Radio recordings. Like every year, Rai Radio 3 will record and pre-record broadcast on its own national and international frequencies the concerts of the festival.
Tastings. According to an appreciated custom, during every evening wines from the award-winning Cantina ColleMassari and a tasting of the typical products of the territory will be offered to the audience.
Calendar. The 14 concerts of the 2018 Amiata Piano Festival take place in three traditional long music weekends: Baccus (28/29/30 June and 1 July), Euterpe (26/27/28 July) and Dionisus (30/31 August and 1/2 September). In addition: the Preview Concert on May 19th and the Christmas Concerts on December 8th and 9th. All concerts start at 7 p.m.
Tickets. It is possible to buy tickets online: www.boxofficetoscana.it
Festival identikit. Initially born as a challenge to bring the art of sound to a musically virgin territory, the Amiata Piano Festival now counts more than 180 concerts (the majority of which are kept in the historical Rai Radio 3 archives) which have attracted thousands of spectators from many countries of the world, including the USA, Australia, Japan, Norway, Russia and Israel. The undisputed prestige of the guest artists – amongst whom there are Shlomo Mintz, Ramin Bahrami, Salvatore Accardo, Corrado Rovaris, Alexander Ivashkin, Mario Brunello, Pietro De Maria, Alban Gerhardt, Arabella Steinbacher, Francesca Dego, Andrea Lucchesini, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kostantin Lifschitz, Paolo Fresu, Pavel Vernikov, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Chamber Orchestra of Mantova and many others more – have taken the festival among the musical excellences of the international scene. Also notable are the commissions of new pieces to some of today’s most eminent composers: Marco Betta, Nicola Campogrande and Gianluca Cascioli.
The artistic director. The pianist Maurizio Baglini boasts a brilliant career as soloist, chamber player, teacher and artistic director. As soloist he performs on stages such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, the Salle Gaveau of Paris, the Kennedy Center of Washington and he is guest of prestigious festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama Piano Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival, “Benedetti Michelangeli” of Bergamo and Brescia. Warmly approved by specialized critics, his record production for Decca/Universal includes works by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Domenico Scarlatti and Mussorgsky. In 2018 for the record label Decca the awaited third CD of the complete piano works by the composer comes out, with Kreisleriana, Davidsbündlertänze and Kinderszenen. Since 2008 he has been promoting the project “Ode to joy”, which has allowed him to play in the whole world the “Ninth Symphony” by Beethoven/Liszt, with more than fifty live performances, including: Rome, Milan, Cremona, Paris, Munich, Tel Aviv, Rio de Janeiro, Beirut. He has on his account also the project “Web Piano”, which combines great piano masterpieces live performances with projections by the multimedia artist Giuseppe Andrea L’Abbate. He is the artistic consultant for dance and music of Teatro Comunale “Verdi” of Pordenone and cultural ambassador of Friuli Venezia Giulia region. He holds masterclasses for the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona. He plays a Fazioli grand piano.
The resident artist. The cellist Silvia Chiesa is among the most prominent Italian performers on the international scene. She was the first Italian cellist to rediscover and record the Cello Concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: the CD, released by Sony Classical, comes out in 2018 in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer and it also includes the Cello Concertos by Riccardo Malipiero (in its first world recording) and by Gian Francesco Malipiero, with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Massimiliano Caldi. The recording project also includes two CDs with the Concerto by Ildebrando Pizzetti and music of rare performance by Nino Rota, Alfredo Casella and Ottorino Respighi. Dedicatee of solo compositions with orchestra by Azio Corghi and Matteo D’Amico, she was chosen by composers such as Gil Shohat, Nicola Campogrande, Aldo Clementi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Peter Maxwell Davies, Giovanni Sollima, Gianluca Cascioli and Ivan Fedele for the first performance of their pieces. As soloist she performed with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Peterburg Soloists, the Orchestra of Rouen and the Symphonic of Krakow. With the pianist Maurizio Baglini, she has on her count more than two hundreds concerts all over the world and has recorded for Decca the Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov. She is professor at the Conservatory “Monteverdi” of Cremona. She plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1697.
The Bertarelli Foundation. Created by the siblings Maria Iris Tipa Bertarelli and Claudio Tipa, the foundation has been active since 2009. It handles with the promotion of the Tuscan territory through contributions to the arts, the environmental recovery, the archaeological treasures and the contemporary architecture. The non-profit foundation only pursues public utility purposes, and this year it is supporting various projects with Teatro Stabile in Grosseto, Confraternita della Misericordia, the towns of Cinigiano, Montalcino and Arcidosso, the Archdiocese of Siena and the universities of Siena and Pisa. It has opened two archeological sites in the Cinigiano area. Among its most demanding projects there are: the Amiata Piano Festival, the restoration of the church of Saint Augustine in Montalcino and the architecture summer school at the Scuola Permanente dell’Abitare.
Fazioli Pianoforti. The piano of the Amiata Piano Festival is a prestigious Fazioli. For the new and wider concert hall, the Forum Fondazione Bertarelli, Maurizio Baglini chose the F278 model, number 2381, a piano with a magnificent sound power, exceptional balance between low and high notes, extensive dynamic range and harmonic richness. Fazioli Pianoforti has been producing grand and concert-grand pianos since 1981. Founded by the pianist and engineer Paolo Fazioli, the company is an Italian excellence characterized by the combination of passion for music with scientific expertise, highly skilled craftsmanship, continuous technological research and strict selection of materials. www.fazioli.com