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Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera 2018 – update

The fourth Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera in Italy will run from 28 September until 14 October 2018. The programme of lectures and concerts is organized under the artistic direction of composer Federico Ermirio. Below is an updated list of dates and times for the events at the festival.

28 September, 6pm, Spazio Aperto, Santa Margherita
Speaker: Federico Ermirio

28 September, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
Opening concert – Myrsky Ensemble / Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Grieg / Sibelius / Mattson / Elgar

29 September, 9pm, Auditorium San Francesco, Chiavari
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Sibelius / Merikanto / Nielsen / Alfvén / Leifs / Nystedt

30 September, 11.30am matinée, Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Sibelius / Busoni / Sinding

30 September, 9pm, San Martino Church, Zoagli
Myrsky Ensemble (string trio)
Ravel / Milhaud / Sibelius / von Dohnányi

5 October, 5pm, Spazio Aperto, Santa Margherita
Speaker: Paola De Ferrari
‘I Molfino: collezioni e dispersioni fra Settecento e Ottocento’

5 October, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
Eero Lasorla, tenor; Marina Cesarale, piano
Sibelius / Merikanto / Kuula / Gothoni / Alfvén / Rangström

6 October, 9pm, San Siro Church, Santa Margherita
Jugend-Sinfonieorchester Aargau; Hugo Bollschweiler, conductor
Mendelssohn / Szpilman / Sibelius

7 October, 11.30am matinée, Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita
Stefanie Braun, soprano; Anne Hinrichsen, piano
Sibelius / Grieg

7 October, 9pm, San Siro Church, Santa Margherita
Genova Vocal Ensemble; Roberta Paraninfo, conductor
Sibelius / Grieg / Rautavaara / Nystedt / Pärt / Sisask / Tormis

12 October, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
Peter Fisher, violin; Margaret Fingerhut, piano
Sibelius / Delius / Jenkins / Arnold / Elgar

13 October, 6pm, Teatrino Comunale, Portofino
Giovanni Giovannoni & Roberto Pellegrino, accordions
Sibelius /Kolz / Solotariov / Olkzak / Piazzolla

14 October, 6pm, Auditorium San Francesco, Chiavari
Peter Fisher, violin; Margaret Fingerhut, piano
Sibelius / Delius / Jenkins / Arnold / Elgar

E. & O.E.

Further information: www.sibeliusfestival.com

Found! Sibelius’s lost villa

‘My family lives here at Pension Suisse [in Rapallo, Italy], but I rented a studio in a hillside villa, surrounded by a very interesting garden: roses in bloom, camellias, almond trees, cactus, agaves, currants, magnolia, cypresses, vines, palms and a manifold variety of flowers’ – letter from Sibelius to Axel Carpelan, February 1901.

Although Pension Suisse in Rapallo still exists, the precise location of Sibelius’s hillside hideaway – where he famously worked on music that would be used in the Second Symphony – has long been believed to be lost in the mists of time. Partly this is because Sibelius gave very few descriptions of the villa and its enlightened owners, the Molfino family, preferring instead to concentrate on its natural beauties, scents and extraordinary vegetation.

Now, however, Federico Ermirio, organizer and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera, has located this elusive and historically significant building. The villa lies on the Cerisola hill in Fossato di Monti – reachable on foot (for a good walker like Sibelius) in half an hour.

The origins of the villa date back to the sixteenth century, and by the time of Sibelius’s visit it had become a meeting place for artists and cultural personalities, surrounded by a luxuriant park, remarkable for its botanical variety and featuring an amphitheatre. The Molfino family library contained rare editions of Dante’s Divina Commedia. It may be no coincidence that after leaving Rapallo, Sibelius considered  making a setting of part of Dante’s work: in this context he sketched what would become the second theme of the Second Symphony’s slow movement.


Villa Molfino, c. 1900

For decades the villa was abandoned and left to the attention of by vandals and thieves. The property is now divided up, and the new owners are progressively working on restoring it.

Sibelius’s affection for this part of Italy is shown by the fact the he later christened part of Ainola’s garden ‘Rapallo’.

Further information about this exciting new discovery will be published in the July 2018 issue of the Sibelius One Magazine.

 

 

Fourth Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera

The fourth Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera in Italy will run from 22 September until 14 October 2018. The programme of lectures and concerts is organized under the artistic direction of composer Federico Ermirio. Below is a list of dates and times for the events at the festival.

22 September, 5pm, Spazio Aperto, Santa Margherita
Speaker: Federico Ermirio

28 September, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
Opening concert – Myrsky Ensemble / Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Grieg / Sibelius / Mattson / Elgar

29 September, 9pm, Auditorium San Francesco, Chiavari
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Sibelius / Merikanto / Nielsen / Alfvén / Leifs / Nystedt

30 September, 11.30am matinée, Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Sibelius / Busoni / Sinding

30 September, 9pm, San Martino Church, Zoagli
Myrsky Ensemble
Ravel / Milhaud / Sibelius / von Dohnányi

5 October, 5pm, Spazio Aperto, Santa Margherita
Speaker: Paola De Ferrari
‘I Molfino: collezioni e dispersioni fra Settecento e Ottocento’

5 October, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
E. Lasorla, tenor; M. Cesarale, piano
Sibelius / Merikanto / Kuula / Gothoni / Alfvén / Rangström

6 October, 9pm, San Siro Church, Santa Margherita
Jugend-Sinfonieorchester Aargau; Hugo Bollschweiler, conductor
Mendelssohn / Szpilman / Sibelius

7 October, 11.30am matinée, Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita
S. Braun, soprano; A. Hinrichsen, piano
Sibelius / Grieg

7 October, 9pm, San Siro Church, Santa Margherita
Genova Vocal Ensemble; R. Paraninfo, conductor
Sibelius / Grieg / Rautavaara / Nystedt / Pärt / Sisask / Tormis

12 October, 9pm, Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita
P. Fisher, violin; M. Fingerhut, piano
Sibelius / Delius / Jenkins / Arnold / Elgar

13 October, 6pm, Teatrino Comunale, Portofino
G. Giovannoni & R. Pellegrino, accordions
Sibelius /Kolz / Solotariov / Olkzak / Piazzolla

14 October, 6pm, Auditorium San Francesco, Chiavari
P. Fisher, violin; M. Fingerhut, piano
Sibelius / Delius / Jenkins / Arnold / Elgar

E. & O.E.

Further information: www.sibeliusfestival.com

Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera – autumn 2017

The final schedule has been announced for the third Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera, Italy, taking place in September/October 2017. The Festival comprises an ambitious programme of lectures and concerts organized under the artistic direction of  composer Federico Ermirio.

Friday 22 September, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Sibelius e il Golfo del Tigullio: Soggiorno e ispirazione (in Italian)
Federico Ermirio, composer & artistic director

Friday 29 September, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Inauguration Concert: Grieg, Sibelius, Ermirio, Rautavaara
Folke Gräsbeck, piano (artist in residence)

Saturday, September 30th 9pm
Sori / Oratorio di Sant’Erasmo
Soprano Recital: Grieg, Sibelius, Catalani, Puccini
Daria Masiero, soprano / Gisella Dapueto, piano

Sunday 1 October, 3.30pm
Recco / San Giovanni Battista Church
Grieg, Sibelius, Holst, De Haan, Elgar, Tchaikovsky
Filarmonica ‘Gioacchino Rossini’ wind orchestra

Friday 6 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Luci, colori e suoni (in Italian)
Simon Falvo, editor

Friday 6 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Piano Quintets: Ermirio, Berg, Sibelius
New Helsinki Quartet; Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Saturday 7 October, 9pm
Zoagli /San Martino Church
String Quartets [1]: Berg, Kokkonen, Sibelius
New Helsinki Quartet

Sunday 8 October, 9pm
Recco / Oratorio di San Martino
String Quartets [2]: Sibelius, Webern, Kaipainen, Beethoven
New Helsinki Quartet

Friday 13 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Il cinema finlandese prima di Kaurismäki (in Italian)
Hilla Okkonen (Finnish Embassy, Rome)

Friday 13 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Piano Recital: Prokofiev, Nielsen, Sibelius
Andrea Carcano, piano

Saturday 14 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala Consiliare del Comune
Sotto la stella polare: cento anni di indipendenza (in Italian)
Ferruccio Tammaro, critic
Hilla Okkonen (Finnish Embassy, Rome)
with the participation of Janne Taalas, Finnish Ambassador in Rome

Saturday 14 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / San Siro Church
Symphonic Concert: Barber, Sibelius
Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio ‘Giacomo Puccini’ di La Spezia
Giovanni Di Stefano, conductor

Sunday 15 October, 6pm
Bogliasco / Sala ‘Piero Bozzo’
Viola Recital: Sibelius, Bax, Brahms
Kate Hamilton, viola
Andrea Carcano, piano

Click here to visit the Festival’s website.

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Awaiting the Sibelius Festival in Italy

In anticipation of the third Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera, which will take place in October 2017, the AkREibA Association is presenting a series of four lectures, as a preview of the festival.

The first will be given by Prof. Ferruccio Tammaro, one of the greatest Italian musicologists (University of Turin).
‘THE SEA IN THE NORDIC SYMPHONIC MUSIC’
Saturday 1 April, 5 pm,  ‘Spazio Aperto’ Hall, Via dell’Arco, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

followed by:
8 April, 5 pm, with Valentina Lo Surdo (musicologist and journalist with RAI)
29 April, 5 pm, with Roberto Iovino (director of the Genoa Conservatory)
6 May, 5 pm, with Federico Ermirio (artistic director of the festival, composer)

Further information: click here (in Italian)

Festival ‘Sibelius – Golfo del Tigullio’, Italy

Summer view of Rapallo (Panorama estivo di Rapallo, Liguria, Italia), 2008. Photo: © Davide Papalini / ShareAlike 3.0
Summer view of Rapallo (Panorama estivo di Rapallo, Liguria, Italia), 2008. Photo: © Davide Papalini / ShareAlike 3.0

A Sibelius Festival is being arranged in ‘Golfo del Tigullio’ (Liguria, Italy), in October 2015.

The festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth and is organized in collaboration with the Amministrazioni Comunali of Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Recco, and supported by the Embassy of Finland in Rome.

Sibelius and his family visited Rapallo in early 1901, and while there he worked on his Second Symphony.

Website: click here.