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Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015

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Built by the Knights of St John after the Great Siege of 1565 and consequently adorned by its eight langues, Valletta not only had to serve as a powerful fort, but was also to become a strongpoint of culture, economy and politics in the world. Embellished at the height of the baroque period, Valletta rose to become a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.


The Valletta International Baroque Festival has been conceived purposely as a celebration of this baroque identity of Valletta. For two weeks, between the 10th and the 24th  of January 2015, Valletta will resound with music from the period when it was built.


More importantly, an international festival like this forthcoming second edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will not only confirm and enhance Valletta’s prestige but will also show Europe that this small historical outpost in the Mediterranean has over the centuries played a vital role in European history.


Centering around the Teatru Manoel, one of the oldest working theatres in Europe which also happens to be the only one in Europe that also fulfils the role of a National Theatre, the Festival will also extend to the magnificence of St John’s Co-Cathedral, the atmospheric Valletta churches, the splendid Grandmasters’ Palace, the auberges and other baroque edifices. The events will be mainly musical however, the programme will also be touching on opera and theatre.


Hotel Phoenicia is proud to be associated with the Valletta International Baroque Festival for the second year running.


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Baroque Festival Program

Saturday 10th of January 2015

'Nine Lamentations' - Portuguese 'a capella' lamentations by Manuel Cardoso, Manuel Correia de Campo, Pedro de Gamboa and Joao Lourenco Rebelo, performed by the Nederlands Kamerkoor directed by Paul van Nevel 

Sunday 11th January 2015

Baroque Piano Transcriptions: work by Bach, Handel and Gluck transcribed by Silotti, Sgambatti, Kempff, Liszt and of course Busoni, performed by Dmytro Sukhovienko (Teatru Manoel)

'Music for the Grand Tour' - The Italian Concerto from Venice to Naples: Porpora, Corelli and Scarlatti
Performed by Concerto dei Cavalieri, directed by Marcello di Lisa (Manoel Theatre)

Monday 12th January 2015

'The Fruit of Love' by Anthony Holborne A concertino of violins and rare instruments
L'Acheron Ensemble directed by Francois Joubert Caillet (Ta' Giezu Church)

Tuesday 13th January 2015

South American Baroque Music: Ensemble Villancico directed by Peter Pontvik (President's Palace)

Wednesday 14th January 2015

Handel Concert Arias - performed by The King's Consort with Jestyn Davies, countertenor (Manoel Theatre)

Thursday 15th January 2015

Girolamo Abos - Commemorating the Tercentenary of the birth of Maltese composer Girolamo Abos
Arias by Abos, Arne and Handel Performed by the Passacaglia Ensemble (Sarria Church, Floriana)

Friday 16th January 2015

Abos, Handel and Steffani - Commemorating the Tercentenary of the birth of Maltese composer Girolamo Abos
Performed by the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral)

Saturday 17th January 2015

Bach Cello Suites 1-3, Performed by Sigiswald Kuijken (All Souls Church)

'Inspired by Baroque' - Ravel, Foss, Shostakovich, Strauss / Malta Philharmonic Orchestra with Rebecca Hall, flute (Manoel Theatre)

Sunday 18th January 2015

Bach Cello Suites 4-6, Performed by Sigiswald Kuijken (All Souls Church)

Goldberg Variations (J. S. Bach) Performed by Joanne Camilleri, piano (Manoel Theatre)

Monday 19th January 2015

St. John's Passion (Bach) Oratorio performed by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (St. John's Co-Cathedral)

Tuesday 20th January 2015

'Il Diluvio Universale' (Michelangelo Falvetti) Oratorio performed by La Capella Mediterranea and The Namur Chamber Choir conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

Wednesday 21st January 2015

'Magnificat' - Commemorating the Tercentenary of the birth of Maltese composer Girolamo Abos
Magnificat, Benedictus Dominus, Messa, due cori - Performed by die Kölner Akademie, conductor Michael Alexander Willens (Manoel Theatre)

Thursday 22nd January 2015

'Handel and his London friends' - The European Union Baroque Orchestra (Lars Ulrik Mortenssen, director, Huw Daniel, concertmaster) performs works of Roman, Geminiani, Boyce and of course Handel (Manoel Theatre)

Friday 23rd January 2015

Works for Choir and Orchestra by Vivaldi (Gloria and Psalms 113 121 147 / Campra Messa ad maiorem Dei Gloria) performed by Le Concert Spirituel

Saturday 24th January 2015

Works by Gabrieli and Monteverdi performed by the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble


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