Umbra Lucis

Thursday 4th September, 6.30 p.m.

Umbertide, San Francesco Church

Medico del dolore è per gli uomini il canto (The singing is for human beings a cure for the pain)

Umbra Lucis
Arianna Lanci soprano
Ugo Giani e Marco Ferrari recorder, zurna and duduk
Fabrizio Lepri viola da gamba and cello
Elisabetta Benfenati baroque guitar
Luca D’Amore chitarrone, colascione and tar
Stefano Lorenzetti organo and cymbal
Massimiliano Dragoni percussions and dahol

Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan armenian voice

San Gregorio di Narek Canto dal Libro dei Lamenti
Girolamo Kapsberger Amorino morto dal VI libro di villanelle da Li fiori
Andrea Falconieri Follia dal I libro di Canzone, Fantasie, Capricci…
Henry Purcell The Plaint da Fairy Queen
Sorella Khosrovidoukht Inno dedicato a San Vahan di Goghten
Anonimo Vasn mero perkutian
Athanasius Kircher Antidotum tarantulae da Musurgia universalis
Johann Jakob Froberger Plainte faite à Londres pour passer la Melancholie la quelle se joue lentement avec discrétion dal IV libro di Toccate, ricercari, capricci…
Anonimo Fuggi, fuggi da Laudi spirituali all’uso dell’Oratorio di Chiavenna
Anonimo Paradiso/Inferno da Laudi spirituali all’uso dell’Oratorio di Chiavenna
Anonimo Passacagli della vita da Laudi spirituali all’uso dell’Oratorio di Chiavenna
Andrea Falconieri Soave melodia e Sua Corrente dal I libro di Canzone, Fantasie, Capricci…
Girolamo Kapsberger Tranquillità d’animo dal VI libro di villanelle de Li fiori
Anonimo Due tarantelle

in collaboration with the The Research center and documentation of Armenian culture in Venice

Music has always been considered as a remedy for the roughness of the existence and a cure for some psychic desease. Its healhty effect on the human being without distinction of age, status or genre, as if its power started a pre- cultural and ontological dimension, and as if it was a gift given to men banish from Eden. The mythic figures who used or have suffered this power are countless: Apollo, doctor and inventor of music as well as father of Esculapio, god of medicine who repels evil from human beings; King Saul was detached from agony and sadness by the sound of David’s harp. The latter represents the archetype of the redeeming power of music in the Christian world, a power which the exorcists ‘ manuals reveal to be so pervading to chase away even the devil. The program perfomed by Umbra Lucis wants to prove the therapeutic purpose of music across a collection of pieces from different periods and contexts. Severeal will be the examples of Armenian music, which testify the deep integration of that music with the daily life, the religious aspect and with the effectiveness of a ritual dimension which has been orally preserved for centuries.


Foto Erica Andreini

Thursday 4th September, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Voices from silence

Mario Brunello cello
Gabriella Caramore narrator

Max Reger, Suite n. 2 in D minor op. 131 for cello
Tigran Mansurian, Capriccio for cello
Vache Sharafyan, Cello breath for cello PREMIERE
Vache Sharafyan, The dance of Cello for cello PREMIERE
Anonimo, Armenian sings for cello (transcription by Mario Brunello)


The musical story by Mario Brunello will be interlaced with the story told by Gabriella Caramore bout the voices which have often given depth to the silence surrounding the history of Armenia.
From the one of Gregorio Narek and Nerses of Lambron promoters of an essential and open- to-
the- world spirtituality; to the one of Armin Wegner, witness of the Armenian genocide, who tried to stop the horror; and to Vasilij Grossman, who exactly in those fields of arid stones saw prosper “the goodness and a life lived according to the Truth” . The country of the screaming stones”, as Osip Mandel’štam descrive Armenia, is alsoa place where you can listen to the sound of the human ocation. In the musical path among“ the voices from silence”, Brunello compare sto the second uite for cello by Max Reger, the Caprice by the contemporary composer Tigran Mansurian and acient Armenian pieces form the tradition presented with their original transcriptions, confirming himself as one of the most versatile and eclectic contemporary musician.


Yves Savari Pierpaolo Maurizzi

Friday 5th September, 9 p.m.

Celalba di San Giustino, Magherini Graziani Villa

Yves Savary cello
Pierpaolo Maurizzi piano

Witold Lutosławski, Grave. Metamorphoses for cello and piano
Claude Debussy, Sonata nr. 1 in D minor for cello and piano L144
Karen Surenovich Khačaturjan, Sonata for cello and piano
Dmitrij Šostakovič, Sonata in D minor for cello and piano op. 40


Fine and polished musical twines will be presented by Yves Savary and Pierpaolo Maurizzi, foru masterpieces of the Armenian XX century repertoire. Starting with Karen Khačaturjan, neohew of the most famous Aram and son of Suran, the founder of The Armenian Drama Studio in Moscow. Karen studied at the Capital Conservatory together with Nikolaj Mjaskovskije and Dmitrij Šostakovič, i twill be fascinating to comapre his Sonata for cello and piano with the Op.40 of his Maestro. Šostakovič composed it 30 years before, in 1935, after having recieved a strict censorship by the Sovietic government, which conviced him to abandon the path of experimentation. Very interesting will be even to compare the Sonata in D minor by Debussy with Grave by Lutoslawski, the tombeau of 1981 dedicated to Stefan Jarocinski, Polish musicologist who consecreted the most part of his life to the study of Debussy.


Foto di Marco Borrelli

Saturday 6th September, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Orchestra della Toscana
Benedetto Lupo piano
Eduard Topchjan conductor

Sergej Rachmaninov, Concerto n. 2 in C minor for piano and orchestra op. 18
Aram Khačaturjan, Extracts from Spartacus:
Entrance of the Merchants, Dance of a roman courtesan(Suite n. 2)
Variations from Aegina znd Bacchanalia (Suite n. 1)
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Suite n. .2)
Dance of the greek slaves (Suite n. 3)
Death of the Gladiator (Suite n. 4)
Dance of Gaditanae, Victory of Spartacus (Suite n. 1)

Inspired to the fictionl story of the Phrygian gladiator, Spartacus it is one of Khačaturjan’s masterpieces composed for the ballet, from which the composer of Tbilisi extracted four suites and three symphonic scenes. Together with Gajaneh and its “Sabre dance”, even Spartacus has became one of the most apprecciated pages of the Armenia repertoire, with its mix of elements coming from the popular tradition and from the western culture, combined together by a brilliant orchestration. The music of Spartacus earned Khačaturjan the greatest sovietic reward: the Lenin Prize.

To Spartacus, the program of the concert performed by the Orchestra della Toscana combines Rachmaninov, one of the russian authors who often is compared to Khačaturjan. By the composer- concert performer there will be in program the famous Rach2, the unavoidable masterpiece presents in the repertoire of the most acclaimed pianist all over the world, inevitabile because of its capability to combine virtuosity with peak of emphasis and lyricism following the example of the best ciaikovskian tradition. Benedetto Lupo, pianist from Puglia, will perform that repertoire, he is considered one of the most interesting and complete talents of his generation.


Friday 29th August, 6.30 p.m.

Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Castello Bourbon del Monte Square

Danilo Rossi viola
Giulia Baracani flute
The winner of the “Alberto Burri” for young performers 2013 Award
Stefano Bezziccheri piano

Dmitrij Šostakovič, Sonata for viola and pianoforte op. 147
Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Six duets for viola e flute op. 13
Vache Sharafyan, Solo for flute,  WORLD PREMIERE

Great attention, even this year, will be paid to the concert which has as a protagonist the winner of the 2013 “Alberto Burri” prize for young musician, the important award is appointed by the Festival to sustain the musical studies of new talents. This year the protagonist will be Giulia Baracani, 26 years old flautist from Tuscany, who has already collaborated with important groups such as the Chamber Ensemble of the Teatro Comunale di Modena, the Ensemble ‘900 of the National Academy Santa Cecilia and the Nextime Ensemble conducted by Danilo Grassi. Moreover she has already performed as a soloist with the Young Orchestra of Salzburg. In the concert, dedicated to her, she will perform together with the duo Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri. With the first she will play the Duets by Hoffmeister whilst her musical talent will be underlined with the solo for flute by the Armenian composer Vache Sharafyan, presented as an Italian premiere at the Festival delle Nazioni.