Tuesday 25 August 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Euro Symphony SFK
Ernest Hoetzl conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro Overture
Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 3 in D major
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 1 in G minor
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 6 in D major
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 5 in G minor
Johann Strauss Jr., Kaiser Franz Josef I. Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch Op. 126
Ludwig van Beethoven, Allegretto scherzando from Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93
Franz Lehár, Gold und Silber Waltz Op. 79

The Festival has always paid particular attention to nations with cultural diversity and has invited musicians from countries with contrasting religious or political ideologies. In this edition of the Festival dedicated to Austria and in the centenary of the First World War, the choice had to be fall on the SFK European Symphony Orchestra, which includes musicians from Slovakia, Friuli and Carinthia, symbolically representing peaceful relations between people who were once in open conflict and now co-exist in the context of the most universal of cultural expressions – music.
Hoetzl, Austrian, a scholar with an ever enquiring mind, a brilliant conductor, presents and directs a programme in the tradition of Austro-Hungarian music. This includes part of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, first performed in Vienna in 1814, the year in which the Congress laid the foundation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Also in the programme is the Jubilee March, containing the Imperial Anthem. Strauss composed this in honour of the Emperor Franz Josef, a key figure in the history of Europe, whose long reign secured the unity of the Empire but which precipitated the start of the first World War.

Roberto Vignoli e Iulia Ratiu

Wednesday 26 August 6 p.m.

Morra, San Crescentino Oratory

Roberto Vignoli saxophone
2014 “Alberto Burri” Award winner
Iulia Ratiu piano

Emilio Ghezzi, Sonatina in forma di tema con variazioni su “Una furtiva lagrima” di Gaetano Donizetti for alto saxophone and piano PREMIERE
Franz Schubert, Ungarische Melodie D817 in B minor for piano
Giacomo Fossa, Naturlaut for saxophone and piano PREMIERE
Victor Morosco, Blue Caprice for alto saxophone
Erwin Schulhoff, Ragtime da 5 Pittoresken Op. 31 for piano
Erwin Schulhoff, Maxixe da 5 Pittoresken Op. 31 for piano
Erwin Schulhoff, Hot-Sonate Sonata jazz for alto saxophone and piano

New music and emerging talent are the ingredients of the afternoon concert in the splendid Oratorio of San Crescentino at Morra.  Performing in front of Luca Signorelli’s famous fresco of the Flagellation will be Roberto Vignoli, the winner of last year’s ‘Alberto Burri’ prize for young musicians, who traditionally are offered the opportunity of playing as a soloist in the main programme of the Festival.  The programme contains the first performance of two interesting new  compositions.  ‘Naturlaut’ is a work by an emerging young composer, Giacomo Fossa: a piece which, as the title indicates, suggesting the sounds of a forest and far-off bird song, brings to mind some Mahlerian themes.  The ‘Sonatina’ by Emilio Ghezzi –  teacher, musicologist and writer as well as an established composer – could appear to be a tribute to the many 19th century fantasies on famous opera themes, but on the contrary it is an original 20th century style composition with a formal complex format and fugue in the final movement.