Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday 27th August, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, Saint Domenico Church

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Anush Nikoghosyan violin
Eduard Topchjan  conductor

Modest Musorgskij, Night on Bald Mountain musical picture
Aram Khačaturjan, Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra
Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov, Schéhérazade symphonic poem op. 35

Two cornerstones of the Russian music by Musorgskij and Rimskij-Korsakov  and the most famous  composer of Armenian origin;  Aram Khačaturjan. The combination is not casual: it aims to focus on the relation which the Armenian culture established with the Russian one during the XIX and XX centuries and which started to be more important after the first World War, when Armenia became one of the republic of the former Soviet Union.  Although he was fascinated by the Russian musical suggestions, first as a student and then as a composer, conductor and coordinator and finally as a teacher at the Conservatory of the Capital, Khačaturjan has never forgotten to show in his compositions the deep love he had for the  traditional Armenian culture. This affection results evident  in his Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, presented in Moscow in 1940: one of the most important piece of the Armenian repertoire, strong suite of the most brilliant violinists. In Città di Castello  it will be performed by the young Anush Nikoghosyan, conducted by Eduard Topchjan, director of the prestigious  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Thursday 28th August, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Armenian Spirit

Hespèrion XXI
Viva Biancaluna Biffi viola
David Mayoral percussions
Jordi Savall rebec, vielle, viola and conductor

Aram Movsisyan voice
Georgi Minassyan and Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian duduk
Gaguik Mouradian kamancha

Anonymous Azat astvatsn & Ter kedzo (Ode to the freedom and plea for the Armenians)
Traditional songs and dances
Sayat Nova Dun en glkhen (Plea to the king before the exile)
Hov arek Traditional song (Lament), collected by Vardapet Komitas
Improvisation with the duduk
Sayat Nova Kani vur djan im (Song of love)
Tigran Tchukhadjian O’h intsh anush (Song of exile)
Barde Djivan Ov siroun, siroun (Song in double interpretation, in which the army and the native land mix up)
Improvisation with the duduk
Al aylukhs (Twirl: amorous dialogue) traditional song, collected by Komitas
Wedding traditional songs, collected by Vardapet Komitas
Vorp Ani karaki vera (Lament about the city of Ani) traditional song
Taksim and traditional dance
Alagyeaz & Khnki tsar, traditional popular song, collected by Vardapet Komitas
Gusan Ashot En sarer (Lament)
Gabriel Yeranian Hayastan yerkir (Ode to the native land)
Garun a Traditional popular song, collected by Vardapet Komitas
Tigran Tchukhadjian Menk kadj tohmi (Song of fight)
In collaboration with  Departament de Cultura della Generalitat de Catalunya  and the l‘Institut Ramon Llull

Jordi Savall is an extraordinary figure in the actual musical panorama. He has dedicated himself for more than 30 years to the discovery of abandoned musical treasures; 30 years of research and study, both as a violist and as a conductor. In addition to the Mediterranean people, Savall paid his attention even to the musical traditions of the Orient, such as the Armenian one; a heritage of which remains just a few written testimonies. Spirit of Armenia is a project which places side by side the instruments of the Ensemble Hesperion XXI and some Armenian musicians, great interpreters of the traditional repertoire with ancient instruments. Thanks to that concert we could listen to the sound of Kamancha; one of the violin ancestors, and above all we could listen to the duduk; a sort of oboe with a double reed, the most ancient Armenian instrument, which became a symbol of the National identity. Savall recorded the music of Spirit of Armenia in 2012, on a cd published by Alia Vox, winner of the prestigious prize Echo Klassik 2013, one of the most aspired reward in the classical music field.

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Friday 29th August, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

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Noa voice and percussions
Gil Dor guitars
Adam Ben-Ezra double bass
Gadi Seri percussions

music of Love Medicine

With an acoustic concert, Noa looks towards the jazz inspiration, always remaining in her dimension of singer capable of representing herself on the stage both in the musical Jewish and Yemeni traditions and in her origin of songwriter. With the complicity of the inseparable Gil Dor, of the young  double bass virtuoso Adam Ben-Ezra and of the percussionist Gadi Seri, her historical musical partner; Noa will perform  some pieces from the album Love Medicine, the new album registered in studio. The latest in studio is dated 2009, with it the artist wanted to exalt the therapeutic  power of the music and its ability to conjure meditation, compassion, acceptance and emotions. The pieces are inspired to the artists and the figures who Noa and Gil met in the latest years; JoaquínSabina, João Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Giovanni Paolo II,  Gilberto Gil, Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin  and Charles Aznavour.

Ensemble della Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti

Saturday 30th August, 9 p.m.

Citerna, San Michele Church

Baroque Ensemble of the New Scarlatti Orchestra
Cristina Grifone soprano
Tommaso Rossi recorder and transverse flute

music of the musical fund of the Saint Gregory the Armenian’s monastery in Naples
programme and revision by Tommaso Rossi

Anonymous, Ode for Saint Gregory the Armenian
Giovan Battista Pergolesi, Laetatus sum in his, Gloria Patri, Sicut erat in principio from Laetatus sum for soprano, strings and basso continuo
Francesco Mancini, Concerto in G minor for flute, violins, viola and basso continuo
Cristoph Willibald Gluck, “Che farò mesta e dolente” from Orfeo
Pasquale Anfossi, “Frena quel pianto amaro” from Nitteti
Aniello Sant’Angelo, Concerto in G major for transverse flute, strings and basso continuo
Leonardo Vinci, “Vò solcando un mar crudele” from Artaserse

The first monastic community of Saint Gregory the Armenian in Naples was founded by a small group of Armenian Basilian Sisters, escaping from the persecutions of Costantine Copronymus, called “the Iconoclastic”. The Sisters brought with themselves a precious relic, the skull of Saint Gregory “the Illuminator”, bishop of the Armenian Church, who persuaded the the king Tridate III to convert to Christianity all the Nation in 301 AC. The concent, after the passage to the Benedectine rule, became one of the richest and important in Naples. An intense musical activity was conducted in the convent, linked both to the liturgical and profane music, which involved important musicians and orchestras. The concert of Baroque Ensemble of the New Orchestra Scarlatti from Naples, will give us the opportunity to explore the musical archive kept in the Convent , performing some of the pages still conserved in there and yet to be catalogued: compositions dedicated to those Sisters who were particularly talented for music, or compositions copied from other famous works and compositions made by the Sisters themselves.

 

Ensemble stumentale Orchestra da camera di Perugia

Sunday 31st August, 9 p.m.

Sansepolcro, Santa Chiara Auditorium

Poetry on stage
by Cosimo Damiano Damato and Giuliano Grittini

music by Vache Sharafyan e Filippo Fanò, commision of the Festival delle Nazioni
PREMIERE
poems by Alda Merini, Cosimo Damiano Damato, Giuliano Grittini,
Movses Khorenatsi e Yeghishe Charents
translations by Vache Sharafyan e Bendek Zsigmond
directed by Cosimo Damiano Damato

Instrumental Ensemble of the Perugia Chamber Orchestra
Pamela Villoresi voice

As every year, the Festival delle Nazioni pays attention to the promotion of the contemporary music, assigning new compositions to italian artists and to those artists who come from the guested Nation. To Filippo Fanò and Vache Sharafyan, the two protagonist composers of this edition, has been asked to create a work inspired to the poetry: the ones of Alda Merini, Movses Khorenatsi and Yeghishe Charents. The result, after this double project, is an evocative show made by music, poetry and images directed by the director Cosimo Damiano Damato, narrated by the voice of Pamela Villoresi. The premiere performance of the musics is committed to the Instrumental Ensemble of the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia, a group which was born thanks to the Umbrian musicians’ experience in the spread of the music culture.

Foto di Maki Galimberti

Monday 1st September, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

I Virtuosi Italiani

Alberto Martini I violin

Federico Mondelci saxophone and conductor

Vardapet Komitas, Six melodies for strings orchestra
Makar Ekmalyan, Hayr Sourb for soprano saxophone and strings orchestra
Aleksandr Glazunov, Concerto for alto saxophone and strings orchestra
in E flat major op. 109
Dmitrij Šostakovič, Two pieces (Preludio and Scherzo) for strings orchestra op. 11
Aram Khačaturjan, Suite for strings orchestra (arranged by Ruben Altunian)

Soghomon Gevorki Soghomonyan, better known as Komitas, is  considered one of the fathers of the Armenian culture, musician  and monk, but above all researcher and academic of the Armenian musical tradition. Father Komitas escaped the death during the Great Deportation in 1915, but he died in Paris in a fit of madness due to that traumatic experienceand to the destruction of allo f his music. His Eight Melodies for strings orchestra will be compared with some works by the russians Glazunov and Šostakovič, together with the Suite for orchestra by Khačaturjan, the major Armenian composer of the XX Century. The prestigious presence of Federico Mondelci, conducting the Virtuosi Italiani, will be the occasion to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument which in its various shapes influnced  all the XX Century music: from Jazz to Rhytm and Blues, to the classical music.

Foto di RP Guerzoni

Tuesday 2nd September, 6.30 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Marco Polo
musical journey by Flavio Albanese, Ara Malikian, Sirvart Churkhmé

music by Niccolò Paganini, Antonio Vivaldi, Antonín Dvořák, Aram Khačaturjan, Ara Malikian
text by Flavio Albanese
animated cartoon by Gosha Ljahoveckij

Flavio Albanese narrator
Ara Malikian violin
Luis Gallo guitar

Niccolò Paganini, The Carnival of Venice op. 10
Ara Malikian, Zouv
Antonio Vivaldi, “The spring” from The four seasons
Ara Malikian e Luis Gallo, Arev
Ciocarlia Romanan folk music
Antonín Dvořák, “When my mother taught me song” from Gypsy Songs
Aram Khačaturjan, “Sabre Dance” from Gajaneh
Ara Malikian, Pisando Flores

Video and animation Studio “M.I.R.” Mosca
Irina Margolina, Dmitry Naumov, Alexandr Guriev, Kirill Lunkin

Video processing and lights Cristina Spelti – Promusic

Production ARA MALIKIAN and ATER
in collaboration with the “Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena”

The 6.30 p.m. performance will take place in traveling version departing from the Saint Domenico’s Church, and will see the participation of the students of the Municipal School of Music “G. Puccini” in Città di Castello.

Ara, the Armenian violinist; Flavio, the Italian narrator and Gosha, the Russian painter will tell to the public the most famous journey in the world: The Million by Marco Polo a theatrical cartoon, a carnival of figures which will involve the public interchanging games, music and images. Leaving from Venice the protagonists of this story will climb the Ararat Mount in Armenia, where according to the legend, the Noah’s ark beached after  having passed villages and deserts in Asia and rich cities such as Samarcanda to reach Cambaluc, in the actual China, where the terrible nephew of Gengis Khan lives; the great Kublai Khan. Several are the adventures we face before going back to Venice. “ It’s impossibile to distinguish reality from fantasy in such a story- claims Flavio Albanese- and maybe even useless. Marco Polo exists and fascinates usa s a myth, getting close to him is like approaching the deepest part of ourselves”.

Foto di R.P. Guerzoni

Tuesday 2nd September, 9 p.m.

Città di Castello, San Domenico Church

Marco Polo
musical journey by Flavio Albanese, Ara Malikian, Sirvart Churkhmé

music by Niccolò Paganini, Antonio Vivaldi, Antonín Dvořák, Aram Khačaturjan, Ara Malikian
text by Flavio Albanese
animated cartoon by Gosha Ljahoveckij

Flavio Albanese narrator
Ara Malikian violin
Luis Gallo guitar

Niccolò Paganini, The Carnival of Venice op. 10
Ara Malikian, Zouv
Antonio Vivaldi, “The spring” from The four seasons
Ara Malikian e Luis Gallo, Arev
Ciocarlia Romanan folk music
Antonín Dvořák, “When my mother taught me song” from Gypsy Songs
Aram Khačaturjan, “Sabre Dance” from Gajaneh
Ara Malikian, Pisando Flores

Video and animation Studio “M.I.R.” Mosca
Irina Margolina, Dmitry Naumov, Alexandr Guriev, Kirill Lunkin

Video processing and lights Cristina Spelti – Promusic

Production ARA MALIKIAN and ATER
in collaboration with the “Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena”

The 6.30 p.m. performance will take place in traveling version departing from the Saint Domenico’s Church, and will see the participation of the students of the Municipal School of Music “G. Puccini” in Città di Castello.

Ara, the Armenian violinist; Flavio, the Italian narrator and Gosha, the Russian painter will tell to the public the most famous journey in the world: The Million by Marco Polo a theatrical cartoon, a carnival of figures which will involve the public interchanging games, music and images. Leaving from Venice the protagonists of this story will climb the Ararat Mount in Armenia, where according to the legend, the Noah’s ark beached after  having passed villages and deserts in Asia and rich cities such as Samarcanda to reach Cambaluc, in the actual China, where the terrible nephew of Gengis Khan lives; the great Kublai Khan. Several are the adventures we face before going back to Venice. “ It’s impossibile to distinguish reality from fantasy in such a story- claims Flavio Albanese- and maybe even useless. Marco Polo exists and fascinates usa s a myth, getting close to him is like approaching the deepest part of ourselves”.

Chorale Akn

Wednesday 3rd September, 6.30 p.m.

Morra, San Crescentino Oratory

Chorale Akn
Minas Lourian narrator
Aram Kerovpyan conductor

Sharagan Patrum from the Resurrection period, in the second side mode
Suite of Miserere Sharagan for the Resurrection, in the second voice mode
Ode to the Resurrection by Saint Nerses the Gracious
Suite of Sharagan for the Resurrection, in the fourth side mode
Suite of Sharagan De Caelis for the Resurrection, in the first side mode
Suite of Sharagan De Caelis in the third side mode

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

Before the beginning of the concert, the scheduled passage will be presented by Minas Lourian, director of the Research Center and documetation in Venice.

The liturgical music is considered to be the most important part of the Armenian music, for sure it is one of the oldest and richest, but however linked to the profane music, in fact, the modal system which establishes the basis of the liturgical music was the same of the gusan: the Armenian “troubadours”. The Chorale Akn iso ne of the most famous Ensemble to perform and promote this repertoire. Its vocation is to develope and revive the interpretation of the traditional liturgical music of Armenia. The shows of the choir reflect the research directed by Aram Kerovpyan since 1990, which brought to the creation of the Research Center founded in Paris in 1998. The interpretation of the choir develops on the basis of the traditional groups of cantors ordered by the Armenian Church, that is a ritual almost in disuse because of the gradual demise of the parish churhes and the diffusion of the western music.

 

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Foto di Riccardo Spinella

Wednesday 3rd September, 9 p.m.

Anghiari, Ricomposti Theater

Concert of the winners of the Competition for young singers of the European Community of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” in Spoleto

Chiara Isotton soprano (winner 2013)
Chiara Tirotta mezzosoprano (winner 2014)
Marco Rencinai tenor (winner 2012)
Alec Roupen Avedissian baritone (winner 2013)
Biagio Pizzuti bass-baritone (winner 2014)
Francesco Massimi, Yuna Saito piano

Giacomo Puccini “Minnie, dalla mia casa son partito” from La fanciulla del west
Camille Saint-Saens “Printemps qui commence” from Samson et Dalila
Francesco Cilea “Lamento di Federico” from L’Arlesiana
Francesco Cilea “Io son l’umile ancella” from Adriana Lecouvreur
Sergej Prokof’ev Aria by Andrej from Guerra e Pace
Giuseppe Verdi “Morro, ma prima in grazia” from Un ballo in maschera
Georg Friedrich Handel “Sta nell’ircana” from Alcina
Hov arēk’, Garun a (arrangement by Vardapet Komitas)
Giacomo Puccini “Firenze e come un albero fiorito” from Gianni Schicchi
Giuseppe Verdi “Per me giunto” from Don Carlo
Giacomo Puccini “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Manon Lescaut
Giacomo Puccini “O soave fanciulla” from La bohéme

The Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto was born in 1947 thanks to the will of the lawyer Adriano Belli, in order to launch young talents into the Opera after having finished their studies courses. Embracing the winners of the singing contest and initiating them to a two years course, the Umbrian institution gives them not only the chance to prepare themselves at the interpretation of Operas, but also the study of the gesture, under the guide of prestigious directors and conductors who put up operas and melologues in the lyric season. That is the crowning moment of the training of the young students and even in 2014, as a tradition, it will be in September. Amongst the winners, in more than 60 editions, there are prestigious names of the international operatic panorama such as Franco Corelli, Leo Nucci, Ruggero Raimondi, Renato Bruson, Mariella Devia e, più recentemente, Roberto De Candia, Sonia Ganassi, Nicola Ulivieri, Maria Agresta. The Thatetre received in 1994 the “Abbiati Prize” of the Italian musical critic.