The Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas will present from July 16 to 25, 2017, superb works of baroque Italian music interpreted by prestigious ensembles.
The Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas in the Var (Callas Ancient Music Festival) has been bringing together for 27 years remarkable ensembles of interpreters exploring the vast repertoires of baroque works, written from the Renaissance to the “classical” period. Françoise Barre, President of the Festival, presents this year again a gorgeous program for the 2017 edition: Pergolese and Vivaldi in the spotlight, the most beautiful arias for Castrats, oriental influences with a Baroque Venice, splendid works such as the Gloria and Magnificat…
Program of the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas
Sunday July 16: Another Stabat Mater – Pergolese, by the Concert de Hostel-Dieu
Chuch N.-D. de l’Assomption of Callas at 6 pm
The ensemble will perform Pergolese‘s Another Stabat Mater, re-orchestrated for 5 soloists and 7 instrumentalists, based on an unpublished manuscript preserved in Lyon, with traditional Neapolitan polyphonies and tarantellas.
Composed of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the interpretation of the 18th century vocal repertoire, the Concert de Hostel-Dieu comes back to Callas under the direction of Franck-Emmanuel Comte.
Wednesday, July 19: Florilèges for Castrats – Baroque Ensemble of Monaco
Church Saint-Sylvestre of Claviers at 9 pm
Florilèges for Castrats by the Baroque Ensemble of Monaco, who will perform in duet and solo the most beautiful tunes from the fascinating world of the castrats with 2 solo singers and 5 instruments.
Faithful to the Baroque history of the Principality, the formation defends the most beautiful pages of the XVII-XVIIIth century repertoire, and recreates works from European baroque music, that by hundreds, forgotten or unrecognized, remain to be discovered.
Friday July 21: Folies and Vivaldi – Ensemble Les Passions
Chuch Saint-Etienne of Bargemon at 9pm
Folies and Vivaldi performed by the Ensemble Les Passions which will offer various lights of the famous theme of the Follia with 8 musicians, including Jean-Marc Andrieu on the recorder.
Created by the renowned flutist Jean-Marc Andrieu in Toulouse in 1986, Les Passions – Baroque Orchestra of Montauban, is an ensemble specializing in the practice of period instruments; the number of instrumentists varies according to the music interpretations.
Sunday July 23: Gloria and Magnificat – Ensemble Les Zippoventilés
Church Saint-Michel of Figanières at 6pm
Gloria and Magnificat – 2 major works by Vivaldi by the Ensemble Les Zippoventilés, including 3 soloists (soprano Lisa Magrini, alto and tenor), a choir of 12 singers and an instrumental ensemble of 7 instrumentists with Flavio Losco, 1st violon and Étienne Mangot on the viola de gamba.
Created in 2013 by the organist Benoit Dumon, Les Zippoventilés, a formation established in Cassis, explores the repertoire for vocal soloist accompanied by an instrument as well as works for choir and orchestra on ancient instruments.
Tuesday 25 July: Venice Gate of the Orient – Ensemble Parnassie du Marais
Church N.-D. of the Assumption of Callas at 9 pm
The Ensemble Parnassie du Marais will plunge into oriental influences with soprano Lucille Pessey and contre-tenor Maximin Marchand, lute, harpsichord, percussion, which will describe the festive atmosphere in the baroque Venice, Venice Gate of the Orient and a stopover on the Silk Road.
Created in 1986 and directed by harpsichordist Brigitte Tramier, this ensemble with variable geometry interprets works from Renaissance and baroque on ancient instruments, exploring both the great works of the repertoire and the little-known pieces.
Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas
July 16 to 25, 2017
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Callas, a stop on the road to the Gorges du Verdon
Perched between sea and mountains on the hills of Provence, surrounded by a terroir dedicated to the vine, Callas is a first stage on the route to the Gorges du Verdon. In addition to the Callas Ancient Music Festival, the village owes its notoriety to the famous Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort and its starred chef Philippe Da Silva, a haven of peace and gastronomy in an exceptional landscape overlooked by the Chapel of Pennafort, place of an annual pilgrimage. In addition to a quality restoration, gastronomy and art de vivre are well represented in the village: the Moulin de Callas presses a famous virgin olive oil, Médaille d’Or in Paris. Gold Medal also for the à l’ancienne Vinegar Cru Confidentiel by the Vinaigrerie du Clos Saint Antoine, soon presented in an old restored chapel of the 12th century. Finally, equally famous, the wines from the Bastide du Plan, Gold Medal also, sublimate the dishes for the gastronomes of the region.
This year, an exceptional concert will be performed on August 10th in Callas at 9pm by the Musique Cordiale International Festival of Seillans, in partnership with the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas. This is the “Vespers of the Virgin” a prestigious work of Monteverdi under the direction of Graham Ross. Admission: 20 € / 30 €, free for children.
Registration and reservations: www.musique-cordiale.com and +33 (0) 7 87 46 99 27