This is a highly anticipated meeting place for music lovers. Some are from all over France and even from Europe for this festival that has been built in the heart of the Luberon for over 30 years. Classical, lyrical or popular repertoires, the 2022 edition mixes talents and registers, to the public’s delight.
La marseillaise à pétanque 2022, 61st edition in the world
“Crossed Views” is the theme of this year’s festival. And it’s not dangerous.
Patrick Canac, president of Les Musicales, set the tone: “We want to meet face to face to give weight to the universality of music, an art that not only follows reasonable standards but is also the result of feelings and emotions. Cultural or civilizational divisions”.
A beautiful description of this universality is suggested Saturday July 16 in Taillades, with a program titled Places called Mozart in Prague.
Between the composer and the Bohemian capital, the honeymoon has yet to recognize storms. It was in Prague that Mozart wrote two of his operas, “Don Juan” and “The Mercy of Titus”. And in this city he offers his Symphony No. 38, to thank it for the unconditional interest shown in its works.
On the menu for the evening: the airs of Sesto and Vitellia, excerpts from “La Clémence de Titus”, Symphony No. 38 in the D major called “from Prague” and finally the scene from Bérénice, one of Joseph’s most remarkable landmarks. Haydn, friend of the great composer.
The chef Laurence Equilbey to the title of the Insula Orchestra and to the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Molinari are the translators of this unique program, which takes pride in the place of women.
Other registers, other places: July 19, it is the baroque tribute in the lower church of Bonnieux with Royal Handela picture of the music of the first Royal Academy of Music.
It was founded in London in 1719 and Handel was its musical director. Seeking to make London the new capital of opera, the Saxon composer put the Italian language on the stage at the King’s Theater and invited two Italian composers to join the academy: Attilio Ariosti and Giovanni Bononcini. Great enthusiasm.
With “Royal Handel”, the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaicik and accomplices of his wife Justin Taylor celebrate all sorts of Handelian genius and introduce the unpublished arias of Ariosti and Bononcini.
The lyrical revelation of Victories of Classical Music 2018, Eva Zaïcik has already captivated the audience of Les Musicales 2020 with Vivaldi.
De Falla, Rodrigo, Marquez, Torroba… July 24, love wizard and Spain as a red thread will be celebrated at Espace Jean Giono in Apt. The public will embark on a journey through famous Spanish melodies and their flamenco inspirations with, among others, the famous Concerto de Aranjuez and the remarkable work of Manuel de Falla.
A journey enhanced by soprano voices Beatrice Uria-Monzon and flamenco singer Antonia Contrerasaccompanied by the guitarist Liat Cohen and fromAvignon-Provence National Orchestra.
July 26in Ménerbes, it’s a fight of love – and another part of Handel – that awaits the audience: Duello Amoroso is a fictional opera created from the arias and duet of the German composer.
The program unites the stage Carolyn Sampson, soprano and Christophe Dumaux, tenor who here plays the role of alto. A uniqueness specific to Handel’s operas, whose male characters always sing an octave higher.
The icing on the cake is the English early musical ensemble Archangeldirected by Jonathan Cohen, who will accompany the singers.
In a completely different style, The Joy of the Queen brings us to the heart of England in the Great British Century, with a delicious program created by The Musicians of Saint-Julien : ballad, dance, tune fashion in 17th and 18th centuries.
True “hits” at a time when everyone was dancing, at all levels of society, as pointed out by the ensemble’s artistic director, François Lazarevitch.
This repertoire from across the Channel – English, Irish or Scottish – can be discovered at July 29 in Menerbes. There is no doubt that the night will be lively!
Finally, on the theme of shared insights, in September the festival will offer recitals by two great pianists: Francois-Frederic Guy and Maciej Pikulski.
The former has led an international career with the most famous conductors and famous orchestras. Surprised by the music of his time, he was the translator of many contemporary composers and regularly provided world -leading works. September 2 it was around Beethoven and Chopin that he would perform on stage in the Gavron space, in Ménerbes.
Pianist soloist, chamber musician and accompanist of great voices, Maciej Pikulski performs in concert in more than 300 halls around the world. He has already recorded 15 discs, all praised by international critics. Honest to Musicales, he is September 17 at the church of Ménerbes for a recital dedicated to Liszt.
A prestigious program to close this 2022 edition in style …
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