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Valletta International Baroque Festival

Kenneth Zammit Tabona © Ray Attard

Musical resplendence at the Valletta International Baroque Festival

We speak to the festival’s mastermind Kenneth Zammit Tabona, who has helped make Valletta a prime destination for Baroque lovers. 
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January 11th - 26th, 2019

The 7th edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will take place between 11th and 26th January 2019. This is a festival designed to enhance the baroque beauty of Malta’s capital city which in 2018 is also the European Capital of Culture.

Built by the Knights of St John after the Great Siege of 1565 and consequently adorned by its eight langues, Valletta not only had to serve as a powerful fort, but was also to become a strongpoint of culture, economy and politics in the world. Embellished at the height of the baroque period, Valletta rose to become a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.

The Valletta International Baroque Festival has been conceived purposely as a celebration of this baroque identity of Valletta. The first Festival was held in January 2013. During the Festival Valletta resounds with music from the period when it was built.

More importantly, an international festival like this forthcoming edition will continue to, not only confirm and enhance Valletta’s prestige but, also show Europe that this small historical outpost in the Mediterranean has over the centuries played a vital role in European history.

Centering around the Teatru Manoel, one of the oldest working theatres in Europe which also happens to be the only one in Europe that fulfils the role of a National Theatre, the Festival extends to the magnificence of St John’s Co-Cathedral, the atmospheric Valletta churches, the splendid Grandmasters’ Palace, the auberges and other baroque edifices.

With two very important events on the horizon namely the EU Presidency in 2017 and the European Capital of Culture the following year, plans for the Valletta International Baroque Festival are not only long-term but also ambitious. No stone has been left unturned in securing some of the best contemporary Baroque exponents of the moment, both from the international sphere as well as locally.

Finally, the high calibre programme that has been put together should not only give this Festival the international status that it deserves but also extend the Baroque map of Europe to Malta.

 

For full information visit the Valletta International Baroque Festival website  

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VallettaBaroque Goes Folk – Avi Avital/Bach in Eastern Europe

Vivaldi, Bach, Zinzadse, Bartók
Cappella Gabetta; Andrés Gabetta; Avi Avital

SengleaThe Heart of Sensibility

Abel, Cervetto, Reggio, Lidel, Caix d'Hervelois
Reiko Ichise; Jennifer Morsches

VallettaVivaldi and Telemann Concertos

Vivaldi, Telemann
Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Ensemble Matheus; Emilie Rose Bry

VallettaThe Goldberg Variations on Organ

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Hansjörg Albrecht, Organ

VallettaBarock ‘n’ Roll

Ensemble Matheus; Jean-Christophe Spinosi

MdinaThe Seasons

Uccellini, Fontana, Preston, Merula, Castello, Falconieri, Marini, Turini, Palestrina
Prisma Ensemble
Looking back at previous editions of the festival
Nave of St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta © David Karlin
Nave of St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
© David Karlin
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A historical curiosity in Valletta: Atys en Folie

Atys © Mario Mintoff PhotoCity
The opera parody Atys en Folie created for the Valletta International Baroque festival is an interesting historical curiosity, but the genre's very specific brand of humour doesn't appeal to everyone.

Lessons in sin from the Dunedin Consort

James Laing © Mario Mintoff PhotoCity
Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
****1
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A celebratory Te Deum for Malta

Sébastien Daucé © Mario Mintoff Photocity
A thrilling programme of church music for the French court by du Mont and Charpentier, performed by Ensemble Correspondances.
*****
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