Valletta International Baroque Festival

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January 13th - 27th, 2018

The 6th edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will take place between 13th and 27th January 2018. This is a festival designed to enhance the baroque beauty of Malta’s capital city which in 2018 will also be 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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VallettaOpening Concert - The Four Seasons

Vivaldi, Dall'Abaco, Avison
Concerto Köln; Shunské Sato

VallettaBach and Italy

Vivaldi, Locatelli, dall'Abaco, Bach, Sammartini
Concerto Köln; Markus Hoffmann

VallettaFasti Del Barocco Romano

Handel, Jommelli
Giulio Prandi; Ghislieri Choir & Consort; Claire Debono

VallettaBach's Musical Offering Revisited

Bach: The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079
Het Collectief

VallettaI Maestri di Santa Maria di Loreto

Durante, Porpora, Manna
AbChordis Ensemble

VallettaSuites for viola da gamba and harpsichord

Corelli, Forqueray, Duphly
Teodoro Baù; Andrea Buccarella
LOOKING BACK TO 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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Baroque winter sunshine in Malta

With your choice of instrumental, ensemble, choral and operatic concerts, Valletta in January is the perfect place to hear great music in lovely surroundings and beat the winter blues.
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A historical curiosity in Valletta: Atys en Folie

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

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.
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A celebratory Te Deum for Malta

A thrilling programme of church music for the French court by du Mont and Charpentier, performed by Ensemble Correspondances.
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