Barga Art and Music Festival 2022

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A performance by Bruno Caproni and Julian Evans as part of the Barga Art and Music Festival 2022, to be held in the Portrait Painting Gallery

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Power and Passion!!

Barga Art and Music Festival 2022

Chamber concert – 28 August 11.30 – 12.30 at The Portrait Painting Gallery, 55051 Barga (LU).

The last concert of the BARGA Art & Music Festival will take place 28 August at 11.30 am until 12.30 pm. A performance by Bruno Caproni and Julian Evans filled with songs of bracing commanding characters as well as melodious and stirring ballads of yesteryear. On the piano the rapturous sounds of romance and love expressed in sonorous chords: Power and Passion!!

As seats are limited, early booking is highly recommended!

 

Programme

Gioachino Rossini – Largo al factotum, “Il Barbieri di Siviglia”

Franz Liszt – Les jeux d’eaux alla villa d’Este

John Ireland – Sea fever

Peter Warlock – Captain Stratton’s fancy

Frederic Chopin – Barcarolle

Alan Jay Lerner – If ever i would leave you, “Camelot”

Borodin/Forrest – Stranger in paradise, “Kismet”

Franz Liszt – Rigoletto,  paraphrase s. 434

Oscar Rasbach – Trees

Frederick O’Connor – The old house

Traditional – Down by the sally gardens

Charles Marshall – I hear you calling me

Haydn Wood – Roses of Picardy

 

Julian Evans

Born in Manchester, England, Julian Evans studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with John Wilson and the late Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst. He later worked with Maria Curcio in London. Whilst at college he was winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition, which launched his international career, comprising of over 100 concerts a year. Following his London debut at the Wigmore Hall, Malcolm Hayes of the London Times reported: “let us welcome a remarkable and intensely musical talent.”

He pursues an extensive career on the continent and has appeared as soloist in many of the major European centres including: Nice Opera, Cannes Festival, Paris, Munich, Hannover, Dresden Frauenkirche, Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus am Gendarnmarkt, Beethoven Haus Bonn, Ludwigsburg Festival, Kongresshalle Lucerne, Riga Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore and, Queen Elizabeth Halls, Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater and Free Trade Halls Manchester.

After his Alte Oper, Frankfurt Debut as part of the Simon Rattle Beethoven Symphony Series his rendering of the Liszt solo transcription of the Beethoven Eroica Symphony was hailed in the Frankfurter Rundschau as: “Phenomenal pianistic stamina, terse and succinct tempi, meticulous articulation and supreme execution that even Franz Liszt himself would have probably admired.”

He has become a prolific recording artist, and has recorded for Hyperion records, La Vergne Classics and most recently for Organum Classics and Organo Phon featuring many solo works and concertos of Rachmaninov, Ravel and Tchaikovsky.  His debut Liszt recording for Organum Classics drew sensational reviews and in the German CD magazine FONO FORUM the following was reported: “Staggering manual facility – taste and solidity of style, but above all he has powerfully reinforced that which he promised some years back – namely that he belongs to the very top echelons of the greatest pianists.”

A frequent guest at European music festivals he has collaborated for over twenty years in a duo with the German violinist Julian Becker, Konzertmeister of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as well as the international baritone Bruno Caproni.

 

Bruno Caproni

Born in Bangor, County Down, Bruno Caproni studied in Belfast with James Shaw before entering the Royal Northern College of Music to study with the legendary Frederic Cox.

He has appeared as a leading Verdi baritone in many of the world’s major opera houses including La Scala Milan, Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera New York, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin, Theatro Municipal in São Paulo.

He has sung with many of the greatest singers past and present including Roberto Alagna, Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Cura, Diana Damrau, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Luciano Pavarotti, Nina Stemme, Rolando Villazon.

Bruno Caproni has sung under the direction of many distinguished conductors including Marco Armiliato, Richard Bonynge, Paolo Carignani, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Edward Downes, Placido Domingo, Edward Gardner, Danielle Gatti, Sir Bernard Haitink, Carlos Kleiber, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Metha, Riccardo Muti, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi and Jeffrey Tate.

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