Early Music Festival Starts in Radovljica, Runs Until Aug 24 (Videos)

By , 04 Aug 2018, 08:38 AM Travel
Ensembles Mixtura & Candens Lilium Ensembles Mixtura & Candens Lilium From one of the embedded YouTube videos

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STA, 4 August 2018 - The north-western town of Radovljica will host almost 50 musicians from ten countries for its 36th festival of early music which is opening tonight with a concert by German ensemble Capella de la Torre. 

Performing on historical wind instruments, the ensemble will play Renaissance music, as it had been performed by wind bands from city towers, at public festivities, weddings and churches.

Note that the videos shows the featured performers, not necessarily the pieces they’ll be playing

The Radovljica Festival (website and PDF programme) has been taking place every August since 1983. Its focus is on early music, but it has also been featuring rarely performed music of the 19th and 20th centuries, often played on historical instruments.

The 47 artists performing this year come from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Slovenia.

They include internationally-acclaimed ensembles and soloists such as the German vocal sextet Singer Pur, German tenor Gerd Türk and the English organist and harpsichordist James Johnstone.

The variety of music on the programme until 21 August spans from modern reconstructions of Viking songs to Max Reger and Richard Strauss.

Five of the programmes or acts were made up specifically for the festival and three will be dedicated to Slovenian musical heritage from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism periods.

The festival will also feature a workshop for singers and courses for the recorder, organ and harpsichord.

Most of the concerts, including the opening one, will take place in Radovljica Manor, while two will be held at the Radovljica church and one at the Church of the Annunciation in Velesovo.

For the 12th year running the programme has been compiled by the artistic director Domen Marinčič. The festival is organised by the Radovljica Early Music Society.

A free festival bus from Ljubljana and Kranj will be available to all the concerts.

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