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Valletta International Baroque Festival 2020
Valletta International Baroque Festival 2020


Producer: Teatru Manoel
Admission Age: 6+
Venue: Various


Friday, 10 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Sunday, 12 January 2020
Monday, 13 January 2020
Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Thursday, 16 January 2020
Friday, 17 January 2020
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Monday, 20 January 2020
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Friday, 24 January 2020
Saturday, 25 January 2020




January 10, 2020

 Porpora vs Handel

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Vivica Genaux & Les Musiciens du Louvre, dir. Thibault Noally

This concert will bring you back to one of these magnificent evenings in London where composers Porpora and Handel battled over music, offering the most beautiful music of the genre ever written.


January 11, 2020

 (Not so) Italian Concertos

Franciscan Church of St Mary of Jesus (Ta' Ġieżu), Valletta | 12:00 pm

Les Contre-Sujets

Music by Couperin, Naudot, Buxtehude and Telemann is lined up with work of Vivaldi. Enjoy the so-called Italian concertos, with a French and German twist.

 Sacred Vivaldi

Collegiate church of St Paul - Rabat | 7:30 pm

La Serenissima

Vivaldi composed all the works of this concert for the famous Venetian foundling institution, the Ospedale della Pietà, where the female musicians known as the figlie di coro performed them for international audiences.


January 12, 2020

 German Celebrity Composers: From Concerto to Opera

Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens | 12:00 pm

Les Contre-Sujets

Discover the beautiful music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach next to renowned works of Handel and Telemann in the wonderful setting of Verdala Palace.

 The Godfather

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 5:30 pm

La Serenissima

A feast of instrumental colour with oboes, bassoons, trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo by the finest composers of the baroque era such as Telemann, Fasch and Vivaldi. For a small fee you can meet the artists after the concert whilst having a drink and some appetisers.


January 13, 2020

 Orpheus, I am

Archaeology Museum, Valletta| 7:30 pm

Joel Frederiksen & Ensemble Phoenix Munich

Palazzo Parisio is a perfect stage for this delightful evening concert covering English, French and Italian music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque.  The title refers to the first work on the programme by Robert Johnson. For a small fee you can meet the artists after the concert whilst having a drink and some appetisers.


January 14, 2020


Bibliotheca, Valletta | 12:00 pm

Forma Antiqva; duo Daniel Zapico & Pablo Zapico

Mediterránea showcases 17th century soloist repertoire in original tablature style by the main "Maestros" of the guitar and the theorbo. Almost all the pieces are presented in a duo format where the Zapico brothers recreate an improvised accompaniment with a historical approach.

 Inspired by Baroque

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Riccardo Bianchi

Baroque music has been an inspiration for great composers, such as the music of Couperin for Richard Strauss or the music by Bach for Andrea Gottardello. This concert is a beautiful example of these cross fertilizations.


January 15, 2020

 Goldberg Variations

St Augustine Church, Valletta | 12:00 pm

Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

First published in 1741, this legendary work is one of the most important examples of the variation form, named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may also have been the first performer of the variations.

 Durante’s Messa de’ Morti in C minor

Church of St Philip of Agira, Żebbuġ | 7:30 pm

Cantar Lontano, Valletta Baroque Ensemble & the Monteverdi Project

This mass is one of Durante’s most important compositions. The first performance dates back to 1746 in the church of San Giacomo degli Spagnoli in Rome on the occasion of the death of King Philip V of Spain.


January 16, 2020

 Bach Reworked

Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar | 12:00 pm

Teodoro Baù & Andrea Buccarella

“Reworkings”, aims to explore the world of Johann Sebastian Bach’s transcriptions; there are countless examples of Bach’s transcriptions; for example, the Italian concertos by composers such as Vivaldi or Marcello transcribed for organ.

 Neapolitan Cello Concertos

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Catherine Jones & Controcorrente

Discover some musical treasures from 18th century Naples. Two of the works performed are written by Nicola Fiorenza, composer and violinist with an eccentric style, who played for many years in the Orchestra of the Neapolitan Royal Chapel.


January 17, 2020

 Bach & Scarlatti

San Anton Palace, Attard | 12:00 pm

Elena Pogulyaeva

The fine selection of Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti in combination with some delightful transcriptions of works by Johann Sebastian Bach are the perfect ingredients for a beautiful lunchtime concert.

 Handel’s Chandos Anthems and Concerti

St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Voices and Instruments of Time and Truth

The Chandos Anthems are a fine collection of sacred choral compositions written by George Frideric Handel at the time when he was composer in residence at Canons, home of James Brydges, who became the first Duke of Chandos in 1719.


January 18, 2020

 Exploring Bach's Cantatas – discovery day and performance

St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sandy Burnett & Voices and Instruments of Time and Truth

This lecture performance gives insights to Bach’s magnificent Cantatas. Sandy Burnett, one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music, will walk you through the works whilst they are performed live.

 Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater & More

Church of St Catherine, Żurrieq | 7:30 pm

Abchordis Ensemble

Along with the iconic Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, the concert will highlight masterpieces of Neapolitan Baroque such as the Dies Irae by Gennaro Manna. St. Paul’s Church will be the perfect setting for this iconic concert.


January 19, 2020

 Il Soffio di Partenope

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 11:30 am

Ensemble Barocco di Napoli & Abchordis Ensemble

During the 1670s a strong and solid school of wind instrument players began to establish itself in Naples. Il Soffio di Partenope presents a small sample of the virtuoso Neapolitan repertoire written for them including works by Alessandro Scarlatti, Nicola Fiorenza, Aniello Santangelo and others.

Renaissance Variations - Marais - Bach

Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens | 3:30 pm

Capriccio Stravagante Trio, dir. Skip Sempé (harpsichord)

This concert takes you from one musical era to another. It starts with demonstrating the power of the rich diminution traditions of the Renaissance, when most of the instruments we now think of as “Baroque” - such as the recorder and viola da gamba - were fully developed. Followed by the apogee of writing for the viola da gamba and the recorder featuring baroque masterpieces by Marin Marais and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Di Sospiri e di Tempeste

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Ensemble Barocco di Napoli with Tommaso Rossi (flute) & Grazia Schiavo (soprano)

In Baroque aesthetics, music not only describes the world of nature, but also the intricate inner geography of the human soul. Di Sospiri e di Tempeste showcases vocal and instrumental masterpieces by Vivaldi and Handel highlighting this descriptive aspect of music.


January 20, 2020

 Bach Transcriptions

San Anton Palace, Attard | 12:00 pm

Kotaro Fukuma, piano

Berlin based pianist Kotaro Fukuma will guide the audience through the finest transcriptions for Bach’s music including Bach-Saint-Saëns’ Overture from Cantata BWV 29 and Bach-Fukuma’s reworking of the Aria ‘Erbarme Dich, mein Gott’.

 Stabat Mater - Astorga & Galuppi

Collegiate Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bormla | 7:30 pm

Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, dir. Giulio Prandi

The beautiful collegiate church of the Immaculate Conception in Bormla will set the scene for some of the finest sacred baroque music. Central in the programme are the Stabat Mater versions by Vivaldi and Astorga, next to Galuppi’s Dixit Dominus.


January 21, 2020

 At Once It Charms the Sense…

San Anton Palace, Attard | 12:00 pm

Nicholas Mulroy & Elizabeth Kenny

The range of songs for theorbo and singer from 17th century Europe offer a delightful overview of the intimate, confessional, syllabic lute songs to a more extrovert, stylised, hit-them-between-the-eyes approach.

 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Requiem

Parish Church of St George, Qormi | 7:30 pm

Valletta Baroque Ensemble (ViBE) & KorMalta

This concert will walk the audience through a selection of Biber’s finest instrumental and vocal music, with his Requiem as the star piece.


January 22, 2020

 The Goldbergs Reinvented

Maritime Museum, Birgu | 12:00 pm

MOA Trio

If you ever wondered how the Goldberg variations sound on clarinet, violin and marimba, then this is the moment to join the MOA Trio at the Maritime Museum. The Goldbergs have been endlessly transcribed for all sorts of instruments which makes them all the more fascinating.

 Pedro Ruimonte - Music at the Court of the Archdukes Albert & Isabella Clara Eugenia

St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta | 7:30 pm

La Grande Chapelle, dir. Albert Recasens

Pedro Ruimonte wrote this music between 1601 and 1614 when he was Master of Chamber Music at the Brussels court of the Archduke Albert and his extremely cultured and artistic wife, the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. For a small fee you can meet the artists after the concert whilst having a drink and some appetizers.


January 23, 2020

 Musica Clandestina

Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens | 12:00 pm

Elin Manahan Thomas & Elizabeth Kenny

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi’s birth, this captivating programme delves into the musical and personal lives of Strozzi and two other great baroque composers, Monteverdi and Carissimi.

 Music from the Missions

Church of the Jesuits, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Florilegium, dir. Ashley Solomon

The eight decades of the presence of Jesuit missionaries among the Chiquitos (1691-1767)
and the Moxenos (1680-1767), in the Amazonian forest of eastern Bolivia saw a rapid development of the musical training of the indigenous population. An impressive collection of musical manuscripts had been produced by the composers and copyists of the ancient missions. This concert gives an exquisite overview of that wonderful music. For a small fee you can meet the artists after the concert whilst having a drink and some appetisers.

January 24, 2020

 Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita

Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens | 12:00 pm

Voces Suaves

This lunchtime concert will be a musical journey, taking the listeners through the three after-worlds lying beyond our mortal life, and is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s descriptions in the Divina Commedia.

 Giulio Cesare. A Baroque Hero

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Raffaele Pé & La Lira di Orfeo

The countertenor Raffaele Pé and his ensemble La Lira di Orfeo approaches the figure of Gaius Julius Caesar with refined musicality and artistry demonstrating contrasting personality traits of the great general who was capable not only of heroic acts but also of compassion, amorous exhilaration and physical and emotional fragility.


January 25, 2020

 La Belle Danse

Archaeology Museum, Valletta | 12:00 pm

Valletta Baroque Ensemble (ViBE) & Moveo Dance Company

ViBE in partnership with dancers from the Moveo Dance Company explore the rich repertoire of French and Italian Suites which offer a particularly rich trove of dance movements. Audiences will be transported to a time when the collaboration between music and dance flourished, illustrating what composers and dancing masters of the baroque era thought to be a perfect harmony of artistic expression. 

 Bel canto di Napoli

Teatru Manoel, Valletta | 7:30 pm

Simone Kermes & Amici Veneziani

This programme promises to be like a beautiful musical firework display and was composed during the golden era of Naples; with arias written for Farinelli, Cafarelli, and other virtuoso castrati, besides music describing ‘la Tempesta by Vivaldi, Porpora, Pergolesi, Hasse, Handel and others.


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