29 April - 5 May 2020

Sir András Schiff once again gives four concerts with the collection of soloists who play as the Cappella Andrea Barca. This year they are joined by the young German pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati who Schiff hails as a great Bach interpreter. They have toured Germany together and now play works for two pianos in the inimitable setting of Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico, the first permanent theatre since Antiquity and which is still as built by Palladio in 1580. The concerts this year focus on JS Bach and the composers who rediscovered his music and were strongly influenced by it : Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. We are based in VICENZA where we stay in a 4* hotel in the city centre. There will be two excursions by coach for private visits to some of the most celebrated and other less well-known villas in the region, most by special arrangement, including La Rotonda and Villas Cornaro, Barbaro and Emo. Also a whole day in VENICE. Veronese, contemporary and colleague of Palladio, is present at one of the villas and in churches in both cities where we explore his work in some depth. Tiepolo, father and son, frescoed the Villa Valmarana and we hope to see the Giotto frescoes in PADUA.

Cost : £2,980 to include return flights (BA Gatwick-Venice), transfers, 6 nights accommodation with breakfast, 4 lunches and one dinner, excursions and good tickets for all concerts. Single supplement for use of double room £280. Deposit £400.

Wednesday 29 April 
British Airways flight dep Gatwick 14.00 arr Venice 17.10.    Coach to Vicenza and dinner.

Thursday 30 April
VICENZA Introductory walk – the Basilica, Palladio’s major town buildings and the Church of Santa Corona with a Bellini and a Veronese.
First Concert in the Teatro Olimpico:  
Bach Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BMV992
Brahms 3 Intermezzi Op.117
Schumann Davidsbündlertänze Op.6
Mendelssohn Variations serieuses Op.54
Bach Partita No 4 BMV828

András Schiff (piano)

Friday 1 May
La Rotonda and Villa Valmarana ai Nani (and Reception with the Valmarano family).
Second Concert in the Basilica SS Felice & Fortunato:  
Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 Op.52 Lobgesang

Cappella Andrea Barca, Schola San Rocco chorus and András Schiff

Saturday 2 May
half day excursion to Villa Barbaro at Maser. Lunch
Third Concert in the Teatro Olimpico: 
Bach Concerto for two pianos BMV1060
Brahms Liebeslieder-Walser for vocal quartet and 4-handed piano Op.52
Mendelssohn Overture Op.21 Scherzo and Notturno Op.61 from Midsummer’s Night Dream
Schumann Quintet for piano and strings Op.44

Cappella Andrea Barca with András Schiff (conductor and piano) Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano) Sylvia Schwartz (soprano) Ann Hallenberg (mezzo) Julian Prégardien (tenor) and
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass)

Sunday 3 May 
Villa Cornaro and Villa Emo. Lunch.
Final Concert in Teatro Olimpico:
Bach Concerto for two pianos BMV1062
Schumann Andante and Variations for two pianos,
2 cellos and horn Op.46; Frauenliebe und –leben Op.42

Cappella Andrea Barca with
András Schiff (conductor and piano) Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano) Sylvia Schwartz (soprano)

The Cappella Andrea Barca includes the Panocha and Mosaiques Quartets and other chamber players who come together only for András Schiff. They give concerts at Salzburg and in Vienna but Vicenza is where their residential course is held each year and we see and hear the spectacular results.

Monday 4 May
Whole-day excursion to VENICE. San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore – the only Palladian buildings in La Serenissima. Exclusive entry to the monastic buildings of San Giorgio with the Veronese back in place in the refectory. Accademia for Veronese Feast at the House of Levi and “his” church of San Sebastiano. Lunch. Free afternoon and evening in Venice or Vicenza.

Tuesday 5 May 
PADUA for the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel then along the Brenta to lunch and Villa Malcontenta.
British Airways flight dep Venice 18.00 arr Gatwick 19.15.

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