12.8.2023 (Saturday)


19:00, Brežice Castle
Festival upbeat

  • Chat with Izidor Erazem Grafenauer, Ana Julija Mlejnik Železnik, Mojca Jerman, Hiwote Tadesse and Lea Sušanj Lujo

20:00, Brežice Castle

Cuerdas al pasado (SI / HR): Izidor Erazem Grafenauer, SI (baroque guitar, early romantic guitar), Ana Julija Mlejnik Železnik, SI (violin), Mojca Jerman, SI (violin), Hiwote Tadesse, HR (viola), Lea Sušanj Lujo, HR (cello)

  • Luigi Boccherini, Santiago de Murcia. Strings to the past is the project of guitarist and lutenist Izidor Erasmus Grafenauer. The repertoire consists of a selection of compositions by the composer Santiago de Murcia from Codex IV from the XVII century, which was rediscovered in 1943 in Mexico and two quintets for guitar and strings by the composer Luigi Boccherini. Both composers worked at the Spanish court, Santiago de Murcia under the patronage of Maria Luisa of Savoy, and Luigi Boccherini about 60 years later under Luiz Antonio of Spain, the younger brother of King Charles III. Spanish. The music of both is strongly influenced by Spanish folk music, which they raised to an artistic level. The compositions from the collection of Santiago de Murcia were originally written for solo guitar, but especially for this project Izidor Erazem Grafenauer arranged them for guitar and strings.


13.8.2023 (Sunday)


19:00, Brežice Castle
Festival upbeat

  • , Chat with Adriana Alcaide and Carles Blanch


20:00, Brežice Castle
Bach Collegium Barcelona Duo (ES): Adriana Alcaide (violin), Carles Blanch (theorbo)

  • Stylus Phantasticus vs Intimacy: two colours of beauty. In charge of spreading Bach instrumental music, Bach Collegium Barcelona Duo, offers tonight a programme with different music, within a common frame: composers as Biber, Schmelzer and Muffat were a great inspiration for Johann Sebastian Bach. They worked deeply to show all the possibilities of the baroque violin: virtuosity, depth, emotion, freedom, and creativity. They have been called the masters of Stylus Phantasticus, that they all influenced Bach’s work. This style was a singular and personal one; in war times, society was convulsed, and creativity appeared to survive the difficult moments they were living: risk, contrasts, life and death, duality as sadness and joy, expression of emotion, as well as high instrumental technique… All of them have a huge musical production, mainly for string instruments and especially for the violin. The search of beauty was a common desire from all of them, showed for example in Armonico Tributo by Muffat, Unarum Fidium by Schmelzer and Mensa Sonora by Biber. Contrasting with this extrovert feeling of showing emotions and colours in music, we have F. Couperin, the model of refinement, elegance, rococo style, in a real harpsichord language, a big challenge for the violin. A flamboyant programme of German music from early 17th century, depicted by great composers that wanted to share freedom, creativity, and beauty with the audience, using all the expressive and virtuosic resources of the violin. In this case, the continuo ran by a theorbo, allows to enjoy this wonderful music in a very special and intimate way, an instrument that will create a bridge between the French culture and the German culture.


16.8.2023 (Wednesday)


19:00, Bogenšperk Castle
Festival upbeat

  • Chat with Katarina Nagode, Mojca Jerman and Martina Okoliš


20:00, Bogenšperk Castle
Ensemble Tacet (SI): Katarina Nagode (traverso), Mojca Jerman (violin), Martina Okoliš (harpsichord)

  • Gradus ad Parnassum. The concert programme takes us from Italy, where Giuseppe Tartini worked, to the area of the Habsburg Monarchy at the time, where we first meet Anna Bon, an Italian composer who worked at the Esterházy court at the end of her artistic career. Then we listen to the Slovenian composer working in Vienna, Janez Krstnik Dolar, and finally, we move to the Habsburg court, where Hofkapellmeisters Johann Joseph Fux and Antonio Caldara take us over with their music. The programme is designed as a journey through the Baroque era, as we keep returning to the past from the younger generation of composers. The title of the concert is Gradus ad Parnassum, which is also the title of an extensive work in the field of counterpoint written by Johann Joseph Fux, is used as a parable and represents the composers' ascent on the way to mastery.


22.8.2023 (Tuesday)


19:00, Cultural and Congress Centre Dolenjske Toplice
Festival upbeat

  • Chat with Maruša Brezavšček, Fiona Kizzie Lee and Vojtěch Jakl


20:00, Soteska, Devil's Tower
Ensemble Pampinea (CH): Maruša Brezavšček, SI (medieval recorder), Fiona Kizzie Lee, HK (medieval recorder, pipe and tabor, organetto), Vojtěch Jakl, CZ (medieval fiddle)

  • Fortuna, will you spare us? In the programme "Fortuna, Will You Spare Us?", the audience is immersed in the repertoire of ars nova and ars subtilior, featuring works by Machaut as well as those from the Chantilly and Cypriot Codex. The unpredictable nature of Fortuna appears as a dice in the hands of the audience: the result of the dice determines the order of the program and thus the fate of the ensemble on stage. However, what is not subject to chance is the medieval worldview - Fortuna is not fixed but keeps changing. The program concludes with Machaut's "Ma fin est mon commencement," embracing the circle of life.

The concert is full


23.8.2023 (Wednesday)


19:00, Brežice Castle
Festival upbeat

  • Chat with Josetxu Obregón


20:00, Brežice Castle
Josetxu Obregón (ES): cello

  • CelloEvolution: What was the first composition ever written for solo violoncello? What was composed before Bach created his extraordinary suites for solo cello? These questions drove the cellist Josetxu Obregón to devote himself to the beginnings of solo literature for his instrument. These beginnings can be found in the city of Bologna, which, with its brilliant Capella Musicale and the Accademia Filarmonica, made a decisive contribution to the development of the violin and the cello. Obregón presents two ricercari by Domenico Gabrielli from 1688 as the first specific works for unaccompanied solo cello. Further stations on the way from Bologna to Cöthen to the climax of this genre with Bach's six suites are compositions by Vitali, Galli, de Ruvo, Dall’Abaco, Supriano and Colombi. Bach's works are also presented by Obregón, but in an unusual way: He takes a dance movement from each of Bach’s suites and then places them – as a comparison of styles – between the works from his Italian anthology.


25.8.2023 (Friday)


19:00, Snežnik Castle
Festival upbeat

  • Chat with Tadeja Pance, Urška Kastelic, Ana Novak, Nadia Magister, Blažka Mraz, Tomaž Šinigoj, Miha Šinigoj and Boris Šinigoj


20:00, Snežnik Castle
Nova Schola Labacensis (SI): Tadeja Pance (soprano), Urška Kastelic (soprano), Ana Novak (soprano), Nadia Magister (mezzo-soprano as a guest), Blažka Mraz (recorder), Tomaž Šinigoj (violin, viola), Miha Šinigoj (cello), Boris Šinigoj (Romantic guitar)

  • Schubertiade An Die Musik. The concert programme consists of a historically faithful revival of the so-called Schubertiade, an evening concert of songs accompanied with a romantic guitar and of instrumental compositions by Franz Peter Schubert and his contemporaries Ivan Eugen Padovac, Václav Tomáš Matějka and Heinrich August Marschner from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. Along with four young extremely talented sopranos and mezzosoprano accompanied by a Romantic guitar, Nova Schola Labacensis also features excellent soloists on recorder, violin, viola and cello.

The concert is full


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