Sir András Schiff once again gives a wonderful series of chamber and orchestral concerts – Bach (including all the Brandenburg Concertos), Mozart and Schubert - in the inimitable setting of Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico, which is still as built by Palladio in 1580.
This year’s tour was again oversubscribed so early booking is advised. We are based in VICENZA where we stay in a delightful boutique 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.
|Cost : £2,480 to include return flights (BA Gatwick-Venice), transfers, 6 nights accommodation with breakfast , 4 lunches, excursions and good tickets for all concerts. |
Single supplement £120. Deposit £400 pp.
British Airways flight dep Gatwick 13.50 arr Venice 16.50. Coach to Vicenza.
|Thursday 27 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:
Mozart Serenade for Winds in E flat major K375|
Bach Cantata “Ich habe genug” BWV82
Schubert Ständchen D920 for soprano, chorus and piano;
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D714 for male voices and strings
András Schiff and friends with Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
|Friday 28 April |
La Rotonda and Villa Valmarana ai Nani (and lunch with the Valmarano family).
Second Concert in the Basilica SS Felice & Fortunato:
Bach Magnificat in D major BWV243; |
Mozart Ave verum corpus K618
Schubert “Intende voci” for tenor, chorus and orchestra D963
Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Britta Schwarz (contralto), Werner Güra (tenor), Robert Holl (bass)
Cappella Andrea Barca, Schola San Rocco chorus and András Schiff
|Saturday 29 April |
half day excursion to Villa Barbaro at Maser. Lunch
Third Concert in the Teatro Olimpico:
Bach Overture in the French style BWV831;
Mozart Symphony No.39 in E flat mayor K543
Schubert Symphony No.8 in B minor D759 “Unfinished”
Cappella Andrea Barca and András Schiff
|Sunday 30 April |
Villa Cornaro and Villa Emo. Lunch.
Final Concert in Teatro Olimpico:
Bach Brandenburg Concertos 1, 3, 4 , 5 , 6, 2
Cappella Andrea Barca and András Schiff (harpsichord)
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 results.
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. Free afternoon and evening in Venice or Vicenza.|
Along the Brenta to lunch and La Malcontenta.|
British Airways flight dep Venice 17.35 arr Gatwick 18.40.