He 18 February took place in Seville the presentation of the 37th edition of the Early Music Festival in Seville (FEMA) in which were present Fahmi Alqhai, Festival director, by Maider Mugica, Deputy Director of the National Center for Music Dissemination (CNDM), and Antonio Muñoz, Urban Habitat delegate, Culture and Tourism of the Seville City Council. The program of this new edition, that will take place in the Andalusian capital of 13 March to 1 April seeks to bring historical music closer to the public by bringing musical performance to heritage settings by leading figures of international prestige. This particularity makes the Seville event a special and unrepeatable music experience and an event consolidated as the best festival of historical music in Spain.. This year's program will have as central axes the commemorations of the first round the world and the birth of Beethoven.
An essential and fruitful alliance
The Festival has for the seventh time in a row with the collaboration of the National Center for Musical Diffusion (CNDM), which co-produces the concerts of three groups of reference in historical music: Al Ayre Spanish, one of our most important historicist ensembles, founded and directed by Eduardo López Banzo and that will offer the historical recovery of works by José de Torres and Juan Francés de Iribarren; Musicians of His Highness, under the direction of Luis Antonio González, with a program that puts works by the Six hundred Italian with unpublished pieces from the 17th century Spanish and The Royal Chamber, directed by Emilio Moreno, in a concert whose main axis is the integration of the music of Giuseppe Torelli with that of the Sevillian musician and Jesuit Francisco José de Castro.
The XXXVII Festival of Ancient Music of Seville, project of the Institute of Culture and the Arts of the Seville City Council, It has co-production of the National Center for Music Dissemination (CNDM), unit of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), Diputación de Sevilla and Real Alcázar. Six will be the heritage environments of this new edition of FeMÀS: the Turina Space, the Teatro de la Maestranza, the Real Alcázar, the Church of San Luis de los Franceses, the Alameda Theater and the Lope de Vega Theater.
The first round the world and the birth of Beethoven, festival hubs
The programming of this 37th edition of FeMÀS has been raised around two events of great relevance for humanity, such as the V Centenary of the first round the world and the 250 anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.
In relation to the first one, The FeMÀS will take a tour of the new music that came to Europe after the discoveries and the first round the world and how they influenced the musicians of the 16th century. About the second leitmotif, the festival aims in some way to show the historicist ways of interpreting a repertoire usually assigned to symphony orchestras; the latter with criteria, in many cases, very different from then, that this FeMÀS will allow to recover.
As announced by Fahmi Alqhai, in the new edition the figure of the resident artist is reintroduced, that is intended to be maintained in successive editions. The resident artist this year is the pianist Juan Perez Floristán, a great reference of the new generation of Sevillian musicians who bears the name of the city for the most important concert halls in the world.
Pérez Floristán will be in charge of the opening of the festival on the day 13 of March, Next to the Hofkapelle Munich with a program that includes the Piano Concerto No. 4 of Beethoven and the most famous symphony of Mozart.
Two more performances, a conference and a masterclass will complete Pérez Floristán's residency in a festival that will have as a final touch the performance at the Teatro de la Maestranza de la Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and his interpretation of the Mass in B minor J. S. Bach, a dream that can come true thanks to the collaboration of the Brotherhood of the Great Power, celebrating the 4th centenary of the making of the Lord.
In his successive days, Big names stand out in the program, such as tenor Ian Bostridge, the Il Giardino Armonico group or the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, directed by Ton Koopman, without forgetting the new groups that have always had a magnificent platform and speaker at the festival to make themselves seen and heard.
Saturday, day 14 of March, FeMÀS opens to family audiences at the Alameda Theater, to 18.00 hours, with The incredible story of Juan Latino. It is the fifth production of the Spanish-Canadian company Claroscuro Theater. Designed for an audience of 8 years onwards, the aforementioned montage uses puppets, masks and live baroque music to tell the true story of racial and social overcoming of a black slave in 16th century Spain.
Also on saturday, to 20.30 hours, in the Turina Space, another of the highlights of this edition arrives, by Pérez Floristán and the tenor Ian Bostridge, with a solid international career.
Sunday's schedule, day 15 of March, starts at 13.00 hours in the Church of San Luis de los Franceses with the Flanders ensemble-Pyrenees, with a concert with a repertoire of baroque music from Flanders and Catalonia.
At 20.30 hours, in the Turina Space, under the direction of Eduardo López Banzo, the Aragonese group Al Ayre Spanish, consolidated as one of the most prominent references in this musical specialty nationally and internationally, will offer a program with the title ¡Ay, beautiful splendor! Great baroque Christmas carols. In this recital, the public will be able to know a series of unpublished works by José de Torres and Juan Francés de Iribarren, recovered and transcribed by López Banzo himself from original manuscripts preserved in the cathedrals of Salamanca, Malaga and Guatemala.
On Tuesday 17 March the musical ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, founded in Milan (Italy) in 1985 and specialized in pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, will star in another of the great moments of FeMÀS. The appointment will be at 20.30 hours in the Turina, space in which its director Giovanni Antonini will wield the recorder to interpret a program entitled The Death of Reason.
The scheduled appointments at the Real Alcázar start the 18 of March, to 20.30 hours, Hand The Orlando Consort, one of the most important vocal ensembles in Europe, what will you offer with Mantra his particular vision of the fusion of cultures that existed ago 500 years. Incorporated into the Center for Early Music of Great Britain in 1988, the work of this group perfectly combines the seriousness and rigor of its programs with the freshness of its interpretations, that captivate audiences immediately.
Programming continues on Thursday, day 19 of March, to 20.30 hours in the Church of San Luis de los Franceses with another national reference, Musicians of His Highness, grouping led by Luis Antonio González. With Truth-Vanity, The group proposes a program that puts works by the Six hundred italiano, some known, others recovered by the whole, with unpublished pieces from the Spanish seventeenth century.
The next day, on Friday 20 of March, in the Turina Space, the renowned group Academy of Pleasure, with its founder and director at the helm, Fahmi Alqhai, will offer a program under the name the art of melancholy:, also at 20.30 hours.
After a new day, Saturday's 21 of March, starring resident artist Juan Perez Floristán, on Sunday 22 two groups arrive at FeMÀS, till the date, they had not participated in the aforementioned appointment with ancient music. In the morning, to 13.00 hours, it will be the turn of The vagueness, with O first dawn of the world; and to the 20.30 hours, in the Real Alcázar, Constantinople with another of the concerts dedicated to the V Centenary of the first round the world.
The Church of San Luis de los Franceses will open a new musical week on Tuesday, day 24 of March, to 20.30 hours in the Real Alcázar. Collegium Madrid will perform a concert with the title Heading west, an appointment to which the program will happen Bad Languages, in charge of Cantoria, on Wednesday 25 of March, in Saint Louis of the French.
The day 26 of March Lina Tur Bonet, considered one of the most interesting violinists in the international arena, and the Sevillian harpsichord player Javier Nunez, arrive at Espacio Turina with a program around the music of the Bach family.
The last weekend of the FeMÀS starts on Friday, day 27 of March, to 20.30 hours in Espacio Turina with Capella Neapolitana, grouping founded on 1987 by Antonio Florio, composed of instrumentalists and singers specialized in the interpretation of the Neapolitan musical repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, and in the recovery of forgotten composers.
Saturday at 13.00 hours, in the Church of San Luis de los Franceses, the protagonist will be the harpsichord player Irene González Roldán, winner of the scholarship of the Association of Friends of the Baroque Orchestra of Seville, intended for the education and promotion of young historicist musicians. At 20.30 hours, in the Real Alcázar, the early music group Basque Barrokensemble, created by Enrique Solinis in Bilbao in the year 2006, offer a program titled Elkano.
Sunday's day, day 29 of March, FeMÀS celebrates Bach Day one more year. This time, in the morning, to 13.00 hours in San Luis de los Franceses, next to the harpist Margret Köll; and to the 20.30 hours, with the mythical Ton Koopman and his wonderful Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
The penultimate day of FeMÀS the amateur public will be able to enjoy a program with music attributed to Francisco José de Castro, Sevillian Jesuit who lived in Brescia dedicated to various intellectual occupations, including music, and was known in Italian lands as ‘Spagnuolo’. Emilio Moreno has deepened like no other current violinist in the work of this musician and will offer a selection of his compositions in his recital with The Royal Chamber.
About the closing ceremony at the Teatro de la Maestranza, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla will interpret the Mass in B minor J. S. Bach, under the musical direction of Andreas Spering. The collaboration of FeMÀS, Teatro de la Maestranza, Hermandad del Gran Poder and Fundación La Caixa have provided this special final touch of the Festival.
To the extensive musical program is added, one more edition, parallel activities, a series of lectures with which it is intended to contextualize the content of this appointment with ancient music.