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Castel Sant’Angelo celebrates summer with a host of Baroque and classical music

One of the most important monuments in Rome, until September 13 Castel Sant’Angelo plays host to “Sere d’Arte” (Art Nights), a programme of classical and Baroque music in the spaces of the massive fortress commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Curated by Cristina Farnetti, the line-up for 2018 brings together 46 artists from all over the world, performing on four exclusive stages (Cappella dei Condannati, Sala della Biblioteca, Sala Paolina, Cortile delle Fucilazioni).

Upcoming events include the Barcelona-based Ensemble Dialoghi performing a re-interpretation of firm favorites from Mozart and Beethoven (The Quintets for Flutes and Fortepiano of Mozart and Beethoven on August 3), as well as a solo piano concert by Italian artist Alessandro Stella with a musical programme showing Debussy at his purest (Midwinter Spring – Debussy I  on August 9). With “Unwritten. From Violin to Harp” (August 19), audiences will have the opportunity to discover the virtuosity of Flora Papadopoulos, a Greek-born harpist famous for her personal takes on Back, Biber, Marini and Corelli. “Rêverie – Debussy II” (August 24) is the title of a tribute concert to Claude Debussy delivered by the Triolet ensemble (transverse flute, viola and harp), popular for their masterful executions of musical themes by some of Italy’s most talented composers. With “Impresiones del Sur” (August 2), Chilean guitarist José Antonio Escobar will present an overview of guitar repertoire from Spain and South America.

On September 13 – as part of the closing night of the Festival – Sere d’Arte will shine the spotlight on a rediscovered jewel. The result of a long restoration project, a late 16th-century spinet will be taken back to its original context in the hands of talented musician Mauricio Croci. The event will also involve Evangelina Mascardi and her vihuela, a vogue plucked string instrument very popular in Spain during the 16th century, with a repertoire focused on the figure of the “courtier”, expert in the use of weapons but also a man of letters and arts. Therefore the spinet will be the symbolic link between the Renaissance decorations that can be found in the Pauline Hall and a temporary exhibition entitled “Weapons and Power during the European Renaissance”, running in the adjacent rooms of Castel Sant’Angelo.

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