The past editions of the Varignana Music Festival closed to great public acclaim. There were recitals, ‘conversational-concerts’, and carte blanche performances – real portraits of the artists who made the Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA and its 30-hectare park just outside Bologna a truly special venue.
Alexei Volodin, artist in residence with the St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and concert pianist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra and RAI’s Sinfonica; Natalia Gutman, the grande dame of the cello, one of the most consummate players in the history of the instrument, who has been directed by Abbado, Muti, Temirkanov and Celibidache; together with her we will hear violinist Dimitri Hoffmann and the Quartetto di Cremona, a chamber ensemble feted in the world’s most prestigious venues from Berlin’s Konzerthaus to New York’s Metropolitan. The Quartetto di Cremona will also join Volodin for an original programme with pieces by Beethoven and Brahms, while Natalia Gutman will join the Festival also with her Gutman Trio to play much loved pieces by Rachmaninov, Brahms and Shostakovich. Another keynote of the Varignana Festival will be the recital by Alexander Romanovsky, a regular guest of orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Milan Teatro alla Scala’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and an acclaimed guest of the Varignana Music Festival from the outset. This will be followed by two performances from another exceptional guest: the volcanic Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, accompanied by Anthony Romaniuk at the piano, Viktor Kopatchinski on the cimbalom and Emilia Kopatchinskaja at the violin, in a programme ranging from Beethoven to popular music. Nor is the Festival’s closing matinée to be missed with the first ever performance of a piece by Roberto Molinelli for Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, winner of the world’s most prestigious competition for the bandoneon that he will perform in a duo with Alexander Romanovsky. Romanovsky will have the honour of closing the Festival accompanied by the Bologna Comunale Orchestra’s String Quintet made up of the first chair instrumentalists of this historic orchestra.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja has unfortunately been obliged to cancel her engagements with the Varignana Music Festival on account of illness. She will be replaced on July 13th and 14th by the internationally acclaimed pianist Beatrice Rana, to whom we are very grateful. Rana’ s two evening concerts will include well-known masterpieces: on 13th July, we will hear her play Schumann’s Quartet and Quintet, and on 14th July, she will join her fellow performers for Brahms’s Cello Sonata and Clarinet Trio.