Hannu Vasara, Kirill Kozlovski and Louna Hosia. Photo: Aino Jalkanen.
Tue 09.05.2023 7.00 pm The German Church, Helsinki

Backpacking in Italy Vol. 2

Saluti da Urbino

Rognoni–Buxtehude–Fontana–Marini–Mealli–Westhoff–Castello–Frescobaldi–Gabrieli

FiBO Players:
  Hannu Vasara, violin
  Louna Hosia, cello and viola da gamba
  Kirill Kozlovski, harpsichord and organ

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In Urbino, high up in the mountains of Italy, there has been a festival for early music as well as courses for students of early music every summer since 1971. During the festival, the historical old town is filled with music, dance and singing as well as enthusiasm to learn new things. The early music courses in Urbino are open to everyone, professionals and amateurs alike.

Hannu Vasara, who has coordinated the concert, has taken part in the courses in Urbino three times. He has gathered a lot of memories from these trips. The town is blazing hot during summer, and the people carrying instrument cases of different sizes and looks are forced to walk in the shadows. Among the most memorable experiences in the town are the wonderful renaissance palaces, Rafaello’s home museum, the frescos of the churches in the side streets and the midnight baroque dance in the inner courtyard of Teatro Armonico. In 2015, Vasara studied in Urbino as a student of Enrico Gatti and Enrico Onofri. As an outcome of the course, he planned and performed his first Backpacking in Italy concert in the Mission Church in Helsinki.

Now it’s time for the concert Backpacking in Italy Vol. 2, with a programme consisting of repertoire from the course in 2022. The focus in this concert is the early venetian instrumental music and the trio sonatas of the German composer Dietrich Buxtehude. As a composer, the masterful organist Buxtehude was a cosmopolitan gathering influences from multiple directions, and he incorporated lots of Italian influences in the Protestant style of northern Germany.

As with the last Backpacking in Italy concert, this concert has been made possible thanks to support from the Yle Koura foundation.

Duration: 70 min (no intermission)

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