Thursday 24 May, 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

Italian Trio Sonatas


Sonatas by Francesco Maria Veracini, Domenico Scarlatti, Francesco Geminiani & Pietro Locatelli

One of the leading Baroque ensembles, “Café Zimmermann” first earned its reputation performing Bach’s instrumental music. For their concert in Rougemont the three “pillars” of the ensemble, all trained at the Schola Cantorum in Basle, have prepared an intimate and colorful voyage to Italy, where the trio sonata and other principal forms of Baroque music originated.

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Friday 25 May, 2 pm - Church in Rougemont

Youngsters singing for other youngsters

N. N.
Veronika KUIJKEN

Madrigals by Monteverdi

Following concerts with the Ministrings three years ago, the Maîtrise two years ago, and the Orchestra Piccolo last year, students from the Lausanne Conservatory are “back in the trenches” this year to demonstrate their passion to other youngsters. These are advanced choir singers who have come to perform under the direction of the former choir director of Radio-France.

Free admission – information and reservations at the Tourist Office

Friday 25 May, 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

The “Four Seasons” and other Italian concertos

harpsichord & direction

Antonio Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”; Concerto in G Minor RV 156
Antonio Caldara: Introduzione alla Passione
Archangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata Op. 3 No. 4
Georg Friedrich Haendel: Suite “Fortunate Florindo”
Nicola Porpora: Concerto Op. 2 No. 5

This is not the first performance of the “Four Seasons” at “La Folia”: the performance of the renowned Barocchisti in 2004 is followed this year by the new rising star among Italian Baroque ensembles. Founded in Cremona in 2004, “I Virtuosi delle Muse” recently signed with EMI Classics. At the heart of their concert programme are the works of a number of Italian musical geniuses.

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Saturday 26 May, 11 am - Church in Rougemont

Harpsichord Recital: from Frescobaldi to Bach

Jovanka MARVILLE harpsichord

Works by Giovanni Battista Ferrini, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Domenico Scarlatti & Johann Sebastian Bach

It is the king of instruments at “La Folia”, the one with which everything began. The magnificent harpsichords belonging to our president Jean-Michel Chabloz have a rendezvous this year with Jovanka Marville, professor at the Lausanne University of Music (HEM). A student of Christiane Jaccottet (as well as “our” Ruedi Lutz for improvisation), she has prepared a musical voyage through Baroque Europe that begins at the court in Mantua and will end in Northern Germany.

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Saturday 26 May, 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

Monteverdi, body and soul


A collection of madrigals and excerpts from Selva Morale by Claudio Monterverdi

Is it necessary to introduce the Lausanne Vocal Ensemble? Founded in 1961 by Michel Corboz, this outstanding choral ensemble first established its international reputation with much-praised recordings of Monteverdi and is thus a “logical” choice to perform at the 12th edition of the festival with its particular emphasis on Mantua this year. The ensemble will be coming with an assortment of sacred and profane works by the Italian composer in a colorful homage which unites heaven and earth.

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Sunday 27 May, 7.30 pm - Chruch in Rougemont

“Il canto delle lagrime” – approaching Monteverdi’s “Lamento d’Arianna”

Raquel ANDUEZA song
Bérengère SARDIN

Approaching Claudio Monteverdi’s “Lamento d'Arianna” – excerpts from:
Claudio Monteverdi: 7th book of Madrigals; Scherzi Musicali
Girolamo Frescobaldi: 1st and 2nd books of Toccatas
Salomone Rossi: various books of Sinfonias, Gagliards & Courantes

Orfeo is well known, but Arianna has been lost: the only part of this opera that has survived is Monterverdi’s masterpiece the “Lamento d’Arianna”, whose success gave birth to a veritable musical genre that bridged the 17th century. Yves Rechtsteiner has created an original concert programme centering around this Lamento and contemporary composers from the court in Mantua such as Frescobaldi and Salomone Rossi.

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Monday 28 May, 11 am - Church in Rougemont

Italian Improvisations

Ruedi LUTZ (harpsichord, organ, keyboard) improvises on music from the court in Mantua with three students from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis:
Alice BORCIANI soprano
Eva SALADIN violin
Sam CHAPMAN lute & theorbo

The festival’s favorite child will never stop surprising us! He is coming to Rougemont this year in the same costume that delighted us in 2001: as professor for improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the prestigious school to whom the festival owes so much. “Primus inter pares”, he is coming to the 12th edition of the festival with three of his students ready to weave their themes around music from the court in Mantua.

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Monday 28 May, 4 pm - Church in Rougemont

«Il cieco miraculoso» – Conrad Paumann at the court of the house of Gonzaga

Guillermo PÉREZ
organetto & direction
Andrés Alberto GOMEZ
Angélique MAUILLON
Gothic harp
Viva Biancaluna BIFFI
vielle & song

The ensemble “Tasto solo” has made a specialty of rediscovering the repertoire for Gothic keyboard instruments from the 14th and 15th centuries. Each of the apparitions is a sensation for the ears as well as for the eyes, for one rarely has the opportunity to admire such “mechanical” marvels. The ensemble comes with a programme centering around one its “warhorses”, Conrad Paumann, one of the first composers from the tradition of the great German school.

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Monteverdi, Mantoue & Italy

The theme of the festival each year is not an end in itself, a self-imposed restriction to creating a programme, but more of a guiding light that lends a unique color to each edition of the event. “La Folia” is a venue that has made it is possible to encounter early music in all of its facets, a series of concerts over an extended Whitsunday weekend, each “an earful” in itself. The previous festivals offered tours of the great musical traditions in Europe, taking listeners to Flanders, Austria, Bohemia and even to… Switerland! This year we are initiating a series of festivals dedicated to some of the most significant courts in music history: towns where enlightened princes maintained chapels and composers over a number of generations, nurturing the finest of Europe’s music during their golden ages. The first stopover in this extended journey is in Mantua in northern Italy. The duchy here was led by the Gonzaga family, later the Ganzaga-Nevers family, from the 15th to the 18th century. This little city-state, later annexed by the duchy of Milan, enjoyed its golden age from the 16th to the 17th centuries, particularly during the reign of Vincent I, who accompanied Claudio Monteverdi in the production of his greatest masterpieces.

As usual we have prepared this sojourn in Italy together with faithful friends of “La Folia” as well as with a number of new faces whose talents it is a pleasure to be able to share with you: the young ensemble “I Virtuosi delle Muse” is coming with their breathtaking interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”; Céline Frisch and Pablo Valetti’s celebrated “Café Zimmermann” will be present in its trio formation; the ensemble “Tasto Solo”, which has earned recognition for their rediscovery of very early keyboard music; and it is a great pleasure finally to be able to greet Michel Corboz and his Lausanne Vocal Ensemble in Rougemeont with a tailor-made Monteverdi programme.

It was “love at first sight” in 2001, and since then no edition of “La Folia” has been possible without the bright, friendly, informal presence of harpsichordist Ruedi Lutz, master of improvisation and incomparable “entertainer”. As for our Bach edition last year, he will be coming to the festival this year with three of his students from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. And finally, last but not least, budding artists will be contributing to the festive atmosphere with a first-class polyphonic programme made to measure around Monteverdi and the court in Mantua, young vocalists from the Lausanne Conservatory under the direction of Henri Farge.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patrons, sponsors, partners, friends, benefactors and you, our faithful audiences, for without you “La Folia” simply would not exist!

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