The theme of each year’s festival is not an end in itself, a limitation in the freedom of constructing a programme. It is more a key thread or guiding principle that lends each edition it’s particular color. And the key to “La Folia” is that it remain a place of encounter open for all of the facets of early music on the long Whitsunday weekend every year where each concert provides “an earful”.

For a number of years the festival toured throughout Europe with editions dedicated to the great musical nations – which could have continued further to countries such as Flanders, Bohemia, Austria or even… Switzerland! Last year, however, we commenced a new series dedicated to the great musical courts: locations where enlightened princes maintained orchestras and composers over a number of generations, attracting to them during their golden ages the finest of European music. After the first venture to the court in Mantua in Northern Italy we cross the barrier of the Alps to journey to Austria, the court to the Habsburg empire which accommodated the brilliant predecessors to Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Some of the most original of these musicians – if not the most “crazed”! – from the Baroque period include Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Georg Muffat, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer… As well as musicians from across the Alps who were drawn by the wealth of the courts and… sun! (Read more)

We invite you to join us on this Austrian journey, like every year at “La Folia” in the company of our most faithful friends. This 13th edition is perhaps the best embodiment of this spirit and an opportunity to rekindle it or experience it for the first time: six of the eight ensembles performing at this year’s event were also in Rougemont in 2012! One of our favorites from last year, the ensemble of vocalists from the Lausanne Conservatory, is performing in a “real” concert this year (after their admirable concert for more than 200 school children), and a star from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis who was invited last year by Ruedi Lutz: violinist Eva Saladin, who returns this year with a special, personal programme together with her colleague Jenny Högström.

After the “bolt of lightning” that struck in 2001, no edition of “La Folia” has been possible without the brilliant, amiable and whacky presence of harpsichordist Ruedi Lutz, remarkable improvisationalist and an “entertainer” without compare. Like last year, he appears in the company of two of his students from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis; they will be performing on three “four seasons” harpsichords built by Jean-Michel Chabloz, the president of “La Folia”. Finally, last but not least, budding young musicians will be in the spotlight on Friday with a colorful programme offered by the Ministrings from the Lausanne Conservatory (who were a smash in 2009).

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


Thursday 16 May 2013, 8 pm - Church in Rougemont

Brilliance and virtuosity at the court in Kromeriz

Jean-François MADEUF trumpet
Anne SCHUMANN violin
Stefan LEGÉE sackbut
Moni FISCHALEK bassoon
Matthias SPAETER theorbo
Hadrien JOURDAN, Carsten LOHFF harpsichord & organ
William DONGOIS cornett & artistic direction

Sonatas by Biber, Schmelzer, Bertali, Fux, Vejvanosky and Poglietti

William Dongois and his “Concert brisé” are regulars at La Folia. They are back to open the festival after a couple of years of absence.

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Friday 17 May 2013 – 2 pm - Church in Rougemont

Youngsters playing for other youngsters

Tina STRINNING preparation

Young and intrepid musicians, the Ministrings (they were a sensation at their first appearance in Rougemont in 2009) invite you to join them on a musical journey around the world, from the Balkans to Ireland, not to mention stops at tango and jazz. The concert has been conceived for children up to ten years of age, from near and far!

Free admission – information and reservations at the Tourist Office



Friday 17 May 2013, 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

Balls and battles

violin I & Konzertmeister
violin II
Patricia GAGNON, Martina BISCHOF
Céline FRISCH organ
Petr SKALKA cello
Eduardo EGUEZ theorbo
NN double bass

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonatas III, VIII, IX, XI, Pars III
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Serenata con altre arie [with other arias], “Fecht Schuel” [fencing school], Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III
Johann Jakob Froberger: Toccata II

After their performance in the formation of a trio in 2012, the stars of Café Zimmermann return as a larger ensemble more suitable to performing the delightful music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, a musician whose spirit is particularly close to the festival’s: a touch of madness…

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Saturday 18 May 2013 – 11 am - Church in Rougemont

Sacred gems

Henri FARGE direction
Jonathan RUBIN lute
Stephanie BURKHARD vocal preparation
2 violins & 1 viola da gamba

Carlo Gesualdo: Benedictus
Gregorio Allegri: Misere
Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina, Madrigaux guerriers et amoureux

We were astounded last year, and the more than 200 school children who heard them were overwhelmed, and now we think it is only correct to offer them a “real” stage to demonstrate all the facets of their polyphonic art this year – truly exceptional for such young singers.

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Saturday 18 May 2013 – 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

Georg Muffat and the Italian style

1st violin & Konzertmeister
harpsichord & direction

Georg Muffat: Sonata no. 5 from the "Armonico Tributo", Suite I "Eusebia" & Suite I "Nobilis Juventus" from the "Florilegium secundum"
Biagio Marini: Sonata on “La Monica”
Arcangelo Corelli: Church sonata op. 3 no. 8, Chamber sonata op. 4 no. 9
Tomaso Albinoni: "Concerti a 5" op. 4 no. 5 and op. 5 no. 8
Marco Uccellini: Aria on "La Bergamasca"

Another sensation from the 2012 edition of the festival! After their breathtaking performance of the Four Seasons last year, the Italian musicians (now stars on the international scene) follow the trail of one of the most original composers of his time: Georg Muffat. They frame his music with some transalpine gems.

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Sunday 19 May 2013 – 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

“Amanti Ignoranti” – Italians from the North

Jenny HÖGSTRÖM soprano
Eva SALADIN violin
Amélie CHEMIN viola da gamba
Federico ABRAHAM violin
Josias Rodriguez GANDARAt heorbo & guitar
Johannes KELLER harpsichord & direction

Giovanni Felice Sances: Cantata on the passacaille “Usurpator tiranno”, Canzonetta “Quando non ti risolvi”, Cantata “Occhi sfere vivaci”
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonata for solo violin from “Unam Cylum”
Giovanni Legrenzi: “Del matin sù l'orizonte”
Antonio Cesti: Cantata “Insegnatemi a morire”
Augustinus Kerzinger: Sonata for viola da gamba
Benedetto Ferrari & Antonio Bertali: “Amanti, io vi so dire” & Chaconne

She added special brilliance to Ruedi Lutz’s last improvisation concert: and now we are pleased to give violinist Eva Saladin and her colleague soprano Jenny Hörgström from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis a well-deserved carte blanche this year. A menu featuring fiery strings and languourous voices.

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Monday 20 May 2013 – 11 am - Church in Rougemont

Harpsichords “en folie”

Ruedi LUTZ improvises on Jean-Michel Chabloz’ “four seasons” harpsichords with two students from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis:
Márton BORSANYI and Mikayel BALYAN

The festival’s favorite child is sure to never stop surprising us! He is coming to Rougemont this year in the same guise as when he came in 2001: as professor for improvisation from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the prestigious school to which the academy owes a great deal. Ruedi Lutz is appearing as “primus inter pares”, performing with two of his students on three “four seasons” harpsichords built by the president of “La Folia”, Jean-Michel Chabloz.

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Monday 20 May 2013 – 4 pm - Church in Rougemont

The Italians at the Austrian Court

Raquel ANDUEZA soprano
Odile EDOUARD violin
Jesus BAENA theorbo & guitar
Myriam RIGNOL viola da gamba
Yves RECHSTEINER harpsichord & organ

Giovanni Pandolfi-Meali: Sonata detta la Barnabea, Sonata “La Castella”
Giovanni Felice Sances: Aria “Fiume ch’all’onde tue”, Cantata “Misera hor si ch’il pianto”
Barbara Strozzi: Cantata “Giungera”
Alessandro Poglietti: Toccata fatta sopra Cassedio di Filipsburgo, Capricietto sopra il Cucu
Ignazio Albertini: Sonata in C Minor
Angelo Michele Bartolotti: Piece for theorbo
Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata seconda (Sonata Unarum Fidium)

This year’s festival is filled with favorites: after having performed last year in the St. Nicolas Church, soprano Raquel Andueza and harpsichordist Yves Rechsteiner are back, this time in the company of violinist Odile Edouard, to surf on an Italian wave in this… Austrian festival!

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