This is it, we have dared to take the step: a festival without a theme, without a common thread, an acrobatic leap without a safety net! A revolution that actually isn’t one, we have to admit, because for any number of years we have attempted to keep artists and programmes boxed in narrow frames such as particular instruments, countries, courts… although early music is essentially – thanks to the spirit of its emissaries – freedom. Today we can only embrace the exhilarating subjectivity of this. So much for the setting this year.

The foundation, however, remains the same: providing our audiences the opportunity to discover musicians and concert programmes that have caught our attention (as well as our ear!), sharing our joy with all when a new light brightens our musical world. In contrast to 2013, much is “new” in the Festival in 2014: four of the seven concerts feature artists who will be coming to Rougemont for the first time. (Read more)

We are particularly proud to welcome one of the stars of the Baroque violin, Giuliano Carmignola, in a “high-voltage” solo recital, as well as the musicians of the ensemble Les Folies Françoises performing a programme predestined for our Festival: “Follia Italiana”. We also very much look forward to hearing some of the earliest music from the Renaissance in the Saint Nicolas Church again with the appearance of the ensemble Obsidienne, improvisation specialists.

This year’s returning artists are all “sure bets”: harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, in Rougemont for the third time, has invited for his part one of the other great harpsichordists of our time: Skip Sempé; Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata invite all to a Mediterannean voyage together with male soprano Vincenzo Capezzuto; and finally – impossible to overlook! – Ruedi Lutz, the genius of improvisation, who once again brings a student from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a partner. Our support of talented young musicians has always been central to the Festival, and this year a young ensemble from Geneva, Chiome d’Oro, together with magnificent soprano Capucine Keller, will open the 14th edition of “La Folia” by taking us to 17th century Italy… with Monteverdi at the head!

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!

Thursday 5 June 2014 – 8 pm - Church in Rougemont

The World on Stage

CHIOME D'ORO [8 musicians]
Leonor DE LERA, Saskia BIRCHLER Baroque violins
Gustavo GARGIULO, Rodrigo CALVEYRA cornetto (zink)
Cecilia KNUDTSEN viola da gamba
Christoph SUMMER theorbo & Baroque guitar
Capucine KELLER soprano
Pierre-Louis RÉTAT harpsichord, organ & direction

The gamut of human emotions as staged in 17th century Italy – vocal and instrumental works by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Legrenzi, Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Sartorio, Giovanni Bassani, Dario Castello and Alessandro Stradella.

One of the most gratifying aspects of being a concert promoter is providing an opportunity to young musicians ready to embark on a career that one imagines will be crowned by countless successes. The concert with soprano Capucine Keller and the ensemble Chiome d’Oro is just such a moment. Based in Geneva, these passionate, captivating artists do great honor to the institutions where they were trained, with the music conservatories (Hautes Ecoles de Musique) in Lausanne and Geneva at the top of the list.

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Friday 6 June 2014 – 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

Rameau: Symphonies for Two Harpsichords

Pierre HANTAÏ harpsichord
Skip SEMPÉ harpsichord

Four “imaginary” symphonies composed from excerpts from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pieces for Harpsichord and his operas (Les Indes Galantes, Platée, Dardanus, Castor et Pollux, Pygmalion, Les Paladins, Les Fêtes d'Hébé, Hippolyte et Aricie…).

Is it necessary to introduce Pierre Hantaï and Skip Sempé? Regarded as among the most eminent harpsichordists of their generation, they are featured in an exceptional concert performing on magnificent instruments from festival president Jean-Michel Chabloz. It is with particular pleasure that we greet Pierre Hantaï back; his two previous appearances at the festival (Bach-Scarlatti in 2007 and the Goldberg Variations in 2011) remain vivid in the memories of the audiences – were you one of the lucky ones?

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Saturday 7 June 2014 – 11 am - Church in Rougemont

A violino solo

Giuliano CARMIGNOLA violin

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Passacaglia
Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia No. 7 in E-flat Major, Fantasia No. 9 in G Minor
Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in D Major, RV 10
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006

The story has about this musician and his Baroque violin has taken on mythical proportions: Giuliano Carmignola, a disciple of Nathan Milstein and Henryk Szeryng, made a name for himself by rediscovering – perhaps it is more appropriate to say “dusting and cleaning” – Vivaldi’s concertos with performances spotlighting the original sources and historical instruments. With millions of recordings sold (for Sony and now for Deutsche Grammophon), he takes up the challenge (for violinists) of a solo recital – promising a combination of virtuosity and opulence.

CHF 20

Saturday 7 June 2014 – 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont


L'ARPEGGIATA [7 musicians]
Doron SHERWIN cornetto (zink)
Margit ÜBELLACKER psaltery
Marcello VITALE chitarra battente (chitarra italiana)
Boris SCHMIDT double bass
David MAYORAL percussion
Vincenzo CAPEZZUTO voice
Christina PLUHAR theorbo & direction

Christina Pluhar’s latest odyssey, a voyage around the Mediterranean in music, promises the charisma of fabulous male soprano Vincenzo Capezzuto, an exploration to the cradle of our civilization, the vivid (you can feel the sand under your feet!) sound of tarantellas sung in Greek as was typical in the Greco-Albanian villages in Calabria and Sicily during the Baroque period… From Portugal to Turkey, along the coasts of Greece, Tunisia and Italy, lulled by the song and the waves of sound of plucked string instruments in the Mediterannean tradition performed by the Baroque strings of L’Arpeggiata.

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Sunday 8 June 2014 – 7.30 pm - Church in Rougemont

«L’Amour de moy s’y est enclose»

OBSIDIENNE [8 musician-singers]
Florence JACQUEMART song, flutes and bagpipes
Hélène MOREAU song, psaltery, percussion
Catherine SERGENT song, psaltery
Barnabé JANIN song, fiedel, rebec, oboe
Raphaël PICAZOS song
Pierre BOURHIS song
Pierre TESSIER song
Emmanuel BONNARDOT song, violes, rebec, crwth, cistre, cornet & direction

Songs and improvisations from the 15th and 16th centuries – works by Rubinus, Antoine Busnois, Heyne, Loyset Compère, Pierre de la Rue, Bosfrin and Pipelare; selections from the Bayeux Manuscript.

The Renaissance is back at La Folia! With one of the leading specialists for this repertoire: the French ensemble Obsidienne, founded in 1993 by Emmanuel Bonnardot. Bonnardot has also made a name for himself as member of the Ensemble Gilles Binchois as well as co-founder of the trio Alla Francesca and as a teacher at the Center for Medieval Music in Paris. The ensemble comes to Rougemont with its favorite programme, “L’Amour de moy”, which spotlights one of the key techniques of this period: improvisation.

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Monday 9 June 2014 – 11 am - Church in Rougemont

Cello & Harpsichord Improvisations

Ruedi LUTZ improvising with a student from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis:
Mara MIRIBUNG cello

In the same attire as when we first made his acquaintance in 2001: as professor for improvisation from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the prestigious school to whom the festival owes so much. “Primus inter pares”, this year he is coming to the festival performing with a cello student.

CHF 20

Monday 9 June 2014 – 4 pm - Church in Rougemont

Follia Italiana

Benjamin CHÉNIER violin
Sébastien MARQ flute
François POLY cello
André HENRICH theorbo
Béatrice MARTIN harpsichord
Patrick COHËN-AKENINE violin & direction

Maïlys DE VILLOUTREYS soprano

Antonio Vivaldi: «La Follia», Cantata «All’ombra di sospetto», Concerto for flute and harpsichord «La Notte»
Arcangelo Corelli: «La Follia»
Georg Friedrich Handel: Cantata «Dietro l’orme fugacci»
Alessandro Scarlatti: Concerto à 4 in A Minor, «La Follia» for harpsichord solo

A programme as if tailor-made for our festival: “Follia Italiana”, or a journey through various settings of the Folia theme, one of the oldest in European music history. From Vivaldi to Scarlatti by way Corelli and Handel, a magnificent voyage with strings and voice orchestrated by one of the best French Baroque ensembles – whose name even seems made to measure for Rougemont!

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

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