January’s Amici della Music Pergola Chamber Concerts


The Pavel Haas Quartet

January 7 – 29, 2023 AMICI DELLA MUSICA CHAMBER CONCERTS.  Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola. All concerts will take place at the Theater or Saloncino della Pergola. It should be noted the Teatro della Pergola is undergoing renovations therefore advisable to constantly check here: www.amicimusicafirenze.it as the concert venues may vary. For the full schedule and tickets visit www.amicimusicafirenze.it/ & https://www.ticketone.it/artist/amici-della-musica-firenze/ in  addition to Box Office Firenze.

Amici della Musica will open 2023 with an exciting program at the Teatro della Pergola.  On January 7 at 4 pm Sir András Schiff will be returning to the stage for a piano recital. This concert intentionally has a “surprise program” that will keep theater goers on the edge of their seats.  Schiff is most of the most renowned musicians on the international circuit, having interpreted all of Beethoven’s sonatas in chronological order in more than 20 cities in addition to the works of Bach, Hayden, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók.  He is also the recipient of the International Classical Music Award.

“Piano solo” evenings which are dedicated to keyboard masters will resume on January 14 at 4 pm with pianist Rafal Blechacz. He won the Gilmore Artist Award in 2014 and is regarded as the best interpreter of Chopin of his generation. Blechacz won all prizes at the prestigious International Frédéric Chopin Competition in 2005.

Two concerts are entitled “L’arte del canto” (The Art of Singing) which is dedicated to vocal music. On January 8 at 9 pm Grammy award-winning English tenor Ian Bostridge will perform Winterreise songs by Franz Schubert  together with pianist Julius Drake. More Schubert lieder are on the program following on January 22 also at 9 pm when baritone Matthias Goerne will sing Die schöne Müllerin accompanied by pianist Alexander Schmalcz.

On January 15 the series of concerts entitled “Musica &…”  will continue which is dedicated to exploration of music and other forms of art including poetry, myth, performance art, and literary narration. This concert will focus on the myth of Orpheus and its reinterpretation musically and in literature through the centuries. Performers including the Ensemble L’Astrée and singer Laura Torelli will be conducted by Giorgio Tabacco.

On January 21 cellist Gautier Capuçon will perform in tandem with pianist Nikolaj Luganskij. They will interpret Debussy’s Sonata n. 1 in D minor, Shostakovich’s Sonata in D minor op. 40 and Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor op. 19.

The theater will also host the Pavel Haas Quartet on January 28 and 29. These evenings will feature two concerts by the Pavel Haas Quartet, whose various albums released so far have earned six Gramophone Awards, two BBC Magazine Awards, and one Diapason d’Or de l’Année. The first evening will also showcase the talents of violist Pavel Nikl while the second evening will feature pianist Boris Giltburg. (Michela Tambasco)