For the 6th time, the gates of the Lednice-Valtice area architectural gems will once again open for #LVMF2021 concerts from 2 to 16 October 2021, commemorating 280 years since the death of Antonio Vivaldi. Jiří Partyka, artistic and executive director of the festival, introduces this year’s programme: “We managed to get top ensembles from Italy, France, Spain and the Czech Republic, which have been among the best performers of Vivaldi’s music for many years: Ensemble Matheus, Accademia Bizantina, Gli Incogniti, Ensemble Scaramuccia or Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi. Polish countertenorist and breakdancer Jakub Józef Orliński, who is one of the most sought-after artists of the classical music, will perform in his Czech debut at LVMF 2021.” Partyka adds: “We will present Vivaldi’s rich musical legacy not only in the form of instrumental concerts, but also chamber, sacred and opera music. The festival offers several modern premieres, including the Pavian version of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, twelve Czech premieres and the several Vivaldi’s discoveries from recent years, such as sonatas from Pisendel’s Dresden collection.” Furthermore, the festival is traditionally complemented by education concerts for schools, lectures led by the prominent Vivaldi researchers from the Czech Republic and Italy, and the Honza Sakař’s exhibition of the Lednice-Valtice area contemporary photographs, taken by historical technology. This year’s festival programme is the joint creation of the Spanish violinist and musicologist Eduardo García Salas and the artistic director of LVHF Jiří Partyka.
A Czech Footprint
Eduardo García Salas comments: “The programme of the 6th edition thoughtfully reflects the genre richness of Vivaldi’s musical legacy with an emphasis on his ties to the Czech lands, especially to Václav of Morzin, Jan Josef of Wrtba or Thomas Vinciguerra. The four Vivaldi concerts from Vinciguerra’s so-called “collalto” collection will be performed by Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante in the Czech premiere.” Fabio Biondi discloses his relationship to these concerts: “These are extremely virtuoso compositions that foreshadow the style of musique galante of the second third of the 18th century. Their melancholy, as if they foresaw not only the death of the composer himself but also the demise of an entire musical epoch, is significant. Vivaldi preserved the image of the fullness and complexity of his musical language in them. Being far from the didactic nature of many of his violin concertos, which he wrote for his students at the Ospedale della Pietà in
Venice, these concertos certainly capture all of Vivaldi’s knowledge of the violin. I would even say that they express Vivaldi’s personal and very deep relationship to this instrument. Perfect, exhaustive, exemplary.”
Also, the program traditionally includes a Liechtenstein footprint, personified by Joseph Johann Adam, Prince of Liechtenstein, on whose court Antonio Vivaldi worked around the year 1731 as “Maestro di cappella”, as evidenced by the title page of the Farnace opera score, which performance will be peak of the LVMF 2021. The delicate and unique reminiscences of Vivaldi’s famous cycle Le Quattro Stagioni, dedicated to Wenzel von Morzin, go through the programme of the whole year, whether in the form of quotations, e.g. in the opera Farnace, or in the form of a chamber version of The Spring in the arrangement of Nicolas Chédeville, performed by Concerto Aventino.
The festival prologue in Vienna
This year’s festival will be unofficially opened by an extraordinary concert on 23 September 2021 in Liechtenstein Garden Palace in Vienna. Works by Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Melchior Pichler will be performed by Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704, directed by Václav Luks. On this occasion, the audience will be able to view the inaccessible art collections of this palace, which include the cycle Decius Mus by Rubens or the Golden Carriage, on which the Prince Joseph Wenzel, solemnly entered the Paris as the newly appointed imperial envoy to France on 21 December 1738. The concert is supported by the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation (Stiftung Fürst Liechtenstein).
A connection of the architecture and music
This year’s Lednice-Valtice Music Festival will also connect music with unique locations offered by the region of South Moravia: Lednice Chateau, Valtice Castle, Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary or Břeclav–Poštorná and other places in the Lednice-Valtice area, which will celebrate 25 years since its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List this year. The festival will offer events in the Liechtenstein Garden Palace in Vienna and in the newly renovated Belveder summer-house in Valtice for the first time.