Casa de Mateus International Music Gatherings Begin Sunday

The XXVIII International Music Meetings of the House of Mateus, in Vila Real, open on Sunday and have scheduled five concerts, a conference and the lessons of instrument, voice, chamber music, instrumental and vocal ensemble, was released today.

The meetings, which last until the 18th, “bring together more than three dozen musicians around the ideas of transmission and intensive study of instrument, voice and different chamber groupings in the domains of ancient and baroque music”, according to a statement from the House of Mateus (FCM).

The event has the artistic direction of the musicologist Ricardo Bernardes, director of the FCM’s cultural activities, and the pedagogical of the flutist António Carrilho, being a “time of bustle around music, his advanced learning and his enjoyment”.

Among the participants this year, the organization highlights the critic Jacques Ogg, professor of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

Jacques Ogg will direct a class of lira and participate in the concert “L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin”, which will be held on August 16, in the chapel of the House of Mateus, built in the eighteenth century on the outskirts of Vila Real.

“Throughout the Encounters, teachers and students unfold in concerts and recitals that reveal a plural repertoire. From the works of Portuguese baroque composers less known to the general public, such as Pedro de Araújo or João Rodrigues Esteves, to Antonio Vivaldi, and to the Bach family or the contemporary Ella Macens, “which are opportunities” to feel the virtuosity of exceptional musicians, “according to the foundation.

It is the musicologist Rui Vieira Nery, distinguished this year with the University of Coimbra Prize, the opening of the event, on Sunday at 5:00 pm, with a conference entitled “The Courses of Matthew and the Movement of Ancient Music in Portugal”, which, according to the organization, will demonstrate “the interplay of mutual influences that made Matthew an indispensable reference in the development of Ancient Music in Portugal over the last decades.”

This lecture follows the first concert of the program, “Um Serão com Bach”, with António Carrilho and Helena Marinho (pianoforte), in the chapel of the house.

The program features the Australian Quartet of The Judgment of Paris, composed of Aimee Brown, Ingrid Fittler, Isabelle Palmer and Peter Petocz, on August 14 at 7:00 pm in the chapel, a chamber music concert , the participants in the meetings, on the 17th, at 7:00 pm, in the parish church of Mateus, and the closing concert, on the 18th, at 7:00 pm, in the chapel of the house.

The closing concert is divided into two parts, the first dedicated to chamber music and the second, by the participants in the ensemble vocal class, under the direction of Ricardo Bernardes and Marcio Soares Holanda.

In the different courses are registered more than 30 musicians, with the singing and flute classes being the most recorded, according to the organization. The class of baroque singing is guided by the Argentine soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr, and the one of flute of bevel by António Carrilho.

The other guitars are Enrico Gatti, in Baroque violin class, Jacques Ogg, harpsichord, Helena Marinho, pianoforte (open to pianists and harpsichords), Raquel Cravino, Baroque violin and Baroque repertoire adapted to the modern violin, Michio Ohara, Ricardo Bernardes, in ensemble vocal, and Marcio Soares Holanda, in technical preparation of the vocal ensemble.

The Casa de Mateus Foundation was founded in 1970 by Francisco de Sousa Botelho de Albuquerque and aims to “preserve and enhance the home and its assets, study its archives and promote cultural, scientific and pedagogical activities “, according to a statement from the institution.

The International Meetings have been held at Casa de Mateus since 1978.

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