april'23Eventsmay'23

Sintra promotes II Organ Cycle

Sintra City Council organizes the 2nd Organ Cycle, under the motto “Os Sons do Divino”, in the Churches of São Martinho, in Sintra, and Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia, in Belas, from April 28th to May 14th, always with free entry.

This year, in addition to the Church of São Martinho, in the heart of the historic center of Vila de Sintra, which has one of the most important historical organs at the national level, as it is considered to be one of the first examples built by the organ builder Joaquim António Peres Fontanes, dating from 1776, this cycle will make known another important organ of the municipality, the Filipe da Cunha organ, from 1744, which is in the Church of Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia, in Belas.

This initiative intends to lead the public to rediscover the sounds of Sintra at the end of the 1700s, while at the same time valuing and making known the municipality’s cultural heritage and promoting the decentralization of cultural events.

In this II Cycle, important national musicians participate and interpret a program designed for each of the locations, in order to highlight the best characteristics of each instrument.

The opening concert will take place at the Church of São Martinho on April 28th, at 9:00 pm, and the organ of this church will be the only featured instrument. The program of this concert will be mostly filled with works by Portuguese and Italian composers from the 17th and 18th centuries, with interpretation by one of the main Portuguese organists of today, Rui Paiva.

Under the theme “Herança”, a concert will be held on April 30, at 6 pm, at the Church of São Martinho, where some of the great masters of national polyphonism will be presented, such as Morago or Cardoso, and some lesser-known composers such as Miguel Amaral or Vaz Rego.

On the 5th of May, at 9:00 pm, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia, in Belas, will host the concert “Maria Quam Pulchra Es – 17th-century Marian Music from Northern Italy” composed entirely of Marian evocation music and written by great masters of this period as Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Cavalli or Frescobaldi.

“From Salzburg to Lisbon” proposes a musical itinerary passing through Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, which presents works by great master composers from each of these countries, on May 12, at 9 pm, at the Igreja de São Martinho.

On the 14th of May, at 6 pm, in the closing concert of this Cycle, the organ of the Church of São Martinho will be highlighted as a solo instrument. The virtuosity required by the works will enhance all the timbre potential of the historic Fontanes organ. From the baroque style of Seixas and Handel, passing through the transitory C.P.E. Bach and the gallant Christian Bach, the Cycle ends in a festive atmosphere with the organist from Sintra as a soloist, Sérgio Silva.

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