Back again in the bloggy world :) I´m pleased to present once more the Nordic countries'
largest festival for historical music, for the 13th year running. The highlight
of the season for the lover of early music. It's time to enjoy those
longed-for, bright summer days, filled with live music, in the historical
setting of Stockholm's Old Town.
As for the music and the artists - international is the
word. SEMF 2014 presents 25 concerts with more than 70 artists from 10 countries!! A brilliant festival opening is anticipated with L'Arpeggiata, currently
one of the most sought-after ensembles in Europe. In an exclusive world
premiere, SEMF and Sweden will play host to the viola organista of Leonardo da
Vinci, reconstructed by the Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki after a 500-year
wait as a blueprint. A unique opportunity not to be missed!
beautiful sound of French vocal ensemble Gilles Binchois, and join Joshua
Rifkin in his poetic interpretations of J. S. Bach's cantatas. May we tempt
you with dazzling Corsican polyphony or a medieval French classic, the Roman de
la Rose? The grand final of SEMF 2014 will take us to renaissance Venice and
the Gabrieli brothers under the direction of well-renowned wind ensemble
Concerto Palatino, surrounded by excellent singers.
A special thank you this year to the Swedish Arts Council for bringing out Stockholm Early Music Festival as an "event of national interest". It's never too late for... well, you know. Slogan or
self-fulfilling prophecy? The sounds of the old masters are there for all ears.
And that does good. Welcome!
Artistic director, Stockholm Early Music Festival