Casa dei Mezzo Festival - Makris Gialos


Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival with international stars at Makrigialos Crete, is the only exciting classical music festival on Crete offering a dynamic programme to complement the fascinating cultural heritage of this magnificent island.

From 22 -25 June 2018 the Casa dei Mezzo Chamber Music Festival, founded by Gunnar Strømsholm on the South East Coast of Crete, will take place for the 14th time with focus mainly on Romanticism. Joining the Festival this year are Huber Wild (baritone); the Amadeus Piano Trio (Salzburg) made up by Gerda Guttenberg (piano), Monika Kammerlander (violin) Irina Smirnova (violoncello);  Vassilis Varvaresos (piano); Tarek Al-Shubbak (piano); Maria Louisa Geladari-Hanicz (violin); our Festival Quartet that is made up by Andreas Papanikolaou (violin), Dimitri Chandrakis (violin), Chara Sira (viola) and Agelos Liakakis, (violoncello); and Armoniosa Baroque Ensemble made up by Michele Barchi (Harpsichord), Stefano Cerrato (5 string violoncello), Francesco Cerrato (violin) and Marco Demaria (violoncello).

Introducing this year’s programme, Gunnar Strømsholm commented “Romanticism” (also known as the Romantic era) was one of the most extraordinary periods in music with an enormous variety of styles. Over four days the Casa dei Mezzo Chamber Music Festival will focus on exploring this poignant and diverse legacy in music.

The programme includes Dvořák’s famous Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major known as the “American”; Mozart’s Sonata for violin and piano in C major,  Piano Trio in B flat major KV 502 and String Quartet KV 465 in C major known as Dissonanzen. Interlaced throughout are works which all have their unique story and voice; Haydn’s Piano Trio no. 39;  Glinka’s Three Russian Song;  Sibelius’  Piano Trio in C major “Lovisa Trio;  Beethoven’s  String Quartet No.4;  and Ravel’s  La Valse and Tzigane.

One complete programme is dedicated to the master composers of the Baroque period who bridged the gap between Baroque and Romanticism.

Casa dei Mezzo welcomes back renowned  baritone Hubert Wild with a special Schubert Lieder programme reflecting on lighter themed songs.

Apart from the concerts held at Casa dei Mezzo in Makrigialos, again there will be a lunchtime concert at Villa de Mezzo in Etia and for the first time a classical music concert at Toplou Monastery.

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Casa dei Mezzo Makris Gialos, 720 55, Crete, Greece

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