Introduction

The pianoforte was born here, in Tuscany, in 1709. BIANCHI E NERI PIANO FEST TUSCANY pays homage to this glorious instrument in the splendid setting of Villa Roncioni. Each evening presents a feast for the senses with great music and delicious cuisine, surrounded by the elegance of the Cerratelli Foundation’s immortal collection of historic opera costumes. This is a music festival that exalts the highest expressions of Tuscan excellence. 

The 2016 edition of Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest Tuscany promotes adventurous paths and introduces exciting novelties. As usual, we will presents the masterpieces of piano literature of all time alongside lesser known works, but the concerts will start at 8PM, will have an approximate duration of 70 minutes, and will be followed by a delicious standing dinner consisting of Tuscan products and wines with the cuisine of Massimo Rutinelli. The three concerts will each follow a specific theme: The Harmonious DiVine (an adventurous voyage through elation and spirituality in four centuries of music), Moonilight Fantasies (nocturnal music and lunar readings), and Opera Duels (a small chronology of operatic giants “without words”). Among the featured Tuscan composers, Ferruccio Busoni, the great pianist composer from Empoli who is 150 this year will take centre stage with both transcriptions and original works. We will have the honour of giving the World Première Performance of Nimrod Borenstein’s Half Moon Etude Op.66 No.2, a work written especially for the protagonist of Bianchi e Neri Piano fest Tuscany, Sandro Ivo Bartoli. There will be a good helping of chamber music with the violin of Debra Fast, who will play a marvellous Sonata by Beethoven (the famed “spring” on August 2nd), Busoni’s delightful Four Bagatelles Op.28 (on August 9th) and two pieces direct from the world of opera: Donizetti’s Sonata in f minor and the Intermezzo Sinfonico from Manon Lescaut by the Lucca born giant Giacomo Puccini. The young and talented actor Iacopo Bertoni will enrich the programme of august 9th with romantic readings dedicated to the Moon. As a crowning glory of all these exciting novelties, the Cerratelli Foundation has crafted the exclusive costumes that Debra Fast and Sandro Ivo Bartoli will wear for the 2016 edition of Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest Tuscany. 

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