Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte
Maurice Ravel: Introduction et Allegro
Gilad Cohen: Firefly Elegy
Violetta Eckhardt, Violin
Gábor Sipos, violin
Csaba Gálfi, viola
Rita Sovány, cello
Gabriella Pivon, flute
Ákos Ács, clarinet
Ágnes Polónyi, harp
The event is about 2.0 hours long.
About the event
Villa Valmarana ai Nani is composed of three buildings, the Palazzina (Owners’ Residence) built in 1669, the Foresteria (Guest-House) and the Scuderia (Stables) built in 1720. They are embraced by a large historical park with rose gardens, a “giardino all’italiana” with its open-air theatre and a double hornbeam alley terminating with a statue of Neptune. It takes its name from the statues of the 17 stone dwarfs, originally placed in the garden, now on the walls surrounding the house. They were probably sculpted by Francesco Uliaco, most likely from the drawings by Giandomenico Tiepolo.
The magnificence of the Villa is due to the double hand of the father and of the son, Giambattista and Giandomenico. The father’s frescoes, commissioned by Giustino Valmarana, are mostly in the Palazzina with the owner’s favorite themes; the son, in the Foresteria, was free to paint following his imagination, leaving the Room of the Olympus Gods for his father to paint. The most famous portrait of Andrea Palladio who had built villas and palaces for the Valmarana family hangs on the wall of the main room, probably painted by Giovanbattista Maganza (1513–1586).
The Valmarana family still lives in the Villa, which is universally considered the highest expression of the painting of the eighteenth century and one of the highest examples of the Tiepolo’s genius.