Alberese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma

Arezzo


Capalbio


Colline Metallifere


la costa Toscana

         Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

         
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

         Walking in the Crete Senesi

Grosseto


Manciano


Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Montalcino

Monte Amiata

Montepulciano

Prato

Scansano

Siena

          Fonti di Siena

Sorano

Sovana

Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia

          Montalcino

          Pienza

          Sant'Antimo

          San Quirico d'Orcia

          Radicofani

          Walking in the Val d'Orcia


Val di Chiana

         Montepulciano

         Montefollonico


Valle d'Ombrone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 
Le Crete Senesi

Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi, in the Chiesa San Francesco in Asciano, rehearsal 2017 [1]

 

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
     
   


The Crete Senesi | The Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi music Festival


   
   

In summer months, the otherwise silent spaces of the Crete Senesi in southern Tuscany are filled with music, thanks to a number of fine festivals. Among them the Festival estivo di Accademia Chigiana, the Piccola Accademia di Montisi, the Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi Festival and the Amiata Piano Festival.
Since 2017, the music festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi (formarly the Accademia delle Crete Senesi festival) is organized by Collegium Vocale Ghent. Small historic churches and abbeys provide atmospheric settings for intimate early music and lush Romantic concerts, and dinners at precious outdoor settings.


"The concerts take place in small but marvellous churches, chosen because of their adequate acoustics for the repertoire on the program. On dream locations such as the churches of Santo Stefano (Castelmuzio), Sant’Anna in Camprena (Pienza) and San Francesco (Asciano) both music lovers and performers can discover the Crete Senesi, one of the most beautiful and authentic regions of Europe, situated near well known cities such as Florence, Siena, Montepulciano or Montalcino, an amidst one of the most prestigeous wine areas of Italy."

Philippe Herreweghe


Website | www.collegiumvocalecretesenesi.com | Program | Locations


 

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Crete Senes

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi, in the Chiesa San Francesco in Asciano, rehearsal 2017 [1]

 

Program 2020 | Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi from Sunday 26 July until Friday 31 July

The program for 2020 looks as promising as always. The festival opens with a lively party in Asciano. Opening night with a soirée composée with concerts and buffet on Sunday 26 18:00 in Asciano (Piazza Garibaldi, Chiesa San Francesco, Basilica Sant Agatha, Piazza del Grano).

On Tuesday 28th Collegium Vocale performs Gesualdo, Book V. Napoli Gothique on Monday 27 in Pienza, Sant’Anna in Camprena. Founded and directed by Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica is a vocal-instrumental ensemble devoted to the polyphonic repertoire of the end of the Middle Ages. Sylvia Huang, the 'Lauréat du public' of the Queen Elisabeth Competition performs Eugène Ysaÿe in three concerts on Tuesday 28.
The soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent conclude the 2020) festival on Friday evening, July 31 at the Monasterio Sant'Anna in Camprena with Purcell's Ode to St. Caecilia. Look for the beautiful frescos by Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (Il Sodoma) in its Refectory. This is a late-night concert, preceded by a dinner in the courtyard of the abbey.

The Covid-19 crisis has made it impossible to deliver this beautiful program. The festival made this announcement:

'Also because we realize how you crave heavenly music in real live performances, and not on that damned little screen, we decided with the Collegium Vocale to let the twentieth edition of our Crete Senesi Festival take place in spite of all difficulties, with most of the performers foreseen, but in slightly changed circumstances: less audience, concentrated in Asciano and with some creative solutions. You can read the practical info here.

All concerts take place in the San Francesco church and on Piazza del Grano in Asciano.

Read the full program here on the website of the Music Festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi.
You can also order tickets or a subscription.




   
   

Google Maps shows you the way in Asciano (locations of churches and dinner places) via this link. You can also view them on your smartphone. This is how you get the GPS coordinates right away, you can immediately get directions, and you will be taken care of at the concert venue without worry.


 
   

Previous editions


Program 2019 | From Sunday 28 July until Friday 2 August

Conducting artists include pianist Nelson Goerner, cellist Andreas Brantelid and lead singer Christoph Prégardien. Members of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam play a chamber music concert on Monday and Friday, respectively. The Edding Quartet will play an intimate late-night concert on Wednesday evening, and accordionist Philippe Thuriot will end the day with a free improvisation concert on the outdoor stage at Bar Hervé on Monday and Thursday evening.
The soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent conclude the 2019 festival on Friday evening, August 2 at the Monasterio Sant'Anna in Camprena with the Psalms Davids by Heinrich Schütz. Another special event is the performance of Heinrich Schütz’s O primavera, gioventù de l'anno ( Il primo libro de madrigali, 1611) by Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe on Tuesday, in the marvelous setting of the Sant’Anna in Camprena monastery.

 

Read more about the 2017 and 2018 editions.

 

Opening night @ Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi

 

 


Traveling in Tuscany | Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi

Walking in the spectacular panoramic scenery of Tuscany | Montepulciano - Monticchiello - Sant'Anna in Camprena

 

 

Galleria immagini Crete Senesi




   
Asciano, in the Crete Senesi, Tuscany   Monastero di Sant'Anna in Camprena, cortile   Paolo Monti - Servizio fotografico (Asciano, 1965) - BEIC 6328809

Asciano, base of the festival

 

 

Album Monastero di Sant'Anna in Camprena

 

 

Album Monastero di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

 

Crete Senesi presso Asciano   Monte Oliveto Maggiore  
Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Campanil

Crete Senesi presso Asciano

 

  Monte Oliveto Maggiore  
Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Campanile]
Chiesa San Francesco, Ascano

  San francesco asciano   Chiesa di San Francesco (Asciano) interno

Chiesa San Francesco, Ascano

 

  San Francesco  

Chiesa di San Francesco (Asciano) interno

 

Pieve Santo Stefano a Cennano 13   Castelmuzio, Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano. Absidi   Chiusure and the Campanile of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Castelmuzio, Pieve Santo Stefano a Cennano

 

 

Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano. Absidi

 

 

Chiusure and the Campanile of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

 

     

Photo album Abbey of Sant'Antimo

 

     
 

Montalcino, l'Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

  Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, la navata centrale vista dal matroneo

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo in una vecchia foto d'epoca

 

  L'Abbazia di Sant'Antimo  

La navata centrale vista dal matroneo

 

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[1] Photo filmstill Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine by Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent, Outhere