19-21 August 2015

The people who attended the 1st Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) are talking about a real metamorphosis. For 3 days, 19-21 August 2015, the alluring village of Lesbos was filled with the melodies performed by 21 highly acclaimed classical music musicians in the evening concerts at the Byzantine castle and in surprise musical moments taking place in the traditional cobble streets of Molyvos during the day.

The people of the island embraced the Festival. In all concerts the castle was full. The audience, local people and visitors from all over the world where thrilled. “I am used to listening in such high quality music in the concert halls of Germany and Austria. I would have never expected to hear it in the castle of Molyvos!” told a member of the audience. Some people said they visited Lesbos just to be part of the Festival.

Programme

19.08

A new era

Molyvos Castle 21:00

DARIUS MILHAUD (1892 -1974)
Scaramouche, op. 165 (arr. Don Stewart)

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)
Horn Trio in E-flat major, op. 40

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 – 1975)
Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11

W. A. MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Adagio and Rondo in C minor, KV 617

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
Tango Suite (arr. Theodore Kerkezos) *world premiere*

Spirited Youth

Molyvos Castle

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, op. 28 (arr. Brett Dean)

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 -1827)
Septet in E-flat major, op. 20

20.08

Transformation

Mythimna Conference Centre
Lunchtime concert 21:15

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913 – 1976)
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49

JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912 – 1997)
Petit Quatuor (arr. Sebastian Manz)

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Metamorphosen (arr. Rudolf Leopold)

20.08

Afterlife

Molyvos Castle 21:00

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Sonata in B-flat major, KV 358

BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824 – 1884)
String Quartet no. 1 in E minor “From My Life“

GUSTAV MAHLER (1860 – 1911)
Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. Klaus Simon)

Under the Auspices

MIMF FANS

  • Evripides Loukis
  • Theodore Tryfon,
  • Rea Lazopoulou
  • Helen Morton & Igor Aleksander

Retrospective

2020
Synchronicity

2019
Dia-Logos

2018
Genesis

2017
Catharsis

2016
Crossroads