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Review of Linari Classic Concert at Pieve Di Sant"Appinao, Barberino Val D"Elsa

On Friday 29th July 2011 I had the opportunity to go to a concert at the Pieve di Sant'Appiano in Barberino Val d'Elsa.
It was part of the Linari classic an international festival of classical music.
Although I am not an expert in classical music, the setting made it extremely special and the people attending were very interesting and friendly and made me feel welcome straight away.
Of course Italy has always been a centre for arts and music from the Renaissance.
Tuscany and especially Florence with the Medici family originally and later on with other authors performing and living there has become and still is one of the centres of the classical music in the world.
This festival started back in 2003, the vision of Airdrie Armstrong Terenghi who wanted to see young and talented musicians from all over the world perform around Linari at the centre of Chianti.
It is now well established and has many patrons, sponsors and supporters such as: Dr.
Jeffrey Tate, CBE, internationally renowned conductor and medical specialist Maria Tipo The internationally renowned Italian pianist and teacher, has won many awards and has performed in all the major musical centres in Europe, as well as in the USA, Central and South America, Africa, Japan and the Middle East.
Stephen McIntyre, AM, Acclaimed as one of Australia's most eminent pianists and teachers.
The venues in which the concerts take place are stunning, but also intimate.
I had the privilege to be in the Pieve di Sant'Appiano, the church dates back to the 10th century with a nave and two aisles with apses, it looks like the outcome of transformations that have happened over the centuries.
In the left aisle it is easy to see the original part of the church.
I had always thought that this church would be the ideal place for a concert and the acoustics are in fact amazing.
The young, extremely talented musicians and the mezzo soprano performed music by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Britten, Respighi and Mozart.
The audience was ecstatic and it was all very well received.
After the concert a magnificent candle-lit dinner was served in the cloisters of the church.
It was an amazing way of spending an evening during a holiday at villa e colli which is only a ten minutes' car ride from the Pieve, I heard some marvellous music and spoke to very interesting people, I will make a point to return next summer and to recommend it to our friends.

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