Swiss/Italian pianist Olivier Cavé, class of 1977, was in Venice last week to play J.S. Bach concerti/capricci under Teatro La Fenice's gilded Sale Apollinee, hosted by the Associazione Culturale Italo-Tedesca Venezia and the Goethe Institut.
A decade ago, Cavé's first DG CD dropped with Beethoven, Schubert, Scarlatti and Schumann and he's since flipped to Aeon with two CDs -- D. Scarlatti's Naples echoes and Clementi's footsteps across Rome. For his third, Cavé throws la Serenissma a curveball -- J.S. Bach's Italian moments musicaux called, “Nel gusto italiano – Concerti, Capriccio e Aria”.
After Tiepolo-&-Tintoretto-tinted dreams, we met Olivier Lexa, the young artistic director for the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music, who gave us a tour of the ornate Sala della Musica at the chiesa dell'Ospedaletto/Santa Maria dei Derelitti (above).
We visited Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with its il Veronese masterpiece in the Cenacolo Palladiano (above) and its insane, new library (below), a former residence hall of Benedictine bros.
In retracing Wagner's footsteps across the city, we headed to Palazzo Fortuny for an exhibition on the German Romantic conductor's influence in visual art (like the Antoni Tapies oil on canvas below), which runs through April 8.
Lastly, we kicked our library fetish into high gear with a visit to the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Venezia where Cavé navigated facsimile scores of D. Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea lovingly cradled in red grosgrain cushions.
*Pulls back hair, unzips Chanel, kicks off YSL Tributes* Now why don't you join us beneath the cut for more of OC's personal photos?
(Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Venezia ceiling)