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TUSCAN MUSIC - Amiata Piano Festival 2011

No doubt, the Dionisus cycle of the Amiata Piano Festival is one of the hidden gems in Southern Tuscany's summer festival scene. The Collemassari wine cellar (designed by Italian architect Edoardo Millesi) makes for a stunning setting for the 4 concerts, which are quite rightly dedicated to Dionisus, the greek god of wine and wine making. The musicians match the prime setting; the pianist and artistic director Maurizio Baglini has put together a selection of Italian and international musicians who'll guarantee for fantastic performances. 

This year's edition pays tribute to Italian composer Nino Rota (for his centenary) and also to Franz Liszt who was born 200 years ago. The last of the four evenings is dedicated to the German Horn (suites by Brahms, Hindemith and Richard Strauss), whilst the first evening of the cycle is entitled 'The atypical trio - clarinet, violin, piano' (Beethoven, Rota, Brahms).  

For more details: Amiata Piano Festival - Dionisus
And if you just can't make it to Tuscany in time, try tuning in to the Italian national radio station Rai Tre, which registers the prestigious concerts. 

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