Singing Bach - Festival "BackTOBach"

Music as you wouldn't expect it


BACHaro Tour is a project of popularization of classical music, aiming at bringing it in non-conventional places. Its name is a wordplay on bacaro, the typical Venetian pub (and bacaro tour, the students' "pilgrimages" from bacaro to bacaro), and Bach. In Autumn 2016 this led to the idea of bringing Bach's music within these small pubs, starting with the Solo Cello Suites. 

This attempt was successful: the recipe included one or more instruments, three or four pubs which agreed to the project, and an informal listening guide on the move, explaining Bach to the - by now - numerous customers surrounding the musicians. This format brought around, on calli and bridges, a small regal, a harp, as well as many virginals and harpsichords.

The third edition (Spring 2018) saw the participation of a rowing club, which lent boats for both the musicians and the audience; this allowed us to create a performance of the Goldberg Variations in the string-trio version. Indeed, for BACHaro Tour, to popularize is by no means to trivialize or to oversimplify music; rather, it means to communicate its complexity. The same applies to the listening guides: all performances are introduced by a musicologist who explains piece or particular aspects of the works, avoiding pedantic information and gossip alike, but rather focussing on a single point: why should this music be interesting? One of the leading principles is therefore to instill an initial curiosity and to make the underlying complexity understood. Th

Thanks to these principles, we could establish an affectionate regular audience and involve new listeners; words such as Allemande or Counterpoint are no more the gobbledegook of an exoteric language. Music, in turn, is the true protagonist, and is never a mere cocktail background. We remember with particular emotion the moments in which a crowded calle became suddenly silent thanks to the gentle sound of a flute, a violin or a harp: such moments have led the organisers to increasingly daring choices.  Thus, after the Solos for violin, cello, flute and lute, other extremely rare or complex works have been performed: such as the Goldberg Variations, but also Mozart's transcriptions of the Adagios and Fugues for String Trios, the Flute and continuo Sonatas and many more. Any piece is, in principle, eligible, as long as it is communicated efficaciously, in a fashion which is reassuring and encourages proximity rather than establishing uncrossable gaps. 

BACHaro Tour is a cultural charity since October 2017, with the following Board: 

Alessandro Cappelletto (Oderzo, 1992): violinist (currently principal violin of the Second violins in the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice). Has degrees in violin and composition; he is a gifted soloist and an attentive and deep interpreter. At BACHaro Tour he is the secretary and a solo or ensemble performer.

Nicolò Groja (Venice, 1986) has a PhD in Italian studies and philology. He is the responsible of Radio Ca' Foscari and works at the Communication Office of the Università Ca' Foscari of Venice. He is responsible for the communication (on paper and on web) of BACHaro Tour; he is also the association's treasurer. Social and web management are crucial; thanks to Nicolò, BACHaro Tour has a Facebook and an Instagram page and a regularly updated website with culture and irony in equal measure.

Mauro Masiero (Venice, 1987) is a musicologist; he has a PhD in Art History and he is the President of BACHaro Tour; he realizes the listening guides. He is always careful to avoid both pedantry and triviality, and he aims at inserting a seed of curiosity in the listeners, giving them suggestions for listening with greater awareness.

Federico Toccano (Padua, 1989) is a cellist; he has got his Conservatory Degree in Vicenza and has continued his education in London, studying Baroque performance practice there. He performs as a soloist and within several ensembles (among which Venice Chamber Orchestra). He is the vice-President of BACHaro Tour and its reference cellist; with him the association's experiments began, and he keeps playing (as a soloist, in ensemble etc.), also realizing interesting encounters with other instruments (such as the harp or the viola da gamba).


Maurizio Baglini


Concert pianist

A "non-dogmatic" Bach

Pianist Maurizio Baglini's approach to Johann Sebastian Bach's music is anti-dogmatic, and, even if respecting the philological studies, more in step with the twentieth century post-romantic and expressionist perspective, inaugurated by Ferruccio Busoni's piano transcriptions, as his frequent live performances, but also the 2011 recording for Tudor record label, show.

As a visionary pianist with a taste for musical challenges, Maurizio Baglini has an intense international concert career. Winner at the age 24 of the "World Music Piano Master" of Montecarlo, he regularly performs in venues such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington and he is guest in prestigious festivals, including La Roque d'Anthéron, Yokohama Piano Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival, "Benedetti Michelangeli" in Bergamo and Brescia. His extensive record production for Decca / Universal includes music by Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Domenico Scarlatti and Mussorgsky and in 2020 the fifth CD of his complete piano works by Schumann is released. The founder and artistic director of the Amiata Piano Festival, he is the artistic consultant for dance and music at Teatro "Verdi" in Pordenone. In 2019 he was nominated Honorary Member of Aiarp, the Italian Association of Piano Tuners and Repairers. He plays a Fazioli grand piano.


Enrico Baiano

Conservatorio 'Domenico Cimarosa' - Avellino

Soloist and teacher of harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano

Enrico Baiano has given many Bach recitals, as a soloist, in duo with violin, viola da gamba, traversiere, and with orchestra. He has performed great part of the repertoire at harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano. The latter is a copy after an original made by Gottfried Silbermann: Bach was familiar with Silbermann's fortepianos, played on them at Potsdam court and probably owned one. Enrico Baiano has recorded "The Well-Tempered Clavier" at the three instruments, the Sonatas for Traversiere (in duo with Tommaso Rossi) at the fortepiano, the Toccatas at the harpsichord.

Enrico Baiano has recorded several solo cds for Symphonia (now partly re-released by Glossa, and PanClassic) and for Stradivarius, which have won him several international prizes such as the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique and Platte des Monats. For Limen Musica he has recorded in cd and dvd J. S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (played on harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano), Toccatas, Sonatas for traversiere and keyboard (with soloist Tommaso Rossi). He has taken part in two documentary films directed by Francesco Leprino: ‘Sul nome B.a.c.h.’ and ‘Un gioco ardito’ (on Domenico Scarlatti). Among his publications: Harpsichord Method (Ut Orpheus, translated into English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese); Le Sonate di Domenico Scarlatti (L.I.M.-Libreria Musicale Italiana, co-authored with Marco Moiraghi); Il discorso musicale, in La narrazione al plurale (ed. by S. Messina – Gaia); Mille fughe, pause e riprese – Clavicembalisti napoletani del Seicento, in Storia della Musica e del Teatro a Napoli-Il Seicento (Turchini Edizioni). Enrico Baiano is Professor of harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano at the Conservatorio Domenico Cimarosa, Avellino.


Sandro Ivo Bartoli

Concert pianist - The Royal Academy of Music

Bach: performance, interpretation, recordings

Sandro Ivo Bartoli performs and has recorded Busoni's complete Bach transcriptions and several original works by Bach. His CD "J. S. Bach: Preludes, Fantasias and Minuets" (Solaire) was awarded the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato. 

Sandro Ivo Bartoli studied at the Conservatory of Florence and at The Royal Academy of Music in London. He performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and others. He was mainly interested, at first, in the Italian music of the early twentieth century, and later he focused on the lesser-known works by Liszt, Beethoven, Bach, Franck and others. 


Alberto Basso

Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte

In J. S. Bach's name: Frau Musika and beyond

Alberto Basso, the author of more than five hundred publications and about 130 radio broadcasts about Johann Sebastian Bach, is acknowledged as the greatest Bach expert in Italy. In 1961 he published Il corale organistico di J. S. Bach, and in 1976 the fifth volume of the series on Music History edited by the Società Italiana di Musicologia, bearing the title of L'età di Bach e di Händel. Between 1979 and 1983 he published the two volumes of Frau Musika, the most comprehensive modern biography of Bach after Philipp Spitta's monumental work. In 2015 he published the Manuale di navigazione, a three-volume work for musicologists and musicians approaching Bach studies; it provides them with a vocabulary and introductory studies about Bach's biography and the chronology of his works. From 2020 he is Honorary President of

Alberto Basso has a degree in Law, but has dedicated his whole life to music. For more than thirty years he was a Professor of Music History, and later the Librarian at the Conservatory of Turin (1961-1993). From 1973 to 1979, and again from 1994 to 1997 he was the President of the Società Italiana di Musicologia. In 1986 he founded the Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte. Since 1982 he is a Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and in 1984 he was knighted (Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana). In 2004 he was awarded an honorary degree in Musicology at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona. 

Alberto Basso began his musicological activity in 1950 with a monograph about Igor Stravinsky, which was awarded the First Prize at a Competition by the Ministry for the Public Education in Italy. Later he edited five monumental encyclopedic works published by UTET: La Musica (6 vols., 1966-1971), Storia dell'Opera (6 vols., 1977), the DEUMM (Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti, 17 vols., 1983-2004), Musica in Scena (6 vols., 1995-1997), Storia della Musica (5 vols., the first three of which were also entirely written by him, 2004-2005). He is the author of ten monographs, which are the results of his very varied studies; along with Bach, his research interests and publications include Storia del Conservatorio «Giuseppe Verdi» di Torino, storia e documenti dalle origini al 1970 (1971), Storia del Teatro Regio di Torino (6 vols., the second of which was authored by him, 1976-1991), L’invenzione della gioia. Musica e massoneria nell’età dei Lumi (1994), I Mozart in Italia (2006), L’Eridano e la Dora festeggianti. Le musiche e gli spettacoli nella Torino di Antico Regime (2016). He also supervised the exposition (and the caalogue) for the 250° anniversary of the Opera Theatre in Turin: L’arcano incanto, per i 250 anni del Teatro Regio di Torino (1991). 

He edited approximately 150 volumes for various series and is the author of hundreds of concert booklets, articles for popularization, interviews and conference presentations. Among the several publications homaging him are the two volumes Musica se extendit ad omnia. Studi in onore di Alberto Basso in occasione del suo 75° compleanno (2007).

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