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The Jesus of Nazareth Church in Xaghra was the venue of another concert in Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Indeed Thursday 5th May was the first time that a Gaulitana event was held at this venue. Held in collaboration with the Xaghra Local Council, the concert featured Italian violinist Andrea Scaramella in a solo violin recital – possibly the first of its kind ever held in Gozo.

Thus Scaramella presented a tough, highly taxing and technically very difficult repertoire through which he effortlessly scrapped through using all the resources which his instrument could offer. Starting from Telemann’s Fantasia No. 1 in B major, he passed on to an unusual transcription of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in A minor (originally for organ). After a short break Scaramella passed on to Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minmor with its monumental concluding Chaconne, which simply left the audience stunned.

Scaramella ended the recital with two Caprices by Paganini, the No. 6, Op. 1 and the No. 9, Op. 6 after which the soloists was given a rousing standing ovation. Scaramella acknowledged with an encore – a Sicilianne by Bach.

The very good audience which filled the church was led by Xaghra Mayor Mr Joseph Cordina, the rector of the Jesus of Nazareth Church, Can. Anton Refalo and Gaulitana artistic director Colin Attard.

Scaramella returns to the Gaulitana concert scene on Saturday, 7th May, this time accompanied by Italian pianist Giuseppe Zuccon Ghiotto.

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