The two coral-symphonic masterpieces of Händel’s Solomon and Mozart’s Requiem are standing out in the 38th Edition of Bologna Festival which showcases exclusive live performances and programmes, hosting internationally renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras of today’s music field.
On March 20, the Solomon by Händel opening the Grandi Interpreti Season (Great Performers Season), executed by an extraordinary vocal and instrumental group from Germany: Die Kölner Akademie Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Michael Alexander Willens.
The solemn Oratorio in three acts for solos, choir and orchestra is a production especially created for Bologna Festival and this is the only date in Italy.
Sunday 31st March: second appointment of the Grandi Interpreti cycle, with the pianist Arcadi Volodos executing Rachmaninov’s Skrjabin’s pieces together with Schubert’s.
On April 14, Martha Argerich comes back as guest of Bologna Festival: an absolutely exceptional event, where she performs first as a soloist, then with a chamber music group, playing with the Cuarteto Quiroga. On May 2nd, a third piano recital – with Grigory Sokolov.
On May 10th, M° Thomas Hengelbrock is conducting the Balthasar Neumann Choir & Ensemble, one of today’s most appreciated baroque groups on the international scene, in the execution of Mozart’s Requiem.
The symphonic programme is then focusing on two important orchestras: the Budapest Festival Orchestra, embodying the great Mittleuropean tradition, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, born as a youth orchestra under Claudio Abbado’s wing and now acknowledged as one of the best orchestras in the world.
On May 22nd, Iván Fischer is conducting his Budapest Festival Orchestra in the execution of the Schubert’s “Tragica” Sinfonia n. 4, of the Rossini overture and of the Mozart’s Concert for Piano K.453, trusting it to an “intimate” performer such as the pianist Emanuel Ax.
On May 30th, Antonio Pappano is conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the passionate Dvořák’s Slavic Dances and the Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, while the great violinist Janine Jansen is executing the sensual Szymanowski Concert op.35.
The Talenti Festival (Talents) starts on March 26 in San Filippo Neri Oratorio, showcasing the new generation of concert players, competition winners and pupils of renowned teachers. The Trio Kanon refines its performing art with the Trio di Parma and with the Atos Trio; The Werther Quartet have made themselves known in several competitions and studied at Conservatorio di Parma with Pierpaolo Maurizzi; the violinist Indro Borreani, pupil of Uto Ughi and Dejan Bogdanovich, is playing in a duet with the the pianist Ginevra Costantini Negri, enfant prodige who performed in the Carnegie Hall in New York when she was 10 years old; the pianista Gabriele Strata, pupil of Riccardo Zadra and Roberto Prosseda, is the winner of the Venice Prize, one of the most prestigious piano contest at the national level.
Like every year, the winner of the “Prize by the Audience”, awarded to the best performer of the Talenti festival, will come back to perform in the Autumn festival (on November 12).
IL NUOVO, L’ANTICO
Apology of the Quartet. From the old historical vanguards to the present day, and Bach versus Händel. Two parallel lives are the two projects included in the cycle Il Nuovo, L’Antico (The New, the Old), starting from the 18th of September, in the rooms of San Filippo Neri Oratorio.
It’s a cycle of cultural follow-ups, willing to highlight the most intimate and less known aspects of three great musicians, by reading their papers and letters: Debussy, Wagner, Mozart. Starting from February 27, at 6.30 p.m., in the venues of the Museo della Musica: readings, comments and piano performances by Enzo Restagno, Giuseppe Modugno and Giorgio Pestelli.
Debussy – Monsieur Croche (27 February); Wagner – My Life (6 March); Mozart – On my trip to Paris; Letters 1777-1778 (13 March).
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