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A Successful Synthesis of the Traditional and the Contemporary
Source: Musikfest Berlin

“This orchestra is remarkably cantabile and produces great energy. Everything goes outwards. I myself have a background in opera. I’m also interested in the drama and conflicts in symphonic music.”
Sir Antonio Pappano

Premiere: For the first time, the orchestra and choir of the venerable Roman Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia will visit the Musikfest Berlin. Founded in 1908, the orchestra helped the symphonic repertoire in Italy to achieve widespread importance, and has done so with great success under the direction of many well-known conductors. Anchored in one of the oldest musical institutions in Europe, it stands today for the successful synthesis of the tradition and the contempory. The orchestra will come to Berlin with its chief conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, who has decisively refined the orchestra’s sound, sharpened its repertoire profile and led it to internationally renowned excellence. They present a programme that is groundbreaking in every respect: The concert opens with Beethoven’s unique work, the “Great Fugue”, in an adaptation for string orchestra. This version expresses a tendency towards the orchestral that is already inherent in the original version composed for string quartet. Ferruccio Busoni’s monumental “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Male Choir in C major” is also a standalone in the concert world. Igor Levit is the soloist who will perform this work, which places the highest demands on the pianist’s virtuosity. In this piece, Ferruccio Busoni continues an experiment that Beethoven began with his “Choral Fantasy”, and nowhere does Schönberg’s music sound more sensual or vivd than in his “Five Orchestral Pieces”.

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
10 September 2020
Berlin Philharmonic

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