Rome is a place of great beauty, contrast and life. It is an eclectic city: the religious world centre of Catholic Church, the fabulous ruins of the centre of the Roman Empire, and modern, bustling Rome. So much diversity, the city is like a moveable feast of endless delicious courses!
Once it ruled the Western World, and even the partial, scattered ruins of that awesome empire, of which Rome was the capital, are today among the most overpowering sights on earth. To walk the Roman Forum to view the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Appian Way—these are among the most memorable, instructive, and illuminating experiences in all of travel. To see evidence of a once-great civilization that no longer exists is a humbling experience that everyone should have. Thrilling, too, are the sights of Christian Rome, which speak to the long and complex domination by this city of one of the world’s major religions. As a visitor to Rome, you will be constantly reminded of this extraordinary history.
But it’s important to remember that Rome is not just a place of the past, but one that lives and breathes and buzzes with Vespas in the here and now. So take the time to get away from the tourist hordes to explore the intimate piazzas and lesser basilicas in the backstreets of Trastevere and the centro storico. Rome is also blessed with a plethora of amazing buildings, ruins, palaces, churches which each have individual charm and provide great space for a whole host of classical concerts. The subject of this week’s blog is just one of them.
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
When it comes to great music around the world, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is at the top of its class. It’s an Italian excellence. An academy that houses the treasures of music, a place where you are transported by culture. Not to mention it’s one of the oldest musical institutions worldwide. Since its foundation in 1585, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved from an organization of mostly local musicians to a modern academy and symphonic concert institution, earning itself international acclamation. With around 250 performances year round, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia offers a wide range of cultural and musical events, including chamber concerts and operas in concert version. Here are just some of the the upcoming highlights for the spring and summer.
Nikolai Lugansky in Recital
Russia’s Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. He is Artistic Director of the Tambov Rachmaninov Festival and a regular recitalist the world over. Nikolai Lugansky has won several awards for his many recordings.He was awarded the honour of People’s Artist of Russia in April 2013. In 2018 Nikolai Lugansky received the State Prize of the Russian Federation, for his contribution to the development and advancement of Russian and international classical music culture over the past 20 years.
- Beethoven Sonata n. 28 op. 101
- Beethoven Sonata n. 23 op. 57 “Appassionata”
- Franck Preludio, aria e finale
- Franck Preludio, corale e fuga
8 Mar 2020 at 20.30h
Leonidas Kavakos in Recital
Leonidas Kavakos has established himself as a violinist, conductor and artist of rare quality, known at the highest level for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. International recognition first came while Kavakos was still in his teens, winning the Sibelius Competition in 1985 and, three years later, the Paganini Competition. Kavakos now works with all the world’s major orchestras and conductors
- Beethoven Sonata n. 4 op.23
- Beethoven Sonata n. 5 op. 24 “La Primavera”
- Beethoven Sonata n. 10 op. 96
25 mar 20.30h
Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is is a composition for soloists (soprano, contralto, tenor, bass), double chorus, organ and orchestra. Janáček had extensive experience working with choirs, as well as writing a large amount of choral music, and this work is his finest in the genre. It begins and closes with triumphant fanfares dominated by the brass. In between these sections lies particularly vibrant and rhythmic writing for solo voices as well as choir.
26(19.30h) 27(20.30h) 28(18.00h) Mar 2020.
Antonio Pappano – Igor Levit
One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. Igor Levit is one of the world’s most sought-after pianists. He shows both technical brilliance and tonal allure.
- Bach-Respighi Tre Corali
- Bach-Stokowski Toccata e Fuga in re minore BWV 565
- Busoni Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra con coro maschile
2(19.30h) 3(20.30h) 4(18.00h) Apr 2020.
Ray Chen in Recital
Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. His remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.
- Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia: Sinfonia
- Paganini Concerto per violino n. 1
- Mendelssohn Sinfonia n. 3 “Scozzese”
16(19.30h) 17(20.30h) 18(18.00h) Apr 2020.
Valery Gergiev Conducts
Valery Gergiev is a Russian conductor, known for his charismatic stage presence and passionate performances. He is the innovative artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
- Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
- Prokofiev Concerto per pianoforte n. 3
- Stravinskij L’uccello di fuoco: balletto completo
28(19.30h) 29(20.30h) 30(18.00h) May 2020.
These three evenings devoted to Italian composer Donizetti are conducted by Antonio Pappano and star prominent German soprano Diana Damrau who has taken the world’s operatic and concert stages by storm with her delicately agile yet strikingly powerful vocals. Damrau is a diva in the best possible sense; a singer who seems to have it all: capable both of dazzling vocal fireworks, and a richness and intelligence that takes her right into the heart of the German romantic repertoire.
11(19.30h) 13(18.00h) 16(20.30h) Jun 2020.
250° Beethoven – I Concerti per pianoforte
Born in 1770 into an age of political turmoil and social unrest, Beethoven wrote music marked by the spirit of revolution. This is his 250th anniversary and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia are honouring his profound contribution to music with four nights in his honour. Each night features Alexander Lonquich conducting and on pianoforte and he is joined by a plethora of other stars.
22, 26, 30 Jun 2020, 2 Jul 2020 all at 21.00h.
These are just a few of the marvellous concerts that are taking place at this historic Rome venue this spring and early summer, there is alway so much happening in magical venues through out this incredible city.
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