Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra launch the 2016/17 Season in Rome and abroad
Sir Antonio Pappano and his multi-award-winning Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia announce the 2016/17 Season, opening in Rome on 20 October with a concert performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio. Due to popular demand, Pappano and his Roman Orchestra’s extensive touring continues with return visits to Central Europe - Prague, Budapest and Vienna - in September, followed by a May tour to Switzerland, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Essen.
Samuel Bordoli writes anthem - The Great Silence - to commemorate former choristers killed in World War I in aid of children’s music charity London Music Masters
British composer Samuel Bordoli has been commissioned by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL to compose a choral anthem - The Great Silence - in memory of fallen choristers who gave their lives in the First World War. The new anthem will be premiered at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on 26 September in a concert to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday as part of the Windsor Festival. Samuel Bordoli’s chosen text is the poem Song and Pain by Ivor Gurney, chorister, poet and composer who was wounded whilst serving with The Gloucestershire Regiment in the First World War. The anthem will serve as the fallen choristers’ legacy to the young of today in supporting the work of music charity London Music Masters.
Raphael Wallfisch rediscovers exiled Jewish composers in a new series of CDs
Through a series of new recordings with Classic Produktion Osnabrück (CPO), cellist Raphael Wallfisch goes on a personal journey to rediscover the forgotten cello music of exiled Jewish composers who escaped Fascism and the Third Reich. The series will include premiere recordings of cello concerti by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Weigl and Reizenstein, and Bloch’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. With conductor Nicholas Milton, Wallfisch has joined forces with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and Deutschland Radio starting in May to record the series of cello concertos of Hans Gál and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for release later this year.
Gianluca Marcianò and the Roma United Orchestra announce concert at the Roman Forum
Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò leads the first open-air concert to be held in the
Roman Forum - Music for Mercy - on Tuesday 26 July, which will be televised across
the world and projected on a big screen on the church of Santa Maria Antiqua. Music
for Mercy marks the Pope’s Jubilee of Mercy. It boasts a line-up of star musicians
from across the globe including tenor Andrea Bocelli, musical star Elaine Paige,
multiple Grammy-Award-winning pianist David Foster and The Tenors. From the Ave
Maria and Mater Misericordiae to Morricone’s music to the film Cinema Paradiso,
Marcianò will conduct Malaysian singer Zainal Abidin, Syrian clarinetist Kinan
Azmeh and two Italian pop stars, Giovanni Caccamo - winner of the Best Newcomer
at the 2015 Sanremo Festival - and rock guitarist Federico Paciotti.
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras announce an international tour of Claudio Monteverdi’s surviving operas to mark his 450th anniversary in 2017
On 30 April at the Accademia Monteverdiana in Venice’s beautiful Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras with Sir John Eliot Gardiner announced their plans for Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary in 2017. From 10 April to October 2017, they will embark on a global tour with a trilogy of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. The trilogy provides the first opportunity for Gardiner to perform Il ritorno d’Ulisse, which will open the anniversary celebrations in Aix-En-Provence on 10 April. A highlight of the tour will be the complete trilogy in Venice at La Fenice from 16 to 21 June. With appearances at the Berliner Festspiele and Lucerne Festival, the tour continues for further dates in the UK, Austria, France, Spain, and the USA, with more festival performances to be announced in due course.