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32nd Milan Music Festival 2023
'Azioni fugative' is the title chosen for this year's festival, which counts 12 world premieres and 16 Italian premieres
24 appointments to explore the paths of the contemporary music and the variety of its languages: the 32nd Milan Music Festival, titled Fugitive actions, from 5 May to 10 June 2023 offers concerts of symphonic, chamber, electronic and video music, as well as performances dedicated to children, with 12 world premieres is 16 primes Italian.

And it is a work of Mauricio Kagel to inspire the title chosen for Milan Music 2023: Eine Brise. Flüchtige Aktion für 111 Radfahrer (A breeze. Fugitive action for 111 cyclists, 1996). The May 28th, the fugitive action conceived by Kagel takes the form of a participatory music project – starting from the Steam Factory, a large group of cyclists will play small percussion instruments pedaling along a route organized and guided by professional percussionists, with the musical direction of Simone Beneventi and in collaboration with Ciclobby: an event with a symbolic value of opening and vitality of the Festival. 

And the Festival Milan Music continues its research among the new languages of contemporary creativity, putting on the program composers of different generations and styles, recognized and active at an international level: the program develops around the artistic personality of great twentieth-century composers, such as György Ligeti, Bruno Maderna, Iannis Xenakis, Toru Takemitsu, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, placed in dialogue with today's composers, of different ages, Italians and foreigners, including George Battistelli, George Benjamin, Maurilio Soccer player, Márton Illés, Enno poops, Savior Scarrino, Martin Smolka, Dmitri Kourliandski.

One of the objectives of the Milano Musica Festival is to create new ways of listening, a goal pursued through multiple paths: the offer of very rare repertoires in traditional places (for example Jonchaies by Iannis Xenakis al Teatro alla Scala); the use of unconventional spaces as the Pirelli HangarBicocca for the inauguration; the choice and particular combination of repertoires and authors; the will of create new contemporary spaces bringing together performers and composers, alternating chamber and solo concerts with workshop-concerts dedicated to the younger audience, as in the three days at the Fabbrica del Vapore; the preference for songs that innovate the relationship between music and the audience, by their very form and instrumental ensemble.

To be mentioned in this regard works such as Ausstrahlung of Bruno Maderna, presented in the new critical edition with theMilan Symphony Orchestra, or Wald for four quartets of Enno Poppe, at the inauguration in Pirelli HangarBicocca together with two pieces by the young composers Giulia Lorusso is Justė Janulytė for the same staff directed by Luca Antignani, or even the concert at Royal Palace for the double bass octet Ludus gravis directed by Daniele Roccato, with passages by Stefano Scodanibbio is Sofija Gubajdulina, and with a world premiere of Savior Scarrino.

In the valuable billboard, two appointments stand out at the Teatro alla Scala: the violinist Francesco D'Orazio With the'Rai National Symphony Orchestra driven by Michele Leg, presents its Italian premiere Schnur for violin and orchestra by Enno Poppe alongside large orchestral works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann is Iannis Xenakis.

The famous SWR Vokalensemble directed by Yuval Weinberg debuts at the Piermarini, presenting two Italian premieres of Smolka is Illés with Lux Aeterna and the Drei Phantasien nach Friedrich Hölderlin of Ligeti on the centenary of his birth. Previewed at both concerts, a short recital by the cellist Michele Marco Rossi dialogue with the authors scheduled in the Ridotto dei Palchi A. Toscanini.

Two more concerts – in co-production with the Season ofSymphony Orchestra of Milan – are dedicated to Bruno Maderna is Richard Strauss; directs them Tito Ceccherini, with the participation of Monica Bacelli.

Percussion is the protagonist at Teatro Elfo Puccini with Les Percussions de Strasbourg, in a “Japanese” program around the metaphor of rain, e Ars Ludi, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale 2022, in a journey around the music of George Battistelli. The initiatives dedicated to the world of percussion are also aimed at children with the workshop-concerts directed by Daniel Kollé at the Steam Factory.

Appointments in collaboration with MEET Digital Culture Center link past and future, with the projection of metropolis of Fritz Lang, a silent film masterpiece with the new electro-acoustic performative soundtrack by Edison Studio premiere, in collaboration with Ravenna Festival, and with the electroacoustic performance of the cycle of the Leprechaun trilogy of Maurilio Cacciatore with Syntax Ensemble, artist-in-residence 2023-2024.

The Steam Factory it becomes a space for contemporary music with three days of solo and chamber concerts and workshops dedicated to small groups of children.

Prestigious soloists and ensembles alternate with monographs and novelties: Matthew Cesari with pieces for flute solo by Zimmermann, Posadas, Saunders, Furrer is Billone; the Maurice Quartet, for the first time a guest of the festival, presents songs by Beat Furrer, Clara Iannotta is Simone Courts premiere; come back Syntax Ensemble with a concert entirely dedicated to Dmitri Kourliandski; Domenico Nordio interprets the Mystery Sonatas of David Lang; Erik Bertsch presents for the first time the entire piano work of George Benjamin.

Thanks to the close cooperation with the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan, the festival includes the production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung of Viktor Ullmann.


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