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The Santa Cecilia Orchestra inaugurates the 66th Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto
On the podium Jakub Hrůša, Principal Guest Conductor of the Cecilian Orchestra and recently appointed Music Director of the Royal Opera House, London

(Concert canceled due to bad weather)
Organizzato da: Fondazione Festival dei Due Mondi Onlus

Festival dei Due Mondi Foundation Onlus Presenta

“ 66th Festival of the Two Worlds of Spoleto ”
In the spectacular setting of Piazza Duomo, will be theOrchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia with its Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hrůsha to open on Friday June 23, 2023, the 66th edition of the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds.

For the third year residing at the festival founded by Gian Carlo Menotti back in 1958, the Cecilian team will also be the star of the closing concert conducted by Antonio Pappano on 9 July.

The program chosen by Jakub Hrůsha for the opening of the Spoleto review is of great charm: the Czech conductor is a fine connoisseur of his compatriot's music Leoš Janáček – the 'Moravian Musorgsky', according to the definition of Fedele d'Amico – of which he will propose a monographic layout.

The evening opens with the Suite, prepared by Hrůša himself, of the Cunning little fox (1924): a musical fresco on the adventures of the Bystrouška fox that men first try to tame, then capture and finally kill and which symbolizes freedom for an elderly forester. The sung parts (the duet between the Volpe Bystrouška and the Volpacchiotto Lišák taken from the 2nd act and the scene of the Gamekeeper from the 3rd act) are entrusted to the sopranos Corinne Winters is Louise Alder and baritone Roman Hoza.

Next, three of the six Dances of the Lachi (region of birth of the composer on the border with Poland) composed between 1889 and 1890: the no. 3 Dymak (Anvil dance), with a lively tempo and ending in a prestissimo, la no. 5 Celadenský (Dance of the village of Čeladná), typical Lachian mountain dance and finally the no. 6, Pilky (Dance of the saw), three majestic symphonic pages from Janáček's folk period, full of popular ideas. In an article from 1928, published a few months before his death, Janáček recounts a visit to his native region: “That is why I am here to proofread my score of Dances of the Lakes. With notes and rhythms I evoked the room crammed with people with red and sweaty faces, girls, young men. Everything moves, bows, rotates [...] All of you, torrents of the country of the Lachi, have you not hastened since time immemorial to the rhythm of these dances? In praise of my native land, the score will go around the world filled with sparkling notes, playful, chatty and contemplative melodies. May it sow joy and bring a smile!”.

It will close the program there Sinfonietta, Janáček's last work for solo orchestra and perhaps his best known work. Performed for the first time in 1926, it is a tribute to his city: the five movements (Fanfare, The Castle, The Queen's Monastery, The Street, The Town Hall) describe streets and symbolic places of Brno, almost as if to draw a sound map.
The Santa Cecilia Orchestra inaugurates the 66th Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto

Interpreters

Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia
director Jakub Hrůša

sopranos Corinne Winters, Louise Alder
baritone Roman Hoza

Program

Leoš Janáček

The cunning little fox
Suite (version by Jakub Hrůša); with scenes from the original opera

Dances of the Lachi
no. 3 Dance of the anvil
no. 5 Celadna village dance
no. 6: Saw dance

Sinfonietta

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