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A “Journey to Italy” at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia: Jakub Hrůša on the podium, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman on viola
Berlioz and a rarity by Martinů are on the programme

National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation Presenta

“ Concert Season 2023 -24 | Symphony ”
TO Rome back on the podiumAcademy of Santa Cecilia the Chief Guest Conductor Jakub Hrůša, who in the three concerts scheduled the8, 9 and 10 February 2024 toAuditorium Parco della Musica will propose a layout entirely dedicated to the Bel Paese, an evocative one I travel to italy among famous pieces of Berlioz and a rare rarity piece of Bohuslav Martinů. The legendary violist will support the Czech director Pinchas Zukerman, making his debut with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra.

Of Hector Berlioz the famous one will be heard at the opening of the evening Roman Carnival op. 9, 'Characteristic Overture' written in 1844 as a concert piece for large symphony orchestra, reworking themes taken from the opera Benvenuto Cellini, in particular the love duet of the first act and the glittering finale set in the streets of Rome where the Carnival rages.

It will then be another precious piece by the French composer to seal the concert, the Symphony op. 16 Harold in Italy (1834), for viola concertante and orchestra, soloist Pinchas Zukerman – the famous Israeli musician, making his debut with the Cecilian company, has worked with the major orchestras and the most famous batons over five decades, is an accomplished teacher of his instrument and also dedicates himself to conducting.

Divided into four parts, the Symphony is inspired by Childe Harold's Piligrimage (1812 – 1818) highly successful narrative poem by Lord Byron, a true cult author of the time and literary idol of Berlioz, who wrote the piece infusing it with vivid memories of the fifteen months spent in the Eternal City, "pensionnaire" at Villa Medici as winner of the Prix de Rome, the prestigious recognition finally obtained in 1830 after three failed attempts.

“Aroldo in Italia is fantastic!, singular and extraordinary, and I love the Roman Carnival” he declared Jakub Hrůša. “It's fun to perform and it was masterfully composed. I think the combination of these two Berlioz pieces is ideal. He was one of those truly brilliant people in the history of music and art. Crazy, but irreplaceable. For me he is a central figure among French composers."

Between the two pieces by Berlioz, the Czech conductor places a first performance by Cecilia, the symphonic poem in three movements The frescoes by Piero della Francesca, composed in 1955 by his compatriot Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) in the wake of the suggestions evoked by the vision of the famous "Stories of the True Cross" which Piero della Francesca frescoed between 1452 and 1466 in the main chapel of the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo. The first performance of the piece took place at the Salzburg Festival in 1956, with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Rafael Kubelik, dedicatee of the work.

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(Jakub Hrůša, photocredit Marian Lenhard; Pinchas Zuckerman, credit Cheryl Mazak)
A “Journey to Italy” at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia: Jakub Hrůša on the podium, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman on viola

Other information of interest

The same program will be performed at the end of March at the Salzburg Easter Festival, as part of the residency of the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Interpreters

Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia

director Jakub Hrůša
Violet Pinchas Zukerman

Program

Hector Berlioz
The Roman Carnival, overture
Bohuslav Martinů
The frescoes by Piero della Francesca
Hector Berlioz
Aroldo in Italy

Replicas

8 February 2024 at 7.30 pm
9 February 2024 at 8.30 pm
February 10, 2024 at 6.00 pm

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