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Manfred Honeck conducts the Coro and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Manfred Honeck conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a concert that will be recorded on Sunday 21 March and which will subsequently be broadcast in streaming.

On the program compositions by Franz Joseph Haydn, Anton Bruckner, Lili Boulanger, Gabriel Fauré and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Florence 19 March 2021 – Maestro Manfred Honeck, one of the most important international conductors, whose debut in May dates back to 2004, conducts the Coro and the Orchestra del Maggio in a concert that will be recorded on Sunday 21 March 2021, at 11 am, and which will later be streamed. The varied program includes the Symphony in D major Hob.I: 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn, the motet Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner, the cantata Pie Jesu by Lili Boulanger, the Cantique de Jean Racine op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré and, in conclusion, three compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339, the Ave verum corpus K. 618 and the Symphony in E flat major K. 543. Soloist in the piece by Boulanger and in Mozart’s Laudate: Francesca Aspromonte who last September interpreted the role of Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, which inaugurated the 2020/2021 Opera Season. Choir Master: Lorenzo Fratini.

Maestro Honeck was expected for a concert on December 21, 2020 in subscription to the 2020/2021 symphonic season which was suspended due to the limitations imposed for the emergency by Covid. The concert will however be recovered in the near future when the health situation has normalized. In the meantime, the Maggio has decided to add, to the programming, the concert of March 21 directed by Maestro Honeck, to record it and then broadcast it in streaming.

At the opening of the concert, the Symphony in D major Hob.I: 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn, one of the first of the “London” cycle that marks the culmination of the composer’s production for this genre, to continue with the motet Locus iste by Anton Bruckner, short a cappella piece with the initial theme vaguely reminiscent of Mozart’s Ave verum, Lili Boulanger’s cantata Pie Jesu, which should have been part of a never-completed “Requiem Mass” by the composer, and the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, his first relevant composition which will be performed in May in an elaboration by Maestro Honeck. The concert poster ends with three pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339, the composer’s last work for the liturgical service of the Salzburg Cathedral, the motet Ave verum corpus K. 618, among his most popular pieces with the purest melody, and the Symphony in E flat major K. 543 with a strong expressive intensity.

In the month of March and April, other recordings are planned that will be broadcast later: three with maestro Zubin Mehta on the podium including the concert at the Cathedral of Orvieto to celebrate Easter (22 March), the concert with the violinist Vilde Frang (27 March ) and the opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart directed by Sven-Erich Bechtolf (March 28) and a symphonic concert with maestro Daniele Gatti (April 2).

The overall duration is approximately one hour and forty minutes.