On April 26, 2021 at 8 pm, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino inaugurates the 83rd edition its Festival.

Maestro Daniele Gatti will be on the podium of the choral symphonic concert.
Finally with the presence of the audience in the hall: “It is the symbol of a great victory”.
The concert will be broadcasted live on Rai Radio 3.

Florence April 24, 2021 – The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, after many months of activity carried out in an empty room, finally opens on Monday April 26 2021 at 8 pm, the day on which almost all of Italy, including Tuscany, will return to the yellow zone, the 83rd edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, finally opening its doors to the public. On the program a refined choral symphonic concert directed by Maestro Daniele Gatti, on the podium conducting the Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The program is entirely dedicated to the composer Igor Stravinskij, on the 50th anniversary of his death, with the Symphonie de Psaumes and the Symphony in C. Choir Master Lorenzo Fratini.

I am very happy – said Superintendent Alexander Pereira – it is a very happy moment, but also a planned moment because we had thought of the opening of the Festival on April 26 with this concert and on April 27 with the opera Adriana Lecouvreur. It almost seems that Prime Minister Draghi did the programming: its reopening coincides exactly with that of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and I am very grateful to him for this “fantastic direction”. We have applied the safety procedures, tested all the collaborators of the Theater with, so far, more than 15 thousand serological tests every week, we have always respected our program thus maintaining the excellence of the Choir and the Orchestra, we have recorded the our shows and so we were always ready to reopen when it would have been allowed: and now the time has finally come to welcome the audience again and go on stage”.

Maestro Daniele Gatti returns to Maggio again after the Easter symphonic concert on April 3, 2021, which can still be seen in streaming on the Maggio website (and which has already recorded more than 14,000 views). “For me it is a great pleasure to come back and be here in Maggio to inaugurate the Festival in a moment that is still difficult: the music has been going on in fits and starts for more than a year, but it has never died. Even if the concerts and shows were performed without an audience, even if we had the support, not only of the national networks, of the Rai and private individuals, we all fought so that the music does not abdicate in the face of the virus and if we can have the public day 26 is the symbol of a great victory. ” Maestro Gatti continues: “At the inaugural concert of the Festival del Maggio, we present music by Igor Stravinskij, on the 50th anniversary of his death, with two rare compositions. The general public is naturally fond of Stravinsky of the early years of the century and therefore to his most famous compositions The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Petruška, but this composer wrote a lot of music during his career then, around the beginning of the 1920s, it had a ‘neoclassical’ turn and therefore took up the stylistic features of the classical period, of the end of the Baroque period and revised them in the light of the experience of the twentieth century. The two symphonies that we will perform with the Orchestra and the Choir of the Maggio are in fact two very pertinent examples for what concerns this Stravinsky style. They are two rare compositions but I think this sophisticated program is particularly suitable for inaugurating such an important Festival.”

The concert program is entirely dedicated to the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, on the 50th anniversary of his death, with two scheduled symphonies that were both written for the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of two great American orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony respectively. Orchestra: the Symphonie de Psaumes and the Symphony in C. The compositions also have in common the setting of the dedication, which, in French in 1930, and in English in 1940, the musician declares them “composed for the glory of God” and they are placed in the phase of Stravinsky’s production which is usually called “Neoclassical”. The Symphonie de Psaumes, composed between January and August 15, 1930 and dedicated to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which can be defined as a “symphony” in the ancient sense of the word, that is, as a sacred piece with undefined formal characteristics and intended for a vocal group and instrumental. It is a work of sacred monumentality, due to its ritual static nature, and above all because it brings us back to the heart of Stravinsky’s pessimistic vision of the world. The program ends with the Symphony in C, begun in Paris in the fall of 1938 and composed and commissioned for the fiftieth anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which the musician claims to have written “in the most tragic year of my life” and comes to claim to have managed to survive only by working on the composition. The symphony opens with a simple motif of only three notes enunciated by the strings in the first movement (Moderato alla breve) is the seed from which the entire symphonic discourse sprouts, a sort of motto that will serve as the glue between the first and last movement. The second movement (Larghetto concertante) in tripartite form highlights the sonorities of the oboes with a crystalline design that is disturbed only in the central section. The third movement (Allegretto), on the other hand, has all the appearance of a Scherzo in which dance rhythms are launched at full speed with continuous changes of meter. In the finale (Largo. Tempo proprio, in the short) the initial motto reappears in the serious choral of bassoons and brass that welds and closes the work according to the principle of cyclic form.

The day after the inaugural concert, Tuesday 27 April at 7 pm, the May Festival also inaugurates the opera program with Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea. On the podium, maestro Daniel Harding conducted the Chorus in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and, under the direction, the Florentine debut of Frederic Wake-Walker. On stage a great cast headed by María José Siri in the role of Adriana, Martin Muehle, Ksenia Dudnikova, Nicola Alaimo, Paolo Antognetti, Alessandro Spina, Chiara Mogini, Valentina Corò, Davide Piva, Antonio Garés and Michele Gianquinto. The Chorus Master is Lorenzo Fratini. The are choreography by Anna Olkhovaya, the scene by Polina Liefers, the costumes by Julia Katharina Berndt, the lights by Marco Faustini.

On the occasion of the reopening, the ticket office of the Maggio stay at open reed on the days and times of closing: Saturday 24 April (from 11am to 2pm and from 3pm to 6pm), Sunday 25 April (from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm) and Monday 26 April (from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm).

Both the concert and the inaugural opera will be recorded and subsequently streamed on the ItsArt platform. Both events will be broadcast live on Rai Radio 3. Thanks for the support of the Kuehne + Nagel concert.