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The Easter of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Daniele Gatti conducts the Maggio Orchestra in an ‘unscheduled’ event to celebrate Easter. The concert recorded on April 2, 2021 will be streamed on the Foundation’s website on April 3 at 8 pm. The program includes compositions by Franz Joseph Haydn, Antonio Vivaldi, Tōru Takemitsu and Richard Wagner.

The May Easter programs also include the concert conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Duomo di Orvieto, recorded on Monday 22 March 2021 which will be broadcast by Rai Cultura on Rai 1, on 2 April, after the celebration of the Via Crucis and in rerun on Saturday 3 April at 19.35 on Rai 5.

Florence 31 March 2021 – The Teatro del Maggio celebrates Easter with an ‘unscheduled’ symphonic concert by maestro Daniele Gatti and the Maggio Orchestra which will be recorded on 2 April 2021 at 7 pm, and streamed on the foundation’s website Saturday 3 April 2021 at 8 pm. The program, entirely dedicated to Easter celebrations, includes the Symphony in F minor Hob. I: 49 The passion of Franz Joseph Haydn, the Symphony in B minor Al Santo Sepolcro RV 169 by Antonio Vivaldi, the Requiem for string orchestra by Tōru Takemitsu and the Prelude of Act III and the Good Friday music from Parsifal by Richard Wagner.

The concert directed by maestro Zubin Mehta at the Cathedral of Orvieto with the May Choir and Orchestra, recorded on Monday 22 March 2021, will also be added to the May Easter programming, which will be broadcast by Rai Cultura on Rai 1 on 2 April after the celebration of the Via Crucis (and in rerun Saturday 3 April at 19.35 on Rai 5) Three compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are on the program: the Symphony in G minor K. 550, the Coronation Mass in C major K. 317 and the motet “Ave verum corpus”. Soloists: Eva Mei, Francesca Cucuzza, Valentino Buzza and Emanuele Cordaro. Choir Master: Lorenzo Fratini.

At the opening of the concert by maestro Daniele Gatti the Symphony in F minor Hob. I: 49 The passion by Franz Joseph Haydn in which the composer explores a new instrumental style that is more introspective, dramatic and of intense emotional quality. Following the Symphony in B minor Al Santo Sepolcro RV 169 by Antonio Vivaldi a piece with only two movements of extraordinary intensity composed, according to some studies on its genesis, for the Holy Week liturgy of the Venetian Ospitale della Pietà. It continues with the Requiem for string orchestra by Tōru Takemitsu, a piece that Igor Stravisnkij listened to by pure chance in Tokyo in a radio show he was a guest, composed of an irregular melody that twists and writhes on itself. To close two of the most representative passages of the Easter period, both in the lyric and symphonic fields: the prelude Act III and the Good Friday music from Parsifal by Richard Wagner, which are part of the great rite of the first scene of the concluding act of the opera, with surprising autonomy and orchestral completeness.

In April, other symphonic appointments are scheduled to be recorded: the concert of maestro Zubin Mehta with violinist Vilde Frang (April 11), maestro Daniel Harding (April 12), maestro Christoph Eschenbach (April 16) which “will close” the symphonic season 20/21 of May. Also in April the first two appointments of the symphonic section of the 83rd edition of the Maggio Musicale 2021 Festival with the inauguration entrusted to maestro Daniele Gatti on April 26 and the appointment with maestro Daniel Harding on April 29 who will also be on the podium of the inaugural opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea in the new staging by Frederic Wake-Walker (April 27).