Sunday, 25th August 2019, 7.30pmFilarmonica ‘Gioachino Rossini’ di Pesaro
Conductor Donato Renzetti

Belvedere di Villa Rufolo

Sunday, 25th August 2019
Orchestra Italia
Belvedere di Villa Rufolo, 7.30pm
Filarmonica ‘Gioachino Rossini’ di Pesaro
Conductor Donato Renzetti
Music by Respighi, Britten, Rossini
Unique seat € 50


Ottorino Respighi
Tre Corali P. 167, orchestral interpretation from Choralvorspiele by J.S. Bach
1.No komm, der Heiden Heiland. 2.Meine Seele is the Herren. 3.Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Benjamin Britten,
Matinées musicales second suite in five movements by Rossini, op.24
1.Marcia (from Guillaume Tell, six step). 2.Nocturne (from Soirées musicales, n. 10, La pesca). 3.Walz (from Soirées musicales n. 4, L’orgia). 4.Pantomime (from Soirées musicales n.2, Il rimprovero). 5.Moto perpetuo (from Gorgheggi e solfeggi).

Soirées musicales, suite in five movements by Rossini, op.9
1.Marcia (Allegro brillante). 2.Canzonetta (Allegretto grazioso). 3.Tirolese. 4.Bolero. 5.Tarantella (Presto vivace).

Gioachino Rossini,
Il signor Bruschino, symphony
Sigismondo, sinfonia
La gazza ladra, sinfonia
Guillaume Tell, symphony


The brilliant symphonies of Giochino Rossini (1792-1868) have enjoyed a life of their own, even when the works for which they were written had not been performed for a long time. They testify to a talent capable of changing with time and situations: the brilliant comic of Il signor bruschino (1813) with the original percussion of the violins with the bow; the famous ability to self-lending previous music, inserting variations to make the symphony different, as in Sigismondo (1814), which resembles the introduction of the Turco in Italia; the monumental symphony for the Gazza ladra (1817) that approaches some fundamental dramatic aspects of the opera; the famous “four-part symphony” which introduces the opera testament of the Guillaume Tell (1829). The spirit of Rossini was felt congenial by many composers of the twentieth century, including Benjamin Britten (1913-76) who wanted to translate the elegance of Rossinian originals into orchestra with transparent and brilliant sounds in the Soirées musicales (1936), re-used to comment on a sounding film, and with the musical Matinées (1941), responding to a commission for a ballet from Lincoln Kirstein’s American Ballet. Another admirer and great orchestrator of Rossini was Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) who had composed the Fantasque ballet on music by Rossini for the Ballets Russes of Djagilev. He had then dedicated the enjoyable suite Rossiniana to the genius of Pesaro. Respighi’s talent as an orchestrator was admired by Toscanini, who spread the fame of the composer in America by inaugurating – with the New York Philharmonic – Roman Festivals and the Three Chorals (1931), a sumptuous “orchestral interpretation”, which Respighi created from the famous Choralvorspiele for organ by J.S. Bach.

Donato Renzetti
Donato Renzetti is one of the most respected conductors of the Italian school. In 1976 he was awarded the “Premio Respighi” by the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in 1978 he won the bronze medal at the Ernst Ansermet Competition in Geneva and in 1980 he was the winner of the “Guido Cantelli Competition” at the Teatro alla Scala.
He has conducted among the most important orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the DSO Berlin, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, all the RAI Orchestras, the Dallas Symphony, the Belgian Radio and Television Orchestra in Brussels, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Lyon.
He has lead opera productions in the world’s great opera houses, among them the Opéra de Paris, Covent Garden in London, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Staatsoper in Munich, the Capitole de Toulouse, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Dallas Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo and in all the major theatres in Italy. He has been guest at festivals in Glyndebourne, Spoleto and Pesaro as well as the Verdi Festival in Parma.
From 1982 to 1987 he was Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, from 1987 to 1992 he was Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, from 2004 to 2007 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real de Sao Carlos and from 2007 to 2013 Artistic Director and Principal Director of the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. In 2015 he was appointed Music Director of the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini.
His intense recording activity includes works by Schubert, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mayr and Cherubini on various labels like Philips Classics, Frequenz, Fonit Cetra, Nuova Era and Dynamic. His opera recordings include Attila, Il signor Bruschino, La cambiale di matrimonio and La Favorita; on DVD he has recorded La Fille du régiment at the Teatro alla Scala, La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Gioconda at the Arena di Verona and L’italiana in Algeri at the Pesaro Opera Festival. His recording of Schumann’s Manfred with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala won the XIX Premio della Critica Discografica Italiana. With the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini he has also recorded the complete Rossini Overtures, which will be released on Opus Arte label in April 2018.
Donato Renzetti has been a dedicated teacher: for 30 years, he has been teaching conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, where most of the Italian conductors of today have been his pupils, from Gianandrea Noseda to Michele Mariotti. In 2019 he will move his teaching activities to the Alta Scuola di Perfezionamento di Saluzzo, in partnership with the the Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino.
Future engagements include opera production at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, NCPA of Beijing, New National Theatre, Tokyo and Teatro Regio Torino in addition to his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will present for the first time in Finland the monumental Symphony no. 2 by Alfredo Casella.