by Alessio Vlad
It has been and still is, one of the most difficult moments but, with all the necessary cautions, the City of Music, once again, will be the place where musicians and artists coming from all over the world, for a couple of months – period of time which makes of the Festival one of the longest of the Summer – will gather together and, in the name of that symbolic togetherness between the world of the North and the one from the South which the visit of Wagner has brought and represented, they will celebrate the rite perpetuated through each performance, whose protagonist is Music.
Regarding the Festival’s program, in order to act in the shortest times as possible, we set to ourselves precise criteria which aims are, whilst portraying the Festival in itself, to identify this event with the internationality of the proposals, along with the presence of Italian excellences , with the participation of some of the best and most interesting musical talents operating in Campania, and with an equal collaboration with the most important European Festivals, all of this giving space to younger people and with the good will of this last first statement in order to lay the foundations for a true and serious project of deseasonalisation.
Italy is represented at its highest level, starting from the appearance, for the first time in Ravello, of Riccardo Muti who will conduct the Cherubini Orchestra; we should be all grateful to the work the Maestro has dedicated to the formation of young people in the last years, who gradually have approached the stands of the orchestra, work that represents one of the most phenomenal musical accomplishments of our era.
It is the Excellence to enshrine the international character of a festival: the participation of several musicians as Daniele Gatti with the Mozart Orchestra – concert produced by the Festival and which marks his debut as musical director -; of Cecilia Bartoli, who also makes a first concert appearance in Ravello, directed by Gianluca Capuano and Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco which, produced in collaboration with the Lucerne and Salzburg Festival, will spring in Ravello too; of Beatrice Rana, rising star in the firmament of pianists, who will perform in three different positions, with the Orchestra, four-handed and by herself; of the Cremona Quartet and the young and very talented Filippo Gorini , they all have to be intended under this meaning; Italian excellences which will be combined with other Excellent artists, such as Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra, Ivàn Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra, Marta Argerich, and the one who probably has to be considered the most important jazz pianist of our days, Brad Mehldau.
The Region of Campania is stimulating really interesting and vivid musical experiences: it is fair to introduce them and to build a collaboration with them, starting with its spearhead, the Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo. This Orchestra will perform two different concerts: the first one with its musical director Juraj Valčuhaand Beatrice Rana, and the second will be conducted by another of those excellences who represent Italy worldwide, Marco Armiliato; furthermore we will find, La Cappella Neapolitana, directed by Antonio Florio, with Véronique Gens, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Mauro Borgioni e Raffaele Pe as leading roles, which will propose one of the most loved operae of all-times repertoire as Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” ; the Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana “Giuseppe Verdi”, which will perform for the public, in the by now traditional Concerto all’Alba, this year dedicated to the Spanish music , directed by Jordi Bernàcer, accompanied the pianist Javier Perianes, and in homage to Charlie Parker’s centenary of his birth, with John Axerold director and the participation of some of the best Italian jazz musicians; the review will be wrapped up by the ensemble I Talenti Vulcanici, recent winner of the Italian music critics Abbiati Prize, and the extremely young and lively Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento, directed by Carlo Rizzari.
In all of this, Wagner is not to be missed. If the safety restrictions we are obliged to follow are not going to allow us to receive numerous members of an important Orchestra necessary for the execution of his operas, then the meaning attributed to them by the chamber music of Asher Fisch and Stefanie Iráni dedicated to Wagner and Liszt will be unique, along with the dual performance of the “Idillio di Sigfrido” in Daniele Gatti’s and Ivàn Fischer’s concerts.
There will be also music played in the Duomo Square, on a weekly basis, and with continuous surprises in the program.
At last, the first event of the Festival: a tribute to the man who has been the most loved and talented musicians of the past decades and who has recently departed this life, Ennio Morricone.
“Morricone dirige Morricone” will be the first, touching homage to one the greatest, original and ingenious Maestro of all times after his passing; the protagonist will be the orchestra who for year has been personally conducted by him in many unforgettable concerts, the Roma Sinfonietta, and Andrea Morricone.
Thanks for translation to Barbara Vitale and M. Sveva Ferrajoli