RAVENNA FESTIVAL / Riccardo Muti inaugurates the edition of the restart

Ravenna - 21 Jun 2020
9.30 pm
RAVENNA FESTIVAL / Riccardo Muti inaugurates the edition of the restart Music


Rocca Brancaleone - Via Rocca Brancaleone - Ravenna


There is no more liberating verse, in the whole Comedy and in all Italian poetry, than "and therefore we went out to see the stars" (Inf., XXXIV, v. 139); there is perhaps no more hopeful image than that of the Rocca Brancaleone, where, on Sunday 21 June at 21.30, Riccardo Muti climbs onto the podium for the concert that opens the XXXI edition of the Ravenna Festival.

It seems fitting that it happened in Ravenna, which welcomed the exile Dante; what happens to the Rocca, a bastion and refuge but also a historic venue for concerts under the stars - freedom in safety, in short - where Muti himself inaugurated the first edition of the Festival in 1990; on the day of the Music Festival and the summer solstice.

The longest day of the year, the brightest, for a concert that returns to unite musicians and the public, while respecting the regulations, and reconnects the interrupted dialogue. Muti conducts his Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and the soprano Rosa Feola in a program by Skrjabin and Mozart crowned by the majestic Symphony n. 41 "Jupiter". The concert, realized with the contribution of Eni main partner of the Festival, is already sold-out, but will be in free live streaming on ravennafestival.live, in collaboration with Riccardo Muti Music, and broadcast by Rai Radio 3 live on Euroradio.

The opening of the Festival is greeted by the delivery of the plaque of the President of the Republic, recognition to a unique edition from every point of view, and by the announcement of the participation in the inaugural concert of the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and the Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.

First July 1990: "within the walls of the Rocca Brancaleone, under the amorous guidance of Riccardo Muti, everything seems to find a miraculous balance," wrote Rubens Tedeschi. The curtain of the Ravenna Festival then rose for the first time; the beginning of a journey that in thirty years has explored landscapes of music and the arts, always conquering new spaces for live entertainment, including the Byzantine basilicas, a Unesco heritage, involving tens of thousands of artists, welcomed a million spectators. Today, as in 1990, Mozart is on the program (mainly): “Mozart is Mozart, it doesn't need justifications - Riccardo Muti underlines - The musical pages performed by 62 elements of the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra allow us to look with hope to the future and to seek within us the courage to recover part of what is lost. Italy, the country of music, must remain a cultural fortress. "

The evening opens with Alexandr Nikolaevic Skrjabin's Rêverie, a short miniature written in 1898 that Rimsky-Korsakov liked so much, the first to perform it St. Petersburg, and which is pervaded by a dreamy atmosphere. The motet Exsultate, jubilate KV 165 and the Et incarnatus est from the Mass in C minor KV 427 will follow, both entrusted to the voice of Rosa Feola and both expression of joy, one more exuberant the other more intimate. The young soprano, recurring guest of the Festival since the time of I due Figaro di Mercadante directed by Muti as part of the project between Ravenna and Salzburg to rediscover the Neapolitan School, will face the famous virtuoso motet composed precisely in Italy, in 1773, in Milan, then the ecstatic lyricism of Et incarnatus est, almost a pastoral scene permeated with love for creation and humanity.

Complete the program the majestic Symphony n. 41 in C major KV 551, that "Jupiter" that Mozart composes during the difficult summer of 1788, marked by growing economic difficulties and a serious family mourning. From one of the darkest periods of the composer's life, a luminous symphony was born which once again hovers Mozart's genius above everyday adversity. The Olympic grandeur of these pages inspired the nickname "Jupiter" supposedly bestowed on it by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon.

Equipped with a tonal palette that enhances its solemn and victorious character, the "Jupiter" combines the epic solidity of the C major - the shade of the zenithal, solar and pristine light - with the intensive use of counterpoint. A search free from scholasticism and complacency, which reaches its climax in the last of the four movements, with the limpid and joyful fury of escape.

With this concert Ravenna Festival starts again from Rocca Brancaleone, but also and above all by the musicians of the Cherubini Orchestra, representatives of that new generation that more than any other is likely to pay the price of prolonged silence. The program of the XXXI edition continues until 30 July with over 40 events - including concerts, theater, dance and meetings - and also reaches Cervia and the Pavaglione di Lugo.

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