Saturday, January 05, 2008

Maurizio Pollini Prospettive

A highlight of the 2007/2008 season, Maurizio Pollini's new project will launch the new year at The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and enliven most of the month of January: no less than nine evenings with five different programs, featuring music that ranges from Brahms to Maderna, Schönberg to Chopin and Debussy to Nono.

Five years after the Progetto Pollini - the stimulating 2003 concert series that made the rounds of New York, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia - the Pollini Prospettive series has been launched with the intention of setting very different musical genres in relation with one another, suggesting contrasts and oppositions while at the same time revealing unexpected and surprising assonances. Five evenings in January, on both the symphonic and chamber calendars. Two Brahms concerts, with Pollini himself at the piano directed for the first time by Antonio Pappano on the podium with the Accademia Orchestra, will include other greatly contrasting works, each one representative of its own time: Aura by Maderna, a mature masterpiece by the Venetian composer; Notations by Pierre Boulez, an emblematic work by one of the greatest living composers. Equally bold and invigorating is the pairing of piano music by Chopin with two works by Luigi Nono, Sofferte Onde Serene and the rediscovered La Floresta è Jovem e Cheja de Vida, resonant with political connotations (the electronic elements will be performed by Frieburg's Experimentalstudio). Among other friends who have joined in Pollini's project are composer and conductor Peter Eötvos, the Viennese group Klangforum and the Hagen Quartet, all of whom will give life to a fascinating journey backwards in time beginning with Karlheinz Stockhausen and winding up at Quintet Op. 34 by Brahms. Sealing and symbolizing the idea underlying the entire series, Maurizio Pollini's own recital will include music by Debussy, Boulez and Webern.

[The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia]

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