Opening concert

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
conductor Riccardo Muti
piano Maurizio Pollini

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)
Concert overture for orchestra in D major, Op. 27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano concert no. 14 in E-flat major KV 449
Piano concert no. 20 in D minor KV 466

Sergej Rachmaninov
Isle of the Dead Op. 29

From the serene reflection of untroubled waters to the upheaval of stormy waves: Mendelssohn, inspired by Goethe’s work, saw the sea as a mirror of the human soul, which falls silent in the mysterious, cold, still waters surrounding Arnold Böcklin’s Island of the Dead, set to music in Rachmaninov’s intense symphonic poem. These are the suggestions that Riccardo Muti chose as a frame for the timeless ‘Absolute’ of Mozart’s Concertos: KV 449, intimate but punctuated by a “natural” counterpoint, and KV 466, overtly dramatic in its minor key. The concert will renew Muti’s collaboration with Maurizio Pollini, a giant of the piano, whose artistic maturity is marked by extraordinary poetic freedom and unparalleled formal lucidity.