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New music for Dante

The Inferno
Kristjan Järvi conductor
Giovanni Sollima cello

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Coro della Cattedrale di Siena “Guido Chigi Saracini”

choirmaster Lorenzo Donati

Kristjan Järvi
Runic Prayer

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

Giovanni Sollima
Six études on Dante’s Inferno
Raffaele Pe countertenor
World premiere
commissioned by Ravenna Festival

Giovanni Sollima
Terra con variazioni


Giovanni Sollima’s homage to Dante’s anniversary takes the form of a real musical polyptych. Indeed, his Six Studies on Dante’s Infernofor counter-tenor, choir and orchestra are like the six panels of a large altarpiece: the first is a sort of contrafactum of Luzzasco Luzzaschi’s famous madrigal “Quivi sospiri ed alti guai”, from Canto III. The second is a setting of “Io ero tra color che son sospesi”, from Canto II, scored for counter-tenor, while the third, inspired by Canto XXV, moves in perfect homorhythm. The fourth study, based on Canto V, “Nessun maggior dolore”, alternates choir and counter-tenor solos in responsorial form. Finally, the last two studies are based on verses from Canto XXV, set to music with extreme metrical freedom.

Poster
The Programme
The event will be streamed starting from 10 June at 9.30 pm on ravennafestival.live