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Ravenna Festival in Cervia – Milano Marittima
PER L’ALTO SALE – Il trebbo in musica 2.0

“Il demone della perfezione. Il Genio di Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”
by and with Roberto Cotroneo
in conversation with Matteo Cavezzali
with Domenico Bevilacqua piano

with Istituto Superiore di studi musicali Giuseppe Verdi di Ravenna and Scrittura Festival

A matchless genius of the piano, algid and detached, crystal-clear and passionate, endowed with an unrivalled musical character, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, aka ABM, started to radically change the spirit and technique of piano performance from the moment of his début. Before him, such great talents as Paderewski, Cortot, Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Horowitz, and Gilels had astonished the world with their powerful performances, claiming interpretive freedom and sometimes indulging in temperamental mistakes. Yet, with ABM, everything changed. Impressed by his greatness at a concert in Geneva, Cortot exclaimed “A new Liszt is born!” But there was more to it: the genius of ABM was after absolute clarity of sound, and would not settle for anything less than perfection.
Roberto Cotroneo, an eclectic intellectual and one of the protagonists of Italian cultural life in recent decades, pays homage to a genius that often transcended the narrow field of classical music. In Cotroneo’s essay, ABM emerges as the gateway to an apparently lost world—the world of talent, perfection, discipline and severity—virtues that seem distant and hopelessly irretrievable today. This is why Cotroneo’s essay, Il demone della perfezione, is “a book about genius as well as an origami, a meditation exercise, a study of transcendental performance, which plunges us into music to open our eyes.” On stage, at the piano, a teenager student, 17-year-old pianist Domenico Bevilacqua, who will approach the genius of ABM with due awe, but also with the innocent heart of youth.


Tickets of the events featured in Per l’alto sale – Il Trebbo in musica 2.0 can be purchased through the general sales channels [read more], but also from:
IAT Cervia Torre San Michele, Via A. Evangelisti 4 (every day 9.30-18.30)
ph. +39 0544 974400 iatcervia@cerviaturismo.it
– IAT Milano Marittima Piazzale Napoli 30 (every day 10-13 |16-19)
ph. +390544 993435 iatmilanomarittima@cerviaturismo.it
the ticket office at the venue, open from 20.30 Stadio dei Pini “Germano Todoli”, Viale Ravenna 61, Milano Marittima (RA)