While waiting for the programme of the next edition, tune in to the Ravenna Festival with the radio broadcasts: Rai Radio 3 airs a selection of concerts from last summer, also live streamed or on demand on the radio’s website. An itinerary of great music retraces the journey of an extraordinary edition from all points of view, re-imagined for the unprecedented context of the pandemic and carried out with courage, creativity, and the support of Italian and non-Italian artists.

Two episodes for Iván Fischer‘s concert with his Budapest Festival Orchestra: one is dedicated to Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations performed with soprano Anna Prohaska; in the second part, the BFO performs Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no. 104 known as “London” and the Siegfried-Idyll Richard Wagner created for his wife Cosima to celebrate the birth of their son Siegfried.

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth was celebrated with several tributes. Two piano recitals were entrusted to Nikolay Khozyainov and Filippo Gorini. The Russian pianist performed a selection of pieces including the ones composed by Chopin, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Schumann for the Beethoven Album of 1842, whose proceeds contributed to the monument in Bonn. Filippo Gorini, who has already devoted to Beethoven part of his staggering career to Beethoven and was awarded the prestigious Telekom-Beethoven prize, couples the Sonata no. 32 Op. 11 to Schubert’s Sonata Op. 78.

The Quartetto Noûs, winner of the Farulli and Abbiati prizes, combines the Quartet op. 59 “Rasumowsky”, with its last brilliant movement interwoven with a Russian folk theme, to Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3.

3 February, 20.30 Tributes to Beethoven Nikolay Khozyainov (recorded on 25 June 2020)

10 February, 20.30 Budapest Festival Orchestra conductor Iván Fischer soprano Anna Prohaska (recorded on 1 July 2020)

17 February, 20.30 Filippo Gorini (recorded on 2 July 2020)

24 February, 20.30 Quartetto Noûs (recorded on 4 July 2020)

27 February, 12.00 Budapest Festival Orchestra conductor Iván Fischer (recorded on 25 June 2020)