A mysterious commissioner, an unfinished score due to the composer’s untimely death, a piece of music – the Lacrimosa – tragically terminated after only eight bars, an enormous amount of philological and stylistic questions. These are some of the elements that contribute to making Mozart’s Requiem one of the most mysterious while fascinating compositions of the history of music.
The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai will be performing it a few days before Easter, on Thursday 2 April at 9 pm at Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin. The concert will be broadcasted live on Radio3 and live-streamed on www.classica.rai.it.
Principal Conductor of the Rai Orchestra Juraj Valčuha will be on the podium and will also be performing – at the beginning of the concert – Mozart’s Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music) in C minor KV 477. He will be joined by an exceptional group of artists: soprano Ekaterina Bakanova, mezzo Eva Vogel, tenor Jeremy Ovenden, bass Tareq Nazmi, and the Coro Maghini directed by Claudio Chiavazza.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 3 April at 8.30 pm.
Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, that Turkish pianist Huseyn Sermet will be performing with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Thursday 9 April at 9 pm at Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and live on Radio3, was commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein – brother of famous philosopher Ludwig – who had lost his right arm on the front during World War I. “Fear of the difficulty is never as keen as the pleasure of contending with it, and if possible, of overcoming it”, said Ravel. It was therefore natural for him to accept the challenge and write, between 1929 and 1930, a concerto for the left hand alone, facing the obvious limitations enforced by such a challenge. Wittgenstein was never faithful to the score, improvising and making personal changes deplored by the composer.
Huseyn Sermet, a very versatile artist with a thirty-year career behind him, will be joined on stage by conductor Tito Ceccherini, appreciated interpreter of the modern and contemporary repertoire, who will be opening the concert with Lontano, one of György Ligeti’s most important works from the 1960s, a piece working on the slow and continuous movement of great timbre sonorities. The second part of the evening will be dedicated to Béla Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, written in 1936 and become popular also thanks to Stanley Kubrick who used it in the soundtrack for his film Shining, many parts of which were imagined and filmed starting from the music.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 10 April at 9 pm.