He began studying the violin at the age of four; he made his debut with the Hamburger Philharmoniker at the age of ten; at the age of thirteen he was the youngest artist ever to have signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. We are talking about David Garrett, one of the most internationally renowned violin players, a musician who has a talent for reaching out to the younger generations through a mix of classical, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues elements. He is making his debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Thursday 5 March at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, where he will be performing one of the most famous works for violin: Johannes Brahms’ Concerto in D major Op. 77 for violin and orchestra, composed for celebrated violin player Joseph Joachim, who was actively involved in the writing process of the solo part. Brahms thus solved the problems he faced when writing for violin and produced a highly virtuoso work, perfectly suited to the instrument’s potential.
Tomas Netopil will be on the podium. He is General Musical Director in the city of Essen since 2013, leading both the Opera house and the Philharmonic Orchestra. During the second part of the concert Netopil will be performing Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, written between 1875 and 1878, during a complicated time in the composer’s life, who confided to a friend that his life “had lost all joy and enthusiasm”. Not surprisingly he chose to begin his work with the Adagio.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 6 March at 8.30 pm, aired live on Radio3.
A love triangle lacerating the friendship of two men who love the same woman; a conflict between love and the sacred vow a woman made to the God Brahma; a mysterious and fascinating East as the background of it all. This is Le pêcheurs des perles (The Pearl Fishers), the opera Geroge Bizet wrote in 1863, at the age of twenty-five, based on a libretto by Michel Carré and Eugène Cormon, and which the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai is performing on Thursday 12 March at 9 pm at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin. American conductor Ryan McAdams will be on the podium, returning after a fortunate concert performance of Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov’s Opera Mozart y Salieri with the Rai Orchestra in 2011. The singers on stage are: Tenor Paolo Fanale as Nadir, Baritone Luca Grassi as Zurga, soprano Rosa Feola as Lëila, and bass Luca Tittoto as Nourabad, high priest of Brahma. They will be joined by the Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, led by Martino Faggiani.
The Opera, in its concert performance, will be supported by the projection of some of the illustrations that used to complete those adventure novels set in the East that had become so fashionable in the late 19th Century, following the wave of popularity surrounding Emilio Salgari. It’s precisely to the creator of Sandokan, and author of the cycle about the pirates of Malaysia, as well as to the popular literature that invented a fantastic and fabulous East – which also inspired Le pêcheurs des perles – that a round table organized by the Rai Orchestra is dedicated. The event, titled “L'India inventata: Bizet, Salgari e le immagini dell'epoca” (Indian Fantasy: Bizet, Salgari, and the period’s illustrations), will take place on Thursday 12 March, at 6.30 pm, at the Auditorium Rai in Turin, free of charge. The round table will see the participation of Ernesto Ferrero, Giorgio Pestelli, Pompeo Vagliani, and Cesare Mazzonis.
Le pêcheurs des perles will have its second performance on Friday 13 March at 8.30 pm, aired live on Radio3 and on the Euroradio international circuit, and streamed live on www.classica.rai.it with multiple HD camera shooting. The event will also be shown on Rai5 on Thursday 23 April, at 9.15 pm.