Rai NuovaMusica is back. The contemporary music festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai has now reached its twelfth edition. Three concerts taking place at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and broadcasted on Radio3, will be presenting world and Italian premieres, together with works that have made the history of contemporary music, all interpreted by highly prestigious conductors and soloists.
The opening concert is scheduled on Thursday 4 February at 9 pm, with Marco Angius, a contemporary music specialist, conducting the Rai Orchestra. The repertoire includes Il Viaggio di Er, written in 2015 by Orazio Sciortino; two Italian premieres: Ferne-Landshaft II written in 1996 by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa, and Verwandlung 5 composed by Wolfgang Rihm in 2013; Syntax, composed by Ivan Fedele in 2014; and the world premiere of Luca Mosca’s Seventh piano concerto, also written in 2014, and interpreted by the composer himself.
On Friday 12 February at 9 pm, British conductor Jonathan Webb will be interpreting Danzario, written in 2006 by Riccardo Panfili. It will be followed by Doppelkonzert for flute, oboe and orchestra, written in 1972 by György Ligeti and interpreted by Alberto Barletta, flute, and Francesco Pomarico, oboe, both principals of the Rai Orchestra. It’s then the turn of the Italian premiere of Márton Illés’ Tört - szín – tér, written in 2014. A twentieth century’s classic will be closing the concert: Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20, written in 1940.
The last concert, scheduled on Friday 19 February at 9 pm, and conducted by Estonian Olari Elts, will be celebrating the great Hungarian composer György Kurtág on the day of his ninetieth birthday. The program includes Doppelkonzert Op. 27 No. 2, written between 1989 and 1990, and interpreted by cellist Francesco Dillon and pianist Emanuele Torquati; Testament – Music for orchestra, written in 2008 by Australian composer Brett Dean; while the Italian premiere of Der Walddämon. Scene da un romanzo written in 2014 by Fabio Vacchi will be completing the program.
Rai NuovaMusica is continuing its traditional electronic reworking of some of the pieces included in the programs, in cooperation with the Club To Club Festival, and presenting The Italian New Wave to welcome the audience in the foyer of Rai’s Auditorium at 8.30 pm, half an hour before the beginning of each concert, with an electronic prelude. During each interval, several producers will elaborate on samples, fragments and musical ideas collected from one of the works heard in the first part of the concert, to experiment on a dialogue between musicians, as well as between the different audiences of this contemporary world.
During the first concert the audience will hear reworks and live-set by Shapednoise; during the second one they will hear those by Vaghe Stelle; while the last evening will host the sounds created by Not Waving.
Tickets for each concert are sold at 5 euro for the adults, and 3 euro for young people under 30. Tickets are available online on www.osn.rai.it, at Rai Auditorium’s box office in Via Rossini 15, in Turin, and at the venue one hour prior the beginning of each concert.