The stage of the Ebe Stignani Theater in Imola reached a large audience who, from the comfort of their home, watched the show “Note di Festa” in live streaming, the Christmas concert traditionally offered by the Cassa di Risparmio di Imola Foundation (available on demand, free of charge, on the platform of the Italian festival association italiafestival.tv).
The artistic direction of the Emilia Romagna Festival and the performance of the acclaimed Salzburg ensemble, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, conducted by violinist and conductor Lavard Skou-Larsen, are impeccable.
It opened the evening of 28 December Elio, the historical leader of “Elio e le racconti tese” told a curious story whose text was written by the well-known music critic Stefano Valanzuolo. The text comes from the idea of imagining Mozart as a ghost writer in Rossini’s service. The idea, taken up and developed here, already appears in the opera “A secret of importance”, with music by Sergio Rendine to a libretto by Lorenzo Arruga, a refined and brilliant music critic.
The Salzburg Chamber Soloists, one of the most prestigious and beloved chamber orchestras in the world, accompanied the audience on a journey to discover some of the masterpieces of the sons of Johann Strauss and Mozart, with a brief foray into an opera by Rossini.
The concert, live on Monday 28 December from 21:00, was broadcast for free on Lepida TV (digital terrestrial channel 118), Italiafestival.tv and Yahoo. The event, organized with the artistic direction of Emilia Romagna Festival and in collaboration with the Ebe Stignani Municipal Theater and the Municipality of Imola, with the support of Mibact and the Emilia Romagna Region, will be available on demand, free of charge, on the association’s platform. italian festival italiafestival.tv.
The show, of rare artistic level, saw Salzburg Chamber Soloists struggling with a program of great charm that revived the atmosphere of the great Viennese dances with enthralling dances and frenetic polkas composed by the two Strauss brothers, Johann and Josef. The program is opened by the Little Night Serenade in G major K 525, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787, one of the most famous orchestral nocturnes in the history of music.
On stage together with the prestigious ensemble, Elio who with his usual sympathy presented the pieces on the program, supported by a text by the well-known journalist and music critic Stefano Valanzuolo, and tried out some of the most famous pieces of classical opera, for a reinterpretation that is both respectful of history but also playful. From the aria “Non più andrai, amoroso butterfly” taken from Le Nozze di Figaro to “Madamina” by Don Giovanni up to Rossini, a giant name in world music, Emilia-Romagna by adoption, of which he will perform “Largo al factotum” the famous Cavatina taken from Il barbiere di Siviglia.
THE ARTISTS ON STAGE
Founder of one of the most important Italian musical groups, Stefano Belisari, aka Elio, is universally recognized as one of the most brilliant interpreters, composers and musicians on the Italian scene. A multifaceted artist, after changing the history of pop music and entertainment, Elio has recently rediscovered himself as the promoter of a different type of art: equally refined, equally irreverent, but more linked to interpretation than parody.
The Salzburg Chamber Soloists ensemble was born in 1991 thanks to the commitment of the violinist and conductor Lavard Skou-Larsen who brings together the best students of the Salzburg Mozarteum with already established international musicians. Hosted by the concert seasons and festivals of the most important musical institutions in the world such as the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Philarmonie in Berlin, the Auditorium in San Francisco and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, the ensemble is considered, today, among the more established formations on the international level and receives considerable acclaim from the public and critics. However, the name and fame of Salzburg are particularly linked to the genius of music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and to his hometown, Salzburg, where the ensemble was chosen as cultural representative with a cycle of 18 concerts on the occasion of the Mozart celebrations in 2006.
To conduct the Salzburg Chamber Soloists the Brazilian Lavard Skou-Larsen, engaged for this occasion also as a solo violin. Enfant prodigy of music, he made his public debut at the age of nine performing as a soloist with orchestras in both Austria and Brazil. He collaborates as a soloist and orchestra conductor with prestigious ensembles as well as participating as a chamber musician, even with the Salzburg Piano Trio, in important festivals, always applauded by audiences and critics. He has made numerous recordings as a soloist and conductor under the labels Dino Classics, Denon, Stradivarius, Movieplay, Marco Polo, CPO and Coviello Classics.