The Pèchès de vieillesse inaugurates the ROF

12 November 2020
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The Autumn Season of the Rossini Opera Festival will be inaugurated on Saturday 14th November at 8.30 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini with a selection from the Péchés de vieillesse played by the pianist Alessandro Marangoni. The concert will be broadcast free of charge in streaming on the web-site (www.rossinioperafestival.it), on the YouTube channel and on the ROF Facebook page, and also on the Fidelio platform (www.myfidelio.at), a joint venture between Austrian national radio-television and Unitel.

Alessandro Marangoni has recorded the complete Péchés de vieillesse, bringing to light numerous unpublished pieces. This production won him the Abbiati Prize 2019. He has made his mark on the international scene thanks to a considerable amount of concert and discographic activity as soloist and an equally intense activity in chamber music. He has played in the principal concert halls of Europe, China, the United States and Australia. He teaches at the Conservatorio of Novara and holds master classes in Europe, South America and China.

The concert programme deals with – although only partially, given the vast and heterogenous mass of work in the Péchés de vieillesse – an aspect of novelty and experimentation with the pianoforte: here Rossini, who liked to describe himself as “a pianist of the fourth class”, concentrates on the sound of the instrument, a Romantic sound, making full use of all its technical and expressive potential and exploring all the keyborad and all its dynamic range, Two unpublished pieces will be included: Thème et variations, a manuscript rediscovered by Marangoni himself thanks to the Fondazione Rossini, which does not appear in the official catalogue drawn up by Rossini but which without doubt hails from the same period as Rossini’s albums; the very short Rien, only nineteen bars long, which will be receiving its first modern performance, thanks to the generosity of the American collector Michael d’Andrea and through the good offices of Reto Müller.

The Autumnal ROF will continue on Sunday 15th November with the performance of two sacred works by the youthful Rossini (Miserere and Messa di Milano). These will be followed, from the 25th to the 29th November, by Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il viaggio a Reims. All the performances will be broadcast free in live streaming.

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