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Season 2016-2017: Parco della Musica

Discover the 2016-2017 season!


It´s been nearly fifteen years since the majestic Parco della Musica by architect Renzo Piano opened its doors in Rome, readily met by an enthusiastic and ever growing audience. It must be said that the residential orchestra is very prestigious. The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is directed since 2005 by Antonio Pappano. This Italian chef with the famous symphony orchestra balances his activities here in a perfect way with his other musical responsibilities as musical director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.

Of course, the lyric repertoire is never absent from the program and the uptake of a recent Aida recording (with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros) proves once again that Pappano can play both cards. This 2016-2017 season, the concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio looks just as strong. The leader directs an extensive repertoire from Bach to Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Respighi … obviously with eminent soloists.


Cecilia Bartoli sings a Mozart concert in which she excels, as with all the composers the diva interprets. The great pianists like working with Pappano, as Yefim Bronfman playing the famous Piano Concerto No. 5 by Beethoven or Radu Lupu who prefers No. 4. Two great pianists address other masterpieces; Yuja Wang plays the Concerto for Piano No. 1 by Tchaikovsky and Mitsuko Uchida the one by Schumann. Antonio Pappano is joined by the perfect violinist Janine Jansen with whom he often collaborates for a concert of Sibelius, Ravel and Bernstein.


The orchestra knows how to welcome the generation of young talented conductors, as this season Rafael Payare, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, David Afkham, Gustavo Gimeno or Jakub Hrusa who leads the masterpiece of Czech music, Má Vlast by Smetana. Mahler, another great composer showing this season, is particularly well served with high-end conductors as Michael Tilson, Thomas Mahler (Symphony No. 5), Daniel Harding (No. 2), Vladimir Jurowski (No. 1) or yet Peter Eötvös (No. 10).


Among the many major events, the arrival of Valery Gergiev who conducts The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, Paavo Järvi in ​​a Brahms program, Bartók with Leonidas Kavakos and Daniele Gatti. The great Italian conductor offers the beautiful, very little known, oratorio by Schumann, Das Paradies und die Peri with the delicate Angel Blue.


The season ends in style with Yuri Temirkanov who leads two concerts, the Brahms concerto with the great violinist Julia Fischer and the New World Symphony by Dvorak. Katia and Marielle Labèque, legendary duo, interpret the Concerto for two pianos K. 365 of Mozart and Seong-Jin Cho, 2015 winner of the prestigious Chopin Competition plays the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Note also a beautiful baroque programming including Philippe Jaroussky in the Messiah by Handel conducted by Ton Koopman.


And last but not least, several prestigious recitals:  Evgeny Kissin, Alexander Melnikov, Jan Lisiecki, Murray Perahia, Grigory Sokolov, Hélène Grimaud, Rudolf Buchbinder … So many big names. Book your tickets for the Parco della Musica in Rome without delay!