di Santa Cecilia
Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinskij, Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein and Kirill Petrenko are just some of the greats who have conducted the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since it was founded in 1908 with the objective of performing exclusively symphonic repertoire. A tradition of great musical figures and great performances which today is continued by Antonio Pappano, music director since 2005. The orchestra, which BBC Music Magazine in 2020 declared is one of the world’s top ten, has reestablished its international reputation under Pappano, frequently appearing in major international festivals and winning numerous awards for recordings.
For this first chapter in a five-year residence at Spoleto, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia pulls out all the stops: in the Piazza del Duomo, Pascal Rophé conducts the Orchestra and Choir in a performance of Igor Stravinskij’s Oedipus rex and Claude Debussy’s three Nocturnes. The choir directed by Alvise Casellati performs a programme exploring the languages and traditions of mysticism from different cultures, with music by Gustav Holst, Giya Kancheli and Leonard Bernstein. In a chamber series, players of the Academy perform a matinee of music by Francis Poulenc, quartets for strings and piano by Gustav Mahler and Robert Schumann with the Werther Quartet, composed by students of the Academy’s Master Courses, and pieces by Johannes Brahms with Antonio Pappano, Luigi Piovano and Alessandro Carbonare.
Antonio Pappano closes the Festival’s rich musical offering with a program of a thousand and one nights in which two worlds – the Orient and the Occident – collide, in a concert exploring the ways each has influenced one another.