The Chamber Orchestra of Europe returns to play in Ferrara in what has been its home for many years, the Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado. He will do so on November 28th at 8.30 pm with the highly prestigious baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, a highly anticipated appointment of the Ferrara Musica season in which the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen will also participate.
The program includes music by Sergei Prokof’ev, Maurice Ravel, Dvořák and Zoltán Kodály. Ferrara Musica’s first resident orchestra since April 1989, founded on the impulse of Claudio Abbado, the Coe was defined by the BBC and the Daily Telegraph as “the best chamber orchestra in the world”, it is made up of musicians from all over Europe. The orchestra has always maintained a close relationship with Ferrara, where it returns regularly as a stop on its international tours. English of Italian origins, Antonio Pappano is among the most famous conductors on the international scene, music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002 and of the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. From the 2024-2025 season he will be conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. One of the most famous violinists in the world, Janine Jansen collaborates regularly with the most important orchestras and conductors. Her association with Chamber and with Pappano is now long-standing. The concert program in Ferrara kicks off with Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin: it is a Suite initially composed for piano and later transcribed for orchestra, conceived and completed during the First World War as a funeral homage to François Couperin. It continues with Prokofiev’s Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in D major, an early composition written between 1916 and 1917, anticipating the mature style of the musician, and which curiously presents slow tempos in the first and third movement . This will be followed by Dvořák’s Serenade for strings in E major, classical in five movements imbued with “a happy Bohemian spirit”.
The concert closes with the Dances of Galanta, written by Zoltán Kodály to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic. (HANDLE).
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