Saturday 21 from 10.30 and Sunday 22 May from 10 the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome will be the setting for a unique event of its kind: ‘Brahmsfest’, a twenty-hour music marathon conceived by the Avos Project academy and dedicated to the German composer, a figure who most of all embodied and reinterpreted the late romantic style, through the execution of the complete compositions of his chamber music. It will be the first time that a music academy will bring the complete chamber compositions of Johannes Brahms to the stage and will do so by involving 50 young musicians, students of the academy, and 15 teachers, internationally renowned musicians for 20 hours of music. “The purpose of musical academies is not only to pass on knowledge or technique, but to ferry the artistic path of musicians on the big stages through confrontation with the sacred monsters of music, such as Brahms, and above all by addressing mammoth repertoires such as the ones we will go to face – says David Romano, one of the founders of Avos Project and first of the second violins of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia – Being able to listen and perform an integral is an opportunity for artistic growth for musicians and for the public “On stage, in addition to the six founders and artistic directors Mario Montore, Alessio Pianelli, David Romano, Riccardo Savinelli, Massimo Spada, Mirei Yamada, the Prometeo Quartet, Alessandro Deljavan, Leonardo Pierdomenico, Kevin Spagnolo, Diego Romano, Luca Sanzò will alternate and Luca Cipriano. Among the masterpieces that will be performed in the ten concerts, the twenty-one Hungarian Dances stand out, certainly among the main pieces of the Hamburg genius who demonstrated the passion and spontaneity in dealing with Hungarian folk music. But there will also be room for the Quartet op. 26 for piano and strings, the Quintet for clarinet and strings op. 115, the Sonata op.99 for piano and cello, the Trio op.101 for piano, violin and cello and the Trio op.40 for piano, violin and horn. Among the jewels in the program, the Sextet for strings op. 36, a youthful masterpiece by Brahms in which it is evident the desire to use a varied and at the same time homogeneous staff in the transition from the symphonic to the chamber sphere.
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