Riccardo Muti
Tamás Varga

Palazzo Mauro De André | From January 2024

Riccardo Muti conductor
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Tamás Varga cello

Nino Rota
Suite from The Godfather
Cello Concerto No. 2 (1973)

Manuel De Falla
El sombrero de tres picos Suite No. 2

Maurice Ravel

“The examiners gave you an A+, not for the way you played today, but for the way you will play tomorrow”: Nino Rota, then director of the Bari Conservatory, was far-sighted in his assessment of the young pianist Riccardo Muti. That first meeting established a bond between them that has never been broken, becoming a close friendship based on mutual esteem and admiration. It is for this reason that Muti will once again perform his works, chosen from a vast catalogue of ‘absolute’ music that includes titles such as the Concertoentrusted to the talent of Tamas Varga, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic. The programme also features Rota’s film scores, like the celebrated soundtrack to Coppola’s The Godfather. These scores were conceived as ‘narratives’, just as the Andalusian echoes of De Falla’s Suite and the hypnotic, mysterious melody of Ravel’s masterpiece were conceived for a choreographic narration.

by courtesy of riccardomutimusic.com

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