The Mitteleuropa Orchestra will perform at the Teatro Comunale in Monfalcone, on Friday 18 March at
20:45, for an unmissable concert realised in collaboration with the Rossetti Theatre of Trieste. On the
programme is the Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 for piano and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven, also known
by the title “Emperor”, of 1809. It will be interpreted by the young pianist Alexander Gadjiev, winner
of the prestigious Premio Venezia in 2013 and semi-finalist at the Bachauer Piano Competition of Salt
Lake City in 2014; the pianist received the acclaim of the audience of the Teatro Comunale in a
previous recital in February 2013. Alongside this extraordinary Concerto, there is a rare opportunity to
listen to all the incidental music (and not just the famous Ouverture) that Beethoven wrote in the same
period (between 1809-10 and 1812) for the tragedy Egmont by Goethe.
Besides the overture and the interludes, there will be two songs (Lieder interpreted by the young
soprano from Trieste Federica Vinci, third prize winner in the competition “Lilian Caraian”) and a final
recited “melodrama”. The Mitteleuropa Orchestra has renewed its collaboration with the Theatre of
Monfalcone, and for this production will be conducted by Michele Carulli (guest of the Theatre with the
wind orchestra “I Fiati dell’Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”), who is the former conductor of the
Orchestra della Rai of Turin and of the Staatstheater of Saarbrücken, in Germany. Completely new, on
the other hand, is the collaboration with the Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia, to which the
selection of the narrator for the recital and the directorial coordination for Egmont has been entrusted.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 (“Emperor”) for piano and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Egmont (incidental music for the tragedy by Johann Wolfgang Goethe)
The Mitteleuropa Orchestra, which has its roots in the musical tradition of the area of central and southern Europe, is the product of many decades of orchestral experience. In the early 2000s it found its institutional place thanks to the intervention of the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the support of the Municipalities and Provinces of the Region.
It currently boasts 47 permanent orchestra members and a solid autonomous organization; its headquarters are in Palmanova at the Loggia della Gran Guardia, a historical building dating from the 1500s that overlooks the splendid main square of this star-shaped city.
The Chief Conductor of the Orchestra, since January 2017, is the Maestro Marco Guidarini. His repertoire, as an indication of his great versatility, ranges from Baroque to Contemporary Music, and genres from classical music to crossover.
The Mitteleuropa Orchestra performs in different formations, ranging from symphonic to symphonic-choral orchestral formations, with string orchestra, wind orchestra, and chamber ensembles. It has received significant public and critical acclaim throughout Italy and abroad, in France, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania. It has also been hosted at numerous international events, from the International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Venice Biennale to the Mittelfest, from the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, to the concert for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and to the international Festival of Lubiana.
In 2018 the Orchestra is the protagonist with the famous pianist Vincenzo Maltempo in the recording of a double CD of Brahms, produced by 2R productions, for the prestigious Piano Classics.
The Orchestra has been conducted by important personalities from the international music scene such as Niksa Bareza, Pascal Rophé, Tiziano Severini, Dmitri Jurowski, Aldo Ceccato, Muhai Tang, Oliver von Dohnányi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luis Bacalov, Giampaolo Bisanti, Pietari Inkinen, John Axelrod, Ola Rudner, Emilio Pomarico, Vram Tchiftchian, Ernest Hoetzl, Philipp Von Steinaecker, Alessandro Vitiello, Giovanni Pacor, Vittorio Bresciani, Marco Guidarini, Nicola Valentini, Igor Zobin, Francesco Fanna, Adriano Martinolli D’Arcy, Eddi De Nadai, Uroš Lajovic and it has performed with soloists of international fame like Sergeij Krilov, Ramin Bahrami, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michele Campanella, Bruno Giuranna, Louis Lortie, Alexander Lonquich, Alena Baeva, Pepe Romero, Lilya Zilberstein, Roberto Cominati, Giovanni Sollima, Yeon Ju Jeong, Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, Marianna Vasileva, Marija Špengler, Daniel Müller-Schott, Karl Leister, Françoise de Clossey, Mauro Maur, Alexander Gadjiev, Héctor Ulises Passarella, Stefan Milenkovich, Philippe Entremont, Laura Bortolotto, Evgeni Koroliov, Andrea Bacchetti, Daniela Barcellona, Truls Mork, Vincenzo Maltempo, Roberto Fabbriciani, Jasna Corrado-Merlak, Letizia Michielon, Giuseppe Albanese.
In the Region, it collaborates with the Ente Regionale Teatrale on an important project of musical enhancement that covers the entire territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia; moreover together with the Italian Healthcare Agency it has programmed relevant interdisciplinary projects based on social inclusion through music and other innovative activities, specifically targeted to young audiences and to schools. The Mitteleuropa Orchestra is supported and financed by the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia and to the partnership with the Friuli Foundation. Since 2015 it has programmed its own concert season at the Gustavo Modena theatre in Palmanova.
Translation by Wall Street English Udine