The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

Silvia Massarelli, Guest Director and Maxime Zecchini, Guest Soloist, two famous soloists in the new digital concert of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra on their YouTube channel and on Facebook https: / / this Friday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m., concert recorded on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Pumapungo theater. The repertoire includes: Prelude to a faun’s nap, Claude Debussy’s Symphonic Poem, Piano Concerto for the left hand and My Mother the Goose, Suite by Maurice Ravel, La Arlesiana, Suite No. 2 by George Bizet.

Prelude to a Faun’s Nap, Claude Debussy’s Symphonic Poem. Released at the National Society of Paris on December 22, 1894, under the leadership of Gustave Doret. It is based on an eclogue by Stéphane Mallarmé, which Debussy musically illustrates with an orchestra dominated by woods. Eroticism, dreamlike and fantastic worlds, oriental and archetypal evocations that show their magic from the first and captivating phrase of the flute. A faun dreams of loving and symbolic games in the shade of a tree on the slope of Etna.

Piano Concerto for the left hand. Maurice Ravel. Regarding this work, pianist Maxime Zecchini says the following: “The idea of ​​exploring this repertoire occurred to me a few years ago, studying for the first time the Concerto for the Left Hand by Maurice Ravel. The privilege of listening to two hands while only five fingers touch fascinated me. These compositions demonstrate the immense possibilities of the left hand. So, thanks to your finger layout, natural flexibility, and powerful bass register on the keyboard, you can even make the piano sound like an orchestra. I am very happy to discover the undeniable poetic richness of this original repertoire, which is also virtuous and spectacular ”.

My Mother the Goose. Maurice Ravel. Ravel does not write in this work a symphonic poem with the selected stories, but musically recreates some of the stellar moments of the stories: when Bella falls asleep, when the birds take the crumbs that Pulgarcito has left, when Feuchillase bathes and when the Beast becomes a prince. And he does it in such a poetic, simple and magical way that it enhances the story’s expression.

La Arlesiana, Suite N ° 2 by George Bizet. It tells the story of the young farmer Federico who falls out of a window when, in celebration of his wedding, he remembers a beautiful provincial girl with whom he maintained an unrequited love. In short, a typical romantic drama in which lively and energetic music accompanies a plot in which passionate tragedy alternates with a peasant party.

Silvia Massarelli. Orchestra director. First female director to win the “Grand Prix de direction d’orchestre” at the Besançon International Competition. Critics’ Prize at the Saint Petersburg Prokofiev Contest, and the only winner at the Paris Robert Blot Competition. She studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, and at the Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with the highest honors, unanimously awarded. She has a great musical activity on all continents, having directed works by great composers in the most important venues in the world.

Maxime Zecchini. Pianist. First French pianist to receive a title from the prestigious “Incontri col Maestro Academy” in Imola (Italy), he was the winner of the international competition in Arcachon in 2000, First Prize of the Forum de Normandie competition, he was awarded in 2002 with the Prize Cziffra Foundation and the Ragusa-Ibla contest (Sicily). In 2003, he won the First Prize in the international competition in Varenna-Lake Como (Italy). Brilliant pianist is also a composer and has a long record of recordings.

With this delivery there will be 17 digital concerts that the public can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet at the time and times they want in the Digital Room of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra.

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