Ravenna Festival: Filippo Gorini, the pianist of the future, between miniature and monument

Ravenna Festival: Filippo Gorini, the pianist of the future, between miniature and monument
Ravenna Festival: Filippo Gorini, the pianist of the future, between miniature and monument

From micro to macro. The recital by Filippo Gorini, one of the most recognized pianists under 30 in the world, explores the miniaturism of György Kurtág – the greatest living Hungarian composer, of whom he will perform a selection from the Játékok (Games) cycle – and the large forms of the Sonata D 960 by Franz Schubert. The Ravenna Festival event on May 16th, at 9pm, brings to the Alighieri Theater one of the most mature and complete musicians of our time, capable, at just 29 years old, of attuning the role of the virtuoso to the challenges of contemporaneity. Born to nuclear physicist parents in 1995, Gorini approached the piano at the age of four, but his passions also included writing and mathematics, as well as the dream (partially realized) of becoming a director. In 2020 he began a series of video documentaries inspired by the structure of Bach’s Art of Fugue, 14 episodes – such as the 13 counterpoints and the fugue – in which Gorini dialogues with eminent personalities from the art world, invited for their connection with Bach (among these the architect Frank Gehry, the director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the pianist Alfred Brendel, the theater director Peter Sellars). His next project, Sonata for 7 cities, aims to showcase a new, responsible and ethical approach to concert life, with monthly residencies in Vienna, Portland, Cape Town, Santa Fe, Hong Kong and Milan, in which Gorini will play works by specially commissioned contemporary composers.

Játékok (Hungarian: games) is a collection of over 150 “pedagogical pieces” by György Kurtág, a composer born in 1926, together with Ligeti among the most influential figures of European music of the 20th century. Written starting from 1973 but published entirely only in 2021, in this collection Kurtág has tried to rediscover the spirit of children’s games, for whom the piano is “only” a toy on which to try apparently disconnected sounds but which awaken bold and surprising. Despite their miniaturistic appearance, Kurtág’s “games” contain traits in common with Schubert’s monumental Sonata D 960, in which it is easy to lose the notion of the passage of time. A few weeks after his death, in 1828 Schubert broke with the stringent Beethovenian logic in favor of a fantastic writing that freely indulges the movements of the soul, generating continuous surprises on a harmonic and timbral level. Just as happens in Kurtág’s music.

Born in 1995 in Carate Brianza, at the age of 20 Filippo Gorini won the prestigious Telekom-Beethoven Competition in Bonn with a unanimous vote and from that moment on he was invited to play in the most important halls in the world. He has received important recognition for his recordings, including the Diapason d’Or and 5-star reviews from The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine and Le Monde for his debut album with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (2017). In 2020 he obtained the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, thanks to which the idea of ​​the multidisciplinary project “Art of Escape” was born. The Abbiati Prize jury elected him the best soloist of 2022, recognizing in Gorini the profile of a musician who tackles programs that are not limited to mere virtuosity, but which delve deeply into the underground connections of history.

Info and presales: 0544 249244 – www.ravennafestival.org

Tickets: single numbered seat 25 Euros (reduced 22 Euros);

Young people at the Festival: under 18 5 Euros; National Youth Card (18-35 years): 50% discount

 
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