In the 19th century opera dominated the Italian musical scene overwhelmingly.
In this environment – where the public did not show much enthusiasm for symphonic and chamber music – some bold virtuosos and composers, inspired by the new, captivating ideas coming from other European countries, succeeded in revitalising the ancient and glorious tradition of Italian instrumental music and in laying the foundations of its vigorous renaissance from the early years of the 20th century.
Featuring this concert for cello and piano, the Italian Cultural Institute tries to sketch how modern Italian chamber music recovered its significance thanks to the influence of European musical Romanticism, and to show with a meaningful comparison how this influence affected the languages of the European national schools.
Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky
Sonata n. 2 op. 81 for cello and piano
Romanza n. 1 from Due romanze op. 72 for cello and piano
Alfredo Carlo Piatti
Capriccio n. 5 from Dodici capricci op. 25 for cello
Notturno for piano
Drei Fantasiestücke op. 73 for piano and cello
Fantasia on “Rigoletto” for cello and piano
Raffaella Cardaropoli, cello
Flavia Salemme, piano