January 7, 2015

Milan’s La Verdi Orchestra to record Nino Rota’s Mysterium

First performance of Nino Rota’s ‘Mysterium’ in Milan to be recorded by DECCA

A composer of popular Film scores, such as “The Godfather” and for movies by Fellini, Visconti and Zeffirelli – Nino Rota is a Italian classical composer of great interest.  For some years Giuseppe Grazioli, a great scholar of the Milanese composer, with the support of La Verdi, has become the great showcase for the sadly neglected and forgotten ‘classical’ and symphonic works, (outside of his film music) of Nino Rota, born in 1911 and who died in 1979.

Thus, is it with many thanks to the support of La Verdi Orchestra di Milano and musicological study of Maestro Giuseppe Grazioli, for bringing these exceptional symphonic works to the attention of the general public. Though, not just in his home town of Milan – as the series of recordings to be made by Decca of his Symphonic works, will rightfully bring the classical works of Nino Rota to the attention of the world.

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To be heard for the first time in Milan January 2015, the oratorio (sacred cantata) Mysterium, is for four solo voices, chorus, children’s choir and orchestra, written in 1962 for the “Pro Civitate Christian” of Assisi on texts by Gospel of John and the early Christian writers.

Come and discover the colourful and wonderful music of Nino Rota ( a sound-world dappled with flashes of Poulenc, Stravinski, Britten, Wagner… all whist maintaing his own identity), in this very special performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan directed by Maestro Giuseppe Grazioli, the symphonic choir “Giuseppe Verdi” by Erina Gambarini, the children’s choir “Voices white de laVerdi” led  by Maria Teresa Tramontin,  and a cast of excellent soloists formed by Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano), Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo-soprano), Alessandro Liberatore (tenor), Gianluca Buratto (bass) – Friday 9 (20:00) and Sunday 11 (16.00), January 2015, at the Auditorium of Milan

Book tickets here at La Verdi

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To be recorded for future DECCA release.