January 30, 2017: La Scala hosts the world premiere of Carlo Boccadoro’s Concerto per Piano and Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly and featuring the Filarmonica della Scala and soloist Beatrice Rana. Commissioned by Francesco Micheli.
The concert (in three movements: Rent – Diminuendo and Crescendo – Toodle-Oo) is dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington. Boccadoro explains: “This piece makes ample use of piano techniques from the world of jazz, especially early 20th-century expressions, like Jump, Stride and Rag […] The score is demanding for both the soloist and the orchestra […] it requires virtuosity all through the three movements, and culminates with a finale rife with special effects.” (read more about the concerto here)
The concert had great critical acclaim:
“But it was the world première of Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra by Carlo Boccadoro that proved the highlight. Jazz music forms the basis of the commission, in an abstract as well as a purely musical sense. The concerto work had an explosive quality in the hands of pianist Beatrice Rana and the Filarmonica.”
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“Beatrice Rana is now a prima donna. She faces with a big smile the Teatro alla Scala, free and secure. In the thirty minutes of the concerto dripping with notes, without breath, like a war machine, the audience is all for her. So much that this world premiere achieved an unprecedented success. [..] Well written, extrovert, explosive and lanky, this Concerto deserves to be played again!”
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