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The great Italian musical tradition in Zagreb with 'Fantasia Italiana'
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The great Italian musical tradition in Zagreb with ‘Fantasia Italiana’

Categories: Culture and creativity -Music and Performing Arts
Cristina Pegoraro and Lorenzo Porzio perform at the Summer Evening Festival of the Croatian National Theatre.
MAV Orchestra

In the setting of the Summer Evenings Festival of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the Italian Cultural Institute of Zagreb will present the concert “Fantasia italiana” on 9 June, with Cristiana Pegoraro on piano and Lorenzo Porzio conductor and with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV.

The programme includes pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Gioachino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Lorenzo Porzio, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.

Cristiana Pegoraro and Lorenzo Porzio propose the best known repertoire of the great Italian musical tradition, from the baroque of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to the romanticism of the interludes by Puccini and Mascagni, passing through the overtures of Rossini and Verdi, in the unpublished transcriptions for piano and string orchestra by these two musicians: this is a larger version of the programme already performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York in 2019.

Cristiana Pegoraro plays as a soloist with prestigious international orchestras including Salzburger Kammervirtuosen, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, Venetian Philharmonic Orchestra, La Camerata Ducale di Parma. Her extensive discography amounts to 28 CDs. Her latest recorded works have recently been released with the first recording of her unpublished transcriptions.

Lorenzo Porzio has been collaborating with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2010 as a pianist and conductor. In March 2019, just as conductor, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and in December of the same year at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. Since July 2014 he has been the musical director of the Narnia Festival and since 2020 he has been the musical director of the “Musica su Roma” review.

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