Che festa! The joy of music!Maurizio Baglini project at Roma 3

The entire cast at the end of this exhilarating musical party

Mendelssohn Concerto in A minor for piano and strings MWV O2N Allegro-Adagio-Finale Allegro na non troppo

Lucrezia Liberati spinning Mendelssohn’s early musical web with such poise and ease

Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, KV365 (1779) 23’0201I. Allegro -Andante -Rondeau.

Axel Trolese in Mozart double playing with crystalline clarity as he tries to outdo the mastery of Maurizio Baglini

Concerto in F major for three pianos ‘Lodron Concerto’, KV242 Allegro -Adagio -Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto

Filippo Tenisci in Mozart triple playing with his impeccabily precise musicianship

Che festa! What a party for the final concert in the Maurizio Baglini project festival held over the last three days in Rome.Two in the historic Teatro Torlonia and the final concert in the much larger Teatro Palladium. And larger than life it was too with Mozart’s concerti for two and three pianoforti with Maurizio Baglini himself at the helm.Directing three young pianists as he himself took turns to play with Axel Trolese, Giuseppe Rossi and Filippo Tenisci.

Lucrezia Liberati with Sieva Borzak

The opening of the concert had very gentlemanly been given to the charming Lucrezia Liberati who played the glittering early concerto in A minor by Mendelssohn.Some scintillating playing from Lucrezia with the Roma 3 orchestra with their resident conductor Sieva Borzak.A charming early work with reams of notes played with such relish and rhythmic energy catapulting the seemless streams of gold with a jeux perle that only youthful talent can dispatch with such simplicity and joie de vivre.It was the same spirit a century earlier that was evident in the fun and games that was created in the Mozart Concerti.

Maurizio Baglini. Valerio Vicari. Roberto Pujia

It is quite a rarity to hear these concerti in concert because three pianos on stage takes some organising.So hats off to Roma Tre for being able to find the space at their Teatro Palladium for three pianos and orchestra .As the President of Roma Tre,Roberto Pujia,said in his brief introduction,the combination of music and friendship has allowed him and his former pupil, Valerio Vicari, artistic director for the past 15 years ,to promote and help exceptional young talent to have a platform and to find a family of dedicated professional enthusiasts to help them.

Thus was born the Roma Tre Orchestra and the Young Artists Piano Solo Series all under the wing of Roma Tre University.Maurizio Baglini,the distinguished pianist,has become part of this family and his projects regularly take pride of place.In fact the project in the past few days has seen involved many of the musicians who Maurizio is dedicated to helping forge a professional career in music.

Maurizio Baglini conducting from the keyboard

Also playing with the musicians himself but always taking second place and allowing these young musicians their opportunity to shine.Much as Marie Joao Pires and Martha Argerich lend not only their name but also their precious time to helping the next generation

Giuseppe Rossi whose Hammerklavier received such praise from Maurizio Baglini – here joining in the fun of Mozart triple

In fact one of the Roma Tre prodigies Giuseppe Rossi was even allowed to play Beethoven’s longest most complex sonata op 106 ‘Hammerklavier’!Whilst others played Liszt’s extraordinary arrangements of some of the Beethoven Symphonies.

Filippo Tenisci and Giuseppe Rossi with Maurizio Baglini in the background conducting from the third piano!

There is only a limited number of works for two or more solo instruments with orchestra.Mozart, however, was evidently attracted by the sinfonia concertante genre and created some of the finest examples of it, such as the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and the Concerto for Flute and Harp, as well as his two concertos for more than one piano. The ‘Lodron Concerto’ for three pianos was composed in 1776 for Countess Lodron and her daughters. It is Mozart’s third piano concerto and the young man’s irrepressible sense of fun is obvious with ‘a true musical joke, in which the musical line is divided between the three players quite arbitrarily; one piano continues what another has started and the third will conclude.

Axel Trolese and Maurizio Baglini at the end of Mozart Double Concerto

When the composer three years later returns to the task of writing for more than one piano, the result is quite different. The Concerto in E flat major KV 365, composed for Mozart himself and his sister Nannerl, is ‘in many respects Mozart’s first ‘big’ piano concerto. It is the first in which we find the very characteristic intertwining of the woodwind and the piano part, accomplished very effectively and virtuosically.’ Mozart seems to have been fond of the work, so fond that for a later performance he added clarinets, trumpets and timpani to the orchestra

Martedì 22 giugno 2021 ore 19 Teatro Torlonia
Maurizio Baglini Project – Le sinfonie di Beethoven trascritte da Franz Liszt
Sinfonia n. 2 in re maggiore op. 36
Axel Trolese, pianoforte
Sinfonia n. 5 in do minore op. 67
Simone Librale, pianoforte
Sinfonia n. 6 in fa maggiore op.  68 “Pastorale”
Maurizio Baglini, pianoforte

Mercoledì 23 giugno 2021 ore 19 Teatro Torlonia
Concerto à la carte
L. v. Beethoven: Sonata per pianoforte n. 29 in si bemolle maggiore op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
Giuseppe Rossi, pianoforte
Il pubblico sarà invitato a scegliere il programma sulla base di una lista di brani proposta dagli artisti
Silvia Chiesa, violoncello
Maurizio Baglini, pianoforte

Giovedì 24 giugno 2021 ore 20.30 Teatro Palladium
Giovani artisti per giovani compositori
progetto realizzato nell’ambito del programma LazioSound di GenerAzioni Giovani e finanziata dalle Politiche Giovanili della Regione Lazio e dalla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Dipartimento per la Gioventù
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra d’archi in la minore
Lucrezia Liberati, pianoforte
Sieva Borzak, direttore
W. A. Mozart: Concerto per due pianoforti n. 10 in mi bemolle maggiore K. 365
Maurizio Baglini e Axel Trolese, pianoforte
W. A. Mozart: Concerto per tre pianoforti n. 7 in fa maggiore K. 242
Maurizio Baglini, Giuseppe Rossi, Filippo Tenisci, pianoforte

Maurizio Baglini e Silvia Chiesa, da tanti anni artisti di riferimento per Roma Tre Orchestra

Above all there was such exhilarating music making which made for a real party atmosphere.There were details that could have been perfected ,some rounding of corners and unexpected liberties and embellishments in Mozart but the overall message was one of pure musical enjoyment that is surely what Mendelssohn and Mozart intended.

A late start was to allow a video recording to be made without disturbing the audience in the actual concert.It will allow Roma 3 to share this musical feast with a much larger audience as they have been doing during the pandemic with their magnificent live stream recitals .A family indeed to be cherished and enjoyed in the name of Youth and Music.

Below are some things I was able to enjoy long distance during this strange pandemic period of silence in the concert halls:


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