Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor op. 26 (1868)
Roman trilogy (1916–28): Fontane di Roma, Feste Romane, Pini di Roma
Drops of water glittering in the sunlight, cozy gardens, the long shadows of pine trees at dusk: One could almost think of Ottorino Respighi’s three symphonic poems as a musical city map of Rome. In fact, the magical sounds and shimmering atmosphere of these orchestral masterpieces are clearly every bit as fascinating as the eternal city itself. Respighi unmistakably pays homage to his great French colleagues Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and yet finds a distinctive style of his own. This music is the perfect daydream on a dark November afternoon, drifting off to take a rest at the Trevi Fountain or in the park at Villa Borghese. Joana Mallwitz, currently one of the most exciting young conductors, invites the audience to take a stroll across the seven hills and to experience a sparkling crown jewel of the violin repertoire, illuminated by Veronika Eberle.