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This groupmuse happened on Sunday, July 10, at 3:00 PM EDT.

This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere

An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.

Virtual Premiere

Roma Verso La Pace

New York

Sun, July 10, 2022 3:00 PM, EDT

77 of 100 spots still available
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
No bathroom at this event

Dear Friends,

Join us on Sunday, July 10th for the online world premiere of the film-concert ROMA VERSO LA PACE!

The sequel to the film "Roma verso la Luce " directed by Alessandro Rossellini (2021), which included the extraordinary participation of renowned cellist Giovanni Sollima, who this time is the featured protagonist!

Filmed in April 2022 by director Zeno Colantoni during a performance at the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome, the concert for Peace (Pace) was held under the guidance of Giovanni Sollima with an ensemble cast of international composers and musicians.

The film features performances by maestro Sollima, who in addition to performing solo works, is joined by soprano Natalia Pavlova, the main protagonist of the previous film.

The film also presents the Orchestra Le Metamorfosi under the direction of Sieva Borzak, and Quartettorfeo, an ensemble comprised of violinists Manfred Croci and Plamena Krumova, violist Morian Taddei, cellists Ilaria Calabrò and Eleonora Testa, and the Italian writer David Colantoni.

Let music share in the voices of love and hope, bringing us unity and peace!

What's the music?

Natalia Pavlova Soprano Voice
Giovanni Sollima Cello
Quartett Orfeo String Ensemble
L'Orchestra Metamorfosi Orchestra

Part I

Conversation with Giovanni Sollima.

P. I Tchaikovsky

"Elegy" for string orchestra
"Notturno" for cello and strings

R. M. Glière:

From the cycle "12 Album leaves" (n. 3 arr. Di G. Sollima), a composer who was born in Kiev and later lived in Moscow

Antonio Vivaldi

Aria "Sento in seno" (transcription for cello and voice by G. Sollima)

Part II

Giovanni Sollima

A piece from the "Journey to Italy" cycle entitled "Bella e crudele" based on a text by Michelangelo (the first performance in Italy of this new version for voice and quartet, transcribed specifically for the voice of Natalia Pavlova).

Dmitry Shostakovich

"Ophelia song" from the cycle of poems by A. Block

Giovanni Sollima

The first ever staged performance of the new version of the piece "You know that I love you "after Arcadelt for voice and cello, from the Caravaggio cycle, which Sollima transcribed specifically for the voice of Natalia Pavlova,

"Lamentatio" for cello from the same cycle

"Aria" by Eliodoro Sollima for cello and strings— Giovanni's father composed this piece at the age of 18. As Giovanni says: "This aria somehow represents the exit from the Second World War, my father was a teenager during the war and he studied and composed in a shelter, drawing a piano on an old wooden board ..."

All texts of vocal pieces :

Antonio Vivaldi " I feel within me a rain of tears"

I feel within me a rain of tears, My deceived heart disperses
But, heart of mine, omit your tears;
because your crying doesn't decrease my pain.

Giovanni Sollima "Beautiful and cruel" after Michelangelo poem

Since it's true that, in hard stone, one will at times
make the image of someone else look like himself,
I often make her dreary
and ashen, just as I'm made by this woman;
and I seem to keep taking myself
as a model, whenever I think of depicting her.
I could well say that the stone in which I model her resembles her in its harsh hardness; but
in any case I could not,
while she scorns and destroys me,
sculpt anything but my own tormented features.
So, since art preserves the memory of beauty through the years,
if she wants to last,
she will make me glad, so that I'll make her beautiful.

Shostakovich "Ofelia song" after Block poem

As you parted from your dear maiden,
My friend, you swore to me of your love!..
As you left for a detested land,
You swore to keep your oath!
There, away from happy Denmark,
Your shores are in darkness...
The angry, eloquent waves
Wash tears away from the rocks...
My beloved warrior shall not return,
All in silver dressed...
In the grave the ribbon and black feather
Will droop heavily.

Sollima "You know that I love you"

You know that I love you indeed I adore you,
but you do not already know, that for you I am dying,
that if Sure you would know about, maybe you would have some pity on me...


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Laraine L., over 1 year ago

Please clarify....I would assume that this is an online concert, but the announcement says New York, but does not indicate a venue. Please clarify. Many thanks!

Laraine L., over 1 year ago

Ignore my question...just saw what I was looking is virtual!

Natalia P., over 1 year ago

Dear Friends, now you can also find in FULL PROGRAM the translations of texts of all vocal pieces
enjoy the concert :)

Natalia P., over 1 year ago

Dear Friends, thank you so much for coming on the premier of the second film (looking forward to present you also the 3rd part of this Trilogy, wich untitled "Magnificat")!
We wish you wonderful Summer!!!
Keep in touch!
Warm wishes


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