Few places in the world express inspiration and romance the way the Spanish Steps in Rome do, for centuries a meeting place for painters, musicians, poets and lovers.
Meet us at the world’s most famous staircase, at the base of the Piazza di Spagna in this spectacular concert starring the leading Canadian-American cellist Elinor Frey in her Australian debut. Awarded Quebec’s Opus Prize for Performer of the Year in 2021, Elinor reveals the rich and wondrous sounds of the Baroque cello in rarely-performed works by Boccherini and Sammartini.
The Italian-born Boccherini’s deep affinity with Spain is vividly alive in his music – the bustle, distant lulls and night noises of Madrid. Musical connections symbolised by the sweep of the Roman Baroque-style Spanish Steps linking the Piazza di Spagna (the Spanish Embassy – the oldest in the world) with the Chiesa di Trinità dei Monti, one of Rome’s most popular tourist destinations.
With lighting design by Alexander Berlarge, this concert will be as monumental as it is sexy and haunting.
Boccherini – La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, Op. 30 No. 6, G 324
Boccherini – Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat major, G 482
Sammartini – Cello Concerto in C major
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