I believe it was God’s will that we should come back, so that men might know the things that are in the world… I have not told half of what I saw… And all who read this book or hear it read, must believe it, as all the things contained in it are true.
This is what the famous explorer Marco Polo wrote over 750 years ago in his Book of Marvels upon returning from his remarkable journey. Having visited Persia, India, China, Armenia, and Georgia, he became the first European to open the riches of the distant and mysterious Orient to the Europeans. And however full of inaccuracies and fantasies the book might be, however strongly skeptical one can be of its stories, the name of Marco Polo has become the symbol of openness to the unknown, wanderlust, and the diversity of the world…
La Magnifica Comunità chamber orchestra was founded in 1990 by the Italian violinist and conductor-authenticator Enrico Casazza. La Magnifica Comunità occupies one of the leading places among orchestras playing period instruments. The Italian musicians perform in Sochi for the first time.
The concert program follows the stages of Marco Polo journey. Fragments of the eighteenth century operas on “exotic” subjects will be performed. If Handel is well familiar to the Russian public as an opera composer, Vivaldi is still mainly perceived as a master of instrumental string music, and the name of Mozart’s and Gluck’s contemporary Adolph Hasse remains little known.
The arias will be performed by Raffaella Milanesi – the famous star of the opera of the Baroque, who performs the seventeenth-eighteenth century music on the world’s biggest opera and festival stages.