Zubin Mehta conducts Cerha
Teatro Comunale, Florence
Friedrich Cerha’s virtuosic Concerto for percussion and orchestra receives its Italian première on 24 April with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at the Teatro Comunale in Florence. Zubin Mehta conducts with Simone Rubino as soloist.
The solo part has a different instrumentation in each of the three movements, in which the percussionist changes position each time, before coming back to the first position for the last movement. “Contrary to the usual approach, all the percussion instruments – even the tom-toms, temple blocks, woodblocks and cowbells – are precisely tuned”, writes the composer, “the first and third sections of the first movement and the end of the piece are marked by eruptive blocks of sound, dominated by drums”.