Two Italian maestros—pianist Fermo Roscigno and conductor Ruggero Barbieri—teamed up with the acclaimed Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to pay homage to the music of Italian composer Muzio Clementi and Philippine conductor/ composer Redentor Romero bringing exuberance and musical joy at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Presented jointly by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine-Italian Association and Rustan’s under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy to the Philippines, the concert showcased the cultural aspect of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Italy.
Highlight of the evening was Maestro Roscigno’s rendering of “Clementi’s Concerto in C Major for Piano and Orchestra” (Cadenzas by Fermo Roscigno) which had its premiere in Southeast Asia that night, and was performed on a Fazioli, the newly acquired piano of the CCP and the first of its kind in the Philippines. Fazioli is now considered by many musicians to be the finest piano in this age.
The elder brother of Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno (giving the occasion a neat local touch), Maestro Roscigno studied piano under the tutelage of Maestro Vincenzo Vitale at the Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also attended the Specialist Courses in Italian Music in Venice. His many performances have taken him to numerous concerts halls around the world.
Under the baton of its former musical director Maestro Barbieri, the PPO – fresh from its hugely successful and much acclaimed concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall—was at its musical best, with its tonal quality and brilliance proving why it is the premier orchestra in the country.
Providing generous support to make the evening possible as major sponsor was Calata Corporation and The Peninsula Manila as the official hotel.