A Tremendous Success
Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival,
experienced by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
A major international contemporary music festival was held in Rome from 1 to 15 February 2014. I was at four of the eight concerts (those on 3, 6, 7 and 15 February). It was a very special festival not only because the audience was, by and large, young but also since, by the motto 'also classical music is contemporary', Beethoven was performed along with twentieth century composers as well as works of the newest generation. Another important feature was that, now at its fifth edition, the 'Controtempo' festival was a joint venture of several institutions: under the overall umbrella of the Académie de France in the Renaissance Villa Medici, several other institutions worked at the manifestation: the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Auditorium Parco della Musica, GMEM (Groupe de Musique Expérimental de Marseille), London's Wigmore Hall, the Louvre Auditorium, the Luxemburg Philarmonie and the Aix-en-Provence Festival...
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