Rock sounds “classic” with Laverde. Riel: “Not even in such an experience.”

Music can be heard in many ways, but it is unlikely that there is one that can digitally overcome the emotional impact of classical symphonic live music. This is the aim of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, its flexible presentation, at Milan Hall on Saturday 30 April at 9 pm.

In fact, the fourth seasonal date for the review was scheduled for that date pops, a series of concerts in which Laverde proposes to revive a unique experience for those unfamiliar with the symphonic dimension and also useful for deepening the repertoire and for composers belonging to different genres. Thus, rock will showcase the great classics, from Pink Floyd (Shine, you crazy diamond!) to Deep Purple (Totally strangersAnd highway starAnd woman from Tokyo), from the queen (someone lovesAnd love of my lifeAnd under pressure), to AC/DC (stunned And highway to hell). On the other hand, the history of rock music is a history of courses and their repetition like classical music. But thanks to this initiative, the two musical genres have never been so close, thanks to the arrangement and direction of maestro Friedman Riel, who has always had the advantage of making symphonic music accessible to a wider audience. Also because, he explained, for the same effect in the metaverse, the completely virtual world that everyone looks at with great interest, we still have to wait a few hundred years. In the meantime, let’s have fun symphonic rock music.

Maestro, I start from a quote that inspired the event: “I don’t want to be a background, I want my music to be the only thing that matters, at least for the time you’re listening to it.” David Gilmore of Pink Floyd said it. How can this be done today in the era of listening to live broadcasts on smartphones?
Really good question. I think for people growing up with internet and live streaming, it would be impossible to really enjoy one of Pink Floyd’s longest songs, as well as a 45-minute symphony, but they can be deeply moved by it. I think of concerts under the stars, when the force of the universe takes away everyday thoughts and opens our natural antennas to something new. Perhaps Gilmore thought only of performing in large outdoor arenas, and perhaps there would be times when his music would be allowed in some fine cathedrals as well.

For this reason, Giuseppe Verdi’s Symphony Orchestra will conduct on Saturday 30 April from 9pm at the Auditorium in Milan as part of the parade. pops. What are the connections we often don’t see (or don’t hear) between classical music and rock?
To answer this question one needs to write a book… There has always been a close relationship between rock and classical music. The kinetic element has been an indispensable part of music since the days of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the fusion of rock and classics goes back to early rock bands, which were undoubtedly inspired by the erotic surge of opera and romantic symphonies. Because of the famous French composer, the guitar is a kind of small orchestra and this indicates that even in musical instruments rock music is very close to opera.

Why has classical music in the symphonic dimension lost a previously pivotal role in society?
I think this is normal. We no longer listen to much music from the Renaissance or even from the Baroque period, and so there will also come times when symphonic music will not be of interest to society. I also think that the presentation of symphonic music should be different in our time, where unfortunately most symphonic concerts are presented in a somewhat outdated way.

Do you think that even those who belong to the world of classical music should try more other musical genres?
Yes, I think some of them should. Bach and Mozart themselves crossed different musical genres, and perhaps, on occasion, could create amazing new compositions.

It is often said that musical genres no longer exist. Is it really like this?
I would say that there are still many types, even if it is impossible to always keep an overview.

Rock Symphony will be a symphonic rock party that will track the great classics, from Deep Purple to Queen, and Metallica to AC/DC. How did you choose ammunition?
We choose songs that sound great with the symphony orchestra and that ensure the same amount of fun for both the orchestra and the audience. Of course we haven’t played in Milan yet.

What arranging work have you done on these songs?
I always try to retain all the power and vibrancy of the original songs, but translating all of this for a symphony orchestra thus enjoys the spherical sound and energy of a larger group of musicians.

What is the health status of classical music in the world?
After those two years, I’d say it’s pretty fragile, but I really hope this gets better quickly.

In other countries, the approach to classical music is already taken from school, while in Italy it has not been for many years. How important is it to introduce this type of teaching?
I think teaching at home and in small groups is more important than teaching at school. Also because the level and interests of the pupils are often very different. At the same time, we need excellent teachers who can meet the needs of every pupil in the right way.

As we speak the world, in certain areas, travels at the speed of light. Can you imagine classical music that will be heard in the near future in the metaverse, the completely virtual world that Mark Zuckerberg is working on?
Yes, in fact, it can be very exciting. But it will likely take centuries for technicians to allow the sounds of the live concert, the energy flow provided by the sounds of the amazing instruments, to be enjoyed in the virtual world.

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