Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 - First project, rehearsals only 16 - 22 March 2015, Formigine

"Ever since the birth of Spira seven years ago, Beethoven symphonies have always been the focus of our work. Our very first encounter was with Beethoven’s Second symphony and since then every single one of them has left a mark on our artistic development. From the small town of Formigine, in Italy, where we usually meet to study, these symphonies have travelled with us throughout Europe. Now, our most daring step, but in a sense also the most natural one, is to complete the series with the Ninth Symphony. As far as we know, the Ninth Symphony has never been performed without a conductor, at least recently: the reason is to be found not only in the amount of forces involved, which require intense coordination, but also in the complexity and consistency of its musical message. We decided to work on this piece over two rehearsal periods involving all musicians and from the first months of preparation, studying with the choir. Thus every stage of the construction will be shared from the very beginning. That’s the idea we’ve always had when approaching this composition. We don’t want the gathering of a choir, an orchestra and soloists, but rather ninety and more musicians studying and interpreting the score as a unique unit, whether they be professional singers, amateurs or orchestral musicians. We are obviously thrilled at the idea of this close encounter with the symphony and it gives us the energy to face all the questions and challenges that such a project generates. We don’t want this experience to be lived as “climbing an enchanted mountain” or “approaching the Myth of Beethoven’s Ninth.” Instead we wish to face it in a very simple and almost artisan way: let’s delve deep in to something that we will never stop digging. That is why we need to start from somewhere and in some way, soon!"


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  • Igor Ahss Bassoon
  • Salvador Alamà Tortajada Trumpet
  • Luca Ballabio Trombone
  • Martha Labelle Banks Voice
  • Lorenza Borrani Violin
  • Francesco Bossaglia Horn
  • Ursina Braun Cello
  • Nepomuk Braun Cello
  • Katie Emily Bray Voice
  • Maia Cabeza Violin
  • Maria Alba Carmona Tobella Oboe
  • Diego Castelli Violin
  • Florence Mary Cooke Violin
  • Jordi Cornudella Heras Clarinet
  • Benedetto Dallaglio Horn
  • Ledicia Diaz Duran Horn
  • Paolo Dutto Bassoon
  • Michele Fattori Bassoon
  • Olga Hansen Viola
  • Abigail Clara Hayward Cello
  • Urs Itin Trumpet
  • Simone Jandl Viola
  • Sascha Emanuel Kramer Voice
  • Anna Krimm Viola
  • Marc Labranche Cello
  • Antonio Lagares Horn
  • Paolo Lambardi Violin
  • Katharina Litschig Cello
  • Gemma Longoni Violin
  • Andrea Mascetti Violin
  • Gabriele Mollicone Violin
  • Rosa Montañés Cebriá Timpani
  • Yumi Onda Violin
  • Francesco Parini Trombone
  • Katharina Naomi Paul Violin
  • Francesca Piccioni Viola
  • Adriano Piccioni Doublebass
  • Miquel Ramos Salvadó Clarinet
  • Juan Carlos Rivas Perretta Oboe
  • Lorenzo Rovati Violin
  • Juan Sebastián Ruiz Jaen Doublebass
  • Marta Santamaria Llavall Flute
  • Matej Sonlajtner Violin
  • Elisabeth Sordia Viola
  • Giacomo Tesini Violin
  • Alja Velkaverh Flute
  • Jonas Ernesto Villegas Sciara Doublebass
  • Jonathan Richard Andrew Watkins Trombone
  • Malin William-Olsson Violin
  • Tim-Erik Winzer Viola
  • Cecilia Ziano Violin