16-18 Feb. The Black Gondola by Liszt is performed to the orchestration of American contemporary composer John Adams.
The piano piece was composed by Liszt in Venice when he was staying with Wagner only a couple of months before Wagner died.
Adams is known for his two operas Nixon in China and more recently the controversial The Death of Klinghoffer, about the disabled Jewish American who was killed by terrorists 1985 while he was on a cruise liner in the Mediterranean and then pushed over board.
The programme conducted by Alan Gilbert with the S. Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus also includes music by Martinu with the soloist Sol Gabetta and Wagner's L'Anello del Nibelung. S. Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. de Coubertin 30, www.santacecilia.it.