Photo: Paul Buciuta
10. April 2020
Musica Ricercata's musicians got together from Vienna, London, Bucharest, Basel, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Bușteni, Pitești etc., to wish everyone celebrating today a solemn and meditative Good Friday.
The text (spoken by Jesus on the Cross) and music of “Erbarme dich, mein Gott!” from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion reflect extremely well the times we are living and is dedicated to all those who suffer and all those struggle these days in order to bring us physically together.
08. April 2020
Musica Ricercata is happy and proud to announce the founding of the Better Together Global Orchestras Network, a project emphasizing humanity’s highest values of love, friendship, creativity, solidarity and unity, reflected in music.
During March 2020, the Better Together Global Orchestras Network brought together 140 musicians from 30 countries in 6 continents to record Beethoven’s Ode to Joy during the period of self-isolation.
This is a project founded by Musica Ricercata, the European Union Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestras, the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldovan National Youth Orchestra (LaLa Play Voices Children’s Choir), the Philharmonic Orchestra of North Macedonian and the Romanian Radio Children's Choir.
Musica Ricercata oppure ricerca musicale?
My passion for the research and study of the compositional manuscripts brought me in front of endless routes and musical paths I wanted to explore. But in order to share these masterpieces of unimaginable value with the audience, the musical score needs a transmitting platform, an ensemble to give these scores a “voice”: this is how Musica Ricercata was born!
Together with fellow young passionate musicians, we embarked on this adventure in promoting music which we researched thoroughly beforehand. Our quest of bringing to light pieces that haven’t been performed in centuries, is a long process which requires research in old libraries and centuries-old archives from all over Europe, as well as transcribing these newly discovered manuscripts.
The title – Musica Ricercata (ad literam translated as „Researched Music” – comes from a pieces written by one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, György Ligeti, in which he was bringing a homage to the music of Girolamo Frescobaldi. And being Transylvanian-born myself, like Ligeti, could there be a better connection between the geographical space where this project was born and the idea of homage to early and contemporary music? I strongly believe there isn’t!
This bridge between time and space also inspired us in our desideratum to bring the audience closer to these two ages, apparently unconnected, but in which the research drove to revolutions in the whole society.
The presence of these magnificent musicians on important European stages proved that passion, versatility, but mostly their overwhelming energy deeply resonates with the audience, the reviews being unanimously appreciative.