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Published on Dec 12, 2011
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital team travelled to Florence, Italy to discover the personal story behind Luigi Dallapiccola's opera, Il Prigioniero. Written between 1944 and 1948, Il Prigioniero expresses Dallapiccola's disillusionment with Mussolini's politics. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, writer and recording producer Misha Donat, and professor Mila De Santis give insight into this moving political statement.
Il Prigioniero was performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on 26 January 2012 in celebration of Amnesty International's 50th anniversary.
Part of "The still point of the turning world": Music that defines an era series supported by the Meyer Foundation.