Sixty years have passed since twelve young graduates, mainly from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, got together to give voice to their passion. Thus was born a rarity of its time, a chamber group without a conductor. This apparent lack could have been their Achilles’ heel when the great Toscanini heard them, but their enthusiasm brought out the strong and affectionate words: “Bravi, bravissimi…( very good, excellent) music won’t die!” … from him. Time has passed quickly, yet the sound that travelled these decades still lights up the eyes of those who were participants in this extraordinary cavalcade as if it had lasted only a moment. For I Musici time hasn’t flown and paradoxically, the future is behind their shoulders as for the Aymara people. It turns the traditional western concept upside down and without giving it a lot of thought, creates a vortex of thought that makes its mark. Nowadays not one of the foundation members still forms part of the group but this isn’t the reason that the original spirit has been lost.
Over the years the new elements were able to assimilate the impulse from the older members, similar to an incredible wave of energy that has always characterised I Musici’s concerts. They, in their turn transmitted it to the newer members. We could say that there’s a true and actual ‘DNA’ that has passed down from one generation to another. For some years I Musici have recorded for the Italian label of Fonè. This recording company has done quality and technologically avantgard work. They already have two discs to show from this collaboration. The present and third one is dedicated to celebrating I Musici’s sixtieth anniversary. This last one, more than the others surely, underlines the group’s beauty of sound and its expressive capacity. The style is fresh and modern but the warmth of the sound is traditional. The ability to unite the typically Italian expressive and melodic spirit, with a great interpretative quality that has won over many generations of listeners, is probably the secret to the group’s long and successful career. We hope that they continue to do this for many years yet to come.
Congratulations, I Musici!