“BRERAMILANO1930™ CELEBRA RICORDI”
Ricordi Line Commemorating Heroins of the Opera
It’s been a few years since our Company started a new endeavour in the aim to celebrate Milano’s excellences.
We are unquestionably honoured of the partnership with the Ricordi Historical Archive, acknowledged as the most important private music collection in the world. Our involvement with Ricordi Archive (the world’s most important corporate music collection) is aim of great pride, today, for us all. Our intention was to blend a mouth-watering deliciousness such as Panettone with the grandeur of Italian Opera, shaped by Ricordi throughout two centuries of history. From here the idea to cover a part of road together, telling stories of unique artists, outstanding shows performing art, culture and, naturally, great music.
As we listen to the most popular Italian composers’ music, such as Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini the unsurpassed Giuseppe Verdi, or to an Opera masterly directed by Maestro Arturo Toscanini, our heart can’t help being captured by the masterpieces of the Illustrators who so smartly caught the splendour, the passion and indulgence of that time; we refer to Metlicovitz, Dudovich, Cappiello, Terzi and Laskoff, creators of breath-taking and memorable illustrations dedicated to the Opera.
Their names are indissolubly bounded with “the Ricordi company” and their success has to be found in a great mutual esteem and a strong professional coalition, whose commitment was nothing but reaching the excellence. This merge of talented souls and determination gave birth to one of the most outstanding Italian artistic phases and, at the same time, to an incredibly successful Company venture. Ricordi has promoted over more than two centuries of publishing activity. Today you can retrace this fascinating story through the treasures of his Historical Archive.
The same aspirations are embraced by our motto, “Sweet Excellence- Renewed Tradition”, never disregarding the “grandeur” of those who preceded us in underlining Italian excellence in the world, with unlimited perseverance, skill and creativity.
This is what we mean by “celebrating” this extraordinary collection, an archive shaped by the illuminated Family Ricordi’s determination to innovate and serve, dedicating time and funds in supporting this mission. During those singular years when everything still had to be built, invented and valued, the Ricordi generation had the ability to recognize and engage the most gifted artistic talents and the most innovative graphic technologies, making each single commitment exclusive and distinctive.
With the modesty of a pupil, we love to look to excellences as a standard to follow, redo and, eventually, enhance in our Panettone selection.
We wouldn’t like to stress the eating although the enjoying, just like hearing is different from listening and looking from seeing.
An high-class collection of Panettone and Pandoro is born, we called it “Ricordi Line”: each Panettone is dedicated to the astonishing Ricordi Music Collection: sketches, magazines, costumes, Opera Librettos, posters, scores, covers, are at the origin of the diverse iconic images highlighting and characterizing different panettone flavours.
A little book paired with each Panettone or Pandoro will be gifted to our Customers, a short enlightenment about the historical and iconographic value of the collection we are delighted to call: Ricordi Line.
Ricordi is synonymous with great music: the artists that the publisher Ricordi has promoted over more than two centuries of activity left a profound mark on the world of opera, classical instrumental and pop.
Today you can retrace this fascinating story through the treasures of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, the most important private music collection in the world: the great artists who have left an indelible mark in the musical culture, the immortal works of geniuses such as Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, the daring explorations of contemporary composers.
Founded in 1808, it represents the historic legacy of the Ricordi publishing house, which was acquired in 1994 by the German media group Bertelsmann which, henceforth, ensures its conservation and cultural development. The extraordinary importance of the Archivio lays in the variety of its documents, which offer a broad comprehensive reflection of Italian culture, industry and society.
The Archive, housed within the Palazzo di Brera in Milan, collects manuscript scores, letters by composers, librettists and singers, costume and set designs, librettos, historical photographs and Art Nouveau posters.
Don Carlo di Giuseppe Verdi, Modena, 26 Dicembre 1886
La foresta di Fontainbleau, Atto I, bozzetto di Carlo Ferrario
Manifesto di Vespasiano Bignami per la prima assoluta di Manon Lescaut di Giacomo Puccini, 1893
The photographic and epistolary Fund represent a huge corporate documentation allowing us to know the expansion of music editorial of 800 and 900, as Ricordi played also a role of managers following passionately the development of Opera starting from their creative moment until its première.
Collections allow us to review professional and human life of many composers, from their very first works (for instance Verdi’s Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio or Puccini’s “Le Villi”) till their last masterpieces, as Falstaff and the uncompleted Turandot, rebuilding the connections between editor and artist.
Nowadays Ricordi Music Archive safeguards, preserves and promotes its own artistic and documental legacy through a wide spectra of activities: scientific research, conserving restoration, digitalization and online publication of collections, shows, magazines and conventions. The goal is that to make more and more accessible its treasures, supporting relevant study and acknowledgement.