No conductor, no CDs, no compromise: the European orchestra tearing up the rule book 

Musical revolution: the risk-taking musicians of Spira Mirabilis
Musical revolution: the risk-taking musicians of Spira Mirabilis Credit: Giancarlo Pradelli
Spira Mirabilis is the orchestra for which artistic truth is everything. Ben Lawrence pays it a visit at its north-Italian home 

Amid the red-plush grandeur of La Scala, something is stirring. Milan’s grand opera house may not be known for sowing the seeds of musical insurrection, but one single-minded group of musicians has made a bid for artistic freedom and have entered the arena on their own terms.

The night I see Spira Mirabilis perform Beethoven’s Eroica at La Scala, it is clear that I am in the middle of a very subtle revolution. The sound is recognisable, but the intimacy and psychological depth of the performance is unlike anything I have ever heard.

Spira Mirabilis was formed in 2007...

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