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Foregrounds and backgrounds VII

From Klopstock to Goethe, from Stendhal, to George Sand, the lake represents a place reach in charm: maternal thumb, or entrance to kingdom of the dead (the Avernus lake of Romans). The Britons ancient legends among the Lancelot childhood contain the roots on which are construct both La donna del lago’s and La Straniera’s plots, respectively by Rossini and Bellini. Landscapes showing water images are recurrent in Rossini’s opera in the double shape of sea and fresh water.
Nearby to geographical correct and exact representation of Kathrine lake in La donna del lago, in others works we can see the water flowing vitality, its foaming in torrents and streams to change in a masse of energy, ready to overflow all that it founds long its way; a nature primitive strength, favourite in preromantical aesthetic of sublime and horrid. By a comical or parodistic point of view, this interpretation is employed by Rossini in Matilde di Shabran’s end, when Corradino, repented for turning Matilde out of the home, and having ordered to kill her, he threats the suicide in a torrent’s precipice.
Element of exuberant nature, together the vegetation, water becomes a cardinal image in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. Realistical sign of Swiss landscape, it evokes the concept of connection, of link, of interconnetion: in the oath’s scene (II Act) is defined by the main character as the “chemin qui ne trahit pas”1. is the element warranting freedom. In Schachental torrent, Tell safes Leutholdo from the Austrians; nearby the Achsenberg the lake joins the inhabitants of its different sides and it is the place where the opera ends. This lake appears in two very important scenes. The first time is presented view by above and faraway, as a background in the Second Act, where is set the oath’s scene. The second time it appears in the last scene of the last act, and it gains the foreground, like a visual translation of the appropriation made by Suiss towards their land. Guillaume, thanks to his ability in shipping in the middle of the storm too (methaphorical significance is evident) impresses a resolutive issue at the events. He tames the elements with his experience in a familiar environment, with his respectful familiarity and trust in the Nature so he succeeds in killing the tyrant. Thus by the sides of the calmed down lake the opera ends.

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Yoshikawa alla Radio NHK

21 Giugno 2012 dalle ore 19.30 alle ore 21.10 andrà in onda “Best of classic” che trasmetterà l’intero recital eseguito a Kyoto il 19/05/2011 da Takahiro Yoshikawa.

Programma
Franz Liszt: From Année de pèlerinage: Troisième année S. 163:
Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este I Threnodie
Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este II Threnodie
Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit

Igor Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka

Francis Poulenc: Les soirées de Nazelles

Fotografa di Fiorenza Stefani

http://pid.nhk.or.jp/pid04/ProgramIntro/Show.do?pkey=001-20120621-07-90632

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/netradio/hensei/detail.html?fm.21029.2012-06-21

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Foregrounds and backgrounds

The action pressed in domestic walls perimeter without description of the landscape beyond the windows, is a characteristic which can be particularly discoverable in italian XIX Century “opera buffa”. At dramaturgic level, the interest toward the forestage “hinc et nunc” predominates, because there fights, debates, reconciliations inside the house’s and family’s borders are set. The landscape’s presence would shift and lead the spectator attention outside, a position in this case, incidental for the plot and the problems posed and proposed by it.
Still, at conceptual level, this choice makes jet more sensational the perception of acoustic stratification, of the “full” and “void” concerning singers and instrumentalists presences created in the full score. We can think to Rossini’s “crescendo”, by which the composer fills the set devoid of field of view depth, delimited by walls and ceiling, without outlets, so that the sound resonates and thunders. Thus the room saturates until to “explosion”.
Seville is out of view beside the windows of Bartolo’s house in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in the set captions of La Cenerentola, landscape visible from the windows is omitted. The same situation is discoverable in Donizetti’s opera comica librettos.
Vice versa, in tragic repertoire, the details lack in backstage, underline a constrictive space, a cage-space. The claustrophobic world where the Ashton family live sealed, in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is opposed to wild, stürmisch dimension, used in the scene where Edgard acts (excepted the Finale II, when he becomes the disagreeable host in his enemies salon).
From Violetta’s living room and bedroom windows, just like in Flora Gallery’s, the description of landscape is excluded, Paris views are absent. The city is evoked only in the dialogues. Dying Violetta wants to see the day light and she orders Annina to open the windows (“Da’ accesso a un po’ di luce”), therefore her last life mouthfuls, with the Carnival sounds, invading her bedroom silence. Similarly, Philip II private room in Verdi’s Don Carlos received the rising light of the dawn, but does not offer suggestions concerning landscape. Arrigo Boito, in set captions of Verdi’s Otello IV act, “forgets” to describe windows in Desdemona’s bedroom.
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Find “La viola romantica” in music stores and digital

Finally you can find in all music stores and digital the new album of  Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri, “La viola romantica” (CD+DVD).
Continue the valuable collaboration between Limenmusic and two leading musicians, First Viola Soloist of La Scala Theatre in Milan, M° Danilo Rossi and the pianist Stefano Bezziccheri.
In this third volume they proposed to the public a repertoire organized around the theme of romanticism, an adjective that over time has been subject of so intense historical debates and critical ambiguities.
Here are the executions of three authors who, while remaining distant musically and personally, are linked by the use of the same romantic language: Schumann, Schubert and Glinka: a very close and continuous dialogue between soloist and accompaniment able, once again, to create a slow and thoughtful atmosphere.

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Danilo Rossi, viola
Stefano Bezziccheri, piano
La viola romantica
LIMEN Classic & contemporary – BLACK LINE
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Something changes…

Limenmusic is glad to announce that from 15 May 2012 were opened its new studios, in Milan.
A multifuncional space, that will host not only a recording studio, but also a sort of “square” where people could meet and talk about art, music, culture…
Some photos of the studios will be soon available…

Limenmusic Studio
via Bordighera 15, Milano
Tel. 02.89078984


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Backgrounds and foregrounds III

The attention paid towards the visual depth of field that can be found in operas set captions of composers working in Nineteenth Century last portion (like Puccini, Catalani, Mascagni, for example) can’t be considered like a simple and excessive desire of description, expressed by librettists (Giuseppe Illica in particularly). Nor it can be judged an act of pedantry imposed by documentary precision in order to describe or rather transcribe with words and ink on the paper the sets prepared for absolute première performance of each opera.
It instead reveals the composers interest towards all strategies enlarging the borders imposed by the architectural structure of theatre with upper-circle boxes (the opera house “all’italiana”), with the adoption of visual and acoustic depth of field opening.
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Sonia Arienta presents: “OPERA”

On May 22. 2012
at Circolo dei lettori,
Turin

Sonia Arienta presents her latest book:

OPERA.
Paesaggi visivi, sonori, abitati.
Ambientazioni, drammaturgia del suono e personagginel Melodramma italiano dell’Ottocento.

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Annamaria Morini in concert

On May 18. 2012 at Bologna Conservatory (Sala Bossi) at 21:00 (GMT + 1)
“Suona francese”: Paris – Rome / Roma – Prigi. Da Villa Medici all’IRCAM
Annamaria Morini, flute

Alessandro Solbiati – Les espaces limpides per flauti e mezzo elettronico (2002,seconda versione 2012 – prima esecuzione assoluta)
Oscar Bianchi – Gr…(2010-11)
(versione per flauto in do a cura di Annamaria Morini)
Marco Momi – Reloading Vanishing (2012) (prima esecuzione assoluta
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Michael Lévinas – Froissement d’ailes (1975)
Tristan Murail – Unanswered questions (1995)
Bruno Mantovani – Quatre mélodies arméniennes (2010)

Executive assistant for the electronic part: Riccardo Castagnola
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On May 30. 2012 at Monastero dei Benedettini, in Catania at 18:00 (GMT+1)

Giacomo Manzoni –  Frase 2 (1993)
Aldo Clementi – Canzonetta
per flauto in sol e nastro (2006)
Aldo Clementi – Sonate Y. per violino (2002)
Bruno Maderna –  Dialodia (1972)

Luciano Berio – Tre Duetti : Igor– Béla – Bruno (1979/81;vers. per flauto e violino a cura di A. Morini ed E. Porta 1995)
Adriano Guarnieri – Cadenza (1989)
Salvatore Sciarrino – Dai 6 Capricci per violino solo : nn.1 e 4 (1976)
Armando Corridore – Soltanto attraverso la notte
per flauto (2011)
Aldo Clementi – luCiAnoBErio (1995)

Annamaria Morini, flute
Enzo Porta, violin
Armando Corridore, sound director

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Anna Menichetti presents Quartetto Prometeo’s album on RSI

On May 15. 2012 on RSI, Radiotelevisione Svizzera – RETE 2 at 11:00 (GMT+1) at http://www.rsi.ch/live/player-rete2.cfm Anna Menichetti will present the latest volume of Black Line series performed by the Italian street quartet, Quartetto Prometeo.

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Quartetto Prometeo
L. van Beethoven
F. Schubert

LIMEN Classic & contemporary – BLACK LINE
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Two compositions that belong to classical repertoire, “Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Serioso” and Franz Schubert’s “Das Tod und das Mädchen”, are protagonists of the new volume of Limen Black Line series. A program transcribed by Mahler during his early working years with the Vienna Philharmonics, and today proposed by the renowned Italian string quartet, with a brilliant international career, Quartetto Prometeo.

Since the beginning this artists, thanks to an excellent execution, both technically and emotionally, give to the listener the intensity and the power of this two beautiful works.

The DVD contain also interviews of great value given by two leading artists of the national and international music scene: Salvatore Sciarrino and Salvatore Accardo, who talk about their personal relationship with Quartetto Prometeo.

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Coming soon in music stores and digital

From May 7. 2012 you will find in all music stores and digital the new album of  Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri, “La viola romantica” (CD+DVD).
Continue the valuable collaboration between Limenmusic and two leading musicians, First Viola Soloist of La Scala Theatre in Milan, M° Danilo Rossi and the pianist Stefano Bezziccheri.
In this third volume they proposed to the public a repertoire organized around the theme of romanticism, an adjective that over time has been subject of so intense historical debates and critical ambiguities.
Here are the executions of three authors who, while remaining distant musically and personally, are linked by the use of the same romantic language: Schumann, Schubert and Glinka: a very close and continuous dialogue between soloist and accompaniment able, once again, to create a slow and thoughtful atmosphere.

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Danilo Rossi, viola
Stefano Bezziccheri, piano
La viola romantica
CD+DVD – Limen classic & contemporary BLACK LINE
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For album details, please click here.

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