Archive for February, 2011

Collateral effects, by Sonia Arienta

Elementary principles of Psychology

Textual, interpretative, performative manipulations of operas which give a critical lecture of the society, utilized over the years, require a particular attention because such misrepresentations as often as not contaminate performances and opera’s interpretations nowadays too.Suffice it to think for example to Mozart Don Giovanni and to the effects of Hoffmann’s romantic point of view, dated Nineteenth century about this opera. His short story Don Juan (included in Contes Fantastiques ) still expands its influence today. In Hoffmann thinking Donna Anna is desperately in love with the libertine protagonist and so nurses deadly feeling of guilt after her father’s death…
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Quartetto Anthos at Limenmusic

From tomorrow Quartetto Anthos will record in Limenmusic’s studio a concert for the Web Tv.
This quartet is made up of: Agnese Tasso (violin), Jessica Orlandi (viola), Silvia Dal Paos (cello) and Francesco Spazian (piano)

In particular, they will perform for us:

Gustav Mahler – Klavierquartett in A minor (on the occasion of the centenary of his death)
Alfred Schnittke/Gustav Mahler – Klavierquartett
Johannes Brahms – Klavierquartett in G minor op. 25

The Anthos Quartet was born from the encounter of four young friends wishing to play together exploring a rare and exceptional group of classical music, the piano quartet, ensemble that offers a vast repertoire whose writing is almost symphonic.
The group aims at promoting not only the knowledge of the masterpieces that the Wien civilization left us in this musical sphere, but also at expanding the repertoire with new or unknown works. For these reasons it has always been interested in developing and seeking new compositions, even in the contemporary literature.

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Duo Porta – Morini in Estonia

Annamaria Morini (flutist) and Enzo Porta (violist) will be in Estonia at the end of February, with a series of interesting appointments.

On february 25th in Tallinn, they will perform on musics by Tatjana Kzlova for the Estonian Composers Union’s review.

On february 26th at the Tallinn Music Academy the artists will hold a masterclass on the repertoire for flute and violin dedicated to them.

Enzo Porta will be also involved in Italy, infact from 15 to 17 March at the Philarmonic Academy in Bologna he will hold a masterclass on the techniques of violin and viola in Giacinto Scelsi’s works. On this occasion Annamaria Morini will performs Scelsi’s Tetratkys for solo flute.
For more info about this masterclass, please click here.

Coming from different musical background but marked by the common and strong interest for the new and the unexplored, Annamaria Morini and Enzo Porta formed the Duo 23 years ago.
Since the beginning this ensemble, unique in its kind, has attracted the attention of many composers, as evidenced by the number of titles in their repertoire (more than fifty), that ranging from Riccardo Malipiero (1914 – 2003) to Yotam Haber (1976). The Duo is regularly presents in major seasons and festival of contemporary music, in different countries of Europe (from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan to the Darmstadt summer courses), Israel and latin America.


Intersections, by Alfonso Alberti

No German Sky: Death in Venice according to Gérard Pesson

This time, many are the intersecting characters: a novella, Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann (1911-1912); the same-name movie directed by Luchino Visconti (1971); the Adagietto of the Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler (1901-1904); the life of the German poet August von Platen (1796-1835); and last a choir piece of the French composer Gérard Pesson, Kein deutscher Himmel (1997).

Let’s trace the story and stitch together all the pieces…
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Pictures from Japan…

Few days ago the talented and renowned pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa, has returned in Italy, after a series of concerts in his homeland, the Japan.
In all the concert, he obtained a great success from the audience for his reliable and intensive executions.


In the first concert, held in Osaka on January 22nd at Izumi Hall, he has performed with the Kansai Philarmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sachio Fujioka, in Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”, Op. 43.

In the second concert held in Shanghai on January 29th, 2011 at The Glamour Bar – Shanghai’s Sexiest Bar, Takahiro Yoshikawa proposed to the audience pieces by Chopin, Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major Op. 27-2 and Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major Op. 53 “Heroic”, and by Liszt, Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major S. 172-3 and Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S. 514.
Moreover he performed Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit,  that will be part of his next album, entirely dedicated to the night and available from spring 2011.
For more info about the album, CD+DVD box set, please click here


Rondò 2011 – Divertimento Ensemble: Concert 1

From today, February 10th, 2011 you can find on Limenmusic Web Tv, in the On Demand area, the first concert of the musical season of Divertimento Ensemble: Rondò 2011.

In this concert:

Maria Grazia Bellocchio plays Ivan Fedele –  Suite francese
Maurizio Longoni
plays Giacinto Scelsi – Preghiera per un’ombra

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Alfonso Alberti in concert

On Febraury 10th, 2011 at Bocconi University in Milan: Alfonso Alberti in concert.
The renowned italian pianist and musicologist will perform:

Fryederyk Chopin
Improvviso Fantasia in C Sharp Minor Op. Post. 66
Improvviso in A Flat Major Op. 29
Improvviso in F Sharp Major Op. 36
Improvviso in G Flat Major Op. 51
Polonaise Fantasie in A Flat Major Op. 61
Robert Schumann
Novelletta Op. 21 N. 8
Geistervariationen Op. Postuma

György Ligeti Dal Secondo Libro Degli Studi:
-Studio n. 8 Fèm
-Studio n. 10 Der Zauberlehrling
-Studio n. 13 L’éscalier du diable
-Studio n. 14 Columna infinita

Bocconi University, Aula Magna
Via Gobbi, 5 – Milan
Free admission subject to availability

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Collateral Effects, by Sonia Arienta

A dying out species?

In Italy, Opera and music in general are expelled from high school teaching, except in experimental institutes or in classes with amateurs-teachers inclined to diffuse among pupils informations about them. Yet, in Nineteenth century Italy national culture the importance of operatic theatre should have attracted a strong attention by the part of Education Secretary, since the State foundation. Instead, music and opera, in particular, were ignored in educational programming, as if “Promessi sposi” by Alessandro Manzoni, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi or Guillaume Tell by Gioachino Rossini had different rights or different credits for a young mind education, born and living in italian peninsula…
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Ars Trio di Roma at Limenmusic

Today Ars Trio di Roma will record in Limenmusic’s studio a concert for the Web Tv.

Since its debut in 2001, the Ars Trio di Roma has stood out as one of the most interesting young trios of the Italian scene. Specializing under the guidance of the Trio di Trieste at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (with Diploma with honors at the end of the course), the same year the Ars Trio di Roma won the First Prize in the International Competition “Città di Pinerolo” and the First Prize in the prestigious International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” in Trieste.
The trio is made up of: Laura Pietrocini (piano), Marco Fiorentini (violin) and Valeriano Taddeo (cello).
On the strength of a complete repertoire, ranging from classical to modern choice (Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Ravel, Shostakovic) the Trio has always paid extreme attention to contemporary music as well, performing regularly on programs of authors like Copland, Shchedrin, Kagel and Henze; in 2005 the Trio has executed for the first time the Triplo Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra by Michele Dall’Ongaro, a composition which was expressly dedicated to the Ars Trio di Roma. In 2007 the Trio has performed for the first time in Italy the Segundo Trio by Luis De Pablo.

In particular, they will perform for us:

D. Shostakovic – Trio op. 67 n. 2
C. Ives – Trio 1911

Don’t miss this beautiful concert at Limenmusic Web Tv!


Intersections, by Alfonso Alberti

“The rose is without ‘why'”: Angelus Silesius and Niccolò Castiglioni’s Mysticism

Dulce refrigerium, sechs geistliche Lieder für Klavier (1984) is the place, within the piano production of Niccolò Castiglioni (1932-1996), where the spirituality of the Milan-born composer is more fully expressed.

To get into the meaning of this spirituality we ought to say that it is deeply rooted in mysticism, and especially in that of the German poet and mystic Angelus Silesius (1624-1677).

The rose is without “why”
She blooms because she blooms
She doesn’t care for herself
She doesn’t ask if anybody sees her

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You can listen to Niccolò Castiglioni’s Dulce refrigerium, performed by Alfonso Alberti, inside the concert:
Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni