Archive for March, 2011

It happen today…

On March 31st 1732 in the little austrian village of Rohrau, was born the composer and pianist Franz Joseph Haydn, often considered the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms.
He spent great part of his life in his homeland, where, despite the economic difficulties of his family, he had the opportunity of developing his musical knowledges, strengthening his style.
His music is linked to the sonata form, focusing on the search of expressive and dramatic solutions, creating one of the most important musical structure of the nineteenth century.
In the late 1760s and early 1770s Haydn’s works were deeply influenced by the German cultural movement called Sturm und Drag (“Storm and Stress”). Works during this period often feature a newly impassioned or agitated element; however, Haydn never mentions this movement as a motivation for his new compositional style, and there remains an overarching adherence to classical form and motivic unity. Though Haydn may not have been consciously affirming the anti-rational ideals of Sturm und Drang, one can certainly perceive the influence of contemporary trends in musical theatre on his instrumental works during this period.
In 1779, an important change in Haydn’s contract permitted him to publish his compositions without prior authorization from his employer. This may have encouraged him to rekindle his career as a composer of “pure” music.
Thanks to his journeys in Great Britain, Haydn developed a “popular style”, characterized by a frequent use of folk music: a way of composition that, with unprecedented success, created music having great popular appeal but retaining a learned and rigorous musical structure.
Despite Haydn was considered “Father of the String Quartet”, during his career he wrote 62 Sonatas for piano, which have not reached the popularity that may deserve, though many consider that level strictly comparable with Beethoven and Mozart’s Sonatas.
You can appreciate two Haydn’s Sonatas for piano, performed by Takahiro Yoshikawa on Limenmusic Web Tv. This popular and talented pianist gives to the audience his personal interpretation of Sonata in F major Hob.XVI: 23 and Sonata in G minor Hob. XVI: 44 (for the concert, please click here).

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Rondò 2011 – Divertimento Ensemble: Concert n. 4

From today, March 30th, 2011 you can find on Limenmusic Web Tv, in the On Demand area, the fourth concert of the musical season of Divertimento Ensemble: Rondò 2011.

In this concert:

György Ligeti – Sonata for cello
Marco Stroppa – Ossia, seven strophes for literary drone
Rocco de Cia - Vuoti di oblio
Clara Iannotta - Il colore dell’ombra
Emanuele Palumbo - Faust und Margarete

Performers:

Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)
Maurizio Longoni (clarinet)
Lorenzo Gorli (violin)
Relja Lunik (cello)
Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano)
Sandro Gorli (conductor)

For more info about Divertimento Ensemble and the musical season Rondò 2011, please visite the web site: www.divertimentoensemble.org.

For more info about the collaboration between Limenmusic and Divertimento Ensemble, please click here.

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Rondò 2011 – Divertimento Ensemble: Concert n. 3

From today, March 27th, 2011 you can find on Limenmusic Web Tv, in the On Demand area, the third concert of the musical season of Divertimento Ensemble: Rondò 2011.

In this concert:

Mauricio KagelCuatro piezas para piano (1954)
Performed by Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano)

Bruno MantovaniAppel dair (2000)
Performed by Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano) and Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)

Franco DonatoniFili (1981)
Performed by Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano) and Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)

Bruno Maderna - Musica su due dimensioni (1958)
Performed by Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)

Yan MareszCircumambulation (1993)
Performed by Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)

For the concert, please visite the On Demand of Limenmusic Web Tv @ www.limenmusic.com

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Takahiro Yoshikawa at Limenmusic

Today the renowned and talented Japanese pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa, will record in Limenmusic’s studio a concert for the Web Tv.

In particular he will perform for us:

L. van Beethoven – Sonata n. 1 in F minor Op. 2-1
L. van Beethoven - Sonata n. 2 in A major Op. 2-2
L. van Beethoven – Sonata n. 3 in C major Op. 2-3

Born in Nishinomiya, Japan, and graduated at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Takahiro Yoshikawa has been living for a few years in Italy, where he made himself well known, as a winner of many international competitions, playing in the most important halls (included the Teatro alla Scala in Milan), as a soloist and with high-level chamber groups, always getting, thanks to his solid and intense performances,  a great success by audiences around the world.
From 2001 to 2004 he attended the Accademia of Teatro alla Scala, mastering in orchestral (with Ada Mauri) and chamber-music repertoire with the principal instrumentalists of the Scala Orchestra.
Regularly engaged in Italy, Takahiro Yoshikawa is also extremely active in Japan, where he enjoys a great popular appeal, supported also by the excellent sales of his records. He performed in some among the most prestigious halls of Tokyo (Suntory Hall Blue Rose, Kioi Hall, Hakuju Hall, etc.) and Kansai (The Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Matsukata Hall in Kobe, The Phoenix Hall etc.).
In 2009 he published his first CD, for Limen music & arts, distributed by King International, dedicated to Frédèric Chopin works, considered one of the greatest piano composer, getting a great success by the audience for his suggestive interpretation.
In May 2011, will be available his latest discographical production (CD+DVD), enterely dedicated to the night.
Stay tuned!!!!!

Waiting for the broadcast of the concert, you can listen to Takahiro Yoshikawa’s concert:

Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert
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Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Stravinsky – Ravel
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Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Liszt – Wagner
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Duo V. Zucchiatti – T. Yoshikawa in concert
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Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Chopin
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Rondò 2011 – Divertimento Ensemble: Concert n. 2

From today, March 25th, 2011 you can find on Limenmusic Web Tv, in the On Demand area, the second concert of the musical season of Divertimento Ensemble: Rondò 2011.

In this concert:

Fréréric DurieuxÉtudes en alternance
Federico GardellaNebbiae
Giovanni VerrandoIl ruvido dettaglio
Vittorio MontaltiLes toits de Paris

Performers:

Lorenzo Missaglia (flute)
Martina Rudic (cello)
Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano)
Lorenzo Gorli (violin)
Maria Ronchini (viola)
Maurizio Longoni (clarinet)
Sandro Gorli (conductor)

For the concert, please visit the On Demand Area on www.limenmusic.com.

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Ivan Fedele, complete works for piano – New CD+DVD

From April 4th, 2011 will be available in major music stores and e-commerce site an important discographical production, entirely dedicated to Ivan Fedele‘s complete works for piano.

In this album (CD+DVD box set), the italian pianist Ciro Longobardi, take us in this wonderful journey through Ivan Fedele’s works, starting from the intense and bright colors of South Pole’s landscapes, evoked by the Études series: 5 Études Boreales (1990) and 5 Études Australes (2003) to the beginning, with “Toccata” (1983), extremely important piece from an affective point of view for Ivan Fedele, because full of memories of his early experiences on the piano.
Includes also performances of Nachtmusik (2008) and Cadenze I-IX: a quarter of a century (1983-2008) of music by Fedele, accompanied by a double interview with the composer by Cesare Fertonani and Virginio Sala.

For more info about the album, please visit our Press Area.

To buy on IBS.it, please click here (available from April 4th)

To buy on LaFeltrinelli, please click here (available from April 4th)

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Space in operatic theatre

Space and sound are strictly tied in operatic theatre, so much as to be a constitutive element of this musical genre.
On the other hand, they translate in visual and acoustic way two universal categories of thinking: space and time.
They make be “visible” to audience the space-time flow of the existence, materialised on the stage, according to historical and cultural exigences.In Opera, considerations linked with space-time binomial touch very numerous domains, as it’s easy to guess, they open various areas of research and meditations, so stimulating not only for specialists.
Such a matter put who considers it to face with a giant commode, a monumental cupboard, with a lot of drawers, double-bottoms, door, little doors, secret corners. Especially if are utilised as working tools ideas borrowed from philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, perception’s theory, literary criticism, further from music history, and architecture…
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Emanuele Torquati in New York

On March 31st, 2011 at Bohemian National Hall in New York, the italian pianist Emanuele Torquati presents: Intimate Sketches – Visions on Janácek´s Piano Music.

“Intimate Sketches – Visions on Janácek´s Piano Music” proposes a way to approach the music of this fascinating Czech composer. A number of Janácek’s miniatures will be presented alongside his two major works for piano: the Sonata 1-X-1905 and In the mist. To create a perspective, four new works have been commissioned for this occasion. Leading Australian composer Brett Dean and rising Czech talent Miroslav Srnka will join the Italian Riccardo Vaglini, composing with Janácek a prismatic quartet.

You can appreciate these beautiful pieces into Emanuele Torquati’s concert for the Limenmusic Web Tv: Intimate Sketches – Visions on Leos Janácek.
For the concert, please click here.

More info @ www.bohemiannationalhall.com

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Ivan Fedele, portrait of a contemporary composer

Ivan Fedele, renowned and appreciated italian composer, author of more than sixty productions, that ranging from orchestral, concerto and electroacoustic works,to the chambre music, is considered one of the most representative contemporary authors nationally and internationally.
Eclectic and versatile artist, able to weave in his works two apparently differents and irreconcilable worlds: music and maths, linking a bold musical formation and an intense knowledge of theorical math, inherited from an early age by his father.
According to the idea of Maurizio Pollini, he considers contemporary music as “art music“, because:

“…today’s composers, go often around that area, the language area, the area where the subjects’s characteris expressed, and we try to visit maybe the more peripheral areas of the language, and to catch their “poesis”, or to express our creativity through those offshoots of the language, that are no very common, they are not often visited – but anyway are not devoid of a potential of highest expression.”
” Art music, as art painting, as art literature face the problem of language, the problem of expressing a sensitivity of the creative subjects, that isn’t necessarily og the highest level – we wish i, but it can be one of any level each one is able to attain and that uses the sound with other, different goals.
The fact that they use sounds doesn’t grant use the right to think that all the music works are at the same level, or can be regarding as being at the same level, without ranging them at the first or the second place, and that all of them belong to a big family, a big kind.”

Ivan Fedele

Creative sensibility that Ivan Fedele expressed especially in his pianistic works, where his productions poetically, linguistically and technically touch highest levels.
Full of intensitive and charme are the Études series: 5 Études Boreales (1990) and 5 Études Australes (2003), inspired by a landscape full of suggestions: the South Pole, made up of intensive colours and clear brightness.
You can appreciate and relive this beautiful images through the notes of Ciro Longobardi‘s executions of Études Australes, for Limen music & arts.
For the concert, please click here.
His intimate path into the world of piano music started in 1983 , when he has only 30 years old, with the piece “Toccata“, extremely important from an affective point of view for Ivan Fedele, because keep in mind his earlier experiences as a pianist.
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The Two Planetoids of Maurits C. Escher and Federico Gardella

Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972), the Dutch artist, was a famous master of optical illusions. Little men who climb up and up and up and then, without ever turning around, it comes out that they go down and down and down. People who, seen from a certain point of view, are normally walking and, seen from another perspective, are instead hanging upside down. And so on. But Escher was also a master of mirrors and parallel words that reflect each other. In Three Worlds, on a very narrow gap the real presence of what is just there (leafs), the filtered image of what is underneath (fishes) and the reflected image of what is overhead (branches) are intertwined. In Three Spheres II, the three spheres reflect each other, reflect the writing desk (that in its turn reflects them – and so they reflect also their reflection on the desk) and finally give us also a reflection of the artist who is drawing them.
In Double Planetoid, there are two imaginary tetrahedron-shaped and interweaved celestial bodies. One, with a completely smooth surface, on each of his four edges accommodates a fortress with a fanciful outline, fully equipped with tower and flag…
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You can listen to Federico Gardella’s Di Rami e Radici, performed by Alfonso Alberti inside the concert:

Alfonso Alberti – Piano Music and Visual Arts – 1
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