Archive for October, 2011

Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri on RSI, Radiotelevisione Svizzera

On November 3rd 2011 on RSI, Radiotelevisione Svizzera – RETE 2 at 11:00 (GMT+1) at http://www.rsi.ch/live/player-rete2.cfm

Anna Menichetti presents the new CD of Danilo Rossi, first viola soloist of the Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra of  Scala in Milan, and Stefano Bezziccheri, named “La viola del ‘900”.

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Danilo Rossi, viola
Stefano Bezziccheri, piano
La viola del ‘900″
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Aki Kuroda on RSI, Radiotelevisione Svizzera

On monday October 31st on RSI, Radiotelevisione Svizzera – RETE 2 at 11:00 (GMT+1) at http://www.rsi.ch/live/player-rete2.cfm

Anna Menichetti presents the new album of the Japanese pianist Aki Kuroda.

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Burgmüller Complete Etudes
2 CD+DVD
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Enjoy a concert extracts from the DVD.

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J. F. F. Burgmüller – 18 Études de Genre Op. 109
J. F. F. Burgmüller – Souvenir de Ratisbonne Op. 67

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New releases….Tatiana Larionova

Tatiana Larionova starts her great passion for music, especially for piano, when she was only 5 years old in her homeland, URSS, where she finished the studies. Currently she Lives in Italy, where she regularly performs for the most important societies, and passionately dedicated herself to chamber music and teaching.
In this album (CD+DVD), with the delicate and intense executions of this talented pianist, we are going to trace one by one true cornerstones of modern pianism.
With Joseph Haydn‘s Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI: 34, published in 1783, we are at the beginning of the history of the piano, in a sort of interregnum between the Baroque and the Classical-Romantic style.
Then we have a fundamental turning point for the birth of the concert piano in the modern sense of the term, with Franz Liszt. The first author that gives to the soloist the importance that he deserves. In this production we proposed to the listener one of the most difficult pieces of the piano repertoire: Aprés une lecture du Dante “Fantasia quasi Sonata”, a more than famous composition inspired to the Divina Commedia.
The proposed course closes with Rachmaninoff‘s Six Moments musicaux Op. 16, in which the research of the instrument and its potentiality, carried out by Liszt during his creative career, is brings to its extreme results.

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Happy birthday Franz Liszt!!!!

On October 22. 1811 was born in Raiding, Austria, one of the greatest pianist af all time: Franz Liszt.
He is renowned througout Europe during the ninetheenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. With his revolutionary technical he influenced his forward-looking contemporary and anticipated some 20th Century ideas and trends.
Besides his career as piano virtuoso, Liszt was a prolific composer. He is best known for his piano music, but he wrote extensively for many other instruments.

In hommage to this great artists, we propose a selection of compositions for piano solo, performed by one of our leading artist: the Japanese pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa.
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Trascendental Etude No 4 in D minor, “Mazzeppa”
This Etude was ispired by Victor Hugo’s poem called Mazzeppa, the story of  Ivan Mazeppa (1639-1709): a page of the court of King John II Casimir Vasa, who seduced a Polish Countess named Theresa. The Count, on discovering the affair, punished Mazeppa by tying him to a wild horse and setting the horse free. The poem describes the dramatic condition of  the hero strapped to a horse. At the end, Mazeppa was crowned king.
Mazzeppa is considered one of the most difficult of the twelve Etudes, not only technically, bu also musically.

Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse – Au bord d’une source
This is the 4th piece of the first suite of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse, composed between 1841 and 1854 an published in 1885.
Here is clear that Liszt has found his musical maturity, ranging from virtuosic fireworks to sincerly moving emotional statements.

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Liebesträume Notturno III S. 541 n. 3
Is one of the most popular Liszt’s piano works.
Is the third and last piece of a collection of compositions, named Liebesträume (Dreams of Love), written by Franz Liszt in 1854.

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Deuxieme Année – Italie S 161, opus composed by Franz Liszt between 1837 and 1945 and published in 1858.
Here we propose:

  • Sposalizio (Marrige of the Virgin, an oil painting by Raphael, now kept at the Pinacoteca di Brera, since 1806);
  • Il penseroso (The thinker, a statue created by Michelangelo for Lorenzo de Medici’s tomb, now kept in Florence, at Basilica of St. Lawrence)
  • Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
  • Après une Lecture de Dante (a piano work inspired by the reading of Dante Alighieri‘s most famous poem, the Divine Comedy. Today is considered one of most difficult pieces of the standard repertoire)

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Troisième année – Italie s 163, opus composed between 1867 and 1877 and published in 1883.
Here we propose:

  • Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este I: Threnodie
  • Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este II: Threnodie (the cypresses of the Villa d’Este, situated at Tivoli, near Rome, Italy)
  • Les yeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (The Fountains of Villa d’Este)

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Corrado Rojac a La Fenice, in Venice

On December 13th. 2011 at Gran Teatro La Fenice, in Venice (Italy): Corrado Rojac in concert.

He studied accordion in his native town under Eliana Zajec. In 1994 he graduated at the Cherubini conservatory of Florence, he was the first italian to graduate in accordion at the Conservatorio di Stato, is also one of the first accordion professor in State istitution, at first at the Conservatori Pergolesi and Campiani in Mantova, then at the Tartini in Trieste.
One of the most popular italian accordionist, currently he plays soloist and chamber music, focusing on the accordion repertoire.
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Musics by: Sofija Gubajdulina, Corrado Rojac.

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Frankfurt Book Fair – Part III

On the occasion of the Iceland’s presentation as Guest of Honor ad the Fair, many appointments were staged in Frankfurt for Iceland’s literature, art and culture in general. I was able to visit at least the Schirn Kunsthalle, (www.schirn.de), where two exhibitions were dedicated to two Icelandic artists: Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, with her impressive «Crepusculum» installation, and Erró (who now lives in Paris) with a selection of his paintings, notably the Scapes serie and, for the first time, the entire cycle of his Monsters. Both exhibitions will last until 8. January, 2012, and if you are going to Frankfurt for some reason, they are worth a visit.

Cover of the «Crepusculum» bookGabríela Friðriksdóttir’s installation merges very different materials (some medieval Icelandic manuscripts, too, leaving Iceland for the first time) creating a room whose exploration can last for hours: she created it for the Schirn, bringing all the materials from Iceland. Although full of carefully crafted details, Crepusculum gives a deep sense of breadth and expanse, notwithstanding the general crepuscular tone. Gabríela Friðriksdóttir is known also for her collaborations with Björk for her films and for this installation Kehrer Verlag für Kunst, Kultur und Fotografie, published a 308 pages book, with 164 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations (of course entitled Crepusculum). « Gabríela Friðriksdóttir’s working method – explains the presentation – is distinguished by a polymorphism of media: drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures stand equivalent to installations, performance art and video films. In her works. Gabriela draws together different cultural, religious and psychological levels into an idiosyncratic aesthetic canon of symbols, forms and meanings. This applies notably to the films which, together with their surreal scenarios and abandonment of classical narrative models, produce a wondrous world, in which puzzling visions are interwoven with faces from Ancient Norse mythology and with psychosexual associations.»

Erro's Birdscape - detail

Erró’s works are of a completely different nature: the painting fo the series Scapes, for example, are built with an infinity of small variations on a single theme: a Birdscape is made of hundreds of birds, crowding a large canvas where it is very difficult to find a focus or a center – you can only take it on the whole or lose yourself in the small details. «Erró ranks among the great solitary figures of twentieth-century art. At once pop and baroque, eye-catching and narrative, critical of society and humorous, moral and inscrutable, he has produced an opulent, unmistakable oeuvre refusing all categorization in the course of the past fifty years. Combining pictorial elements from a wide variety of popular sources reproduced in painting, his critical narrative collages unfold eloquent tableaus: reflecting essential social issues such as politics, war, science, art, and sexuality, Erró’s dense visual arrangements seem to be aimed at assembling a comprehensive atlas of images of the modern world. »

The quotation is from the presentation of the book dedicated, on the occasion of this exhibition, by Hatje Cantz Verlag (edited by Esther Schlicht and Max Hollein. With a preface by Max Hollein, texts by Esther Schlicht and Wolfgang Ullrich, and a chronology by Danielle Kvaran. German and English edition, 128 pages, 86 illustrations and 270 film stills).

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Frankfurt Book Fair – Part II

Poster of the Fabulous Iceland Exhibition«Guest of Honour» of the 2011 edition was Iceland, «fabulous Iceland» or, better, in the German motto, «Sagenhaftes Island». Typically I wasn’t very impressed by the presentations of the guest countries in previous years, but Iceland’s presentation was really appealing. I’m sure many other visitors liked it: the area of the Forum where it was hosted was regularly very busy.

There is something fascinating in a country with a flourishing production of literary works, and of books in general, although its population is barely over 320,000, so as fascinating is the history of the language, whose evolution in the centuries has been so slow and shallow that the Icelanders are proud to say that they can read the works of almost one thousand years ago as if they were written today (or almost so). The Eddas (that’s the collective name of the sagas, whose exact meaning is obscure, probably hinting at the old age of the stories) are the written witness of an ancient tradition, probably dating back to the first centuries a. D., and crossed the centuries thanks to a famous manuscript, the Codex Regius, now in Reykjavík (the story of this Codex is in itself really interesting).

The Eddas were greatly influential on the German Romanticism, and they are the base of Wagner’s Ring – although Wagner modified them at his will, and for the sake of his purposes, the ascent is still worth exploring. Among the many publications already on the market, I’ll mention at least a very recent Longman Anthology of Old English, Old Icelandic, and Anglo-Norman Literatures edited by Richard North, Koe Allard and Patricia Gillies (published by Longman last August). The sagas are understandably well represented in the German book market (in German translation), with some fine high-level editions with commentary; on the occasion of the Fair also a few paperback edition were published, amon them Die schönsten isländischen Sagas, by Insel Verlag, a selection made by Arthúr Björgvin Bollason based on a much larger edition Insel published in 1982 (Isländer-Sagas) with the translation from old Icelandic written by Rolf Heller.

The interest spanned by this year’s Guest of Honour is to be seen also in the special “Fabulous Iceland” feature developed by the British Library as part of their British Libray 19th Century Historical Collection iPad App (freely downloadable from Apple’s AppStore). The books featured are 42: among the others, A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland by W. G. Collingwood and Jón Stefansson, a book first published in 1899. The selection was edited by Barbara Hawes, the British Library’s Curator for Scandinavian Studies.

Although most of the Icelandic books translated today are mistery and thriller novels (with Arnaldur Indridason as the most notable writer, whose books are translated in many languages, English, German and Italian included), the German publishers pay attention also to the recent Icelandic literary fiction: Insel Verlag published this year also and interesting anthology, Die schönsten Erzählunge Islands, edited by Gert Kreutzer, Soffía Auður Birgisdóttir and Halldór Guðmundsson, dedicated to the 20-century short-stories writers. Who wants to know something more about contemporary Icelandic literature, can find many information on a fine website, www.literature.is (in Icelandic and in English), run by the Reykjavik City Library. At a press conference at the Fair, AmazonCrossing (the new imprint of Amazon) announced the intention to publish in the near future ten Icelandic titles, starting with The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Hallgrímur Helgason’s The Hitman’s Guide to Iceland.

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Characters and audience – III, by Sonia Arienta

Although with different styles and point of view, many XIX century italian operas – especially Rossini’s, Donizetti’s, Bellini’s and Verdi’s ones – revolve around a problem, very important in particular to the society born from French Revolution: the criticism towards the principium auctoritatis. This one in order to the family field and the politic scene. In the first example the plots are based on tyrannical male characters (fathers, husbands, brothers), in the last one we have despotic kings or queens. Stories and characters represent a primary element revealing the choices and the reading of the world adopted by the composers, beyond all the declarations of their intent. They constitute the will to elude the politics of Restauration, notwithstanding the theatrical impresarios and the audience, were linked to a reactionary context, or surrounded by it.
But the rebellion of the characters towards the established order, whether familiar, or social and politic, their unfortunate destinies strike audience and capture their attention, first of all thanks to the empathy excited by music noted in the score. With her complexity, surprises and restrictions imposed by the codes of the genre.
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Corrado Rojac on Limenmusic Web Tv!!

We are sorry for the delay of the broadcasting, but finally we can announce the concert of one of the most important Italian accordionists: Corrado Rojac.

From October 21. 2011 on Limenmusic Web Tv (www.limenmusic.com), he will perform for the audience:

Gabriele Vanoni – Corde di recita
Trevor Baĉa – L’imaginaire
Edgar Barroso – Metric expansion of space

Gabriele Vanoni, was born in 1980. After a few experiences as a very young composer at Yamaha schools (JOC, Tokyo 1993), he started studying music at the Conservatory of Milan, where he graduated in Piano with Maria Isabella De Carli and in Composition with Giuseppe Giuliano.
more info @ www.gabrielevanoni.com

Trevor Bača was born outside Los Angeles in 1975. His concerns as a composer include lost and secret texts; broken and dismembered systems; sorcery, divination and magic; and the effects, action and beauty of light. Bača’s music has been played in the US, Europe and Japan, with recent performances in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and elsewhere.
more info @ www.trevorbaca.com

Edgar Barroso, born in Mexico in 1977, is a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University where he worked with Hans Tutschku, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Gandolfi and Chaya Czernowin. His education includes a Master in Digital Arts, a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition and Contemporary Technologies and a “Cum Laude” Bachelor in Music Composition.
More info @ edgarbarroso.net

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Ciro Longobardi in the USA!

One of our leading musicians, the pianist Ciro Longobardi, will be in the USA for a series of appointments…

on October 23. 2011:
Recital at University of Chicago

on October 24. 2011:
Lecture at University of Chicago

on October 27. 2011:
Recital and Lecture at Manhattan School of Music in New York

The program counts a selection from Ivan Fedele‘s Etudes Boreales and Etudes Australes.
Other authors: Solbiati, Traversa, Sani, dall’Ongaro, Sciarrino.

Ciro Longobardi plays Ivan Fedele – Etudes Australes
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Ciro Longobardi
IVAN FEDELE – Integrale delle opere per pianoforte solo
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