Archive for December, 2011

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Anna Menichetti presents Aki Kuroda’s Album – The podcast

Anna Menichetti presents the latest album of the talented Japanese pianist Aki Kuroda, entirely dedicated to Burgmüller’s Complete Etudes.

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Limen music & arts proposes to the audience the complete collection of the Etudes for piano Op. 100, 105 and 109 composed by J. F. F. Burgmüller, for the first time available in video, interpreted by great musician, worldwide appreciated as a performer, but also as a teacher: Aki Kuroda.

A wonderful production, not only for the expressive melody lines and the marvellous images evoked by the intensive and reliable executions of this extraordinary Japanese pianist, but also for the educational value linked to this work.
Burgmuller was born as a piano teacher, and his studies have always been used in schools around the world for the education, not only of young composers, but of all age groups.
In addition to the famous three etudes, this album contains two other works by Burgmüller: Fantaisie Brillante Op. 92, based on the opera Ernani by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, and Souvenir de Ratisbonne Op.67, a light and beautiful waltz used in Adolphe-Charles Adam’s famous ballet Giselle.

Buy this discographical production on IBS.it @ www.ibs.it/aki-kuroda-pianoforte/studi-per-pianoforte.html

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From January 9. 2012 in music stores and digital: Across Virtuosity…

From January 9th 2012 will be available in all music stores and digital the new album of M° Fabrizio Meloni, accompanied by the talented pianist M° Takahiro Yoshikawa.

Across Virtuosity

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Compositions seemingly straightforward, but in fact deeply shifty are the Fantasie for Clarinet and Piano, a musical genre that met a remarkable success in Nineteenth Century Italy.
In this CD+DVD box set, umpteenth volume belonging to BLACK LINE series, are two exceptional musicians, appreciated worldwide, to take us in this fascinating journey into the instrumental virtuosity: Fabrizio Meloni, First Solo clarinet of the Orchestra and the philarmonica of La Scala Theatre in Milan, since 1984, accompanied by the talented pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa.
Artists propose a selection of Fantasie that move from operatic melodies, showing, not only an accurately and brilliant technique, but also an exciting and involving interpretation, able to provides the audience with the pleasure of finding the the magic and the emotions of wonderful operas.

In this album:

Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto
Concert fantasy by Luigi Bassi – for Clarinet and Piano

Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata
Concert fantasy by Donato Lovreglio – for Clarinet and Piano

Gioachino Rossini – Semiramide
Concert fantasy by Ferdinando Sebastiani – for Clarinet and Piano
(critical review by Giuseppe Settembrino)

Vincenzo Bellini – Norma
Concert fantasy by Ferdinando Sebastiani – for Clarinet and Piano
(critical review by Giuseppe Settembrino)

Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana
Concert fantasy by Carlo Della Giacoma – for Clarinet and Piano

Franz Liszt – Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434
for Piano

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From January 9. 2012 in music stores and digital!

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Historic and terrestrial coordinates, by Sonia Arienta

In an opera libretto space-time coordinates appear among the first indications, near by the names of the characters, and typify the plot, its historic and geographic locations. “Where” and “when” in the opera are the outcomes of an aware choice made by composer and librettist. Beyond of and notwithstanding the constraints of censor (in the age where it is active in an explicit way), the second (and third) hand origin of librettos, extracted from dramas and novels, and the antinaturalistic essence of a gender which uses stylisation as guarantee of a manner to create a “distance” effect in the audience.

In XIX century italian melodrama, the action set in our country are in a more little number compared with the one set abroad. A consequence of interest towards european literature products, at the origin of the plot, but, also the result of the cultural curiosity, of the desire in exploring what is “different”….

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Annamaria Morini on RAI Radio3

On December 25th. 2011 at 20:30 (GMT+1)
on Rai Radio3 @ http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/popup/player_radio.html?v=3

Silvana Torto, Mezzosoprano
Annamaria Morini, flute
Alvise Vidolin, sound direction

This concert was recorded on November 5. 2011 at San Fedele Auditorium in Milan (Italy), in occasion of Milano Musica Festival.

Program:
Roberto Doati (1953) – La scala non procede oltre (2009)
video and live electronics

Agostino di Scipio (1962) – Senza titolo 2011
for female voice and electroacoustic devices
Milano Musica commission
Première

Nicola Sani (1961) - I binari del tempo (1998)
for flute and magnetic tape

Luciano Berio (1925 – 2003) – Thema (Hommage to Joyce) (1958)
for magnetic tape
Electro-acoustic elaboration of Cathy Berberian’s voice
Production: Studio di Fonologia RAI, Milan;
Restoration and re-editing: Centro Tempo Reale, Florence

Martino Traversa (1960) – Bianco, ma non troppo (1995-96)
for bass flute and tape

Luigi Nono (1924 – 1990) – La fabbrica illuminata (1964)
for soprano and magnetic tape in four tracks
Text by Giuliano Scabia, with some verses written by Cesare Pavese
Parte I. Corale I
Corale II
Corale III
Corale IV
Parte II. Giro del letto
Parte III: Tutta la città
Finale

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Fabien Thouand and Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert on La7….enjoy!!

Ennesimo appuntamento con le prime parti dell’Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano per “L’infedele” di Gad Lerner, stavolta il protagonista è stato il Primo Oboe dell’Orchestra Scaligera, Fabien Thouand, accompagnato al pianoforte da uno dei nostri musicisti d’eccezione: Takahiro Yoshikawa.

Per tutti coloro che non hanno potuto vedere la puntata, ecco l’integrale:

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R. Schumann – Romanza “Nicht Schnell” Op. 94 (min. 34:35)

C. Saint-Saëns – Sonata pour Haubois et Piano III movement (min. 1:28:05)

Fabien Thouand, First Oboe of La Scala Orchestra, and the talented Japanese pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert.
At “L’infedele”, on La7 (Italian television).
Here are the episode.

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Monica Cattarossi in concert at Preludio Piano City

On December 16. 2011 from 20:00 to 24:00 (GMT+1) at Caserma Magenta
(via Mascheroni 26, Milano)
Free entrance

Monica Cattarossi in concert at
PRELUDIO PIANO CITY

A musical marathon that will involve more than 30 pianists, both of International fame and young talented, in a symbolic place in Milan: Caserma Magenta, next head office of Brera Academy.

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Marco Stroppa’s Music, between commitment and technology…by Alfonso Alberti

Marco Stroppa (1959) is a composer with a multi-faceted training: for him the intersections between the different art and knowledge domains are customary frequentations.
After musical experiences in various Italian conservatories, he undertook scientific studies at MIT’s Media Lab in the U.S.: computer music, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence. And then the electronic experiences: they aren’t a mandatory condition for his music writing, but a mindset that Stroppa takes on also when composing for acoustic-only ensembles.
Recently the audience in Milano had a chance to attend to the performance of a work of his, Nous sommes l’air, pas la terre (2003-2004) for accordion and viola, where a further intersection comes to the fore. It is the intersection between music and reality: music lives in the world and reads it, reads the evil, the violence, the unavoidable – and avoidable – tragedies.
The title of the work quotes a sentence, epigraph to a book by Svetlana Aleksievic, Byelorussian journalist and writer, well known for her inquiries into some dramatic events of the Twentieth Century. In that book (Voices from Chernobyl), the author lets the survivors of the Chernobyl tragedy talk, collecting their scathing testimony…

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About the 4th volume of DUETS’Line…

Here you can find a review (in Italian version) about the 4th volume of DUETS’ Line, “Il pianoforte in Italia tra il jazz e il ‘900 eurocolto“, entirely dedicated to the piano, published on All About Jazz.

Interpreters: Dado Moroni and Alfonso Alberti
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Originale iniziativa dell’etichetta Limen, questo cofanetto – ennesimo di una serie che include un CD e un DVD – nasce con l’intenzione di confrontare pianismo jazz e classico avvicinando cinque brani composti ed eseguiti da Dado Moroni (alcuni con l’accompagnamento al contrabbasso di Aldo Zunino) a brani di compositori come Niccolò Castiglioni e luigi Dallapiccola, eseguiti da Alfonso Alberti.

Moroni, che sta vivendo un periodo di particolare smalto, svolge la sua parte in modo superbo, sia per espressività sia per ricchezza di stilemi. “Brother Alfred”, condotto in solitudine, è ad esempio un condensato di storia del piano jazz, ma è anche di grande trasporto; “Walkin’ The Town”, un classico blues attraversato dall’ottimo contrabbasso di Zunino, è riuscitissimo, così come l’ultima traccia da lui interpretata dell’album, “Cedar’s Sphere”. Oltre mezz’ora di jazz ad alto livello.

Di stampo chiaramente diverso, invece, il contributo di Alberti, che dopo gli otto minuti di Castiglioni si dedica quasi interamente al “Quaderno musicale di Annalibera”, lavoro di Dallapiccola del 1952 composto di undici piccoli brani. La cui rarefazione contrappuntistica, pur incantevole, non potrebbe essere più in contrasto con quanto messo in scena da Moroni nella prima parte del lavoro.

Un lavoro, quindi, di curiosa contrapposizione. che si lascia apprezzare o separatamente, per la qualità dei diversissimi contributi, o proprio per il contrasto che glabalmente si produce tra le due sue parti.

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About “Voci d’oggi”, 5th volume of Duets’ line…

Here you can find a review (in Italian version) about the 5th volume of DUETS’ Line, “Voci d’oggi“, entirely dedicated to the voice , published on All About Jazz.

Interpreters:
Barbara Casini, singer
Riccardo Bianchi, guitar
Stelia Doz, soprano
Guido Salvetti, piano
Featuring Beppe Fornaroli
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In duplice versione, CD e DVD, perfettamente speculari, questo delizioso lavoro con al centro la voce così riconoscibile, come piegata verso indolenze sempre preziose, mai supine, di Barbara Casini verte su un repertorio del tutto originale dovuto alle penne della cantante e del chitarrista Riccardo Bianchi, ad eccezione di quel “Millenovecentosettantaquattro” che è firmato da Beppe Fornaroli, la cui ulteriore chitarra classica si unisce al duo.

Benchè i ricami vocali della Casini accarezzino come sempre atmosfere che guardano al Brasile, i testi (per lo più suoi) sono quasi sempre in italiano (ma gustosissimo è il melting pot itali-anglo-portoghese di “Un muro che non c’è“), il che rappresenta già una scelta di campo piuttosto netta, e di fatto tutt’altro che scontata. L’eleganza a tratti persino un pò esangue del dialogo a due (con Bianchi che qua e la si sovrincide alla chitarra sia elettrica che classica) colpisce per la coerenza espressiva, la misura, l’olimpica volatilità, a tratti quasi allusiva (nonchè elusiva), l’insistito, sapiente gusto per la sottigliezza.

Chiude il lavoro – un pò cripticamente, invero – un unico brano, “In Mittagstraum“, composto da Alessandro Solbiati su testi poetici di Stefan George, in cui la voce classica (lirico-contemporanea, viene da definirla) di Stelia Doz si muove su un terreno liederistico che predilige toni quieti e scuri.

di Alberto Bazzurro

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