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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
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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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About “La viola del ‘900″

Here you can find a review (in Italian version) about the latest album of Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri, “La viola del ‘900″, published on ARCHI Magazine.

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Ciò che il Duo Rossi – Bezziccheri propone in questo CD della Limen è un affascinante viaggio attraverso la più significativa produzione per viola e pianoforte di quel secolo, il Novecento, che “sull’onda di suggestioni emotive ma anche pragmatiche e data la acrenza di un consistente repertorio concertistico…guarda alla viola con attenzione crescente” (Anna Menichetti). Tra le ragioni dell’accresciuto interesse di alcuni compositori per questo strumento sarà utile ricordare: “il suo ruolo aggregante svolto sempre con abnegazione nel costruire il suono-ponte fra archi bassi e acuti in orchestra aggregante svolto sempre con abnegazione nel sostituire il suono-ponte fra archi bassi e acuti in orchestra” e la sua particolare capacità di dar vita ad un “canto profondo e ambiguo, maschile e femminile insieme, discreto e caldo nei diversi protagonisti timbrici e di registro” (Menichetti).
Le composizioni contenute in questo interessantissimo CD appartengono a tre diversi ma significativi momenti storici; al primo e al secondo dopoguerra risalgono rispettivamente la Sonata Op. 11 n. 4 di Hindemith (1919) e Lacrymae op. 48 di Britten (1950), mentre la nascita della Sonata Op. 147 di Schostakovich (1975), può essere collocata in piena Guerra Fredda. Tre lavori nati dunque in contesti storici caratterizzati da un diffuso sentimento di smarrimento delle coscienze di reale difficoltà nella progettazione di un avvenire migliore.
Un campionario emotivo perfettamente rintracciabile nelle pagine musicali di Britten, Hindemith e Shostakovich che  pure nella loro diversità presentano non pochi elementi in comune; dal ricorso alle strutture architettoniche classiche all’impiego di stilemi attinti dal repertorio popolare; dalla presenza di ritmi convulsi a passi di sublime staticità o ancoradall’uso del canto spiegato con veemente intensità alla dolcezza sublime del canto appena confessato.
Danilo Rossi e Stefano Bezziccheri offrono in questo CD dalla generosa durata, una prova magistrale della loro intelligenza di musicisti (nella scelta di un programma così accattivante e ben congegnato), del loro talento d’interpreti (per la cura dei dettagli, dei fraseggi e delle sonorità) e della loro sensibilità di artisti (per l’altissimo livello delle esecuzioni), facendo rivivere mediante l’uso di laceranti accenti, di nostalgiche inflessioni attraversate qua e là da guizzi di struggente sarcasmo, i drammi, le angosce , le inquietudini ma anche le speranze di una difficile e complessa epoca storica.
A rendere ancor più suggestivo il disco, il gesto del respiro di Danilo Rossi lasciato integro dai tecnici della Limen e perfettamente avvertibile in questa incisione, che oltre a ricordare il mormorio della voce di un Pollini o i borbottamente di un Gould suggerisce un pensiero, che va ben oltre il testo musicale e tocca profondamente l’animo.

Luigi Cioffi

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Stefano Bezziccheri
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Danilo Rossi on RAI Radio 3 on March 28

ATTENTION!!!!!

The music lesson with M° Danilo Rossi was postponed to March 28. 2012 on RAI Radio 3 at 22:50 (GMT+1)

A music lesson with Danilo Rossi on Radio3 Suite
presents: Oreste Bossini

The main theme is Shostakovich’s Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 147.
During the lesson Danilo Rossi will talk about his latest discografical production, in collaboration with the italian pianist Stefano Bezziccheri: “La viola del ’900“.
In this CD you will find this beautiful Sonata written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1975.

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Next releases…

On March 2012 will be available the new album of Quartetto Prometeo!

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, 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 contains 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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About “La viola del ‘900″…

Here you can find a review (in Italian version) about the latest album of M° Danilo Rossi , accompanied at the piano by Stefano Bezziccheri, published on MUSICA magazine.

Danilo Rossi, prima viola dell’Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, da anni frequenta come solista praticamente l’intero repertorio dedicato al proprio strumento. In questa nuova incisione egli propone tre pagine fondamentali appartenenti alla letteratura del Novecento.
La Sonata Op. 1  n. 4 di Paul Hindemith, violista lui stesso, fu completata nel 1919. É uno studio sulla variazione: il secondo e il terzo movimento sono, infatti, rispettivamente un Thema mit Variationen e un Finale mit Variationen, e sono collocati dopo un’ammaliante Fantasia iniziale di gusto rapsodico. Danilo Rossi e Stefano Bezziccheri non rinunciano qui alla passione e a un suono carnoso che occhieggia ancora al secolo precedente.
Nelle Lacymae op. 48 (1950) anche Benjamin Britten si misura con la forma antica della variazione, traendone una pagina sfuggente e carica di tensione. Il tema “If my complaints could passion move” di John Dowland viene suddiviso in due sezioni, la prima delle quali serve da base per dieci variazioni mentre la seconda si discioglie in una distensiva coda: Rossi sa mantenere una temperatura emozionale elevatissima in tutto il brano, mettendo in evidenza anche le rifrazioni del proprio Maggini. L’estremo lavoro di Dmitri Shostakovich, l’enigmatica Sonata Op. 147 (1975), da modo, infine, a Rossi e Bezziccheri di esprimersi anche in un clima più crepuscolare, a volte astratto, ma pur sempre molto intenso.
La buona registrazione è inficiata da un rumore di fondo talvolta fastidioso (credo che si tratti di soffi del solista).

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In praise of the viola

By Virginio Sala

The viola is an interesting instrument, whose role unfortunately is often misunderstood by the layman (and for some time in the past also among the musicians) – partly because of its (sort of) intermediate position between the violin and the cello  in the bowed instruments family. But the great composers, of the past and of our time, has always been well aware of its meaning. It suffices to remember that Johann Sebastian Bach liked to play the viola in ensemble music: his deep concerns for the architectural building of music led him unerringly to this instrument, «as from this central location he could best observe the unfolding of the whole work», as Karl Geiringer observed.

We recently had a few occasions to hear a wonderful instrument, the «viola Maggini» played by Danilo Rossi, and to appreciate the enchanting qualities of the viola, when skillfully mastered by a great musician. The «viola Maggini» takes her name from Giovanni Paolo Maggini (1580-1632), who created it: it is, then, a four centuries old instrument, that at the end of the nineteenth century was owned by Count Antonio Freschi Cucanea di Cordovado (Padova), a musical instruments collector but also a musician, pupil of a well-known violin player, Antonio Bazzini. His nephew, Nicoletta Freschi in Piccolomini, gave the viola to Dino Asciolla (1920-1994), one of the most important performers of the twentieth century, as a soloist and as a member of many ensambles (among them, the unforgotten «Quartetto italiano») and dedicated teacher in many public institutions, in italy and abroad. Valeria Mariconda Asciolla then gave the instrument to Danilo Rossi, according to the will of her husband.

Danilo has a strong and affectionate relationship with this viola, whose beauty, as a craftsmanship’s masterwork and as a musical instruments, is still growing every year. You cannot play the viola as if it were a bigger violin – emphasizes Rossi: this instrument has its own personality and has to be played according to its own technique, in particular for the mastering of the bow. In 1752 Johann Joachim Quantz stated that «the viola was of little consequence in music and that its players lacked ability» – from there stems the bias against the viola, at best considered as a second choice for untalented violinists (but don’t forget: Paganini was also a great viola player: for him Berlioz wrote his Harold in Italy). From the instruments’ maker point of view, it is also a difficult object to build, and that can at least partly explain its unfortunate record, against the long and successful history of the violin; it certainly explains why there were many different designs, with different body lengths (the classical from 37,5 to 39,5 cm, or 14,75 to 15,25 in; more recently from 40 to 43 cm, 15,75 to 17 in).

A handful of great players battled, in the twentieth century, and were able to conquer again a central position for the viola: Roger Primrose and Lionel Tertis, Piero Farulli, Dino Asciolla, Bruno Giuranna, Yuri Bashmet reevaluated and further developed the specific technique of the instrument, and brought it again to the foreground, supported by many composers, who greatly expanded and improved the repertoire.

Back to the Baroque Era and to the early great violin-makers, a quote from Karl Geiringer Instruments in the History of Western Music:

Italy, which had first developed the modern forms of the stringed instruments, remained their center of production. In consequence of an unbroken workshop tradition, and favored by a lively demand – especially from France – certain towns of Italy and the neighboring Tirol achieved supremacy in this field. Although stringed instruments of every type were made, the main object of the master-craftsmen was the improvement and refinement of the «queen of instrument», the violin, The first important center of violin-making was Brescia; its oldes eminent master was Gasparo da Salò (1540-1609). The very few examples of his work that have come down to us are still somewhat old-fashioned in detail, but they none the less show the typical shape, which was later to become the norm. Gasparo’s pupil was Giovanni Paolo Maggini, in whose person the Brescia school reached its zenith. Following at first in the footsteps of his master, he eventually made his own richly ornamented model, notable for its low ribs and lightly waisted middle bout. Maggini’s instruments are distinguished by a mild, yet sonorous tone-quality.

The same general observations can be made for their violas: unfortunately, very few instruments of the Brescia’s school remain today, but they are witnesses of the high quality of the production of those workshops, decades before the leadership in this field moved from Brescia to Cremona and to the celebrated families of the Amatis and Stradivaris.

November 18 at the Teatro alla Scala we will have a chance to appreciate the viola Maggini and the powerful technique (but also the musical depth of interpretation) of its owner, Danilo Rossi, performing with Stefano Bezziccheri the two Brahms’s Sonatas for viola and piano. But if you cannot come to Milan for that occasion, don’t miss the new CD/DVD of the duo, where it will be possible to listen to that wonderful instrument and see it in the foreground. On the DVD there is also an interesting interview I made to Rossi and Bezzicheri; another one, with Danilo Rossi, will be soon on air on Limenmusic.com’s Channel 1, where Rossi describes at length his relationship with the great viola players and with his instrument.

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