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New releases by Limen music & arts

We are pleased to announce the release of new discographical products by Limen music & arts.

The first is the CD+DVD box set, arised by the collaboration with Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in Milan, and Stefano Bezziccheri.
This is the first step in a recording project that will lead to the creation of a collection of six box sets of great music for viola and piano, wich pays tribute to the main composers who have written for this ensemble.

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Danilo Rossi, viola
Johannes Brahms – SONATE
op.120 n. 1 and 2
piano: Stefano Bezziccheri
CD+DVD Limen Classic & contemporary

About the record
About Danilo Rossi
About Stefano Bezziccheri

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Besides, the third CD + DVD box set belonging to the DUETS series, performed by Dado Moroni, one of the most popular jazz pianists in Europe and America, and Alfonso Alberti, Italian pianist and musicologist, renowed and appreciated throughout the world.

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Dado Moroni – Alfonso Alberti
Il pianoforte in Italia tra il jazz e il ‘900 eurocolto
doublebass: Aldo Zunino
CD+DVD, DUETS
Limen Jazz

About the record
About Dado Moroni
About Alfonso Alberti

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Waiting for Johannes Brahms

Just a week to the presentation of the latest discographical production of Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the La Scala Theatre in Milan.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 18:00 (GMT+2) at La Scala Shop, Largo Ghiringhelli (Piazza della Scala):

Johannes Brahms, Sonata Op.120 N°1 and 2
CD+DVD Box set, Limen Classic & contemporary
Piano: Stefano Bezziccheri

Speakers Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri.
Hosted by Oreste Bossini.

For the promotional video of the event, please click here.

More information for the general public and for Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri’s audiences are avaible in the Press area.

The same day at the Ridotto dei Palchi “A. Toscanini” of La Scala Theatre in Milan at 17:00 (GMT+2), you will be able to enjoy a concert by Danilo Rossi, accompanied by Stefano Bezziccheri at the piano.

Program:

Sonata in F Minor Op. 120 n°1
Sonata in E Flat Major Op. 120 n°2

More info @ Teatro alla Scala

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From November 10th on Limenmusic Web Tv

From November 10th, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri play J. Brahms, Part 1.

You can also enjoy:

Aki Kuroda plays Mochizuki – Sugiyama
Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Stravinskij’s Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante dèfunte.
Duo F. Dillon – E. Torquati in concert.
Fabrizio Meloni, Sauro Berti and Naomi Fujiya play Mendelssohn.
Quartetto Prometeo – Quartet in G minor Op.10 – C. Debussy

Look at the schedule.

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Corrado Rojac plays Gubajdulina.
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Limenmusic updates: Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri play Brahms

From November 10th, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1) you’ll be able to enjoy a concert by Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in Milan, and Stefano Bezziccheri at the piano.

In homage to the great German composer Johannes Brahms, they will peform for us some tracks from the CD+DVD box set:

Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri in concert – Sonata Op.120 N°1

For a trailer of the concert, please click here.

We remind you that the musicians will participate at the presentation of the latest discographical work of Danilo Rossi:

Johannes Brahms, SONATE
Op.120 N°1 and 2
CD+DVD Box set, Limen Classic & contemporary
Piano: Stefano Bezziccheri

Speakers Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri.
Hosted by Oreste Bossini.

On November 18th, 2010 at La Scala Shop in Milan, 18:00 (GMT+2).

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Stefano Bezziccheri at La Scala Shop, Milan

At the presentation of the CD+DVD box set:

“Johannes Brahms – SONATE”
Op.120 N°1 and 2
Limen Classic & contemporary

at La Scala Shop, November 18th, 2010 at 18:00 (GMT+2), together with Danilo Rossi, will partecipate Stefano Bezziccheri, who has collaborated with his piano to the creation of this ambitious project, whose Sonatas N°1 and 2 by Brahms are just the first step.
The idea of creating a collection of great music for viola and piano arises from the awareness that they deeply explored this repertoire during the concerts that filled the main national and international theaters.

This fruitful collaboration has lasted over twenty years, performing hundreds of recitals in Italy and Europe, playing the complete repertoire music for viola and piano.
In duo with Danilo Rossi and with chamber music groups he played in theatrical performances of words and music with Alessandro Baricco, Stefano Benni, Ascanio Celestini and recently with Licia Maglietta at Teatro alla Scala di Milano.
He played as solo piano in prestigious orchestras: Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Orchestra del Teatro di San Remo, Orchestra I Solisti di Pavia.
Currently Stefano Bezziccheri is teacher in G.B. Martini Conservatory of Bologna.

During a meeting with Virginio Sala, talking about the role of the piano in the relationship between the piano and the viola Stefano Bezziccheri said:

Playing with the viola surely requires a more attentive listening, because the main feature of the viola – it can seem trivial – is the sound, the dark color of its voice, it is an alto, a middle voice, in the orchestra too, and in some moments the sound of the piano can drown it – it can happen that the sound of the viola is not rightly emphasized. Brahms’s piano writing is always unconvenient – I think that the piano players will agree with me – it is always treacherous, doesn’t ever let you at ease, because Brahms doesn’t write as a pianist, or at least not always, so there is always a trap around the corner, technically speaking, because apparently he isn’t interested in things easy to play. <…>

You can find the complete biography of Stefano Bezziccheri in the Press Area.

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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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Limenmusic Updates: Virginio Sala meets Danilo Rossi

From Monday, November 8th, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1) you’ll be able to enjoy a very intersting meeting between Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in Milan, and Virginio Sala.
They will talk about his career, his instrument, the wonderful “viola Maggini” of the seventeenth century, which once belonged to the great Dino Asciolla and kindly loaned by Valeria Mariconda Asciolla, and the general layout of his recording project, that was created from the collaboration with Limenmusic.
Will be realized a collection of six box sets of great music for viola and piano, which pays tribute to the greatest composers who have written for this ensemble.

We remember you that on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 18:00 (GMT+2) at La Scala Shop in Milan, on the occasion of this first outing:

“Johannes Brahms – SONATE”
Op. 120 N°1 and 2
CD+DVD Limen Classic & contemporary

will hold a meeting with the artists (Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri) to present their latest discographical production.
Hosted by Oreste Bossini.

More info are avaible in the Press area of Limenmusic’s Blog

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Danilo Rossi presents: “Johannes Brahms, Sonata Op.120 N°1 and 2″

On Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 18:00 (GMT+2) at La Scala Shop, Largo Ghiringhelli (Piazza della Scala), will be a presentation of the latest discographical production of Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the La Scala Theatre in Milan.

Johannes Brahms, Sonata Op.120 N°1 and 2
CD+DVD Box set, Limen Classic & contemporary
Piano: Stefano Bezziccheri

Speakers Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri.
Hosted by Oreste Bossini.

During the presentation the audience will be accompanied by Oreste Bossini, journalist and radio host, to discover the charm of the two Sonatas for viola and piano Op. 120, composed by the great German composer Johannes Brahms.
The Sonatas n°1 and 2 represent the fist of six box sets, which will be a collection of great music for viola and piano, which pays tribute to the main composers who have written for this ensamble.

The same day at the Ridotto dei Palchi “A. Toscanini” of La Scala Theatre in Milan at 17:00 (GMT+2), you will be able to enjoy a concert by Danilo Rossi, accompanied by Stefano Bezziccheri at the piano.

Program:

Sonata in F Minor Op. 120 n°1
Sonata in E Flat Major Op. 120 n°2

More info @ Teatro alla Scala

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Danilo Rossi in concert

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 17:00 (GMT+2) at the Ridotto dei Palchi “A. Toscanini” of La Scala Theatre in Milan: Danilo Rossi in concert.

Danilo Rossi, First Viola Soloist of the Orchestra of La Scala Theatre, accompanied by Stefano Bezziccheri at the piano, in homage to the great German composer Johannes Brahms, will perform:

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Sonata in F Minor op. 120 n. 1
Sonata in E Flat Major op. 120 n. 2

More info @ Teatro alla Scala

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The same day Danilo Rossi will present his latest discographical work, arisen from the collaboration with Limen music & arts: “SONATE – Johannes Brahms”, at the La Scala Shop at 18:00 (GMT+2).

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