Thursday 15 December 2016

John Axelrod conducts the last season's concert of laVerdi

It will be the baton of John Axelrod that conducts the last season's concert of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, with the traditional Christmas Concert, this year dedicated to George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (soloist Giuseppe Albanese) and Porgy and Bess in concert version arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

Three concerts on Thursday 15 (20h30), Saturday 17 (20h00) and Sunday 18 December (16h00).
On Thursday 15th in the Auditorium (18h30), John Axelrod will introduce the concert in a short conference titled: “A Composer of the People, A Concert for the People”.
Here it is a short preview by Mr. Axelrod:

"As always, holidays are for good cheer, and which American composer with rhythm and swing always brings a smile to the face?  Here are two hints:  Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue?  George Gershwin, of course, the composer of the people.  As I wrote in my book, (“The Symphony Orchestra in Crisis”):  Popular music aside, Gershwin was just as serious as any other composer. And his distinctively American sound became global in its appeal. But he also did something no one else at this point was able to do. He spoke to the street. Gershwin is quoted as saying: ‘True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.’

Though this will be in Milano with laVerdi and its wonderful choir, 2016 holidays will be for the people of our time, swinging and singing.  Summertime and the livin' is easy and that rising clarinet in the rhapsody will certainly raise your holiday spirit! I'll be singing too, literally. not just conducting!  Come hear the joy, especially at a moment right now in the world when we all need to be happy a bit more.  We’re on our way!"

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wonderful reviews for the CD Saint Saens with Quartetto di Cremona and Andrea Lucchesini


The most beautiful French piano quintet and string quartet with six Italians glories - Vive l'Italie!  Neue Merker 29.08.2016
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Andrea Lucchesini and the Quartetto Cremona present  this work in a marvelously homogeneous recording. Much of this recording carries Schumann features, mixed with French finesse.    Fono Forum  December 2016
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 Lucchesini plays with brilliant deftness, while the Cremona Quartet demonstrate their trademark combination of Italianate flair and immaculate ensemble.  Sunday Times October 2016

Two chamber works of Camille Saint-Saëns, the Piano quintet and the First String Quartet are vividly performed by the Quartetto di Cremona. The musicians’s Italian temperament is certainly profitable to the Quintet, but pushes a little the more  classical character of the Quartet   Pizzicato November 2016 
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Thursday 10 November 2016

New release: "In War and Peace" - Joyce DiDonato / Il Pomo D'Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev

In War and Peace: Harmony through Music was recorded by Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo d’Oro under its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev for Erato. The programme comprises 15 arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. The album also contains three world premiere recordings: a ‘War’ aria from Andromaca by the Neapolitan composer Leonardo Leo (1694-1744), and two ‘Peace’ arias, from the operas Attila and Attilio Regolo, by another Neapolitan, Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774). Available here.

In these days, Joyce DiDonato is on tour with Il Pomo D'Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev in the best concert halls. Tour dates here.

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Enrico Onofri on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra

Enrico Onofri conducts for the first time the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on November 9th at Palazzo Pitti (17h00) in Florence.

The program includes:
Mozart: Symphony n.4 K19
Galuppi: Concerto n.2 in D Major
Haydn: Concerto for violin and strings in G Major Hob 7a:4
Mozart: Symphony n.29 K201

Concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico, as well as founder of the Imaginarium Ensemble, since 2002 Enrico Onofri started a successfull career as Baroque and Classical conductor in both the symphonic and opera repertoire, with period instruments and modern orchestras.
For video links click here.

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Excellent review for Tito Ceccherini on Diapason

«Dès les premiers ostinatos mélodico-rythmiques de l'Alborada del Gracioso, une sensation de plénitude sonore s'empare de l'auditeur. Restitution pointue et sans lourdeur, avec une frénésie de couleurs dans la danse électrisante des épisodes extrêmes, tandis que les violents contrastes de nuances de la partie centrale renforcent l'aveuglante lumière de l'orchestre de Ravel.
[…] Dès l'Adagio liminaire [Symphony n°11 by Shostakovich], le chef italien Tito Ceccherini, que l'on n'attendait pas forcément dans ce répertoire, suggère des attentes, des clairs-obscurs, tandis que l'approche va devenir sans cesse plus implacable dans les vagues hymniques ou obsessionnelles des mouvements suivants. Avec notamment d'excellents pupitres de bois, cors, cordes médianes et graves, l'Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine offre une interprétation flamboyante et précise, impressionnante de souffle et d'engagement.» wrote Patrick Szersnovicz on Diapason

Sunday 6 November 2016

Maxim Emelyanychev makes his debut at the Zurich Opernhaus

Maxim Emelyanychev has been invited to conduct the new production of Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Zurich Opernhaus.

Performances are on: 
November 6
November 11
November 13 - Guest performance (Concert) in  Paris – Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
November 20
December 18
December 21

Outstanding representative of the rising generation of conductors, Maxim Emelyanychev was raised in Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s conducting class at the Moscow Conservatory.

Only 27-years-old, he is Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro. From age 12, he has built a  large symphonic repertoire, from Haydn and Mozart to Rachmaninov, Ravel or Arvo Pärt. His impressive operatic debuts in Don Giovanni in Sevilla in November 2014 led to immediate symphonic engagements with the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Real Filarmonia de Galicia and the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Svilla, getting immediate re-invitations.
In 2017 and 2018, he will be seen at the head of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano La Verdi, the Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine.

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Beethoven vol. VI Quartetto di Cremona: Fonoforum gives 5 Stars

Fono Forum | November 2016 | Marcus Stäbler | 1. November 2016

Mit seinen Schnörkeln und Trillerfiguren gibt sich Beethovens frühes Quartett op. 18 Nr. 5 noch etwas neckischer, etwas rokokohafter als die Schwesterwerke aus demselben Zyklus. Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt diese Momente mit spitzer Artikulation – und mischt so eine Prise Ironie in seine Interpretation. Read more

Pizzicato (24.8.2016) : Spannend bis zum Schluss

Die Beethoven-Reise des ‘Quartto di Cremona’ neigt sich ihrem Ende zu, die Spannung bleibt hingegen unvermindert hoch. Auch nach sechs Etappen…

Herald Scotland 29.7.2016: such warm playing; such perfection on a silver disc; what a glory this is.… 

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Amadeus the concert in Milan

After the Italian premiere in July 2015 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, for the first time AMADEUS in Concert is presented in Milano. It is a semi-staged performance of the famous play by Peter Shaffer (that inspired the Amadeus movie by Miloš Forman), adapted and conducted by John Axelrod, since 2011 Principal Conductor of La Verdi Orchestra. The protagonists, together with W.A.Mozart music, are Luca Barbareschi (Salieri), Francesco Bonomo (Mozart) and Dajana Roncione (Costanza).

Performances at the Auditorium di Milano: Thursday 27th (20h30), Friday 28th (20h) and Sunday 30th  (16h) October 2016.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Quartetto di Cremona / Andrea Lucchesini & Saint-Saëns

 ​For its latest CD featuring works by Camille Saint-Saëns, the award-winning Quartetto di Cremona draws on sixteen years of giving concerts and making recordings. Leading Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet: the third movement of the work is presented here in the rare version adding a double bass (ad lib.).

These two chamber music works of the French composer represent crucial stages in his oeuvre: the Piano Quintet, a work of early perfection, demonstrates Saint-Saëns' engagement with German Romanticism, particularly with Robert Schumann and his formal idiom. The String Quartet, marking the transition into his late style, represents the first chamber piece in which Saint-Saëns leaves out his own instrument, the piano. Here, his version of the classical style - clear forms and a colourful expressive spectrum - becomes especially clear. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art - the contrasts characterising Saint-Saëns' musical idiom are perfectly realised by the Quartetto di Cremona. Read more