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.… 


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

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Benedetto Lupo opening concert in Firenze

Firenze Saturday 21 October

Daniele Rustioni conductor
Benedetto Lupo piano

Orchestra della Toscana

ANTONIONI Nostro mare | winner Play It! 2015
RACHMANINOV Rapsodia su un tema di Paganini op.43
ČAJKOVSKIJ Symphony No.6, Op.74 Patetic
Thursday 13 October 2016

new wonderful reviews for Gabriele Carcano

Amadeus - 5 stars
"He wasn't looking for a heir, he wanted me to be myself". This words where the conclusion of an interview I had with Gabriele Carcano over a year ago. The most important teaching that Aldo Ciccolini left him was to indicate the way to be himself. Disciple for six years of the great maestro disappeared in 2015, the 31 years old, Turin born, would actually have all the qualities to be his successor, considered the fact that not only he absorbed his teaching but they also performed together. But that would be doing wrong to him (even though the fact that for the young pianist this would be an injustice might sounds like a sort of paradox, considered the stature of such a guru). The reality is, seeing this remarkable recording, that Carcano has indeed found his way. And it's a personal one. Starting from the choice of the repertoire, featuring a young impetuous Brahms in his 20s that with his third Sonata (the last he composed) has already in mind an orchestra and an intense writing that would lead to other paths. Carcano excels in extricating the writing and pacing the urgency of the music. The highlights are the lyrical moments that, in the Variations op. 9, will expand into enrapturing rhapsodic moment in this fascinating interpretation" - Nicoletta Sguben

Suonare News
"An interpretation exalting Brahms" - Angelo Foletto.

"The fascinating program, the wonderfully controlled sound, yet passionate and alive, win the listener's attention from the first hearing. Carcano has the courage to look straight at the innovative pianism, youthful and mature at once, of a composer that at twenty years old already understood to have finished the exploration of the romantic world contemporary to him. [...]
The result of a long gestation process and study, also in terms of character, Carcano's interpretation strikes for its beauty, pureness and mature richness of poetical inflections. "

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Tito Ceccherini "maître d’œuvre" in Toulouse

Tito Ceccherini sait donner vie à la superbe partition de Berlioz, en souligner l'ironie amusée, comme la lumière ambiguë ou l'effusion mélodique, à la tête d'un Orchestre national du Capitole qui répond avec fougue et souplesse à sa conception. Emmanuel Andrieu on Opera-online

Tito Ceccherini maître d’œuvre
Dès les premières mesures de la célèbre ouverture de cet opéra, le ton est donné. Les cordes virevoltent, brillent, irradiantes d’humour, le son de l’Orchestre du Capitole est chatoyant, charnu, les pupitres sont virtuoses, le rythme est impérieux, dans la fosse Berlioz est bien là. Tito Ceccherini dirige pour la première fois cet ouvrage avec un style incroyable. Robert Pénavayre on Classictoulouse.com


Thursday 6 October 2016

ENRICO DINDO conductor at La Scala in Milan

 Teatro Alla Scala in Milan on October 6, 2016

Concert dedicated to Giuseppe Sinopoli for the 15 anniversary of his death
conductor ENRICO DINDO

Giuseppe Sinopoli    Klangfarben for five string soloists on a sequence by Riccardo Malipiero
Richard Strauss    Metamorphosen, study for 23 string soloists
Franz Schubert    String Quartet in D min. D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen" (orchestration by Gustav Mahler)

Thursday 22 September 2016

Quartetto di Cremona and Andrea Lucchesini for Saint Saens

Just published by Audite, the CD dedicated to Saint Saens  with the Quartetto di Cremona and  Andrea Lucchesini  in the quintet has already attracted international attention, the cultural supplement of Der Spiegel included it among the most interesting innovations.

The program will run in Venice for Fondazione Bru-Zane September 29 next

Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs de Massenet
String Quartet no.1
Piano Quintet

Almost half a century separates the only quintet for piano and strings by Saint-Saëns (1855) and his first string quartet (1899). Although he made a lasting mark on the works for quintet with piano when he was just twenty with an important and ambitious work, in his maturity he responded to the call of the quartet as an obligatory passage, but offering a limpid, mobile and unexpected work, at the limits of impressionism. Composing for drawing-rooms, in 1895 he published a paraphrase of the last scene of Thaïs, despite a lasting enmity towards Massenet.