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.… 


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