Two new awards from international critics for the fifth album dedicated to the Beethoven cycle of the Quartetto di Cremona: CD choice of th Month for BBC Magazine in March and for Amadeus in April 2016,
"...the evening was a splendid introduction to a new visiting string quartet, providing them with ample opportunity to make a convincing case for their capacity for both breadth and depth". Reviews in San Francisco
The Schumann Quartet won the BBC Music Magazine Award in the Newcomer Category. More info here.
On April 14th Tito Ceccherini conducted for the first time the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in the special "Music of Today" Series at the Royal Festival Hall. Under the personal invitation of Unsuk Chin, he presented a portrait of the German composer Friedrich Goldmann: «The 18-minute Linie/Splitter 2 is full of inviting timbres, not least the evocation capable from the accordion, and there is also an attractive lightness of touch, wit and wildness. Some lovely chords at the close suggest dying embers. Praise in particular for Kira Doherty’s horn solo. ... Fast erstarrte Unruhe ... 3 (1995) is for twelve players. [...] The sounds are harder, the rhythms more jagged, but there is also an underlying playfulness. When the music is fast-moving a bizarre ritual is suggested, and if pictures are painted, then they are by Dali. The work closes in shadows: thirteen well-spent minutes. Both renditions came across as quite splendid under the attentive and unflappable direction of Tito Ceccherini.» wrote Colin Anderson on Classical Source
The Trust proudly announced its latest award winners in February. Awards went to the Danish String Quartet
The Pavel Haas Quartet won the BBC Music Magazine Award in the Chamber Category. It is the second award the quartet receive for their Smetana recording following the Gramophone Award last summer. More info here.
Yan Maresz has set Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata for chamber orchestra, using the instrumentation of Pavane pour une infante défunte and Tombeau de Couperin as a model. The orchestra version will be premiered by soloist Renaud Capuçon, Orchestre National de Lyon and conductor Leonard Slatkin.
7 and 9 April, at the Teatro dal Verme, with the Orchestra of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Marco Rizzi will play Brahms violin concerto, under the baton of Pavel Berman: two musicians who were known 25 years ago, winning the first two awards at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, both with Violin Concerto, op. 77 by Brahms,
At the Foundation Spinola in Banna the Quartetto di Cremona and Andrea Lucchesini are recording the Piano quintet of Saint Saens. The CD, which also includes the string quartet nr. 1 of Saint Saens will be released by the label Audite in September and will be presented in Venice for the Foundation Bru Zane on 29 September.
After two different programs with La Verdi Orchestra in Milano (Shostakovich 9th, Beethoven 6th and works by Respighi, Malipiero and Busoni also recorded for Decca with violinist Domenico Nordio), on March 31 and April 1 Tito Ceccherini makes his Spanish debut with the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla.Debussy: La noche de Granada (arr. de Stokowski)De Falla: Noches en los jardines de EspañaRavel: Gaspard de la Nuit (arr. Constanz)Mussorgsky: Noche en el Monte Pelado (arr. de Rimsky-Korsakov)
JOHN AXELOD had an amazing success at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw conducting works by Kodaly, Beethoven and Stravinsky with the Sinfonia Varsovia.
«The audience of the Beethoven Festival experienced yesterday one thrilling concert in Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall. [...] For a conductor, The Rite of Spring is about transparency, colors and the management of dynamics and forces. He has to combine all those elements in an energy which never diminishes: it is either dammed up or flowing forceful. John Axelrod was a master in handling the piece, and in the result the performance was absolutely terrific and electrifying.» wrote Remy Franck on Pizzicato