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
CAMERISTI DELLA SCALA
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

Camille SAINT-SAËNS / Jules MASSENET
Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs de Massenet
Camille SAINT-SAËNS
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.

Thursday 15 September 2016

Stanislav Kochanovsky twice in Milano

Two amazing programs in Milano for Stanislav Kochanovsky:

- on September 15th (on the 14th in Turin) he conducts the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI at the Conservatorio for the Festival MITO. The program includes: Concerto for orchestra n. 1 “Naughty Limericks” by Rodion Ščedrin, "Le baiser de la fée" by Igor Stravinsky and "Shéhérazade" by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov.

- on September 29, 30 and October 2nd he conducts La Verdi at the Auditorium with a program dedicated to Rachmaninov: the Piano Concerto n.3 with Lilya Zilberstein and the Symphony n. 1.
Sunday 4 September 2016

Success of the first CD of Gabriele Carcano

Pizzicato:"Gabriele Carcano  proves an exciting Brahms performer. His playing has a virtuosity, a sense of character, an astringency and an emotionality which are quite outstanding"

Stereo:   "Audophiles Highlight".
Gabriele Carcano’s debut CD with works by Brahms can easily compete with the big recording catalogue. The 30 year old Italian keeps up with the three early and challenging works and modelizes them musically thoroughly and without extravagance, stylistically staying between the lyricism of Ugorski and the strictness of Leonskaja. Carcano’s interpretation, a coproduction of Oehms and BR, benefits from an magnificent open sound, that unites brilliancy, highly differentiated colours and ambience.”

Monday 29 August 2016

Quartetto di Cremona's special way with Beethoven

Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland July 2016

It’s years now since all of us in the music business who are privileged to scribble about the music we hear clocked the Quartetto di Cremona as something special. It was clear, from the very first release in this new Beethoven series, that here was a quartet voice that had something to say and a way of saying it distinctively. I’m not remotely embarrassed to admit that, from the first moment I heard them play I heard resonances in their big sound, forward projection, confident and strong attacking style of the long-gone Quartetto Italiano, one of the greatest string quartets of all time.

Full article here.

Monday 25 July 2016

John Axelrod is the Principal Conductor of the 2016 Pacific Music Festival

Under the invitation of Valery Gergiev, John Axelrod is the Principal Conductor of the 2016 Pacific Music Festival (PMF). The PMF is an international educational music festival founded in Sapporo in 1990 by leading 20th century conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.
Now a quarter century on, a cumulative total of over 3,200 excellent musicians have taken part. John Axelrod said: "The lesson I learned from my teacher Bernstein is that educating our youth is the greatest investment in our future, and it is not only where music can be made but also where we may find meaning”.