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Battistelli: New orchestra version of SINFONIA da Experimentum Mundi

From February 9 to 14 in Münster.
When Feb 09, 2016 07:30 PM to
Feb 14, 2016 09:00 PM
Where Münster
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Since its first performance in 1981, Giorgio Battistelli’s Experimentum Mundi for actor, 16 artisans, a chorus of female voices, and one percussionist has been performed more than 200 times by major festivals and theatres in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America. In 2008 the composer wrote SINFONIA da Experimentum Mundi in which an ensemble of 16 instruments was added to the original instrumentation. Now the composer has realized a new version of SINFONIA for 30 musicians which replaces the ensemble one. It will be premiered on February 9, 2016 at the KlangZeit Festival in Münster for the first time.
The performers include an actor (who recites texts drawn from Diderot and d’Alembert’s Enciclopédie), 16 artisans (knife grinders, pastry makers, builders, blacksmiths, stone masons, carpenters, cobblers, and coopers), a chorus of female voices, one percussionist and an orchestra of 30 musicians. For this premiere, actor Hannes Demming with the Münster Symphony Orchestra and local artisans will be conducted by Fabrizio Ventura.

 

 

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Giacomo Manzoni’s Transitori d’estinzione

First performance in the USA on February 6.
When Feb 06, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Providence
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Giacomo Manzoni’s Transitori d’estinzione, for 5 instruments will be performed for the first time in USA. The Parallax Ensemble, conducted  by Peyman Farzinpour, will perform the composition  in Providence (Rhode Island)  on February 6.

 

 

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Italy today is the theme of the 2016 edition of the Festival Présences

It will take place from 5 to 14 February at the Maison de Radio France in Paris.
When Feb 05, 2016 08:00 PM to
Feb 14, 2016 09:00 PM
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Italy today is the theme of the 2016 edition of the Festival Présences, to take place from 5 to 14 February at the Maison de Radio France in Paris. In the course of 14 concerts a variegated overview will be presented of contemporary Italian music including a number of world and French premieres (to be performed by the various music-making formations of Radio France along with others). One such case is Luca Francesconi’s Bread, Water and Salt, programmed for the first concert under the direction of Mikko Franck. The piece, commissioned by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Radio France and premiered on 3 October 2015 in Rome, will be performed for the first time in France by the Orchestre Philharmonique, the Chœur, and the soprano Pumeza Matschikiza. On 6 February the world premiere of the complete version of Mauro Lanza’s Ludus de Morte Regis will be performed by the choir Les Cris de Paris under the direction of Geoffrey Jourdan. The world premiere of Alberto Colla’s Sérénade sur la modulation des vents, on the other hand, commissioned for the occasion by Radio France, will be performed on 11 by the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France under the direction of Enrique Mazzola. Finally, on the 13 it will be the turn of the French premiere of Marco Stroppa’s Let me Sing into Your Ear for basset horn and orchestra. This composition, commissioned by the Donaueschingen Festival and performed there in 2010, will be performed by the Philharmonique and the soloist Michele Marelli under the direction of Tito Ceccherini. The festival will also feature many other Ricordi works by Francesconi, Stroppa, Donatoni, Maderna, Nono, Sciarrino, and Romitelli.

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Italian premiere for Franco Donatoni

Fire (In Cauda IV) will take place in Milan on February 4.
When Feb 04, 2016
from 09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Milan
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The Italian premiere of Franco Donatoni’s Fire (In Cauda IV) for 4 female voices and orchestra will take place in Milan on February 4. The Symphonic Orchestra of Conservatorio will be conducted by Yoichi Sugyiama. We remind you that the Fire (In Cauda IV) was commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris and performed under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi at Salle Pleyel, on February 17, 1999.

 

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Daniele Ghisi’s An Experiment with Time

World premiere in Milan on 26 January.
When Jan 26, 2016
from 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Milan
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The world premiere of Daniele Ghisi’s An Experiment with Time, for ensemble, video and electronics, will be performed in Milan (Teatro Litta) on 26 January by the Divertimento Ensemble. The piece will open the XIII concert season of Rondò 2016, which is led by artistic director Sandro Gorli.
The work takes its title from an essay written in 1927 by the Irish aeronautical engineer and philosopher William Dunne. This essay recounts how Dunne devised and conducted an experiment on himself, meticulously taking note of his own dreams and counting how many of the them related to the past and how many to the future. Because he found that the results were similar, he concluded that during sleep there was no distinction between past and future: all instances of time occur simultaneously. He asks: is the passing of time then an epiphenomenon of consciousness?
In this work Ghisi explicitly and freely gives expression to Dunne’s experiment and recount through the visualisation of an animated diary. The sounds of the animation are created partly by the instruments of the ensemble and partly by electronics. An experiment with Time is a recount, a game, and a journey by way of a superimposition of temporal cycles that depict the world and life as an immense polyrhythm. An Experiment with Time was commissioned by Ircam-Centre Pompidou and the Divertimento Ensemble in collaboration with Ulysses European Network.

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Italian premiere for Luca Francesconi in Palermo

Passacaglia will be performed on 22 January.
When Jan 22, 2016 09:00 PM to
Jan 23, 2016 10:00 PM
Where Palermo
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Luca Francesconi’s Passacaglia for large orchestra will have its Italian premiere in Palermo  on 22 January (further performance on 23). The Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, under the baton of  Francesco Attardi, will perform the composition at the Politeama Theatre.

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Verunelli The Narrow Corner, world premiere

On 22 January in Munich.
When Jan 22, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Munich
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On 22 January in Munich, as part of the Musica Viva season, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, will perform the  world premiere  of The Narrow Corner. This piece, commissioned by Radio France for its radio programme ‘Alla breve’ in 2013, was previously recorded by the Orchestre Philharmonique with Mällki on the podium, and broadcast in February 2015.
We have asked the composer to talk about The Narrow Corner and about its poetics.
The Radio asked me for a piece divided into five radiophonic “episodes,” each one with two minutes of music. And I wanted to find a way to approach these two-minute segments in a way that turned out to be unitary, albeit with the temporal interruptions. The result was five moments that are like five paradoxical perspectives on a single sonic world. The narration that results is elliptical and the elements are contextualised, de-contextualised and re-contextualised according to the glimpse that the particular point of view on each occasion offers of them. This is the sense of five brief moments, which are not movements but are “in movement”. Five times the image of the whole, of which the point of view – “the narrow corner,” in fact – prevent a single interpretation, can be completed differently. With the result that the overall form is not linear, but “in depth”, a sort of permanence of a place through various temporal perspectives.

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Milo, Maya et le tour du monde (Milo and Maya around the world)

On January 15 the French premiere.
When Jan 15, 2016 08:00 PM to
Jan 17, 2016 04:00 PM
Where Rouen
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On January 15, the Opéra de Rouen will host the French premiere (with libretto into French) of the Expo Opera Milo, Maya et le tour du monde (Milo and Maya around the world), a contemporary opera for young audiences (ages 6 to 14) written by Matteo Franceschini on a libretto by Lisa Capaccioli. The opera tells the story of an imaginary round-the-world trip that two 13-year-olds undertake by way of the ethnic restaurants of a large city. Through the dishes they encounter the young protagonists get to know the tastes and customs of various cultures.
The world premiere of Milo and Maya around the world (which took place last February in Como with libretto into Italian) has been developed through the European project Interactive Opera where specially tailored education initiatives prepare students to engage with the piece and the performers. Directed by Caroline Leboutte, the opera is a coproduction of several European institutions (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana di Como-AsLiCo; Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liége (BE); Theater Magdeburg (GER); and the Opéra de Rouen – Haute Normandie (FRA). After the French premiere Milo and Maya around the world will have its Belgian premiere (Liège, 17 February) and German premiere (Magdeburg 28 May).

 

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Azio Corghi’s Tänze in Palermo

World premiere on January 8.
When Jan 08, 2016 09:00 PM to
Jan 09, 2016 10:00 PM
Where Palerrmo
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In Palermo, on January 8 (additional performance on January 9) there will be the world premiere of Azio Corghi’s Tänze for orchestra. The work is made up of 3 Dances taken from the Festspiel Lalla Rühk by Gaspare Spontini, which Azio Corghi reconstructed from the vocal score to be staged in Jesi on August  2003. Tänze will be performed at the Politeama Garibaldi Theatre in Palermo by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana conducted by Gyorgy Rath.

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Fausto Romitelli’s private archive

The private papers have been acquired by the Giorgio Cini Foundation Institute of Music in Venice.
When Dec 23, 2015 05:00 PM to
Jan 10, 2016 11:00 PM
Where Venice
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The private papers of Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004), a figure of fundamental importance on the Italian and international music scene over the last thirty years, have been acquired by the thanks to a generous donation on the part of the composer’s heirs. The papers, made up of about 2,000 sheets of sketches and music drafts revealing the various phases of Romitelli’s work, will permit scholars to reconstruct the genesis of the composer’s works and to study in depth the evolution of his thought from his formative years with Franco Donatoni to his research at Ircam in Paris. As well as the autograph drafts of the composer’s most famous works, the documents include unpublished youthful compositions, annotated scores, billboards, concert programmes and a collection of recordings. This bequest constitutes a valuable addition to the rich collection of the Institute of Music, opening up a window on the most recent phase of musical creativity in Italy.

 

Silvia Colasanti in December

A December full of exciting performances for Silvia Colasanti.
When Dec 07, 2015 09:00 PM to
Dec 21, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Paris, The Hague, Milan
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On 7 at the Philharmonie in Paris the Paris Mozart Orchestra conducted by Claire Gibault will conclude its long tour of ORFEO. Flebile queritur lyra for actor and ensemble. Beginning in December 2014, the work was taken to 16 high schools in Paris’s ‘banlieue’ over the course of the 2014/2015 academic year. The text, recited by Suliane Brahim, was translated into French by Myriam Tanant. The same day at the Italian Cultural Institute the pianist Sandro de Palma will perform Rumbling Gears, the piece that he premiered on 24 November at the festival ‘L’esprit du piano’ in Bordeaux. This event will be followed a few days after (on 12) by performances of Burning and To Muddy Death Ophelia (the latter constituting  the Dutch premiere) at the Korzo Theater in the Hague. New European Ensemble and soprano Keren Motseri are the performers. Finally, in Milan on 21 the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi, under the baton of Lorenzo Passerini, will present Partita for flute and strings as part of Serate Musicali concert season. The soloist will be Tommaso Benciolini.

 

 

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Riccardo Chailly opens Scala season with critical edition of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco

Teatro alla Scala, Milano, December 7.
When Dec 07, 2015 06:00 PM to
Jan 02, 2016 08:30 PM
Where Milan
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The 2015-2016 opera season at the Teatro alla Scala opens on December 7 with the critical edition of Giuseppe Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, as edited by Alberto Rizzuti. The Orchestra and Chorus of Milan’s famous theatre, under the baton of its principal conductor Riccardo Chailly, will present the first performance of this opera at La Scala in 150 years. Anna Netrebko will sing the title role while Carlo VII will be interpreted by Francesco Meli. The stage direction is by the Belgian directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.
Giovanna d’Arco (libretto by Temistocle Solera partially based on the play by Friedrich von Schiller) was the fifth opera that Verdi wrote for the Teatro alla Scala. After the resounding successes achieved with Nabucco and I Lombardi alla prima crociata, expectations for the new work were very high. Premiered on February 15, 1845, the opera did not meet the success it deserved, despite the high praise Verdi received for an orchestration that proved much more refined than that of his previous operas. Nevertheless, Giovanna d’Arco remained in the repertory of Italian theatres for almost 25 years. It was revived at the Scala twenty years after its premiere (in 1865), but subsequently it disappeared from Italian opera programs except for a small number of isolated revivals. Riccardo Chailly explains why the Teatro alla Scala is inaugurating its season with Giovanna d’Arco: ‘It’s wrong to place it in Verdi’s “prison years”. Giovanna is more of a bridging opera, which anticipates the masterpieces of the composer’s mature period. If it is performed rarely, it is because it demands enormous vocal effort.’

 

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Alzarsi in volo by Azio Corghi

World premiere on 6 December.
When Dec 06, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Venice
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On 6 December in Venice the world premiere of Azio Corghi’s Alzarsi in vo
The composer writes ‘What’s involved is a text that gives an account of the horrible events of the First World War though the experiences of the protagonist, the cultured and disillusioned Lieutenant Germano Bandiera... The infernal character of the war impacts greatly upon the musical language. Against an obsessive and grim, atonal contrapuntal andamento, lacerated by violent gestures of a “Viennese” origin, is set an a-heroic component - a manifestation of the senselessness of everything, provocatively “tonal” – given from the Italian song of the era “O Dio del cielo, se fossi una rondinella...”lo for soprano, reciting voice and ensemble will be performed by the soprano Valentina Coladonato and the Ex-Novo Ensemble, commissioner of the piece. The concert will take place in the Sale Apollinee at the Gran Teatro La Fenice. The text, to be read by Sandro Cappelletto, is drawn from the novel on the Great War Il grande balipedio by Carlo Della Corte (1930-2000).

 

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70th anniversary of Luca Lombardi

On 3 and 4 December two concerts in Rome.
When Dec 03, 2015 08:30 PM to
Dec 04, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Rome
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On 3 and 4 December the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and the Associazione Nuova Consonanza will devoted respectively two concerts to the 70th anniversary of Luca Lombardi.
On 3 (at Sala Casella), the soprano Yuliya Poleshchuk and the Quartetto Prometeo will perform La canzone  di Greta for voice and string quartet and Warum?. The following day (at Macro) the pianist Roberto Prosseda will present a few piano pieces (among them Albumblätter e Wiederkehr) and  Minima Animalia, with the collaboration of Elio (‘Elio e le storie tese’).

 

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Two local premieres for Luca Francesconi in Belgium and Luxembourg

Performances on 27 and 29 November.
When Nov 27, 2015 08:00 PM to
Nov 29, 2015 09:00 PM
Where Bruxelles and Luxembourg
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Animus II for viola and electronics and Piccola trama for saxophone and eight instruments by Luca Francesconi will be presented as local premieres in Belgium and Luxembourg respectively. The first one will take place in Bruxelles (on 27), as part of the Loop 8 Festival (Espace Senghor), with the violist Vincent Royer and the Centre Henri Pousseur for the electronics; the second one, scheduled in Luxembourg  at the Mudam museum (on 29), will be performed by the Noise Watchers Unlimited, under the baton of Francesconi himself.

 

 

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Rumbling Gears by Silvia Colasanti

World premiere on 25 November.
When Nov 25, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:15 PM
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On 25 November, Silvia Colasanti’s Rumbling Gears, for piano, will be premiered by Sandro de Palma at the festival ‘L’esprit du piano’ in Bordeaux, Église Notre Dame. The piece is  a  commission of the Festival.

 

 

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Lorenzo Pagliei’s Polaris

World premiere on November 24 in Rome.
When Nov 24, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Rome
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The world premiere of Lorenzo Pagliei’s Polaris, for 3 percussionists, will take place this evening November 24 in Rome, as part of the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti season. The piece will be performed by Ars Ludi group which devote this concerto to the composer Edgard Varèse. Radio Cemat will follow the concerto live streaming.

 

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The Kempelen Machine by Mauro Lanza

World premiere in Huddersfield.
When Nov 21, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Huddersfield
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On  November 21 at the Huddersfield Festival, soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac and the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin under the baton of David Reiland will perform the world premiere of Mauro Lanza’s The Kampelen Machine for ‘prepared’ voice and 8 instruments.
The composer writes that he was inspired by a ‘talking’ machine invented by Wolfgang von Kempelen in the second half of the 18th century, the golden age of automatism and mechanisation.
The Kempelen Machine is a joint commission of the United Instruments of Lucilin Ensemble and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

 

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Luca Francesconi’s Etymo in York

UK premiere on 20 November.
When Nov 20, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where York
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The UK premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Etymo for soprano, electronics and chamber orchestra will take place in York on 20 November. The piece will be performed at The University of York (Sir Jack Lions Concert Hall) by the soprano Ana Beard Fernandez and the Chimera Ensemble.

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Mystery play by Battistelli

In Rovereto on 17 November.
When Nov 17, 2015
from 08:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Rovereto
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Giorgio Battistelli’s Mystery play will be performed for the first time in Italy by the Haydn Orchestra conducted by Marco Angius on 17 November in Rovereto. The concerto will take place at the Pedrotti Auditorium. Mystery Play, is a piece that has taken its title from the medieval genre of the mystery play, a theatrical form representing events either tied to the life of Christ and the Sacred Scriptures or at times also of a secular and imaginary stamp. For Battistelli the particular mystery to investigate and transmit is the act of composition “as a field that projects meanings, where sounds take on life and assume very well-defined dramaturgic traits, protagonists in stories, comedies and tragedies”.

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