On 21 January 2014 the world premiere of Carlo Boccadoro’s Box of Paints will take place in Milan. The piece, for flute and ensemble, will be performed by Sentieri selvaggi and conducted by Boccadoro himself as part of the 150th concert season of the Società del Quartetto (which has commissioned the work). The last of a series of pieces that bring out the qualities of the ensemble’s soloists, Box of Paints is dedicated to Paola Fré (the flutist) and, in contrast with the preceding pieces by Boccadoro, rather than having an aggressive character, it is marked by a light sonority. In the course of the four movements the soloist passes from a treble flute to a C flute and even to a piccolo in an exuberant final dance.
Franco Donatoni’s Darkness for six percussionists will have its Swiss premiere in Geneva on January 19. The composition will be performed by Eklekto at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, as part of the Ensemble Contrechamps Season.
The six percussion version of Ionisation by Edgard Varèse, realized in the sixties by Georges Van Gucht (member of Percussions de Strasbourg), will have its Italian premiere in Padua, C. Pollini Auditorium, on January 16 (further performance in Monfalcone Theatre on January 17). The Tetraktis Group will perform the composition as part of the Amici della Musica di Padova season.
Alberto Colla’s Ouverture pour l’eveil des Peuples has been commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. The intention of the composer, with this powerful piece, is to make the music as energetic as the force of humanity in defense of human liberties for people of all identities. Citizens, the defenders of democracy against the decay of the system, are the ‘actors’ of a historical miracle: the “awaking of the people,” and it is they who are the heroes. The world premiere of the work, to be conducted by Thomas Søndergård, will take place in Puteaux on January 10, 2014, with additional performances on January 12, 18, and 19 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
Hong Kong premiere on January 7 for Fausto Romitelli’s An Index of Metals, video-opera for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection and electronics. The composition will be performed at the Y Theatre by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble under the baton of Manuel Nawri.
The Israel premiere of Luca Lombardi’s Primo quartetto will be performed by Yael Barolsky Quartet in Tel Aviv on December 23. The concert will take place at the Shtriker Conservatory.
On December 21 in Pavia, Italian premiere for Silvia Colasanti’s Adagio for cello and strings.The Solisti di Pavia, under the direction of Enrico Dindo (cello soloist for this evening too) will perform the composition at the Teatro Fraschini.
The world premiere of the whole cycle of Meccanica del quotidiano for piano by Daniele Ghisi, will be presented on December 17 in Milan, Sirin espace. It will be performed by the pianist Alfonso Alberti, as part of the Giovani Musiche Italiane, 5 cycle.
On December 12 (additional performance on December 13) the Rouen Haute-Normandie Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Luciano Acocella, will present the French premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Cede pietati, dolor. Le anime di Medea for orchestra. The composition will be performed at the Théatre des Arts.
Italian premiere of Alberto Colla’s Green Tablets - Alterated States (pasticche Verdi) for flute and piano on December 11 in Milan, at Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala Association. The work, which was written by Colla in occasion of the 200th Anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s death, will be performed by Raffaele Trevisani, flute and Paola Girardi, piano.
On December 11 in New York, the Ensemble Mis-en will perform, at Columbia University’s Italian Academy, a portrait concert dedicated to Franco Donatoni. The program will feature: the U.S. premiere of Flag for 13 instruments; the New York premiere of Ronda for violin, viola, cello and piano; Het for flute, bass clarinet and piano; Scaglie for trombone solo, and Sincronie for piano and cello.
Makamat for female voice and nine instruments by Betty Olivero will be played for the first time in America, Los Angeles, on December 5. The students of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Music, will play the composition at the Schoenberg Hall, as part of a concert called Listening to the Other: Mideast Musical Dialogues.
The second edition of Il suono occulto is dedicating 2 days (30 November and 25 January 2014) to the figure of Franco Donatoni, a composer who played a fundamental role in the music culture of the second half of the 20th Century. In the course of these meetings the guest speakers will seek to throw light on a range of the aesthetic features of Donatoni’s music by way – amongst other things - of an analysis of the scores and by listening to a number of his compositions. The two study days will take place in the Casa della Musica in Parma.
The prestigious 2013 Premio De Sica, established in 1975 by Gian Luigi Rondi, has been awarded – by a unanimous vote – to Flavio Emilio Scogna for his contribution to classical music. Past winners of the prize have included Luciano Berio (2000), Riccardo Chailly (2001), Claudio Abbado (2010), Antonio Pappano (2011) and Riccardo Muti (2012).
The prize-giving ceremony will take place on 29 November in Campidoglio (the town hall) in Rome.
A world premiere for Luca Francesconi’s La scena che verrà for five voices and six instruments, written in memory of Gesualdo da Venosa for the 400th anniversary of his death. The composition will be performed on 25 November (at the Auditorium San Fedele in Milan) by Ensemble Sincronie and I solisti del madrigale under the direction of Renato Rivolta. The concert is part of the 2013 Festival Gesualdo.
Russian premiere on November 20 in Moscow for Fausto Romitelli’s An Index of Metals, video-opera for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection and electronics. The composition will be performed by the Studio for New Music Ensemble at the Meyerhold Theatre Centre, as part of the NET Festival (New European Theatre).
La bataille de Caresme et de Charnage for cello and electronics version by Mauro Lanza,will have its UK première in Huddersfield, St. Paul’s Hall, on November 19. The composition will be performed by French cellist Séverine Ballon, as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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Argentine premiere for Luigi Nono’s Prometeo on 16 and 17 November at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. The London Sinfonietta, a big Argentine vocal and instrumental ensemble, the Orquesta Juvenil del Bicentenario, and the choir Diapasón Sur will be conducted by Baldur Brönnimann and Detlef Heusinger. The artistic direction of the production is by André Richard and the electronics have been entrusted to the Experimentalstudio des SWR.
On November 15, The Linea Ensemble, under the direction of Jean-Philippe Wurtz, will perform the Czech Republic premiere of Vortex temporum I, II, III for piano and five instruments by Gérard Grisey. The composition will be presented in Prague, as part of the Contempuls Festival.
Further acclaim for Quartett, the opera commissioned from Luca Francesconi by the Teatro alla Scala, which, after setting out from the Piermarini’s opera house in 2011, now disembarks at the Opéra de Lille for the French premiere of the scenic version.
The production is the same as the one presented at the Teatro alla Scala, with stage direction by Alex Ollé de La Fura dels Baus, while the performance, which will take place on 13 November (additional performances on 15 and 17), has been entrusted to the Ictus Ensemble under the direction of Georges-Elie Octors.