Luca Francesconi's Controcanto, for ensemble, will have its first premiere in the Unites States on 22 October. The composition will be performed in Bloomington, Indiana University, Auer Hall Bloomington, by the New Music Ensemble under the baton of David Dzubay
Fabio Vacchi’s new composition Sull'acqua (Sotto di noi il diluvio): l'acqua che illumina Milano for speaker and orchestra will be performed in Milan on 3 October by the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Claire Gibault. Lella Costa will recite the text written by Michele Serra.
Commenting on the composition, which was commissioned by the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra for EXPO, Fabio Vacchi writes:
Water has a history in Milan. And the history of Milan is entrusted to water. Michele Serra unleashes its memories: delightful and unexpected, like the city’s popular quarters, where in the evening the inhabitants used to meet to tell stories about industrious folk, of entrepreneurs and labourers…
Water that flows down from the mountains in which the marble of the Duomo had formed, the same mountains on which the Italian resistance fought and founded the Republic of Ossola… Milan, hell-bent on business and fashion, covered over its canals, its stories, and its factories. But the water did not fall silent, it percolated up and re-surfaced, it surged forth and broke through into the basements and the underground. Composed of sounds, water is part and parcel of a primitive force that is placing us with our backs against the wall. Either we listen to the music of man and the environment, either we understand that we must live with and respect other animals on this earth that we all inhabit, or nature will perish, dragging us with it into nothingness, emptiness, and – well before that - into horror… A musical score born out of the words of Michele Serra, destined for the voice of Lella Costa, and overflowing with corporeality. The stuff on which my writing has always been based… music that believes in the body, in the healthy and sustainable food that nourishes it and in the water that suckles it. From the bowels of the earth water must flow again to the surface, and not just through the canals… As if it were a font of thought… Let us immerse ourselves in water and its sounds, so that that which is not solid might envelop us, spur us on, caress us, amuse us, purify us, give us energy.
Let us tell stories with words and with sounds. Let us distrust those who think that telling stories is useless or out-of-date. In art and in life. Let us listen to the story of Milan’s water and work together so that it might enlighten us.
|When|| Oct 02, 2015 08:30 PM
Oct 14, 2015 10:00 PM
|Where||Cologne, Strasbourg, Rome, Milan, Gothenburg|
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On October 2, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne will perform the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Macchine in eco at the Philharmonie in Cologne under the direction of Peter Rundel in collaboration with the piano duo GrauSchumacher. The piece was commissioned by the WDR, the Strasbourg MUSICA festival, and Wiener Konzerthaus. (The Strasbourg MUSICA festival will present the French premiere on 3 October at the closing concert of the festival’s 33rd edition.)
In his presentation of Macchine in Echo Francesconi explained how he has always been fascinated by the piano because of the wide range of frequencies the percussive action of its strings offers, and because of the instrument’s sophisticated technical mechanisms that allow for speed and delicate subtleties. For Francesconi the piano’s sounds hang in the air in a state of tension between natural forces and the structured sounds. When two pianos are involved, we can imagine them as two, frighteningly powerful, fiendish machines. With this piece, in addition to the two pianos, there’s also a symphonic orchestra. Francesconi writes: I love the play of mirrors and the spell-binding multiplications of two pianos in unison with an orchestra. It’s an infinite source of meanings: meanings that I need to find, in spite of the deconstruction of reality all around us. In a small gesture towards this powerful resistance, I have incorporated a brief homage to Luciano Berio’s Concerto for Two Pianos, one of the pieces that have left a profound mark on my life.
On October 3 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Sir Antonio Pappano together with the soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, will perform the world premiere of Bread, water and salt on texts by Nelson Mandela. This piece by Francesconi has been chosen to inaugurate the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia’s 2015-16 concert season and will be dedicated by the orchestra to Ludwig van Beethoven. Presenting Bread, water and salt for soprano, choir and orchestra the composer writes: … the piece was commissioned and programmed together with the 9th Symphony. I was asked to draw a parallel between Beethoven and Schiller’s idea of fraternity and what that might mean today. I chose Mandela because of his simple adherence to the profound spirituality of the body, of bread, and of suffering that can be overcome… to defeat the livid cynicism that corrodes our relations. And that’s where fraternity comes in: words that in politics and in the media make people scoff. But in fact, from there you can arrive at joy.
These world premieres will be followed by a performance of Fresco, a piece for five orchestras of wind instruments in movement (October 4 in Milan), and a performance of Hard Pace, a concerto for trumpet and orchestra (October 14 in Gothenburg), to be performed by the Göteborg Symfoniker conducted by of John Storgårds with the soloist Hakan Hardenberger.