Two important premieres are coming up for Luca Francesconi in June: First, the world premiere of the orchestra piece Dentro non ha tempo at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Second, a new production of his opera Quartett at the Royal Opera House in London .
On June 14 Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro alla Scala in the world premiere of Francesconi’s new work Dentro non ha tempo at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The composition was commissioned by La Scala for a cycle of works in memory of Richard Strauss, whose 150th anniversary of birth takes place on June 11. Luca Francesconi comments on his work:
"Dentro non ha tempo is a curious title that can be read in three ways. In the first place, it refers to the feelings I have in remembering Luciana*, to the intensity of the affection and admiration that tied me to her. For me Luciana remains a powerful, living presence, in fact, a presence without time.
Secondly, there’s a reference to the tie that Luciana had with a great musical tradition, made up naturally by family connections, but also by all her own activity; this great tradition is for me the past that has no time.
Finally, the title alludes to the form of the composition. Conceived as a kind of portrait, the piece has at its center, like a beating heart, a slow movement based on the dilation and treatment in a spectral sense of a number of bars drawn from the beginning of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (of the overture and from the extraordinary chromatic coda that follows the death of the Commendatore) where time is blocked and suspended; hence, a movement without time."
*Luciana Pestalozza worked as head of the publishing department at Casa Ricordi for many years. She also founded the international contemporary music festival Milano Musica.
On June 18 in London (additional performances up until 28) the Royal Opera House will present a new production of Quartett. Luca Francesconi’s opera is based on Heiner Müller’s play after Pierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos’s novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. The world premiere of the opera took place in 2011 at the Teatro alla Scala in a production directed by Fura dels Baus. Since then, Quartett has been performed in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Oporto, Strasburg, Lille, and Lisbon, and further performances are scheduled for 2015.
The London production (UK Premiere) is directed by John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House. The roles of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont have been entrusted to Kirstin Chavez and Leigh Melrose. The London Sinfonietta will be conducted by Andrew Gourlay.
Fabio Vacchi’s Quintetto notturno concertante for guitar and string quintet, will have its Swedish premiere on June 14. The concert will take place in Stockholm by the Ensemble Notturno Concertante, guitar Adriano Walter Rullo.
On June 12, the Grande Suite for 5 players and a narrator by Marcello Panni will be performed (for the first time in UK) by the Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi, conductor Carlo Boccadoro. The narrator is Marco Gambino. The concert is taking place at the Italian Cultural Institute.
|When|| Jun 10, 2014 08:30 PM
Jun 12, 2014 09:30 PM
|Where||Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba|
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Vaalbara for three pianos by Carlo Boccadoro will have its Argentinian premiere in Buenos Aires, on June 10. The Piano Trio Tomassi, Griguoli and Stella will perform the composition at the Coliseo Theatre. Additional performances on June 11 and 12 in Rosario, El Circulo Theatre and in Cordoba, Libertador Theatre.
Come di tempeste for string quartet by Daniele Ghisi, will have its world premiere next June 7 in Poirino (near Turin) by Quartetto di Cremona. The performance will take place at Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, commissioner of the work.
On June 6, the Staatsorchester Reheinische Philharmonie will perform the German premiere of Leo Brouwer’s Concerto di Liegi quasi una fantasia for guitar and orchestra, in Koblenz during Mittelrhein Musik Festival. The concert will take place at the Rhein-Mosel-Halle, conductor David Danzmayr, guitar Aniello Desiderio.
Diego Matheuz will conduct the world premiere of a new piece by the Venetian composer Mauro Lanza on June 6 (with an additional performance the following day) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The work, commissioned by the theatre as part of the New Music at the Fenice project, has a curious title: Anatra digeritrice (Piccola Wunderkammer di automi oziosi) for orchestra. The composer drew inspiration for the work from Le Canard Digérateur, an automaton with the appearance of a duck designed by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1739, which reproduced the movements and physiological functions of the animal in a hyper-realistic manner. The piece, in which the composer makes use of automatic compositional processes, aspires to be – as Lanza explains – “a little collection of musical automatons, of precision-made mechanisms that move about pointlessly”. Mauro Lanza’s composition is dedicated to the musicologist Giovanni Morelli, who died two years ago.
The Portuguese premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Fresco, for five marching bands on the move, will be performed on May 31 in Viseu, as part of the De Artes Festival.
The jury of the 33rd edition of the Franco Abbiati Music Critics Prize has awarded its prize for a work of absolute originality to Mauro Lanza’s Ludus de Morte Regis for choir and electronics. The jury praised the work, explaining the motivation behind the award, saying that: In this trilogy, dedicated to the funerals of the three anarchists who made attempts against the life of Umberto I, the composer deals with the theme of political protest in a sonorous and theatrical dimension that has a powerful impact on listeners. In it there coexist violence and carnival-like festivity, grotesque and dramatic atmospheres, and a solemn and entrancing choral writing together with gestural and noisy components of an iconoclastic turn.
Commissioned by Les Cris de Paris, Ludus de Morte Regis was premiered in Paris in June 2013 at IRCAM’s Festival Mani-Feste and performed again four months later at the Venice Biennale. On both occasions the work was conducted by Geoffroy Jourdan.
Mauro Lanza will receive the prize on May 25 at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo.
French premiere for Tail Up by Giorgio Battistelli on May 15 (further performance on 16) in Nancy (Salle Poirel). The Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy will be conducted by Marco Angius.
The title Tail Up refers to the exhortation with which the mother of the great British writer Virginia Woolf used to encourage her daughter to overcome the little trials of everyday life. Battistelli tells us that “It’s an expression that immediately struck me when it was suggested to me by my writer friend Nadia Fusini, a excellent English-speaker and an authority on the writing of Virginia Woolf”.
The score is made up of four parts that – in keeping with the title - reciprocally spur each other on in a context of great dynamism; the various sections of the orchestra, reacting to the impulses of the harmony and the rhythm, confront each other with out-and-out whips of the tail - “a metaphor of how vital it is to know how to keep your tail up high and straight, to look at reality with the necessary degree of detachment”.
UK premiere for Summer Dreams. String quartet No. 2 by Philippe Boesmans on May 14 in Cardiff. The Quatuor Tana will perform the composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Dora Stoutzker Hall, as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
Animi motus for string quartet and electronics by Azio Corghi will be presented for the first time in South Korea on May 13. The composition will be performed in Seoul by SIMF Ensemble, as part of the 2014 Seoul International Music Festival.
La Vita Immobile, 7 musical micro-automatons for string quartet, is the piece that Marco Stroppa has devoted to the Arditti quartet for the celebration of 40th birthday of their activity. The world premiere will take place on May 10, in Witten (at the Blote Vogel Schule), as part of the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
As the composer explains, the work is made up by 7 little musical “machines”, each based on a single type of sonoric material and formal process, like the 7 letters of the name Arditti: 4 consonants (3 percussive and an “r”), 3 vowels. 4 rapid and vigorous, 3 slower and more contemplative. The name of the quartet becomes the backbone – imperceptible yet indispensible – of the piece.
While composing the work, I received news of the untimely death of Gerard Mortier, an immense, passionate defender of the music of our time. Thus, the final micro-movement has been written “in memoriam”.
The title comes from a series of 23 short stories by Marco Mazzolini, imaginative writings animated by an inexorable formal construction and structured in a cyclical manner.
Italian premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Di tumulti e d’ombre. Studio per Faust, string orchestra version, on May 5 in Bologna, Oratorio San Filippo Neri. The Zipangu Ensemble will be conducted by Fabio Sperandio.
On May 2, the violinist Leila Josefowics with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI conducted by Susanna Mälkki, will perform the Italian premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Duende - The Dark Notes. The concert will take place at RAI Auditorium, in Turin.
“Historically – says Francesconi – duende is the demon of flamenco. As Federico Garcìa Lorca explains, it is a subterranean force of unheard-of power that escapes rational control. To recover a primitive force in the instrument that perhaps most embodies the history of the West it is necessary to make a perilous descent into the underworld of dark notes, or a flight beyond the orbit of the earth. Which amounts to the same thing. Extremely difficult. But without duende we remain bolted to the ground.”
Duende - The Dark Notes is a co-commission of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
“A composition for two violins, viola, and cello, four voices that overlap, assist each other, hold each other up, to arrive together at the expressive punctum represented by the crucifixion of Our Lord.” This is how Battistelli introduces Struggenze, a composition that will be premiered in the course of the WDR 3 Ostermusik 2014 concert series in Cologne. The piece will be interpreted by the Quartetto Prometeo in a concert on April 16, in the studios of the German broadcaster, which will be broadcast live. The composer continues his description speaking of “a music that despairs, weeps, that searches within itself for an empathetic development that might bring the music close to the agonising harmony of baroque composer Alessandro Stradella. Struggenze is one of my works where past and present are no longer aligned in sequence, a before and an after, but rather live together in an interpenetrated verticality in which the concept of time passing is eluded.”
Finnish premiere on April 12 in Helsinki for Fausto Romitelli’s An Index of Metals, video-opera for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection and electronics. The composition will be performed at the Malmisali by the NYKY Ensemble, conductor Christian Øland, as part of the Aave Festival.
Vaalbara for three pianos by Carlo Boccadoro will have its Italian premiere in Rome on April 12. The Piano Trio Tomassi, Griguoli and Stella will perform the composition at the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti.
|When|| Apr 11, 2014 09:00 PM
Apr 12, 2014 11:00 PM
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On April 11 at the Lavanderia del Vapore in Turin the Balletto Teatro di Torino will perform the world premiere of Carlo Boccadoro’s Studio per Antigone. The composition forms the first part of the ballet Antigone originally conceived in three parts, each entrusted to a different composer. Up to now it has not been possible to perform the entire ballet, so the company has decided to stage this first part with recorded music (the performers are the ensemble Sentieri selvaggi conducted by Boccadoro himself). In conceiving Studio per Antigone, Boccadoro worked in close contact with the choreographer Matteo Levaggi; the scenic design and the costumes are by Davide Balliano. The composer explains that his music does not have descriptive intentions, and that the character of Antigone has been represented by a mere suggestion. The composition has a complex structure and is characterised by virtuosic instrumental writing.
On April 12, in Rome, the Piano Trio Tomassi-Griguoli-Stella will perform the Italian premiere of Boccadoro’s Vaalbara for three pianos at Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti. The world premiere of the work took place last June in Lugano, as part of Marta Argerich project.
Apr 03, 2014
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
|Where||Portland and San Francisco|
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After the recent Canadian premiere, Due liriche da Rilke for soprano and piano by Alberto Colla will have its American Premiere in Portland on April 3. The Duo Alterno will perform the composition at the State University of Portland, Lincoln Performer Hall, and on April 7 in San Francisco, at the Italian Cultural Institute.