Musística: Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Galina Ustvolskaja

via Musística: Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Galina Ustvolskaja.

Release date: October 27, 2014

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

“Patricia Kopatchinskaja (born 1977) is a Moldovan-Austrian violinist. She comes from a family of musicians, her mother is also a violinist, her father plays the cymbal. Her parents being on concert tour through the former Eastern Block Patricia grew up with her grandparents in a Moldovan village. In the view of the Jury of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award “Patricia Kopatchinskaja is not only one of the most imaginative violinists around today, she is also a musician capable of galvanising colleagues and mesmerising audiences. Whether she is digging into the dark emotions of 20th-century masterpieces or championing new works she is as irresistible as a force of nature: passionate, challenging and totally original in her approach.”” *
* [Wikipedia]
“Galina Ustvolskaya (1919 – 2006) was a Russian composer. She was a pupil of Shostakovich from 1939 to 1947 but retained little influence of his style from the 1950s onwards. As a modernist, she had few public performances; until 1968 none of her works were performed other than patriotic pieces written for official consumption. Until the fall of the USSR, only the violin sonata of 1952 was played with any frequency, but since then her music has been increasingly often programmed in the west. Ustvolskaya developed her own very particular style, of which she said, “There is no link whatsoever between my music and that of any other composer, living or dead.” Among its characteristics are: the use of repeated, homophonic blocks of sound, which prompted the Dutch critic Elmer Schönberger to call her “the lady with the hammer”; unusual combinations of instruments (such as eight double basses, piano and percussion in her Composition No. 2); considerable use of extreme dynamics (as in her Piano Sonata No. 6); employing groups of instruments in order to introduce tone clusters; and the use of piano or percussion to beat out regular unchanging rhythms (all of her acknowledged works use either piano or percussion, many use both).” **
** [Wikipedia]

1 Patricia Kopatchinskaja‘s Late Night at the Berliner Philharmoniker – Preview – Galina Ustvolskaya: Sonata for violin and piano – Music from the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance for baroque violin and treble viol – Galina Ustvolskaya: Duet for violin and piano (00:30:30) – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin – Markus Hinterhäuser, Piano – Laurence Dreyfus Treble viol
2 Galina Ustvolskaya Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano (1949) II – Tsakalidis Stelios, violin – Saketta Katerina, piano – Leontzakos Dimitris, clarinet
3 Ustvolskaya – Duet for violin and piano (part 1 of 3) – Violin: Vera Beths – Piano: Reinbert de Leeuw – 1991
4 A day in the life of Patricia Kopatchinskaja – with the Staatskapelle Berlin between the Brandenburg Gate, lounge music and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto – Broadcast on 26.05.2013.

Galina Ustvolskaja Title Galina Ustvolskaja
Artists Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri, Galina Ustvolskaja
Binding Audio CD
Label Universal Music Classics
Release date October 27, 2014

Musística: Franco Fagioli sings Porpora il maestro

via Musística: Franco Fagioli sings Porpora il maestro.

Release date: October 28, 2014

Franco Fagioli

Franco Fagioli

“Franco Fagioli is an Argentinan operatic countertenor. He is universally recognised as one of the finest countertenors performing today. His voice, with its huge three-octave range, has been unanimously praised for its beauty, while his dazzling virtuoso technique has set new performance standards.” *
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“Nicola Porpora (1686 – 1768) was a Neapolitan composer of Baroque operas (see opera seria) and teacher of singing, whose most famous singing student was the castrato Farinelli. Initially successful with operas, his enduring fame rests chiefly upon his unequalled power of teaching singing. In 1759, upon returning to Naples from Vienna, Porpora’s career was a series of misfortunes: his florid style was becoming old-fashioned, his last opera, Camilla, failed, his pension from Dresden stopped, and he became so poor that the expenses of his funeral were paid by a subscription concert. Yet at the moment of his death, Farinelli and Caffarelli were living in splendid retirement on fortunes largely based on the excellence of the old maestro’s teaching.” **
** [Wikipedia]
Thanks to Sebastián Bach for selecting the videos!

1 Franco Fagioli: Porpora’s “Se tu la reggi al volo”
2 Delphine Galou – Il pastor se torna aprile – Semiramide riconosciuta – Porpora – Beaune, France, 2011
3 Philippe Jaroussky sings “Alto Giove” from Porpora‘s Polifemo – Farinelli, Carestini: Castrats et rivaux; Versailles, 2009 – Ensemble Artaserse – Conducted by Alessandro Tampieri
4 Cecilia Bartoli “Parto, ti lascio, o cara” – Nicola Porpora

Porpora il maestro Title Porpora il maestro
Artists Franco Fagioli, Nicola Porpora, Alessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis
Binding Audio CD
Label Naive
Release date October 28, 2014

Musística: Orion Weiss plays Domenico Scarlatti Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 15

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Release date: October 14, 2014

Orion Weiss

Orion Weiss

“Orion Weiss (born 1981) is an American classical pianist. A graduate of Julliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax, he is now one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians. He has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.” *
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“Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style and was one of the few Baroque composers to transition into the classical period. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.” **
** [Wikipedia]
Videos selected by Orion Weiss

1 Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K. 427 – Prestissimo – Orion Weiss, piano
2 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 (i) – Orion Weiss, piano / Festival Mozaic Orchestra / Scott Yoo, conductor – Allegro moderato (excerpt) – July 26, 2014 Live Performance – Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo, CA
3 Bohuslav Martinů: Toccata, H. 281 – Orion Weiss, piano
4 Conversations with Nick Canellakis: Orion Weiss – Esteemed pianist Orion Weiss sits down with Nick Canellakis (and Michael Brown) for a conversation.

Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 15 Title Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 15
Artists Orion Weiss, Domenico Scarlatti
Binding Audio CD
Label Naxos
Release date October 14, 2014

Musística: Federico Guglielmo presents Vivaldi: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2

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Release date: October 28, 2014

“L'arte dell'arco” diretta da Federico Guglielmo

“L’arte dell’arco” diretta da Federico Guglielmo

“Antonio Vivaldi wrote a set of sonatas, Op. 2, in 1709. First published by Antonio Bortoli in Venice in 1709 (in movable type), the collection was later reprinted by Estienne Roger (who became Vivaldi’s main publisher) in Amsterdam around 1712-13.” *
* [Wikipedia]
“The Paduan violinist Federico Guglielmo has been recognized as “a musician of extraordinary versatility” and “mature interpretative authority”, both as a soloist in baroque/classic violin and as a conductor for major groups around the world. He has conducted The Academy of Ancient Music and was then invited by groups such as The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra. In 1995 he founded the group L’Arte dell’Arco with his father on original instruments and toured the major European festivals, as well as recorded more than 75 CDs for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony/BMG Classical, Chandos, CPO, Stradivarius, ASV Gaudeamus, Rai Trade.” **
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Videos selected by Sebastián Bach Sebastián Bach

1 Vivaldi – VIOLIN SONATAS OP. 2 2CD Brilliant Classics (artikel 94617)
2 A. Vivaldi: Op. 2 n. 8 – Sonata for violin & b.c. in G major (RV 23) / Ensemble Pian & Forte – Ensemble Pian & Forte / Fabrizio Cipriani (conductor) – 1992
3 A. Vivaldi: Op. 2 n. 1 – Sonata for violin & b.c. in G minor (RV 27) / Ensemble Pian & Forte – Ensemble Pian & Forte / Fabrizio Cipriani (conductor) – 1992
4 A. Vivaldi: RV 514 / Concerto for 2 violins, strings & b.c. in D minor / L’Arte dell’Arco – / Giovanni Guglielmo (conductor) – Federico Guglielmo (P. A. Testore, XVIII Century, Milan) – 1996

Vivaldi: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2 Title Vivaldi: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2
Artists Federico Guglielmo, Antonio Vivaldi, L’Arte dell’Arco
Binding Audio CD
Label Brilliant Classics
Release date October 28, 2014

Musística: Raffaele Pe sings The Medici Castrato – A Homage to Gualberto Magli

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Release date: October 28, 2014

Raffaele Pè

Raffaele Pè

“The exciting countertenor voice of Italian Raffaele Pe, which has, in the last few years, been captivating audiences at concert and opera performances given by the likes of John Eliot Gardiner, Claudio Cavina, Christophe Coin and Paul McCreesh, is now provided with a CD release from Glossa of Pe’s solo recital ‘The Medici Castrato’. Pe takes his lead from music written for Gualberto Magli, a castrato at the court of the Medicis in Florence in the first quarter of the 17th century who, through the encouragement of his teacher Giulio Caccini, became a master of the new vocal form of monody. Magli’s prowess led him to be sought after for the Mantuan première of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo”, sizeable portions of which are sung here by Pe. Alongside a modern homage to castrati such as Gualberto Magli, written by Alessandro Ciccolini and seicento composers such as Francesca and Giulio Caccini and Sigismondo d’India, appear monodies by more shadowy names, such as Girolamo Montesardo and Johann Nauwach (compositions by the latter resulting from Magli working for the Elector of Brandenburg). The 17th century instrumental soundworld is conjured up on this recording by harpist Chiara Granata and theorbo player David Miller.” *
* [Amazon Product Description]

1 Sigismondo d’India – Piangono al pianger mio – Raffaele Pe, countertenor – Chiara Granata (Triple Harp) – David Miller (Theorbo)
2 La Lira di Orfeo, a tribute to Gualberto Magli – Raffaele Pe, countertenor – Chiara Granata (Triple Harp) – David Miller (Theorbo)
3 Claudio Monteverdi – L’Orfeo – Orfeo: Simon Keenlyside
4 Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli sings Amarilli — Giulio Caccini.
5 Jaroussky & Arpeggiata – 5 – Dispiegate – Dia spagnola – Sì dolce e’ll tormento – Damigella – Philippe JarousskyChristina Pluhar – Ensemble L’Arpeggiata – Festival Internacional Cervantino 2010 – Guanajuato, México

The Medici Castrato - A Homage to Gualberto Magli Title The Medici Castrato – A Homage to Gualberto Magli
Artists Raffaele Pe, David Miller, Johann Nauwach, Giulio Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Montesardo, Francesca Caccini, Sigismondo d’India, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Chiara Granata, Francesco Lombardi, __
Binding Audio CD
Label Glossa
Release date October 28, 2014