16 noviembre 2011

Rejcha - Compositions for Piano and Flute - A. Kröper





Anton Reicha



Anton (Antonin o Antoine) Reicha (o Rejcha) (Praga, 1770 — París, 1836), fue un flautista, compositor y teórico musical checo nacionalizado francés. Su padre muere cuando era niño y lo cría su tío Josef en Bonn, en 1794 se traslada a Hamburgo por cinco años. Fue amigo de juventud de Beethoven y alumno de Haydn. En 1803 compone 36 fugas, que dedica a Haydn. En 1808 se traslada definitivamente a París. Gracias al éxito obtenido por sus 26 quintetos para instrumentos de viento, en 1818 fue nombrado profesor del Conservatorio de París, donde tuvo como discípulos a Berlioz, Liszt, Franck y Gounod. Se nacionaliza francés en 1829. Compuso catorce sinfonías y escribió abundante música, así como varios tratados teóricos y pedagógicos (Tratado de melodía, 1814; Tratado de alta composición musical, 1826; El arte del compositor dramático, 1833).





Neapolitan Flute Concertos - C. Ipata






Carlo Ipata received his musical training first at the Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada, then at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and finally at the Conservatoire national de région of Paris, where he got an honours diploma in baroque flute and chamber music.
With the ensembles Suonatori della Gioiosa Marca, I Barocchisti, Il Capriccio and Seicentonovecento, as well as the ensemble he founded in 1997, Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata has played at the European Festival of Ljubljana, the Italian Festival of Dortmund, Berliner Tage für Alte Musik, Festival Antiqua, the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin, Festivoce (France), the Miami Bach Festival, Celebrations of Boccherini (Madrid) and for Swiss Radio; he has also recorded for various labels including EMI and Amadeus, as well as Hyperion.

Carlo Ipata is dedicated to early-music research, and together with the ensemble Auser Musici he enables modern audiences to hear the music of composers such as Nardini, Gasparini, Barsanti, Brunelli, Boccherini, Lidarti, Campioni, Geraso, Porpora, Vincenzo Manfredini and Della Ciaia.

As director of the Tuscan Musical Treasures Project Carlo Ipata has worked with the musicology departments of the University of Cremona, the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore, and the Italian Society of Musicology. He is one of the authors of Il flauto in Italia (Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, 2005), and he has given courses and seminars at the New York University, at the CNR d’Angers, and in several Italian conservatories and musical institutes. He is professor of chamber music at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro.


15 noviembre 2011

Vivaldi - Complete Flute Concertos - Severino Gazzelloni





Severino Gazzelloni (Roccasecca -Frosinone-, 5 de enero de 1919 - Cassino, 21 de noviembre de 1992) fue un flautista italiano, uno de los mayores virtuosos del siglo XX. Durante treinta años fue el primer flauta de la Orquesta de la RAI y muchos compositores contemporáneos le dedicaron obras, escritas especialmente para él (entre otros, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna e Ígor Stravinsky).
Gazzelloni fue también un gran profesor. Entre sus alumnos se encuentran el intérprete de jazz Eric Dolphy y el flautista clásico Abbie de Quant. Gazzelloni participó activamente en los Cursos de Verano de Darmstadt.


J. S. Bach - Flute Concertos - M. Gatti


After his two recent incursions into the musical world of the young vivaldi, that excellent violinist from italy enrico gatti, together with his ensemble aurora, has a further pleasant surprise for us: on this occasion it is a hitherto unpublished work by johann sebastian bach. using as a basis a series of arguments of an unquestionable solidity - set out in a fascinating booklet article accompanying our disc - the musicologist francesco zimei has reconstructed the until now lost flute concerto in b minor. the inclusion of this work in the neue bach ausgabe is currently being arranged. zimei's meticulous and detailed study has as its starting point bach's habit of reusing instrumental works for new vocal compositions. in this way, zimei identifies as sources for the "new" concerto the aria zieht euren fuß nur nicht zurücke (bwv 207/3), the introductory sinfonia from the cantata non sa che sia dolore (bwv 209) and an aria included in the celebratory cantata durchlauchtster leopold (bvw 173a). once the magnificent results have been heard few doubts can remain that we have here a new treasure by the kantor of the thomasschule. the brothers gatti - marcello is the flautist on this disc - complete their bach recital with the earlier version of the fifth brandenburg concerto (the "triple concerto" in d major, bwv 1050a) and with the famous ouverture in b minor (bwv 1067), works closely related both in contents and their galant-style intentions with the new discovery which has motivated this recording. this new discovery will undoubtedly provide much scope for discussion and will serve as encouragement for the inclusion of a new work in the repertory for many ensembles.



Biografy

Born in Perugia (Italy) in 1967, Marcello Gatti graduated at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” on modern flute in 1986. He completed his studies on baroque and classical flute with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) where he obtained the soloist diploma (with distinction) in 1997, and the chamber music diploma dedicated to the renaissance repertoire.
He has played many concerts all over Europe, America, Japan, Australia and Middle East, and he is invited to joint ensembles as:


Ensemble Aurora (Enrico Gatti),
Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone),
Zefiro (Alfredo Bernardini),
Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini (Antonio Florio),
Attaignant Consort (Kate Clark),
Armonico Tributo Austria (Lorenz Duftschmidt),
Cantus Cölln (Conrad Jungaenel),
Le Concert de Nations (Jordi Savall),
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopmann),
Accademia Montis Regalis (Alessandro De Marchi),
Piccolo Concerto Wien.

He is leaving in Cremona since 1998.
Many recordings for labels as: Symphonia, Harmonia Mundi France, Sony, Ambroisie, Glossa, Opus 111-Naive, Ramée, Aeolus, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Tactus etc..
 He teaches renaissance, baroque and classical flute in the Conservatorio Statale "F.E.dall'Abaco" di Verona, in the "Civica Scuola di Musica" di Milano,in the Hochschule fuer Musik und Teather "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy"(Leipzig-Germany) and in the and in various international summer courses like in the Urbino early music festival.


14 noviembre 2011

Telemann - 12 Fantasies for Solo Flute - P. Gallois






Georg Philipp Telemann's 12 Fantasias for Solo Flute were published in Hamburg in 1732–33. This is one of Telemann's collections of music for unaccompanied instruments, the others being thirty-six fantasias for solo harpsichord published in Hamburg in 1732–33, twelve for solo violin published in 1735, and a set of twelve fantasias for solo viola da gamba, published in the same year, but that is currently lost.

This work comprises the following:

Fantasia in A major (Vivace—Allegro)
Fantasia in A minor (Grave—Vivace—Adagio—Allegro)
Fantasia in B minor (Largo—Vivace—Largo—Vivace—Allegro)
Fantasia in B-flat major (Andante—Allegro—Presto)
Fantasia in C major (Presto—Largo—Presto—Dolce—Allegro—Allegro)
Fantasia in D minor (Dolce—Allegro—Spirituoso)
Fantasia in D major (Alla francese—Presto)
Fantasia in E minor (Largo—Spirituoso—Allegro)
Fantasia in E major (Affettuoso—Allegro—Grave—Vivace)
Fantasia in F-sharp minor (A Tempo giusto—Presto—Moderato)
Fantasia in G major (Allegro—Adagio—Vivace—Allegro)
Fantasia in G minor (Grave—Allegro—Allegro—Dolce—Allegro—Presto)

The collection is arranged by key, progressing more or less stepwise from A major to G minor. Telemann deliberately avoided keys that are impractical on the one-key flute, i.e. B major, C minor, F minor and F-sharp major. There are two ways to view the overall structure of the collection: one way, in which the work is divided into two parts, is suggested by the fact that Fantasia 7 begins with a French overture, indicating a start of a new section. This device was also later used by Johann Sebastian Bach in Variation 16 of his Goldberg Variations. Another was proposed by scholar Wolfgang Hirschmann—there are four modal groups of three fantasias: major-minor-minor, major-major-minor, major-minor-major, and minor-major-minor.
Telemann's solo flute fantasias are alone in the entire Baroque repertoire to include movements seemingly impossible on flute: fugues (fantasias 2, 6, and 8–11), a French overture (fantasia 7) and a passacaglia (fantasia 5).




13 noviembre 2011

C. P. E. Bach - Complete Flute Concertos - Patrick Gallois



Patrick Gallois


Patrick Gallois (Linselles, 1956) es un flautista y director francés de orquesta.


Biografía

Comenzó sus estudios en el Conservatorio de París a los 17 años, bajo la tutela del afamado flautista Jean-Pierre Rampal; dos años después recibió el Primer Premio.
Con 21 años, se convirtió en el flautista principal de la Orquesta Nacional de Francia bajo la dirección de Lorin Maazel, puesto en el que estuvo entre 1977 y 1984, año en el que decidió iniciar su carrera de flautista en solitario, al que se añadiría más tarde la de director de orquesta.
Gallois ha tocado en compañía de numerosos directores famosos, como Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Karl Böhm, Eugen Jochum y Sergiu Celibidache. También colabora con orquestas de cámara y otros directores como Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Peter Schreier, Jörg Demus y el Lindsay String Quartet. Igualmente, ha trabajado con Jean-Pierre Rampal y la arpista Lily Laskine.
Gallois llegó a tener un un contrato exclusivo con Deutsche Grammophon y ha grabado también con Naxos.
Desde 2003 Gallois ha sido el director de la «Jyväskylä Sinfonia» de Jyväskylä, Finlandia, con la que ha realizado giras por Europa y Japón.



12 noviembre 2011

Varios - Romantique: música para flauta y órgano - M. Epstein





An impressive and virtuoso concert with Trio Gabriel. The musicians sounded as if they were melting with each other. Their delicious and immensely devoted performance tore the audience from their seats.
-Hamburger Abendblatt, January 2005

Moshe Aron Epstein gave a convincing performance of Mozart's D-Major concerto, showing virtuosity and stylistic purity. His interpretation of the slow movement was glorious, it shone with a most expressive legato.
-Westdeutsche Zeitung, March 2001

His encore was fabulous – a glazed Bach-Sarabande.
-Rheinische Post, 2001

It left a deep impression thanks to the beauty of the instrumental solo part of Moshe Aron Epstein on flute and his elegant expressiveness.
-Die Rheinpfalz, 1999

What Cesar Franck demanded from the violin, Moshe Aron Epstein amazingly produced on his flute. Epstein expressed the magnificent scent of the pastoral, which he carried on to Syrinx with a moving simplicity.
-Der Bund, Schweiz, 1994

... Moshe Aron Epstein is not only an artist of the flute, but also is an enthusiastic and exciting conductor who produces a brilliant and warm sound from the orchestra along with vitality and tenderness.
-Al Hamishmar, Israel, 1994


Biography:

MOSHE ARON EPSTEIN shares his solo and chamber music career with his professorship of flute at the Hochschule (Academy) of Music and Theater in Hamburg, which he has held since 1999. As a soloist he has performed with major Israeli orchestras and several European orchestras such as the Berlin, Ljubljana, Frankfurt and Hamburg. He has been invited to play for many music festivals including the Bregenz and Hopfgarten in Austria, "Bach a Bartok" in Italy, Kfar-Blum in Israel, Festspiele in Berlin, Mozart Festspiele in Schwetzingen, Schloss-Kirche Concerts in Mannheim, the Mozart Festival of Skopje, Macedonia, as well as the festivals of the English, Slovenian, German and American Flute Societies and more. Master classes with Mr. Epstein are internationally sought after and he has taught worldwide. He has taught in the US, Japan, Germany, France, England, Finland, Slovenia, Moldavia, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Macedonia and Israel.

Moshe Aron Epstein began playing the flute in 1960 at the age of 8. He studied flute with Dr. Uri Toeplitz at the Rubin Music Academy of Tel-Aviv. While there he also studied orchestral and choral conducting as well as music theory. He graduated in 1975 "magna cum laude," and his Artist Diploma followed a year later. During his years of study he was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. After winning 1st prize at the Music Academy in Tel-Aviv's flute competition, Mr. Epstein studied in Switzerland with Marcel Moyse. Later on he was a guest of the Artist-Home Boswil with Aurèle Nicolet. Upon returning to Israel in 1981 he became principal flutist of the Israel Sinfonietta, where he frequently appeared as soloist in numerous subscription concerts and in the Israel Festival. He toured with the Israel Sinfonietta to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and France.

The same year Prof. Epstein joined the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance he also served as head of its Wind Department, chair of the Orchestra Instrument Department, and dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts. He also was music director and conductor of the Academy's chamber orchestra (1996-1999). Before his arrival in Hamburg Mr. Epstein conducted such orchestras as the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Israel Kibbutzim Chamber Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002 he established the Trio Gabriel with Bettina Pahn (Soprano) and Wolfgang Zerer (organ/harpsichord). "Sweet Silence," a CD of the trio containing arias and sonatas of the baroque period will appear in October 2006 by AMBITUS. From 1992 - 1995 he directed and narrated the Chamber Music Series at the Auditorium of the Ted and Lin Arison Israel Music Conservatory in Tel-Aviv. A CD with M.A. Epstein, containing pieces by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach appeared in 1991 in Germany. His practice book "Mind your Fingers" was published by Zimmermann Edition in 1999, and a version for the oboe was published in 2005.



CD Release: 

Moshe released a CD featuring works written and arranged for flute and organ. This unique combination of flute and organ (Wolfgang Zerer, organist) creates a special acoustical ambience unlike any other. Works by Reinecke, Debussy, Dukas, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Alain, and Martin.

"The pieces recorded on this CD express romanticism and nostalgia, tragedy and hope. One flute and thousands of organ pipes join together to perform music, which, as I once learned from Marcel Moyse, expresses deep sadness and sorrow but always leaves some room for a glimmer of sunlight, of hope."       - Moshe Aron Epstein

Please visit http://www.ambitus.de/ in order to purchase a CD. You may also purchase CD's through Flute World and The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company.

For more information, visit Moshe's personal website: http://www.maepstein.de/


Interview: 

We had the opportunity to ask Moshe a few questions. Take a look at his thoughts on studying with Aurele Nicolet, what he emphasizes the most in his teaching, as well as advice for upcoming flutists.


1. What do you think is the most important thing for you to emphasize in your teaching and in your own playing?

Playing a musical instrument, the flute included, is a rare discipline that combines technique, spirit, body and soul. I have been teaching flute for almost 42 years (a frightening figure, isn’t it?!), from beginners through professionals. I spend endless time and effort on the physical side of playing: from posture to breathing, from intonation to finger technique, dynamics to sound quality and of course to shape, style, and musical phrasing etc. But above all I look for the special encounter between the player and the composer and the message to be delivered through musical means. I put an emphasis on the fact that we should serve the music - be like a vessel through which the great music is flowing. The better the technique, the more subtle it should become.

I’d say it takes about 15 years for one to learn how to play the flute. After that, one should learn how to (in a way) forget it and instead activate the huge knowledge through spiritual-emotional triggers and use it for the sake of music making. This is what is so important for me to emphasize while teaching. When I play, I hope to achieve that state of mind, which is not always so easy but most rewarding when it happens.


2. Can you give me any insights into your experience studying with Auréle Nicolet?

I came about studying with Auréle Nicolet in 1979 when I was 27 years old and already a so called “professional flutist.” I studied with him at his home in Oberwil, near Basel, Switzerland. I had received a scholarship from the “Artist Home Boswil,” the place where Marcel Moyse used to give his master classes, which I participated in the year of 1975.

Nicolet first listened to me play for a while and then told me in German with a slight Swiss-French accent, “I see you know how to make music pretty well and have learned quite a bit over the years. But you are not so young anymore. I’ll try to make you a solid flutist - one who can deliver a high level of respected playing even under the most difficult conditions.”

Nicolet then taught me what concentration really means: how I could work with my mind, my thoughts and focus so that the management of playing with all its levels and unlimited demands is efficient. That it is there, ALWAYS there, existing and present.

It was an unforgettable lesson for me. Over a period of seven or eight months I learned from him what can happen deep within myself when I put my whole being under the command of concentration. What happens when I, while playing, surrender the regular state of mind for the sake of a different level of functionality of a higher division of attention - essentially making my body do what my spirit commands.

Nicolet, who unfortunately is now very sick, was a great thinker who expressed his immense intelligence and profound philosophy through the flute.


3. How did you come to choose recording a CD with the unique combination of flute and organ?

I was born in Israel and lived there most of my life. There are very few organs in Israel and before the time I had spent in Switzerland, I had never heard of one in my life. This changed immediately upon arriving in the Artist Home in Boswil, as the organist in the nearby little town of Muri, Mr. Egon Schwarb, asked me to join him and play several Bach sonatas in services. We then played concerts in the magnificent Baroque church with an equally magnificent organ. I truly fell in love with this monstrous instrument (which is no more than several thousands of flutes…)

In Hamburg I met my colleague, Prof.Wolfgang Zerer, who also became one of my closest friends. Wolfgang is an organist with such a high level of musicianship, which is a continuous challenge for me. I am so lucky to have him as a collaborator in concerts for flute and organ when playing baroque as well as romantic music. Especially with music that was included on the last recording we produced entitled, ‘Romantique.’

The organ, if well registered, is a wonderful sound partner for the flute and opens completely new possibilities and dimensions for performances. There are a few (almost) original pieces for this combination, like Frank Martin’s ‘Sonata da Chiesa’ and Jehan Alains ‘Aria.’ However, there are so many adaptations and possible arrangements from harpsichord, piano and orchestra parts that can be very successful.


4. How did you come to choose Miyazawa as your flute of choice?

As it happens for all of us who have made the flute their profession, I’ve tried numerous different flutes of all makers and models. There are many good makers nowadays.

But the very first time I tried the Miyazawa heavy wall Platinum flute it hit me like a bolt of lightning! The sound was so rich in overtones, unlike any other flute I had ever played. It allowed for the brightest dynamic as well as the most extensive color palette I could ever dream of.

And it has remained this way ever since, more than 4 years ago!


5. If you had one piece of advice to give an upcoming flutist, what would you tell them?

The professional life of a flutist has become quite difficult in our present time. Getting a job is a nightmare. Please do not fall into the trap of devoting yourself so much to the efficiency of playing up to a level of becoming a wonderful human-machine.

Keep a good, healthy and true balance between the outer demands of the modern world and your own inner voice, soul and spirit. In a humorous way, with some Yiddish flavor it would be: In spite of the fact that you are, or want to become a flutist, be a MENSCH!



Rolla - Flute Chamber Music - M. Carbotta




Alessandro Rolla


Alessandro Rolla (22 April 1757 – 15 September 1841) was widely acknowledged in his time as a violin and, especially, viola virtuoso, composer and teacher. His contribution to technique, repertoire and history of music is greatly underestimated.[citation needed] His son, Antonio Rolla, was also a violin virtuoso and composer.
His fame now rests mainly as "teacher of the great Paganini", yet his role was very important in the development of violin and viola technique. Some of the technical innovations that Paganini later used largely, such as left-hand pizzicato, chromatic ascending and descending scales, the use of very high positions on violin and viola, octave passages, were first introduced by Rolla.


Life

Rolla was born in Pavia, Italy in 1757 and after his initial studies he moved to Milan where, from 1770 to 1778, he studied with Gian Andrea Fioroni, Maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral, who was the most important musician in Milan after G. B. Sammartini. Charles Burney, in his musical tour in Italy, refers to Fioroni to acquire information about the Ambrosian Chant.
In 1772, at 15, he made his first public appearance as a soloist and composer performing “the first viola concerto ever heard”, as reported by a contemporary writer. However, this is in fact false, as the first ever viola concerto was written several years earlier by Telemann (Concerto in G Major for Viola and String Orchestra).
In 1782 he was appointed principal viola and the leader of the Ducale Orchestra in Parma, playing violin and viola until 1802. This was the most profitable period of Rolla’s life, his most serene and creative years, in a very stimulating cultural and intellectual atmosphere; he was allowed to travel to conduct and perform as a soloist, became known also abroad and his works were published in Paris and Vienna.
In 1795 he received a visit by the young Paganini wishing to study with him and from Paganini’s later letters there is evidence that they remained in contact and even played quartet together. This relationship must have had an influence on Paganini, as far as his love for the viola is concerned, which in his maturity led him to compose works of great interest for the instrument, such as the concert piece Sonata per la Grand Viola e Orchestra, the Serenata and Terzetto concertante, besides the Quartet n.15 for Viola Concertante, violin, guitar and cello.
After the death of the Duke of Parma, in 1802 Rolla was offered a position as leader and orchestra director of the La Scala Orchestra in Milan. Here the new governors, the French and later the Austrians, wanted to create the most important orchestra of Italy and therefore hired the best virtuosos of the time. Among his students during this period were Cesare Pugni, the prolific composer of ballet music, whom he taught the violin. Rolla would conduct many of Pugni's operas for La Scala, among them Il Disertore Svizzero (1831) and La Vendetta (1832).
At La Scala Rolla remained until 1833. There he conducted the first Milanese performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Clemenza di Tito and Nozze di Figaro and Beethoven’s first Symphonies. During this period he also conducted about eighteen operas of the then most loved opera composer, Gioacchino Rossini, as well as operas by Donizetti and Bellini, whom he got to know personally.
Since 1811 he was also director of a Cultural Society where musicians used to perform chamber music works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, among others. In 1813 at this Cultural Society he gave private performances of Beethoven’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. He also used to be in the aristocracy drawing rooms, meeting artists and poets, playing for them and dedicating them several compositions.
In 1808 the Conservatoire of Music in Milan was inaugurated and Rolla was appointed professor of violin and viola. In this capacity he composed many didactical works for his own pupils, graded in difficulty, many of which were published by the newly established publishing house Ricordi. Several of these esercizi are composed with progressive technical difficulties and in all keys.
It is also curious to note that Rolla was a member of the adjudicating commission that rejected another famous Parmesan, Giuseppe Verdi, at the entry examination in the Conservatoire of the city, although he was the only one who expressed a favourable judgement about the young student.
Although involved in opera conducting in a period when in Italy opera was dominating over instrumental music, Rolla continued to compose, maintaining the Italian instrumental tradition high. He wrote about 500 works, from didactical compositions to sonatas, quartets, symphonies, concertos for violin, not less than 13 concertos and other works for viola and orchestra. Significant was his contribution to the diffusion of Beethoven’s works in Italy and his familiarity with Beethoven and other Viennese composers is shown in his compositions. He continued to compose and play chamber music until few months before his death at 84.
His works and performances as a violin and viola player and conductor at La Scala were often reviewed and appreciated in the Leipziger Zeitung.
As an example of his fame in Italy and abroad, it’s worth noting that during his lifetime his compositions were published by publishers such as Le Duc and Imbault in Paris, Artaria in Vienna, Breitkopf & Hartel in Leipzig, Monzani & Hill in London, André in Offenbach, Ricordi in Milan from 1809, and many more.
This information about Rolla’s life and multifarious musical activity helps us interpret his work. He was a musician of European vision, an innovator in his own field who was also able to learn from the best of his contemporaries. Also being so deeply immersed in opera environment undoubtedly had an influence on his style as a composer. He often used themes from operas for his variations.
Because of the technical innovations introduced, his work might be considered helpful for the development of viola technique.
His style varies from the very melodic phrases, typically operatic in character, rich in fiorituras, to the extremely virtuoso writing, the style we are used to identify with Paganini. Ingredients of this technique are an ample use of double stops, fast passages in thirds and sixths, octaves from the first to the eighth position, very fast ascending and descending diatonic and chromatic scales, flying staccato, left-hand pizzicato. This intense virtuosity was a new innovation for viola technique, practically unheard of in previous times. Bertini, a historian of his time, in a dictionary of musicians reported that Rolla was prohibited to play in public because women could not hear him without fainting of being struck by attacks of nerves.
Some[who?] think Rolla deserves a more important position in viola repertoire. His didactical works, conceived especially for the viola, are of special interest for students and teachers. They are often conceived in form of duos, lending themselves to be used also for chamber music education purposes as well.
Many of his works have been published in modern times and are therefore available.




Mario Carbotta

Appreciated  by the  public  and  by the  international  critics (Flutist Carbotta is simply superb, Audiophile Audition Classical; Quant au flutiste Mario Carbotta il a des ailes, Repertoire; Carbotta plays the pieces with a nice tone and an excellent technique, Fanfares; Les interprètes sont d'une musicalité et d'un goût parfaits , Le Monde de la Musique) he has played all over Italy, in many countries of Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the United Statesof America.
After  obtaining  a  full  marks  diploma  at  the  Conservatory  of  Piacenza,  he  attended  Mario  Ancillotti’s Postgraduate Courses  at the  School  of Music in  Fiesole, winning  in the meantime  a lot  of  prizes  in  musical competitions, the most important being the "F. Cilea" in Palmi.
He has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls: Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Rudolfinum in Prague,  Auditorium  of  the  Swiss  Radio in  Lugano,  "G.Verdi"Hall in  Milan’s  Conservatorio,  Glenn  Gould  Studios in Toronto, Tiara Koto Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Manuel de Falla in Granada, Cairo Opera House, Poly Theatre of Peking, Lithuanian Philarmonica of Vilnius, and renowned events, such as the international Festival of Santander, Castel de Perelada, Torre del Lago Puccini, Ljubljana, Varajdin, Zagreb and Teheran.
As  a  soloist,  he  has  played  with  famous  chamber  orchestras  (Mannheim  Kammerorchester, Mainzer  Kammerorchester, DKO  Frankfurt, Silesian  Chamber  Orchestra  Katowice, Solisti  Aquilani,  I  Virtuosi  di  Praga,  Archi  della  Scala)  and symphonic  orchestras  (Tonkünstler-Orchester  Niederösterreich of  Vienna,  Karntner  Sinfonieorchester of  Klagenfurt, Thüringer Symphoniker, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Loh-Orchesters Sondershausen, the  Symphonette Orchestra of Israel, the Symphonic Orchestra of Istanbul, the Radiotelevison and Film Orchestra of the Popular Republic of China, Cairo Symphony  Orchestra,  the  Orquestra  do  Algarve and  Orquestra  Classica  de  Madeira in  Portugal,  the  Orchestra  I  Pomeriggi Musicali of Milano, Orchestra of the Provincia di Bari, the Symphonic Orchestra of Sanremo and in the United States with the  Symphonic Orchestras  of  Amarillo, Altoona, Garland, Las Cruces  and Longmont), with the  conductors  Philippe Bender,  Philippe  Bernold,  Elio  Boncompagni,  Alvaro  Cassuto, Diego  Fasolis,  Piero  Gamba, Hiroaki  Masuda, Matthias Maurer, Jan Stulen, Alberto Veronesi.
He has performed for the first time ever some pieces by a number of Italian contemporary composers - among them  Pieralberto  Cattaneo,  Roberto  Cognazzo,  Paola  Crisigiovanni,  Federico  Ermirio,  Vittorio  Fellegara, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Gianni Possio, Riccardo Piacentini, Alessandro Solbiati, Stefano Taglietti, Andrea Talmelli - some of which dedicated to him.
In addition to the artistic activity, Carbotta has constantly devoted himself to research on a lot of forgotten but important  authors  and  to  divulge  his  rediscoveries.  He  has  edited  the  sonatas  of  Gianandrea  Fioroni,  Pietro Nardini,  Peter  Lichtenthal  and  Alessandro  Rolla  for  the  publishers  Suvini  Zerboni,  Bèrben,  Carisch  and Rugginenti.
His discography  for Dynamic, Tactus, Nuova Era and Rugginenti includes the  first  recordings in  our times of Giuseppe  Sammartini,  Mario  Pilati,  the  whole  work  for  flute  by  Nino  Rota,  the  Lieder  by  Caspar  Fürstenau (recorded with the choir of the Swiss Radio of Lugano directed by Diego Fasolis), the integral duets for  flute and  violin  (with  Luigi  Alberto  Bianchi),  the  chamber  music  and  the  concert  for  flute  and  orchestra  by Alessandro  Rolla,  the  Triple  concert  "Degli  oleandri"  by  Raffaele  Gervasio  (with  the  Orchestra  Sinfonica Lucana),  "Memories  from  concert"  of  Gianni  Possio  (with  the  voice  of  David  Riondino)  and  the  whole concerts for flute and orchestra by Saverio Mercadante (with the Solisti Aquilani).
He has also  run courses and master classes in the USA at the Amarillo University (Texas) and at the Louisiana University, at the International Academy of music in Milan and in Poland at the Katowice Music School and at the International Summer Courses of musical interpretation in Nowy Sacz.




10 noviembre 2011

Quantz - Flute Concertos - R. Brown







Best known for her moving and virtuosic performances on a huge range of flutes and recorders, Rachel Brown is an acknowledged authority on historical performance practice, an inspirational teacher and an entertaining and illuminating speaker.

Whilst training on modern flute at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music with Trevor Wye she won numerous prizes leading to performances of flute concertos by Ibert and Nielsen and went on to win the coveted American National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. She gave first performances of works by Robin Walker, John Ogden, Judith Weir and, for the Park Lane Group, Barry Guy. However, her interest in early music had already been captured by her recorder teacher, Ross Winters, naturally leading to study of the baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk and Stephen Preston and an exploration of the many diverse classical and nineteenth-century flutes.

Rachel’s recital discs of French Baroque Music and Quantz Sonatas (for Chandos) established her reputation and her recording of virtuosic works by Schubert and Boehm on simple-system, ring-keyed and Boehm alto flutes has been described as ‘a revelation’. As a soloist she has recorded extensively and toured in Europe, Japan and North America with a comprehensive concerto repertoire from J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann to Mozart. She has given many performances of the newly discovered Handel Flute Concerto and her championing of the works of the Berlin School has reawakened interest in the largely unknown masterpieces by Quantz. Her dazzling recordings of the Quantz and C.P.E. Bach Concertos (for Hyperion) have won international acclaim. Rachel appears on many Telemann discs with Collegium Musicum 90 (Chandos) and her recording of the complete Handel flute and recorder sonatas op.1 with the Academy of Ancient Music (for Harmonia Mundi) has been described as “enchanting”. She is a founder member and soloist with the London Handel Players with whom she has recorded three discs of Handel’s chamber music (for Somm), described as ‘perfection itself’. Rachel launched her own label, Uppernote, with a tour de force recording of the complete Telemann Fantasias followed by another new disc of virtuosic Quantz Sonatas, entitled Private Passion.

Equally at home in the wind section, Rachel has had a long and distinguished career as an orchestral player; first, on silver flute, with the orchestra of Kent Opera and for many years as principal flute with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, the Kings Consort, Collegium Musicum 90, Ex Cathedra and the Brandenburg Consort. An occasional guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, the erstwhile London Classical Players and orchestras abroad such as the Nederlands Bach Vereniging, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Tafelmusik, Rachel has also appeared as soloist with Arte dei Suonatori in Poland, the Haydn Akademie in Austria and Concerto Copenhagen in Denmark and Germany.

A dedicated teacher, Rachel has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Croatia, Brazil and New Zealand. She taught for many years at the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by time at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Birmingham Conservatoire and as lecturer in classical studies at the Guildhall School. She is currently professor of baroque flute at the Royal College of Music. Always enjoying working with children, Rachel has taught recorder at Wells Cathedral School and currently teaches flute and recorder at City of London School. She also runs her own music group for pre-school children.

Rachel is author of the Cambridge University Press handbook to The Early Flute and has composed cadenzas for the new Bärenreiter edition of the Mozart Flute Concertos. Following great interest in her research, Rachel has published two volumes of her favourite Quantz sonatas, supported by subscribers worldwide.



Mozart - Flute Concertos - S. Bezaly






Sharon Bezaly (Israel, 1972) es una flautista de reconocimiento internacional. Fue elegida "Instrumentista del Año" por la revista Klassik Echo en Alemania en 2002 y "Joven Artista del Año" en los Cannes Classical Awards en 2003. Sharon Bezaly toca una flauta Muramatsu modelo de oro de 24 kilates y domina la técnica de la respiración circular.


Biografía

Sharon Bezaly comenzó a tocar la flauta con once años. A los catorce, actuó como solista con la Orquesta Filarmónica de Israel bajo la dirección de Zubin Mehta. Estudió en el Conservatorio Superior de Música de París con Alain Marion, Raymon Guiot y Maurice Bourge y fue alumna de Aurèle Nicolet. Tras finalizar sus estudios, entró a formar parte de la Camerata Académica de Salzburgo donde permaneció hasta el año 1997, año en que decidió centrarse en su carrera como solista. Por otro lado, famosos compositores le han dedicado sus obras. Es el caso de Sofia Gubaidulina, Kalevi Aho y Sally Beamish.


Actuaciones

Sharon Bezaly ha actuado junto a numerosas orquestas, como la Orquesta Filarmónica de Tokio, la BBC National, la BBC Scottish y la BBC Wales, la Orquesta Sinfónica de Goteborg, la Orquesta Filarmónica de Estocolmo, la Nacional Belga, la Rudolfinium de Praga, la English Camber Orchestra, la Orquesta de Cámara de Viena y de Múnich, en lugares como el Musikverein de Viena, el Suntory Hall de Tokio y en diversos festivales como Montpellier o Mozart Festival New York. En música de cámara actúa regularmente con Guidon Kremer y el Cuarteto Bartók.


Discografía

Sharon Bezaly ha grabado veinte discos con la compañía sueca BIS.
Dorati: Música nocturna para flauta y pequeña orquesta. Atzmon.
Kletzki: Concierto para flauta y orquesta. Thomas Sanderling.
Lindberg: A composer's Portrait. Lindberg.
Mozart: Conciertos para flauta (cadencias de Kalevi Aho). Kangas.
Mozart: CUartetos con flauta. Solistas de Salzburgo.
Sheng: Flue Moon. China Dreams. Postcards. Shui.
Takemitsu: A String Around Autum. Otaka.
Gounod, Devienne, Saint-Saëns y Fauré: Aperitif. Música francesa para flauta y orquesta.
Taffanel, Briccialdi, Chopin, Bazzini y Borne. Flutissimo. Obras para flauta y piano. Nagy.
Duruflé, Hahn, Winberg y Nicolaieva. Música de Cámara para flauta y piano. Brautigam.
Aho, Lindberg y Tómasson. Nordic Spell. Conciertos para flauta y orquesta. Lindberg.
Dean, Von Dohnányi, Chaminade, Debussy, Carter, Boismortier, Arnold, Bach, Berio y otros. Solo Flute from A to Z. Tres discos con música para flauta sola.
Ravel, Schulhoff, Sherii, Talmi, Eilam.Amzallag, Braun y otros. The Israel Connection. Obras para flauta y piano. Lazic.


09 noviembre 2011

F. Gerg - Flute Mistery - E. Beynon





Only the full symphony orchestra can impose the true emotional dynamics of the arctic nature. FLUTE MYSTERY is a collection of five orchestral works by Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg. In this distinctive and dynamic surround sound recording, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Emily & Catherine Beynon as soloists on flute & harp are conducted by the legendary Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Vladimir Ashkenazy: I am very fond of Scandinavian mentality, the way people express themselves and their spiritual world. It has always been a very special treat for me to conduct and play Scandinavian music and it is a particular pleasure to introduce to the world a very talented Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg whose music in its own way is a genuine reflection of his world.

Berg's music is often described as melodious, accessible and dramatic, yet with a highly original quality. Berg himself tries to explain: It is really as simple as it is complicated - I breathe in what life has to offer, and breathe out what I have to offer life. I have given up trying to grasp what actually happens in the process from impression to expression. In his music Fred Jonny Berg reveals himself as a person who has experienced that life consists of light and dark, but unlike the majority of us he approaches both with a similar undaunted decisiveness; it adds an extra quality to his music: the conviction of an eyewitness.


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FLUTE MYSTERY
Only the full symphony orchestra can impose the true emotional dynamics of the arctic nature. FLUTE MYSTERY is a collection of five orchestral works by Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg. In this distinctive and dynamic surround sound recording, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Emily & Catherine Beynon as soloists on flute & harp are conducted by the legendary Vladimir Ashkenazy.

- Flute Mystery
- Warning Zero
- Pastorale
- Vicino alla Montagna
- Flute Concerto No.1

Vladimir Ashkenazy: I am very fond of Scandinavian mentality, the way people express themselves and their spiritual world. It has always been a very special treat for me to conduct and play Scandinavian music and it is a particular pleasure to introduce to the world a very talented Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg whose music in its own way is a genuine reflection of his world.

Berg's music is often described as melodious, accessible and dramatic, yet with a highly original quality. Berg himself tries to explain: It is really as simple as it is complicated - I breathe in what life has to offer, and breathe out what I have to offer life. I have given up trying to grasp what actually happens in the process from impression to expression. In his music Fred Jonny Berg reveals himself as a person who has experienced that life consists of light and dark, but unlike the majority of us he approaches both with a similar undaunted decisiveness; it adds an extra quality to his music: the conviction of an eyewitness.



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Listening to this disc introduced the writer to the pleasant new discovery of the music of Fred Jonny Berg. This innovative Norwegian composer (born in 1973) has written prolifically for a wide range of instruments and instrumental combinations, including the flute and flute family, with compositions being dedicated and performed by such esteemed flautists as James Galway and Emily Beynon. His works are accessible yet distinctive, are largely tonal, colourful and melodic with a convincing emotional pull. The originality of his music can perhaps be linked to his wide experience in range of other areas such as film making, writing, directing and singing.

This disc presents some of the composer’s key works for flute, performed by Emily Beynon, Principal Flautist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (who visited the Australian Flute Festival in Sydney in 2006). She is joined by Catherine Beynon, Principal Harpist with the Orchestra Philharmonic de Luxemburg and the pioneering UK ensemble the Philharmonia Orchestra (with Vladimir Ashkenazy).

The recording features imaginatively named works such as Flute Mystery (the title track; for solo flute, harp and string orchestra - a version for alto flute also exists) and Warning Zero, Pastorale and Vicino alla Montagna (all for orchestra). However, the highlight of the disc for flautists will be the virtuosic 20 minute flute concerto in four movements, written in 2007.

The first movement (Memento) sets the scene with an impressionistic, pastorale opening. This is followed by Reminiscence, an expressive and heavily ornamented flute solo accompanied solely by strings. The quirky Obituary incorporates playful gliassandi in the high register. Extremes of dynamic change quickly and the technical prowess of the player is on full display. Finally, Awakening features glass harmonica, tubular bells and flutter tonguing and trills from the flute soloist. The bells toll in an atmospheric way drawing the work to a close.

An interesting, and forward thinking, feature which sets this recording (released by Norwegian label 2L) apart is its presentation in both CD and Blu-ray formats. For this reason, in December 2009 this disc was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category Best Surround Sound Album.

Recorded at Watford Colosseum in London, the Blu-ray option offers listeners the experience of three-dimensional surround sound. The orchestra was recorded in a circle, all musicians facing each other and surrounding the listener. The liner notes include diagrams of all orchestra set-ups and microphone placements for each piece. The high resolution audio available from the Blu-ray recording is paired with the convenience of using a single player for music, DVDs and CDs. 2L anticipates that this style of musical recording will take off significantly in the future – and if this is so, it is likely that music lovers will be out purchasing Blu-ray players quite quickly, as the difference is distinct.






Villa Lobos - Music for flute - W. Bennett






1. Quinteto Em Forma De Choros - William Bennet/Neil Black/Janice Knight/Thea King/Robin O'Neill
2. Modinha - William Bennet/Simon Wynberg
3. Bachianas Brasileiras No.6: Aria (Choro) Largo - William Bennet/Robin O'Neill
4. Bachianas Brasileiras No.6: Fant Allegro - William Bennet/Robin O'Neill
5. Distribution Of Flowers - William Bennet/Simon Wynberg
6. Assobio A Jato (The Jet Whistle): Allegro Non Troppo - William Bennet/Charles Tunnell
7. Assobio A Jato (The Jet Whistle): Adagio - William Bennet/Charles Tunnell
8. Assobio A Jato (The Jet Whistle): Vivo - William Bennet/Charles Tunnell
9. Choros No.2 - William Bennet/Thea King
10. Song Of Love - William Bennet/Simon Wynberg
11. Trio: Anime - Neil Black/Thea King/Robin O'Neill
12. Trio: Languisamente - Neil Black/Thea King/Robin O'Neill
13. Trio: Vivo - Neil Black/Thea King/Robin O'Neill



'A disc of pure delight from beginning to end. Another example of why Hyperion gets my vote as the most innovative record label. Full marks!' --Which CD


'A disc of outstanding artistry' (The Good CD Guide)


'[A] box-full of ingenious vitality' (BBC Music Magazine)




08 noviembre 2011

Johannes Mattheson - 12 Sonatas for flute, violin & continuo



Diana Baroni (transverse flute), Pablo Valetti (violin), Petr Skalka (cello), Dirk Börner (harpsichord)



Diana Baroni, flautista distinguida

Rosarina Perfeccionada en Basilea y Amsterdam, hoy inicia sus actividades en Avellaneda.


Nacida en Rosario, perfeccionada en la Schola Cantorum de Basilea y en el Conservatorio de Amsterdam, radicada actualmente en la ciudad francesa de Lyon, Diana Baroni es una de las flautistas más distinguidas en el campo de la música antigua en toda Europa y acaba de volver a la Argentina para una serie de actividades con el clavecinista Dirk Börner, otro músico excepcional con el que Baroni ha grabado el ciclo de doce sonatas de Johannes Mattheson titulado Der Brauchbare Virtuoso .
Börner vive también en Lyon (enseña bajo continuo en el conservatorio) y tiene una especial afinidad artística con Baroni. “Es uno de los pocos músicos que conozco -dice la flautista- con el que podés estar trabajando horas y horas sin un propósito definido o sin un concierto por delante. Es un tipo muy especial; un yogui que ha estado muchas veces en la India y que admite que podría dejar la música por algo humanitario. Entonces yo le propuse: ‘¿Querés hacer algo humanitario? Vayamos a la Argentina, donde no vamos a ver un peso’. Y así fue -agrega Baroni-: conseguimos un auspicio de Spedidam (una asociación francesa por los derechos del intérprete) que nos permitió pagar los pasajes, y un alumno me ayudó a organizar una serie de conciertos y clases magistrales.” Las actividades comenzarán hoy por la tarde en el Instituto Municipal de Música de Avellaneda, con una clase y un concierto de cierre (a las 20), y terminarán el domingo 12 a las 20.30 en La Manzana de las Luces con un programa dedicado a Mattheson (además de lo que se informa por separado).
Por lo general, los programas alternarán obras de Bach y Mattheson. “Son dos contemporáneos -explica Baroni-, alemanes protestantes y completamente distintos. En cierta forma todavía tenemos un conflicto, ya que las obras de Bach, sobre todo la Partita y la Suite en si menorque también grabamos en un disco, en el fondo son muy intelectuales. La escritura es tan compleja y polifónica, que no te podés distender y entregar a una cosa más sensual. En cambio Mattheson, un protestante extremo, además de esgrimista, matemático, y cuya música tiene toda una numerología muy fuerte, es muy sensual. Es una locura, un contraste inesperado, pero los organizadores dicen que funciona bien, que es un contraste interesante”.
Además de flautista barroca, Diana Baroni es cantante de folclore latinoamericano. Sus primeros discos, con el Diana Baroni trío, estuvieron dedicados a la música peruana; el último lo define como “menos geográfico y más narrativo.
Flor de verano es un día en cuatro capítulos: la mañana, la siesta, la tarde y la noche, con canciones de México, Perú, Ecuador y Venezuela que describen cada momento del día.” Diana Baroni volverá aquí en 2011, pero esa vez con su prestigioso grupo Café Zimmermann para el ciclo de Festivales. No traerán música de Bach (autor con que el grupo está identificado), sino unas cantatas cómicas de barrocos ignotos que interpretará el célebre contratenor Dominique Visse.

(Tomado del diario argentino "Clarín", fecha 03.09.2010)


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