Classical Night Out – BRSO in Kraus, Mozart, and Haydn

20/11/2011

J.M.Kraus, Mozart, Haydn: Ramón Ortega Quero (oboe), Christian Zacharias (conductor / piano), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herkulessaal, Munich, 18.11.2011 (JFL) Read more

A Touch of Boulanger in Gauting

20/11/2011

Beethoven, Shostakovich, Brahms: Boulanger Piano Trio, BOSCO Theater Forum, Gauting, 17.11.2011 (JFL) Read more

Naked Classics: All About Sibelius

19/11/2011

 Naked Classics: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony: Paul Rissmann (presenter), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Christian Kluxen (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18.11.2011 (SRT) Read more

Daniel Taylor and Deborah York Perform Handel to Perfection

18/11/2011

  G. H. Handel, Arias and Love Duets: Daniel Taylor (conductor, countertenor), Deborah York (soprano), The Theatre of Early Music, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, 15.11.2011 (SSM) Read more

At the White Light Festival, Olivier Latry Reveals Messiaen’s Core

17/11/2011

Messiaen: Olivier Latry (organ), Alice Tully Hall, New York City, 11.11.2011 (BH) Read more

Preview of the Coming Season at Oratorio Gonfalone in Rome 14.10.2011

17/11/2011

 Preview of the Coming Season at Oratorio Gonfalone in Rome 14.10.2011 (JB)

Most small concert societies in Italy have been so starved of funding from central government that they have gone out of business. The Oratorio del Gonfalone is soldiering on. And this because of a workforce (almost all of them volunteers) which has its best interests at heart.   Not least because they have the finest and most perfect small hall (200 seats) for music performance in Rome. They also name the Pope’s brother and the Deputy Prime Minister among their Honorary Committee. In these hard times, you might think they would have drawn on these powerful sources. It is arguably to their credit that they have not.

The Oratorio del Gonfalone was built just off via Giulia, which houses some of Rome’s most splendid palaces, in the late sixteenth century for a Fraternity of Augustine and Franciscan monks whose first concern was helping the poor, but whose other chief interest was music. It was constructed at a time when architects knew a thing or two about acoustics. On this score, the Oratorio is sheer perfection. And that is a perfection matched by the frescoes (recently and beautifully restored) depicting episodes from the life of Christ. In particular, Federico Zuccari’s Flagellation should not be missed by any art-lover visiting Rome. An exemplary home for music making.

Emilio Acerna (president) and Angelo Persichilli (artistic director) presented the 2011 – 2012 season to the press in the Oratorio’s Sagrestia on the crisp, bright, sunny morning of Monday, November 14th. Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi (soprano) and Leonardo Calmi (tenor) with Isabella Crisante (piano) will give the first concert of operatic arias, duets and intermezzos on Wednesday, November 16th, at 21.00.

All the remaining twenty-two concerts are on Thursdays at 21:00, except for the Easter concert (Bach’s Orgelbüchlein with the Ensemble Mare Nostrum), which is on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 21:00.

The three December concerts will be given by some of Italy’s leading string players: on December 1st, Cristiano Rossi (violin) with Marco Vincenzi (piano) play sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Busoni; on December 8th, it is the turn of Danilo Rossi (principal viola of La Scala), Alfredo Persichilli (the extremely gifted cellist son of the Artistic Director) and Stefano Bezziccheri (piano) with music by Schumann and Brahms, while the pre-Christmas concert on December  22nd has the Orchestra Cantelli (with Romolo Gessi conductor) playing works for the celebration of the hundred and fiftieth year of the unity of Italy and music of Rossini, Briccialdi, Verdi and Mascagni.

Two concerts of rare musicological interest are scheduled: the first on January 12th will be given by the Trio of Bergamo (the Bergamelli family of Ljuba (voice), Andrea (cello) and Attilio (piano) with music by the internationally famous nineteenth century virtuoso Bergamasque composer and cellist, Alfredo Piatti.

The second is the season’s penultimate concert on May 10th is dedicated to Brazilian music and introduced by Gianni Borgna, formerly the Cultural Affairs Officer of the City of Rome.

The lead trumpet of the Rome Opera Orchestra, Mauro Maur, will play an entertaining programme on January 19th, with music by George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson and Ennio Morricone. A promising “let your hair down” evening.

The Trio Modigliani are due to follow on January 26th with piano trios by Schumann, Debussy and Beethoven. A wind quintet with piano pays homage to the music of Jean Françaix on February 2nd.

More nostalgia from three singers with piano on February 9th, with a programme which promises Love, Sentiment and Passion at the Peak of the Belle Epoque, with Catalani, Puccini, Leoncavallo and Mascagni named as the composers.

Angelo Persichilli will be heard himself as flautist and conductor with the Gonfalone Chamber Orchestra and works by Telemann and Bach on February 16th. The same Orchestra will be conducted on April 12th by Ariane Mathäus and the not-to-be-missed eleven-year-old Korean violinist Sophie Wang with music of Mendelssohn, Haydn and Paganini.

These are the season’s highlights. Single tickets cost €15 (€10 concessions) and the Oratorio is at via del Gonfalone 32a, with the offices at Vicolo della Schimia 1b, 00186 Rome, with telephone and fax at 06 6875952 and www.oratoriogonfalone.com, from which further information can be gleaned.

 

Jack Buckley

 

 

Model Audience Behavior for Garrick Ohlsson and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

17/11/2011

 Salonen, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff: Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York City, 5.11.2011 (BH) Read more

Till Fellner and the Minetti Quartet in a Very Satisfying Collaboration at the Wigmore Hall

16/11/2011

 Szymanowski, Mozart, Dvorak: Minetti Quartet, Till Fellner (piano). Wigmore Hall,London 14.11.2011 (RB)

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