Distant voices,still lives

Some days ago me and Emanuele Torquati on piano opened the concert series of Villa Romana in Firenze, with a new project that we first called “Canti senza parole” and now found its definitive title “Distant voices ,still lives” (like the bautiful movie by Terence Davies).

It’s based on a free but somehow musically logical sequence of pieces from very distant periods and styles all connected by the idea of transferring or imitating or the human voice on our instruments. Some are Lieder in very special transcription (Brahms by Brahms,Schumann by Grutzmacher,Kurtag by Kurtag) other well known pieces insipred by folk songs (Brahms,Lachenmann)

Here one excerpt from the concert in Firenze a beautiful “Lied ohne worte” by Felix Mendelssohn CantiSenzaParole.Mendelssohn-live (in the trascription for cello and piano by Leopold Grutzmacher)

and here is the programme we played in Firenze :

B. Dean (1961)

Elegy (2001)

F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Lieder ohne worte op. 30 n. 3, op. 38 n.2, op. 53 n. , op. 19 n. 4

H. Lachenmann (1935)

Haenschen klein, da “Ein Kinderspiel” (1981) per pianoforte

A. Zemlinsky (1871-1942)


T. Hosokawa (1955)

Lied III (2007)

J. Brahms (1833-1897)

Intermezzo op. 117 n.1 per pianoforte

G. Kurtag (1926)

Az Hit per violoncello solo

R. Schumann (1810-1856)

Fruhlingsnacht op. 39 n. 12, Dein Angesicht op. 127 n.1 , Romanze op. 138 n. 5

S. Sciarrino (1947)

Melancolia I (1980)

G. Faurè (1845-1924)

Chant funèraire, dalla Sonata n. 2 op. 117

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