Voci Invisibili Concert 2018
A HOMAGE BY STEFANO GERVASONI TO ROBERT SCHUMANN
Introduction to the concert curated by Stefano Gervasoni with Alvise Vidolin and Aldo Orvieto. During the dialogue, the Prologue per viola ed elettronica(‘Prologue for Viola and Electronic Instruments’) by Gérard Grisey will be performed.
venerdì 19 gennaio 2018 presso Teatro Vittoria, Torino
- Monica Bacelli mezzosoprano
- Aldo Orvieto pianoforte
- Alvise Vidolin elettronica dal vivo
- Ex Novo Ensemble (Daniele Ruggeri flauto – Carlo Lazari violino e viola – Mario Paladin viola)
Stefano Gervasoni (1962)
Phanes (2009/10) per flauto solo
Sonatinexpressive (2011/12) per violino e pianoforte
Fu verso o forse fu inverno, sei liriche di Lorenzo Calogero (2016) per mezzosoprano, pianoforte
e live electronics (produzione SaMPL 2016, prima esecuzione italiana)
Tornasole II (2011) per viola, viola in eco e flauto basso
Altra voce, Omaggio a Robert Schumann (2015/17), per pianoforte e dispositivo elettronico trasparente (produzione SaMPL 2015/17, prima esecuzione assoluta)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (1852) per mezzosoprano e pianoforte op.135
An appointment featuring contemporary music enriches the dense programme of the Unione Musicale di Torino. The concert was created in collaboration with the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l‘Arte, which since 2007, with the creation of its specific Progetto Musica, has contributed to the promotion and diffusion of contemporary music, a field particularly open to new generations and future challenges.
The evening, entitled Voci invisibili, is dedicated to the composer Stefano Gervasoni, a composer from Bergamo who currently teaches composition at the Paris Conservatory, and is a personal homage to Robert Schumann: in fact, Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart for mezzo-soprano and piano (op. 135) will be performed, in addition to Gervasoni’s first performance of Altra voce, omaggio a Robert Schumann per pianoforte e dispositivo elettronico trasparente.
The first part includes other compositions by Gervasoni, among which the piece in its first Italian performance Fu verso o forse fu inverno; six lyrical pieces by Lorenzo Calogero for mezzo-soprano, piano and live electronics stands out: “The common thread that links these compositions,” says Gervasoni, “is the idea of a musical expression so discreet that it can contain secrets. Like Schumann, my intention is not so much to express an idea directly, perhaps with emphasis, energy and virtuosity, but to impress it, inscribe it within the composition, tempering to the maximum the will to say, choosing means and expressive devices that almost oppose it. For this reason I speak of music made even more expressive by using writing techniques that encrypt within the music itself the significant enigmas that the attentive listener may discover while listening and scrolling through the scores. Schumann did likewise!”
The performance of the programme is entrusted to the splendid voice of the mezzo-soprano Monica Bacelli, an artist from Abruzzo with a repertoire that ranges from baroque roles to Mozart and Rossini heroines as well as 20th-century and contemporary music, winner of the Abbiati Prize and a regular guest of the most famous theatres in the world. Alongside her, a group of great contemporary specialists: Ex Novo Ensemble, a group founded in 1979 in Venice that represents a reference point in the international panorama of new music; Alvise Vidolin, sound director, computer musician and live electronics interpreter, teacher of the performance and interpretation of electroacoustic music and one of the greatest experts in the field of sound and music computing; Aldo Orvieto, one of the founders of the Ex Novo Ensemble and of the concert series Ex Novo Musica, a constant presence in the most important festivals dedicated to modern and contemporary music, interpreter of many first performances and dedicatee of new compositions by Ambrosini, Clementi, Corghi, De Pablo, Gervasoni, Francesconi, Nieder, Sciarrino and Vandor.
The concert will be preceded at 6.30 pm with an introduction by Stefano Gervasoni, featuring the participation of Alvise Vidolin and Aldo Orvieto, during which the piece Prologue per viola ed elettronica by the French composer Gérard Grisey will be performed. An aperitif available to the public will follow.