Adagio ma non troppo (2015)

Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Bach, Tartini, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Sostakovic

Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana, Giacomo Franci, I Musici, Michele Campanella, Marco Fornaciari, Charles Rosen, Laura manzini, Edoardo Bellotti, Rocco Filippini, Estrio, fone Ensemble, Salvatore Accardo

Since founding fonè more that 28 years ago, I have created many sample tracks, selected from recordings I made over time. But this time I was diversely inspired. I wanted to unite the music with a common denominator under the title “Andante ma non troppo”: emotion, lyricism, poetry, sensuality, peace.. Songs to make you dream and cast your thoughts far away in a world of pure and true feelings. I recorded each song in a different place: an ancient palace, a church, a cathedral, a chapel, a nineteenth-century theatre, a music room, another music room, another theatre and so on… Many historical sites, different acoustical environments, lots of emotions..

 

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Salvatore Accardo

Salvatore Accardo; born September 26, 1941 in Turin, northern Italy) is an Italian violin virtuoso and conductor.Accardo studied violin in the southern Italian city of Naples in the 1950s. He gave his first professional recital at the age of 13 performing Paganini's Capricci. In 1956 Accardo won the Geneva Competition and in 1958 became the first prize winner of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.
He has recorded Paganini's 24 Caprices (re-recorded in 1999) for solo violin and was the first to record all six of the Paganini Violin Concertos. He has an extensive discography of almost 50 recordings on Philips, DG, EMI, Sony Classical, Foné, Dynamic, and Warner-Fonit. Notably, he has recorded an album of classical and contemporary works in 1995 on Paganini's Guarneri del Gesù 1742 violin, the "Canon".
Accardo founded the Accardo Quartet in 1992 and he was one of the founders of the Walter Stauffer Academy in 1986. He founded the Settimane Musicali Internazionali in Naples and the Cremona String Festival in 1971, and in 1996, he re-founded the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (O.C.I.), whose members are the best pupils of the Walter Stauffer Academy. He performed the music of Paganini for the soundtrack of the 1989 film Kinski Paganini. In the 1970s he was a member of the celebrated Italian chamber orchestra "I Musici".
Accardo owns one Stradivarius violin, the "Hart ex Francescatti" (1727) and had the "Firebird ex Saint-Exupéry" (1718).

 

 

I Musici

In 1951, twelve young and promising italian musicians, mainly roman and mostly graduates of the at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, got together "inter pares" to create a unique chamber orchestra comprising six violins, two violas, two cellos, one double bass and one harpsichord.
They chose the simple, yet nice, name I MUSICI and they deliberately decided to shape the ensemble without conductor. They did so in order to create an egalitarian relationship among the twelve colleagues and friends, which would bring to their music-making a unanimity on technical and interpretative questions. It was a very unconventional but unexpectedly suitable procedure. Notably, maestro Arturo Toscanini, on hearing them rehearsing in April 1952 at the Italian Radio studios, enthused over the young orchestra in front of journalists and musical personalities, and dedicated his photograph to the group with the words “bravi, bravissimi …no! la musica non muore”, (bravo, the music will not die).
A few weeks earlier, on the 30th of March 1952, their public debut was an enormous success at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma; it was the starting point of an astonishing career, which in a schort time catapulted them among the ranks of the great international performers.
During the course of the years, the musicians have changed, the original members of the group retired but, together with the younger talent that has taken their place, there has always been a generation of “historic” members present who guarantee the tradition and continuity of the orchestra.
At present I Musici are regular guests at the most important international festivals and they carry out an intense concert activity in prestigious theatres and concert halls such as: “G Enescu” International Festival in Bucharest, Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the “Spring Festival” in Budapest, Sunthory Hall and Opera City in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Seoul Arts Centre, Boston Symphony Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Beijing National centre for the Performing Arts and numerous others.

 

Michele Campanella

Internationally acclaimed as one of the major virtuoso interpreters of Liszt, three-time winner of the Grand Prix du Disque awarded by the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest (1976, 1977 and 1998), the latter for his recording “Franz Liszt-The Great Transcriptions, I-II” (Philips), Michele Campanella has interpreted in over 45 years of career most of the major piano repertoire. He has been awarded the “Liszt high merit” medal by the Hungarian government in 1986 and the American Liszt Society Medal in 2002. Trained at the Vincenzo Vitale School in Naples, Michele Campanella is a very versatile artist. This has enabled him to perform the works of composers like Clementi, Weber, Poulenc, Busoni (1980 “Italian Discographic Critic Award” for his Fonit Cetra recordings), Rossini, Brahms, Ravel and Liszt. Mr. Campanella has performed with the principal European and American orchestras (Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony) and collaborated with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Schippers, Hubert Soudant, Pinchas Steinberg and Christian Thielemann. He is frequently invited to Australia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Argentina, China, as well as being a regular guest at international festivals such as Lucerne, Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Pesaro (Rossini Opera Festival). Recent performance highlights include all Beethoven and Mozart concertos as well as the complete piano works by Brahms. Together with Salvatore Accardo and Rocco Filippini he established an ideal musical partnership during the 1990’s for the chamber music repertoire. In the last years, Campanella’s career as conductor/soloist has been further developed performing with several prestigious Italian orchestras, such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, I Filarmonici di Verona, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. His repertoire includes works by Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Weber, Liszt, alongside Mozart and Beethoven. A dedicated and passionate teacher, Campanella was head of the piano department at the Accademia Chigiana (Siena) from 1986 to 2010, as well as conducting advanced training courses for eight years in Ravello. He is the director of the Vincenzo Vitale Center for Piano Studies at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples. He has been celebrated by the prestigious “Premio Napoli” and “Guido e Roberto Cortese” foundations. He is also a member of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Accademia Filarmonica Romana and Accademia Cherubini di Firenze. For nine years he has been artistic director of three different concert seasons sponsored by the Naples, Benevento and Catanzaro Universities. He has recently been nominated artistic director of the “Maggio della Musica” festival in Naples. Since 2008 he has been President of the “Società Liszt”, the Italian chapter of the American Liszt Society. In 2011, as the world celebrated the bicentenary of Franz Liszt's birth, Campanella dedicated his entire musical activity, both as pianist and conductor, to the Hungarian composer he studied and loved from the age of fourteen, engaging himself in a long series of solo concerts in Italy and abroad: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Unione Musicale (Turin), Cini Foundation (Venice) for the Wagner Society, Verdi Conservatoire (Milan), San Carlo Theatre Naples), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), L’Aquila, Piacenza, Cremona, Udine and Parma. As a part of the prestigious Ravenna Festival, acting as conductor/soloist together with the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra, Campanella performed in one single evening the complete Liszt piano and orchestra compositions. His most important international engagements included concerts in Buenos Aires, Tokyo (Tokyo Suntory Hall) and Chicago, where Campanella gave three performances of the Liszt Concerto No.1 for piano and orchestra together with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of the Liszt bicentenary celebrations. In collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Campanella conceived and directed a series of Liszt marathons where the composer's complete piano works were performed in Rome's Parco Della Musica. A project of this magnitude (including the participation of seventy five Italian pianists) generated great interest since nothing of the kind had ever before been attempted. In addition to his work as a musician, Campanella is also a writer. In 2011 Bompiani published his book “Il mio Liszt. Considerazioni di un interprete”. The book is a literary homage dedicated to Campanella's beloved composer. In 2012 Campanella was awarded the prestigious prizes Premio Scanno and Premio Grotta di Tiberio for musical performance. photo: Andrea La Marca

Marco Fornaciari

Marco Fornaciari , Livorno , began studying the violin in his city with Maestro Chiti continuing then at the Accademia Chigiana with masters Accardo , Brengola and Gulli . Later he graduated with distinction in the class of Maestro Romano at the Geneva Conservatory . She has performed as a soloist in the most prestigious concert halls : La Scala , Mozarteum , Felsenreitschule , Salle Pleyel , Academy of St. Petersburg , Tchaikovsky Hall , Bunka Kaikan , Suntory Hall , Sydney Opera House , the Musikverein , Lincoln Center recording often in direct to many broadcasters . He has recorded music by Beethoven , Bartok , Fauré , Ravel , Schumann , Schoenberg , Vivaldi for record companies Erato , Naxos and Foné , for which he has completed the only complete recording ( six CDs ) of more than 80 compositions by Paganini Violin and Guitar.

Rocco Filippini

Son of Felice Filippini (painter, writer and broadcaster) and of the pianist Dafne Salati, Rocco Filippini began his musical training at an early age. Of decisive importance was his meeting with Pierre Fournier who became his teacher along with Professor Franz Walter of the Geneva Conservatory. It was from the Geneva Conservatory that Rocco Filippini received his diploma at the age of 17, being awarded the Premier Prix de Virtuosité, an accolade not given for the previous 36 years. He continued to perfect his playing with his teachers, who came to include the violinist Corrado Romano. At the age of 23 he won the Geneva International Music Competition and embarked on his performing career.

With a wide musical repertory, from Baroque to contemporary works, Rocco Filippini has played in the main concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan, and at numerous well-known festivals. In 1968 with Bruno Canino and Cesare Ferraresi he founded the Trio di Milano, which was subsequently joined by the violinistMariana Sîrbu. He was a founder member In 1992 of the Quartetto Accardo. He has performed in numerous concerts at the La Scala theatre in Milan, where he has played in recitals with cello and piano, performed the György Ligeti concerto with the Scala Philarmonic Orchestra, and taken part in many chamber music concerts, often in association with Maurizio Pollini, with whom he has performed concert programmes for several jears in Rome, London, Tokyo and New York, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Salzburg festivals. At the Salzburg Festival in 2002 he premièred Fabio Vacchi’s Tre Veglie, with Anna Caterina Antonacci, accompanied by theOrchestre de Paris conducted by Ivan Fischer.

Estrio

EsTrio is where the paths of three young Italian musicians cross. Violinist Laura Gorna, cellist Cecila Radic and pianist Laura Manzini are regarded as being among the best performers of the new generation. Their musical vision stems from a shared background, their education having taken place under the aegis of the great Italian school of the likes of Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini and Bruno Canino, with whom they have been performing for years in a variety of occasions and chamber ensembles. 

Through the years, Laura Gorna, Cecilia Radic e Laura Manzini have played with performers such as Bruno Giuranna, David Finckel, Rainer Kussmaul, Toby and Gary Hoffmann, Franco Petracchi. They have performed for the most prominent Italian festivals, societies and venues, such as Teatro alla Scala, Serate Musicali di Milano, Unione Musicale di Torino; Amici della Musica di Firenze, Vicenza, Palermo, Mestre e Padova; Teatro San Carlo e Associazione Scarlatti di Napoli; Auditorium Parco della Musica, Filarmonica Romana; Società dei Concerti di Milano; the Ravello, Camerino, and Sorrento festivals. 

Their international experience has stretched far beyond European borders, from Japan to the US, to South America and the Middle East. 

The breadth of EsTrio’s artistic interests has led them to collaborations with performers belonging to fields as diverse as jazz, theatre, choreography, ultimately resulting in projects such as Lieber Schumann - an introspective musical-theatrical exploration of the great composer’s chamber music performed at Unione Musicale in Turin, Serate Musicali in Milan and in 2008 in Bologna for Musica Insieme- and Intorno a Mozart, for which Estrio has commissioned pieces to a variety of emerging composers. 

Photo: from the official Estrio website

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Adagio ma non troppo (2015)

Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Bach, Tartini, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Sostakovic

Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana, Giacomo Franci, I Musici, Michele Campanella, Marco Fornaciari, Charles Rosen, Laura manzini, Edoardo Bellotti, Rocco Filippini, Estrio, fone Ensemble, Salvatore Accardo

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Concerto per violino e archi in La min, op.3 no.9-II largo
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Concerto in do minore, BWV 981, op.1 no.3- grave
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Sonata per violino solo, BWV 1003, no. 2- grave
Bach
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Concerto in La maggiore, D69- largo andante
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Sonata in D major, KV 576- adagio
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Romanza per violino e orchestra in fa maggiore no.2 op.50
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Sonata, op.65- largo
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Italiana
Respighi
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Andante cantabile op.11
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Les cinq doigts- larghetto
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Les cinq doigts- moderato
Stravinsky
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