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Saturday, November 24 • 15:15 - 16:05
Viola versus Viola

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1) Luca Sanzò & Camilla Insom: 
Garth Knox (Ireland, 1956) from Viola spaces for two (2006)
- Beside the bridge
Gérard Pesson (France, 1958) Paraphernalia (2009)
George Benjamin (England, 1960) Viola, Viola
Garth Knox
- Up, down, sideways, round

2)  In Due: Italian Viola Duo's
Alicia Valoti, Elias Goldstein, violas
- Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840):  Capricci per Violino, op. 1:  #13, #20.
     (arr. for 2 violas by Elias Goldstein)
- Emanuele Barbella (1718-1777):  Duetto no.3 per due viole; Largo - Allegro Assai.

Programme Notes:

Viola, Viola
The programme starts with one of the Contemporary viola studies of the Irish violist composer Garth Knox, volume entitled "Viola spaces for two", which follows the first volume "Viola Spaces" written for viola solo. The collection includes eight studies, composed in 2006 for duo of violas, written to deal with eight different techniques of execution, typical of contemporary music for our instrument, in these eight studies, all with an important musical structure, we tackle the pizzicato, the quarters of tone, the blown bow strokes, the sound of the bridge and tastiera, the blown sound, the tremolo.

The next piece is “Paraphernalia” written in 2009 by Gérard Pesson, a french composer who was born in 1958. Paraphernalia was commissioned by FONCA (national fund for Mexican culture) and by the young violist Omar Hernandez-Hidalgo, very famous in Mexico and beyond, prematurely passed away at the age of 39 (by assassination!) the following year for Mexican culture. "Paraphernalia”, yielding a lot of harmonic effects and a substantial rhythmic excursion typical of today's music, proposes a bridge between European and emerging culture in Central America (Hernandez-Hidalgo was the first Mexican to achieve a doctorate in viola).

The ideal point of arrival, is a duo that has marked a point of reference in recent history of compositions for viola: the duo of English composer George Benjamin “Viola, Viola”. Written in 1997, commissioned by Toru Takemitsu on behalf of the Tokyo Opera City cultural foundation he was currently director, it was premiered in the grand hall, on the occasion of its inauguration, by Yuri Bashmet and Nobuko Imai. In a short time, “Viola Viola” has become a piece of clear musical and technical value, with its boldest solutions that make it extremely difficult, never an end in itself but always turned to an excellent and exhaustive representation of the sound and the presence of the viola.

We conclude with another piece from the Garth Knox "Viola spaces".

In Due: 
There is a rich tradition of duet-type studies and works for violin performance. These were used for pedagogical motives, and often involved both teacher and student. Evolving congruently were viola “duet” studies and caprices, which gradually increased in difficulty and virtuosity. At times the secondary parts were added later, providing a richer harmonic texture and rendering the etude or caprice even more concert-worthy.
Composers such as Alessandro Rolla, Ferdinando Giorgetti , Emanuele Barbella and Marco Anzoletti all wrote works which contain a virtuosic solo viola part, intended to explore a higher level of musicality and
expertise in viola playing. This solo line is then accompanied by a secondary part, ranging in involvement and technicality. This same concept can be further extended with the Capricci of Niccolò Paganini (op 1), where the viola exhibits extreme proficiency but can be likewise joined by a secondary viola part in a continuation of the concert experience.

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Alicia Valoti

Central Michigan University (USA)
A div erse artist in both viola and piano, Dr Alicia Marie Valoti brings energy to the international music scene through performance, education and research. She holds degrees from McGill University, Rice University, il Conservatorio di Firenze “Luigi Cherubini”, la Scuola APM... Read More →
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Camilla Insom

Camilla Insom, graduated in Viola under the guidance of M ° A. Vismara at the Conservatory of Music "L.Cherubini" in Florence. Afterwards, she also specialized with M ° L. Sanzò in the contemporary repertoire for Viola solo in Rome. With the Aphrodite Strings Quartet, which she... Read More →
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Elias Goldstein

Elias Goldstein won second prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, and made his Russian debut with the Moscow Soloists and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He took second prize at the Bashmet International Viola Competition, and was also a top prize-winner... Read More →
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Luca Sanzò

Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble (Rome, Italy)
Luca Sanzò, pupil of Bruno Giuranna, conducts an intense professional activity dividing his time between concerts, recordings and teaching. He has performed concerts all over the world, as a guest artist in prestigious concert halls and festivals: the music Biennale in Venice, Musicacusticafestival... Read More →

Saturday November 24, 2018 15:15 - 16:05 CET
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

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