Intermusica artists to appear at 2019 Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its line-up for 2019 and Intermusica artists feature predominantly throughout the month-long event.
> Click here to see the full calendar and scroll down to watch the Festival trailer
Among the Festival’s highlights this year is ‘Sir James MacMillan at 60’ – a special series of concerts to mark the composer and conductor’s 60th birthday. The series features five concerts displaying MacMillan’s vocal and orchestral works beginning with The King’s Singers performing the premiere of a new version of MacMillan’s Quickening on 10 August with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner. MacMillan’s poignant oratorio All the Hills & Vales Along will be performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Whitburn Brass Band and conducted by Christopher Bell on 16 August. MacMillan’s works feature across three concerts on 17 August: The Nash Ensemble perform Fourteen Little Pictures; the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro perform A Scotch Bestiary and his concerto for orchestra, Woman of the Apocalypse; and the series culminates that evening with the world premiere performance of MacMillan's Fifth Symphony ‘Le grand Inconnu’, performed by The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Harry Christophers alongside MacMillan’s Symphony No.2, conducted by the composer.
On 4 August Yuja Wang will give the European premiere of John Adams’ new piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a work written especially for her. She is joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, with whom she has already performed the work to huge acclaim in the US and Asia. The day before, Wang launches The Queen’s Hall Series with clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer in a programme to include works by Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Horowitz. Check out Wang and Ottensamer's recent duo disc on Deutsche Grammophon, Blue Hour, here.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his trademark energy to Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 5 and 6 August. The score is an augmented Broadway theatre version, as Bernstein originally intended.
Richard Egarr performs twice. In the St Cecilia’s Hall Series on 20 August, he will play and conduct musicians from the Dunedin Consort in Bach Keyboard Concertos in E major BWV 1053 and D minor with fellow harpsichordist Diego Ares. On 22 August, he performs more works by Bach with the Dunedin Consort, this time alongside three other renowned harpsichordists. The repertoire includes Concertos for three and four harpsichords as well as Brandenburg Concerto No.5.
Wallis Giunta makes her debut at the Festival on 21 August as Dodo McNeill in the European premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves, a wrenching moral drama based on Lars von Trier’s controversial film. The opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award.
Colin Currie Group perform the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's concerto for percussion quintet and orchestra, Glorious Percussion, on 8 August with BBC Scottish Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard.
Fabio Biondi conducts Mediterranean Requiem for Migrants at Sea
On 25 February, Fabio Biondi conducts a special performance of a 'Mediterranean Requiem' in memory of the lives of migrants lost at sea. The performance takes place at Turin Cathedral and is in aid of the charity Emergency.
The project was initiated by singers from the choruses of opera houses all across Italy who join forces in a choir of 75 singers to sing Fauré Requiem in a moment of unity and solidarity. The singers are drawn from the Arena di Verona, Comunale di Bologne, Fenice di Venezia, Lirico di Cagliari, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera di Roma, Regio di Torino and Santa Cecilia di Roma.
The concert is promoted by the choir of Teatro Regio di Torino and is preceded by readings from writers, musicians and poets from cultures across the globe, ranging from Virgil to Bob Dylan, Erri De Luca to Bruce Chatiws, the Somali writer Igiaba Scego and the Eritrean poet Tesfalidet Tesform, all read by stage director Davide Livermore. Biondi is joined by soprano Valentina Escobar, baritone Roberto de Candia and pianist Carlo Caputo.
Fabio Biondi returns to the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for Vivaldi in Notre-Dame
Fabio Biondi returns to play-conduct the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in a Vivaldi-filled programme at Notre-Dame de Paris on 30 and 31 May. The programme consists of Concerto for Strings and Dixit Dominus. Through Fabio Biondi, this 17th-century Italian repertoire is experiencing a renaissance.
Biondi has a long-established relationship with this ensemble; this will be his second visit to them this season following a performance of Geminiani La foresta incantata and Vivaldi La Gloria e Imeneo in September 2017.
Click here to read an interview with Biondi from the orchestra's website.
Intermusica signs Fabio Biondi for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Biondi for worldwide management.
Driven by a deep cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi is a musician ceaselessly in pursuit of a style free from constraints. His infectious curiosity and his determination to put music first mark him out in his quest for an ‘original language’, both in globally known works and in his commitment to researching and illuminating lesser-known masterpieces, working with modern symphony and chamber orchestras, and with his own award-winning ensemble Europa Galante, who perform at major festivals across the globe.
He conducts and leads from the violin, bringing his deep and living knowledge, “fresh perspective” (Chicago Tribune) and collaborative approach to late Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertoire with orchestras including the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra where he was Artistic Director of Baroque Music for eleven years. Further highlights in this and future seasons include returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber and Zurich Chamber orchestras, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
“Biondi yet again made the piece sound new with a blazing, fierce performance that struck like hailstones.”
Washington Classical Review, January 2018
Click here to watch a clip of Biondi's latest recording with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, released in March 2018. The recording is the latest in an extensive discography which has received numerous awards, including the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.
Biondi’s passion for bringing the same vital approach to opera takes him to major houses including Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Regio di Torino and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, where he was Music Director 2015–18, and where he conducted productions of Haydn, Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini and, most recently, Verdi Il Corsaro.
Intermusica’s International Touring department will also continue their successful touring relationship with Europa Galante and Biondi, with concerts this month at the NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall and Seoul’s Lotte Concert Hall.
Fabio Biondi: Introducing the 1690 'Tuscan' Stradivarius
In a special presentation on the 7 October 2018, Fabio Biondi plays the Antonio Stradivari 1690 ‘Tuscan’ violin at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. This Stradivarius, returned to Italy in 1953 after a fascinating collectible history, is now kept within the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and is not only one of the best preserved violins by Antonio Stradivari, but also the only remining violin of the two originally included in the Medici Quartet in 1690.
A new documentary entitled ‘Treasures of Violin Making II’ contains a new historical and scientific study in which a team of the best international experts participated allowing us to retrace the exciting history of this instrument. Biondi features in this documentary with the 'Tuscan' Stradivari violin, playing extracts from Biber’s Chaconne.
Watch the documentary below:
Fabio Biondi releases Feo's San Francesco di Sales on Glossa with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Following its release in March 2018, Fabio Biondi’s latest recording comprises of Francesco Feo San Francesco di Sales with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. This forgotten Baroque masterpiece of Feo’s was instrumental in signalling the shift from the Italian late Baroque to early Classical periods.
Biondi has a close relationship with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and works regularly with them, including twice this season; last month play-conducting Scarlatti Clori, Dorino e Amore.
Intermusica tours Europa Galante to China & South Korea
This month, Intermusica brings the internationally renowned baroque ensemble Europa Galante to Asia. The tour is the latest in a series of Intermusica-led visits to the continent, including performances of Vivaldi's L’Oracolo in Messenia in Japan and Hong Kong and the Four Seasons in China and South Korea. Led by Fabio Biondi, the ensemble begins their tour at the Shanghai Concert Hall on 12 May and then continue on to the NCPA in Beijing and finally Seoul's Lotte Concert Hall.
The ensemble is joined by mezzo soprano Vivica Genaux, while Biondi and fellow violinist Andrea Rognoni will perform as violin soloists. The all-Vivaldi tour programme features arias from Rosmira fedele, Catone in Utica, Farnaca and Griselda as well as concertos for violin and sinfonias from Ercole sul termodonte and Griselda.
Europa Galante, who have been described as "The Ferrari of Italian Baroque", have a long-standing relationship with Intermusica which has seen them travel to Mexico, Russia, Asia and the UK.