TARTINI - DI LASSO - BRAHMS - CAPLET - LACHNER

Alberto Malazzi | Women's choir of Teatro Comunale

Born in 1961, he studied piano and composition at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. From 2002 to 2018 he was Choir Master at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, previously held the role of guest Choir Master at Radio-France, piano accompanist for the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg and worked extensively with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. From 2019 he is Choir Master at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

He is Professor of Organ at the Conservatory “G.Tartini” of Trieste and co-owner organist at the Cathedral of Bologna. Born in Bologna in 1969, after achieving the highest grades at High School, he studied Organ, Composition and Organ improvisation at the Conservatories and Musikhochschulen of Piacenza, Bologna, Friborg / Brsg., Lucerne and Rotterdam, in the classes of G. Perotti, U. Pineschi, K. Schnorr, P. Th. Flury, B. Van Oosten.

Wednesday | 17 April | H 20.30Basilica di San Petronio

Program

“It is the theme of the Cross that characterizes this program for women’s choir, a cappella, organ and string orchestra. It is the cross seen by Maria, in the two Stabat Mater by Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) and Franz Lachner (1803-1890), sadly monotone, amid Gregorian melody and simple harmonization with three voices, the first, and with vibrant tones, steeped in doubt, to contrast the colour of the female voices with an orchestration for serious strings only (ie without violins), in the German tradition of the Gesang der Geister über den Wassern by Franz Schubert and the first movement of the Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, the second. It is the cross for those who believe, the one that supports the body of the Lamb sacrificed to save the world, in the group of motets by Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), where the common counterpoint writing declines in filigree transparencies, differing only in degree, and in the Mass by André Caplet (1878-1925), a masterpiece of compositional finesse, with its Gregorian echoes, and spiritual sensitivity, although (or perhaps precisely because) written in the aftermath massacre of the Great War”.

Alberto Malazzi

 

GIUSEPPE TARTINI

Stabat Mater  for a cappella choir

ORLANDO DI LASSO

From Cantiones Duarum Vocum
Oculus non vidit
Expectatio justorum

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Ave Maria op. 12  for women’s choir and organ
Der 13. Psalm op. 27 for women’s choir and organ
O bone Jesu op. 37 n. 1
Adoramus te op. 37 n. 2

 

ANDRÉ CAPLET

Messe a trois voix 

FRANZ LACHNER

Stabat Mater op. 168 for soloists, choir and orchestra

ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR OF TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, ZoltánPeskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti. Some of the conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliau Inbal, Vladimir Jurowskij, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovič, Esa Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale is often invited abroad (The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, and Switzerland) and has played inmany prestigious festivals (Amsterdam 1987, Parma 1990, Wiesbaden 1994, Santander 2004 and2008, Aix en Provence 2005, Savonlinna 2006, Macao 2013, Muscat 2015, Guanajuato in Mexico2017, Paris2018). A special connection with Japan has brought to several tours, including thetourin June 2019 in Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, withperformances ofRigolettodirected by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Sivigliadirected by Federico Grazzini. Its numerous recordings include La Favoriteconducted byRichard Bonynge;Oberto Conte di San Bonifacioconduted by Zoltán Peskó,Il Barbiere di Sivigliaconducted by GiuseppePatané,La Fille du Régimentconducted by BrunoCampanella,Le Maschereand La Bohèmeconducted by GianluigiGelmetti,La Scala di Setaconducted by GabrieleFerro,Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne,and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arcoand Wertherconducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegraconducted by Michele Mariotti.The Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti, has recorded a CD under the label Decca with sacred arias sung by Juan Diego Flórez, and an album under Sony with Romantic arias sung by Nino Machaidze. Under Deutsche Grammophonthe Orchestrarecorded Le Comte OrywithFlórez, andLa Nuit de Mai–a selection or arias and songs by Leoncavallo –with Placido Domingo. Under the label PENTATONE it recently released a CD containingovertures by Rossini,to celebrate 150 years since the death of the composer. In March 2013 the artistic ensembles of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, led by Michele Mariotti, openedthe IV International Festival Mstislav Rostropovichin Moscow, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In October 2015, again with Michele Mariotti on the podium, they opened the Lingotto Music Festival at the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Turin, where they performed Stabat Materby Rossini, and hisOverture and Ballet Musicfrom GuillaumeTell. After working with the Rossini Opera Festival for nearly thirty years (from 1988 to 2016), the year 2017 brought new collaborations between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, where the Orchestra performed, among other productions, the Stiffeliodirected by Graham Vick. Staged at the Teatro Farnese, the show was highly appreciated by audience and critics alike and was granted the Special Prize at the 37thedition of the “Franco Abbiati”Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Millerat the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aidaat the Teatro Verdi in Busseto. The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohèmestaged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show.

Considered one of the most prestigious ensembles worldwide, through the years the Chorus has been led by Gaetano Riccitelli, Leone Magiera, Fulvio Fogliazza, Fulvio Angius, Piero Monti, Marcello Seminara, Paolo Vero, Lorenzo Fratini, Andrea Faidutti, and, since 2019, Alberto Malazzi. Among its many recordings are those of La Favorita,Macbeth,Manon Lescaut,Rigoletto,La Cenerentola,and Rossini’sMessa Solenne. Its numerous international tours include Amsterdam (1987), Wiesbaden (1994), Japan (1993, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2017), Savonlinna (2006), Santander (2008), Muscat (2015), Paris (2018). In 2001 the Chorus performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiemat the London Royal Albert Hall within the BBC Proms Festival, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti. In June 2019 the Chorus will once again be touring Japan (Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka) with Rigolettoconducted by Alessio Pizzech, and IlBarbiere di Sivigliaconducted by Federico Grazzini. Noteworthy is its return to the Rossini Opera Festival from 2009 to 2016, where in 2011 the Choruswas part of the production of Mosè in Egitto, directed by Graham Vick and conducted by Roberto Abbado,that won the “Abbiati” award as best show forthat year. In 2017 the Chorus wasat the Verdi Festival in Parmaperforming Traviata, and the Stiffeliodirected by Graham Vick at the Teatro Farnese that was awarded the “Franco Abbiati” Special Prize.Its engagementswith the Verdi Festival forthe Fall of 2019will see the Chorus perform Luisa Millerat the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aidaat the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohèmestaged by GrahamVick received the Abbiati Award as best show.