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Claudio Monteverdi
Creator of modern music In 2017 we celebrate the 450th birthday of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). He was the most important musician in late 16th and early 17th-century Italy, and the first great composer of opera. He developed powerful ways of
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Ottorino Respighi
Pining for Rome 85 years ago, on 18 April 1936, Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) died from an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart in Rome. Respighi lived and worked during tumultuous political times, and his historicist interest in Italian
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Ferruccio Busoni
Music is the gate between the earthly and eternal world In 2016 we celebrate the 150th birthday of Ferruccio Dante Michelangiolo Benvenuto Busoni (1866-1924), one of the most talented and controversial piano virtuosos active during the second half of the
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Giovanni Paisiello
The Original Barber of Seville In 2016, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giovanni Paisiello’s death (1740-1816). One of the most successful and influential opera composers of his time, he wrote music for 94 operas that cultivated a comic, simple,
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Pietro Antonio Locatelli
The Paganini of the 18th CenturyThe violinist Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764) was widely known as the “Paganini of the eighteenth century.” As a performer Locatelli systematically explored the uncharted regions of the instrument, including left-hand extensions, double and triple stops,
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Antonio Poli
Future projects of young Italian tenor Antonio Poli include 2012 concerts with operatic arias in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Zurich, as well as Mozart’s “Requiem” conducted by Antonio Pappano in Rome, Mercadante’s “I due Figaro” at Teatro Real in Madrid conducted
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Giuseppe Valentini
Oboe Concerto in D major Violin Sonata in A major “La Montanari” Bizzarrie per Camera no.2 in E major op. 2 Giuseppe Valentini (1681-1753) was an Italian violinist, composer of operas, oratorios, cantatas and inventive instrumental music.
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Alfredo Casella
Scarlattiana, Op. 44 (1926) Alfredo Casella (1883 – 1947) was an outstanding Italian composer who led several of his contemporaries, such as Respighi, Malipiero and Pizzetti, to modernize the music of their home country. The interests of Casella as a
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