by Corona Lockdown ...
The Corona lockdown has hit
first culture and culture will probably also be the last one to be back
in real live.
Of course, all our artists are affected in different ways.
Not only under a financial aspect, but also in their artistical interchange.
Many concerts, recordings and commisions for new works have been
cancelled or postponed till further information. For some there will
be - with a bit of luck - alternative dates in automn or in 2021, or even
only in 2022.
Please, find in our calendar all details upon cancelled and postponed
events, as well as upon those, who will, as far as we know - probably
take place as scheduled.
But, thank God, even that virus-monster cannot reduce to complete
silence such a vital and creative community!
Here, you go with current information and news upon how our artists
deal with the situation and what they're planning for the time 'after'.
after numerous concerts had been postponed or cancelled in spring and summer,
almost all of Prosseda's concerts will probably
take place in automn and winter - ending on December 31 with the rehearsals for quite a highlight:
3 concerts to celebrate the New Year 2021
with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gounod's cheerful
concert for Pedal Piano and orchestra!
Aside his concert activities, there's quite a lot going on concerning his
On October 2, his second Mendelssohn recording with Shlomo Mintz was
released: now the album with Mendelssohn's Double
Sonatas for violin and piano is available at DECCA/Universal and Amazon.
On top of it, DECCA will publish in 2021
a box with all 5
albums of Prosseda's complete recording
of Mozart piano sonatas.
And finally, in 2021, he will catch up
his recording of contemporary Italian piano works with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra
, which had been cancelled in 2020 due to Corona.
But, such an inventive artist with great online affinity has also quite
a bit to do beyond concert
stages - even in
In May, he has
an online new service, specially created
for E-Learning in music, where Music schools, teachers and students can book an individual online account
video classrooms' - to organise individual online lessons.
Elaborated by Prosseda and experienced colleagues and realized by
highly qualified IT-specialists,
service has been customized to meet the needs for high audio quality requested by music teachers
and students, but normally missing in other current video conference systems.
Aside, Prosseda strengthens and extends his new online
series entitled "The Professional Pianist", already started in February and in
the frame of which he regularly publishes
short videos demonstrating on the piano different aspects of the pianistic work which he considers
interesting and important.
And, recently, he started together with his wife, the pianist Alessandra
Ammara, the Facbook platform "Casa Prosseda"
presenting at the piano enjoyable and
witty verbal and musical dialogues with Alessandra.
|The Italian Pianist Alessandra Ammara,
in life and music, has just published at Piano Classics the second album of her complete recordings of Debussy's Piano Works, started in 2016 with
the first already very successful CD.
The DUO Ammara & Prosseda already released 2 Mendelssohn albums: the complete recording
of all works for piano 4 hands
2 pianos (DECCA 2015) and a 2nd album with the rare concerts for
2 pianos (DECCA November 2019).
Both also available at Amazon and on international streaming
are connected to a common concert repertoire including a special
chamber music selection entitled "Piano
After Shlomo Mintz' concerts and masterclasses as well as the Mintz Festival in Argentina
programmed for spring and summer 2020 had been cancelled or postponed to
2021, he's happy that to 2 concerts in October in Sofia
ansd Milano can take place and is looking
forward to possible performances in 2021.
On top of it, on October 2, Universal/DECCA has released Mintz' new Mendelssohn album:
the Double Sonatas for
violon and piano, recorded with Roberto
And ro compensate his missing masterclasses during the Corona pandemie, Mintz
has created a new online platform: Shlomo Mintz Academy for online-lessons and seminars.
Already in early summer, he had initiated together with musicians and institutions
from all over the world a beautiful and important event to support the
UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR
refugees against COVÌD19.
He has led and performed a Charity Concert
entitled "United in Music", uniting
musicians from 30 different orchestras.
They are aiming to collect donations for UNHCR,
which has to face the challenging task to protect
all the homeless refugees, who belong to the most helpless and especially
hard hit people worldwide.
On May 28, the concert was online on all UN
youtube channels under the patronage of the UN
High Commissioner for refugees and has collected a sensible amount of donations.
Press & Video
|During the Corona lockdown, Lombardi is
focusing a quite broad spectrum of projects:
Not only, that he will return to his work upon his new
"OFER - Till the end of
the land", the libretto of which is based upon
the novel by Man Booker-Prize winner David Grossmann,
There are also several ideas for new commissions, among them an European
theme, probably a text by late Nobel price winner Günter Grass, and
probably 2 new piano compositions,
a suite and a new concert.
in view the climate change problem,
a plan to complement his compositions "Terra" and "Mare" by
"Vento" and "Sole" to become a 'Symphony of Elements'.
|The world premiere
of an orchestra version
of the original soundtrack
Betty initially composed
for Giora Feidman and the Arditti String Quartet to accompany the screening of the famous German silent
Movie "Der Golem"
scheduled to take place in July on the legendary Potemkin steps for
an audience of 10.000 visitors in the frame of Int. Odessa
Film festival/Ukraine, the most important Film Festival in
Eastern Europe, had of course
But due to the Corona lockdwon, the Odessa Filmfestival has now
been realized online in September /October
- presenting as it's only LIVE Event on October 2 the premiere of the "GOLEM"
Following the first echoes, it has been a 'magique'
is working upon an exciting new commission with which she was charged
for by Daniel Barenboim
for the Berlin based Boulez Ensemble.
Video footage for all
movies from Japan
Also Buchwald's scheduled film concerts,
mostly with him conducting his own music and/or great symphony orchestras,
from March till July, have been cancelled or postponed - partly till 2021.
Among them the world premiere of
the orchestrated version
of Betty Oliveros music for "Der Golem",
Buchwald was engaged to take care of and which he should have directed
in the frame of the International Filmfestival
Odessa in front of 10.000 spectators on the legendary Potemkin steps.
But, due to the Corona situation
in Ukraine, the festival had sadly renounce to invite him for conducting.
On top of it, the projected
performances of the spectacular French Silent movie "Casanova" with Buchwalds new
music programmed to take place in the frame of the Silent Movie festival
in Pordenone in October hade to be
postponed to 2021.
But, fortunately, the recording of his new soundtrack,
which the Cinémathèque Francaise
will to use for a DVD featuring the
restored and completed version of "Casanova" will be realized in late automn.
And also a screening
of "City without Jews" with Buchwald's
new music in the frame of the Jewish-Isr.Cultural days in Thüringen/Germany
will take place on November 3. Buchwald and the well known german clarinettist Helmut Eisel will perform a duo
On the contray, a film concert planned fo November in
Moscow has been canceleld
and the San Franciasco Filmfestival
had to be postponed to automn 2021.
profits from his forced 'time out' to work upon the orchestration of the
"Golem", an arrangenment of Bizet's "L'Arlesienne"
to be recorded with Octuor de France,
and a compilation of "Carmen" to be
performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de
Bruxelles in November.
DVD-Democopies of Buchwalds film concerts with
Murnaus "Nosferatu" and
"Faust", the Hollywood
"The Wind" and the Japanese silent movies
"Sumiko" and "Express 300 Miles" are available.
|JEAN JACQUES LEMETRE
for the ThdS
Music from "Cds à ID"
Before joining again the Théâtre
du Soleil for the rehearsals of a new producrion provisorily stopped in
March, upon the theme of which Ariane Mnouchkine is still remaing silent
sujet, que je ne peux ni ne veux évoquer ...),
it could be heard, that Lemêtre seems to enjoy 'life at the countryside'
with picks and shovels, planting and cooking ...
are 2 new publications available upon Lemêtre's
work and music:
"Jouer avec la musique"
a book upon his work with the Théâtre
du Soleil has been published by Actes-Sud.
DVD with 4 films by Anne
Lacombe upon his music, "L'oeil
been released at Fortdecafe.