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 Pandemia 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'.
|Such an inventive
artist with great online affinity, has quite a bit to do beyond concert
stages - even in
He's just finalising
an innovative new service, where Music schools, teachers and students can book an own individual online
space - 'virtual video
classrooms' - where they can organise individual
Elaborated by Prosseda and experienced colleagues and realized by highly
has been customized to meet the needs high
audio quality requested by music teachers and students, but normally
missing in other current video conference systems.
service will be available in May and
is not only limitd to the time of the lockdown.
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.
alle concerts and other public events till may are cancelleld or postponed.
For the concerts scheduled in June, July and August nothing has been decided
It seems, that from September
all performances can take place
Hopefully including also the concert and the
recording session with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra with a program of works of contemporary
sevral masterclasses, Prosseda's
concert calendar 2020 was offering concerts in Germany, Italy,
Great Britain, Denmark, Turkey and China performing
concerts and recitals of the Romantic era, mainly centered upon Mozart
And an intereresting new program for 2 pianos or piano 4 hands, the "PianoDuo",
Prosseda performs together with
Alessandra Ammara, had ben included in his repertoir.
|After the successful
release (DECCA 2015) of the complete recording of all works for
piano 4 hands and 2 pianos by Mendelssohn, the
DUO Roberto Prosseda & Alessandra
Ammara, has recorded a 2nd album with the rare concerts for
2 pianos by Mendelssohn.
It has been released on November 14 by Universal/DECCA and is available
at Amazon and international streaming platforms.
are connected to a common repertoire with corresponding programs including
a special chamber music selection entitled "Piano
with musicians and institutions from all over the world, Shlomo iIntz has
initiated a beautiful and important event to support the UN Refugee Agency,
refugees against COVÌD19.
He will lead and perform 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 will be online on all UN youtube channels under the patronage of the UN
High Commissioner for refugees.
Shlomo Mintz' 2020 concert
season on European concert
podiums was projected to include a cycle of solo sonatas, a duo recital series and
chamber music program with the Philharmonic
But, currently, all events are cancelled or postponed
to later on with no definitive dates yet.
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|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 premiere of an orchestra version of the originakl soundtrack
Betty initially composed
for Giora Feidman and the Arditti String Quartet to accompany the screening of the famous German silent Movie "Der Golem"
was scheduled for July in the frame Int.
Odessa Film festival/Ukraine on the legendary
Potemkin steps for an audionece of
But the frame of the Corona lockdwon, the Odessa Filmfestival had to be
postponed and will probably take place only online
Whether the premiere of the
'Golem' will be scheduled has not yet been decided.
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 film
Info Silent movies from
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
of Betty Oliveros music for "Der Golem",
Buchwald was engaged to take care of and which he should have conducted in
July in the frame of the International Filmfestival
Odessa in front of 10.000 spectators on the legendary Potemkin steps. The screening
shall be done later on, with no definite date yet.
On top of it, some of the
projected performances of the spectacular French Silent movie "Casanova" with Buchwalds new
music, so successfully premiered in October 2019 with the Freiburg Philharmonic
Orchestra, will probably also be victim of the Corona crisis.
Seen the current situaution in Italy, it's not yet sure whether both the
performances planned to take place in October
at the Pordenone festival can be realised.
Unfortunately, this is also valuable for the recording
of his new soundtrack, projected to be done this summer or automn,
and which the Cinémathèque Francaise
wanted to use for a DVD featuring the
restored and completed version of "Casanova":
But, a screening
of "City without Jews" with Buchwald's
in the frame of the Jewish-Isr. Cultural days in Thüringen/Germany
in November seems
to be assured, as well as the concerts during the San
Franciasco Filmfestival and a film concert in St. Petersburg, both scheduled for November.
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
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.
And a DVD with 4 films by Anne
Lacombe upon his music, "L'oeil et
released at Fortdecafe.