2017 / 2018
Mendelssohn Piano Works collector's
edition published by DECCA/Universal
New CD "Mozart for Babies" in March
Mozart Sonatas, 1st album, chosen
among the best new recordings by German critics
2nd album of the complete
recordings of Mozart piano sonatas to appear in April 2017
"Professional of the Year - Innovators 2016
Management for Apap has finished
Calendar of ART WORKs concerts
with Apap in 2017 + 2018
"GOLEM" - DVD
with soundtrack by Olivero
Score and parts available
New music for "Casanova" in 2018
DVD copies for "Sumiko" and "Nosferatu"
with original soundtrack by Buchwald
New Théâtre du Soleil
production "Une Chambre en Inde"
sold out till April 17
live in concert 2015
(***) *** "Mendelssohn Complete Piano Works",
Concerto f. piano & orchestra
(Gewandhausorch. Leipzig, R. Chailly,
Decca Cd 2009 )
live in concert
d-moll, op. 54
*** "Mendelssohn Complete Piano
Solo Sonatas f. piano
nr. 2 F Major, KV 280,
Sonata nr.4 E flat
KV 282, 2.Satz,
Conc. f. Piano-Pédalier & Orch.
recorded in Pordenone/Italy
Pedalflügel" op. 58 n. 3
* Prelude op.66, 3
Passacaglia c-moll, BWV 582
Pedal Piano Recital
Works by Schumann, Boely, Gounod , Alkan
(Sonata no. 5 G Major, KV 283,)
no.4 Eflat Majorr, KV 282,)
It is not without reason, that on the left side
as well as in our March video
clip you'll find a video presenting Prosseda live in concert with a Mendelssohn
refers to a long expected CD release:
In April 2017,
DECCA pays tribute to Prosseda's intense engagement for a better
appreciation of Mendelssohn's
worldwide release of a collector's box
complete piano works with 9 CDs
plus a 10th
album with all works for four hands or 2 pianos. The box is
completed by Prosseda's comprehensive
liner notes upon each composition.
Thus, a beautiful overview upon Prosseda's 10-year project
of recording all of Mendelssohn's Piano
Works, including numerous first recordings of discoveries
will no finally be available for all interested. ***
*** In a
first time already available at amazon and jpc
recording all Mozart piano sonatas shall continue by the release of the 2nd album
with the sonatas 7-12 in April 2017.
For the 2nd part of his Mozart
series, Prosseda has slightly changed the mechanic of his Fazioli which
shall enable him to use a 'sordino' effect similair to the one of
historical pianos at Mozart's time.
Concerning the challenges and awardings of his Mozart conception,
Prosseda gave an interesting interview to the online-magazine piano street.com: read more
The 1st album of
Prosseda's complete recording of Mozart's piano sonatas presenting the Sonatas 1-6 and released by DECCA in April
2016 was nominated for ICMA 2017 and
chosen among the best new recordings
1/2017 by German critics.
The 1st album is available in at DECCA/Universal in Italy, Germany and France , on i-tunes and amazon and
listed by spotify
Some audio samples can be
found at left side.
He're are some excerpts from critics:
recording which has to become a new reference.
... one listens with awesome
fascination how Mozart’s music, liberated from any sentimantalism,
speaks to us
with an utmost purity"
way Prosseda plays Mozart is a new and surprising listening experience.
outstanding example for how to apply the principles of historical
practice to modern instruments. ..."
I had heard the Mozart Sonatas performed that beautifully. Roberto Prosseda speaks Mozart’s
an award-worthy way. ..."
" ... Prosseda's
interpretations are marked by unusual and expressive colors. The
dynamic nuances are as striking as the razor- sharp but enver chilling
clarity of his play, which is [...
] full of
expression without being pathetic.
immediately struck by
the wealth of musical detail that emerges, thanks to
Prosseda’s varied palette
of dynamics, careful shaping of motives and phrases,
delicacy of touch, and
Due to his various innovative
activities from the recovery of the
pedal piano through his concerts with robot pianist
"Teotronico" the development of the first classical APP
I-Mendelssohn, Prosseda has been elected by Musical America to belong to the "Professionals of
the Year - The Innovators" 2016.
Prosseda's concert calendar for
2017/18 will include numerous
concertos to be performed with
international symphonic orchestras,
sonatas and "Romances
sans paroles" , a
newly conceived program combining Mendelssohn's
"Lieder ohne Worte" with compositionsn by Gounod and completed by works of other French
Romantic composers .
birthday in 2018, Prosseda will
the Renaissance of the Pedal Piano, performing
Europe and abroad the
concert for piano
pédalier by Gounod
and several recitals as well.
On top of it, he is
planned to record in 2017 for DECCA
a CD featuring the complete piano works
by Gounod to be released in early 2018.
"... Gounod's music for
pedal piano: great stuff! [...]
The music is [...]
marvelous... full of charme, good tunes and good fun. [...]
THis disc really does represent a revelation ..." Classics Today / Major Discoveries
Playing Heart, Soul and Feet'
" ... Italian
pianist Roberto Prosseda revives a lost art, recreating the haunting
melodies of a pedal piano. The Italian pianist is on a one-man mission
to revive the music of the pedal piano, a monstrous double-decker grand
piano that was popular in the late-19th century but has long since
fallen out of fashion. In addition to the theatrical element, there is
the almost architectural quality of the sound, created by the interplay
of the two vertically stacked soundboards. In the works for pedal piano
by Schumann, that spatial element is given an emotional dimension.
Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim, The Wall
'" ... a real
winner … one of the very jolliest of piano-and-orchestra
recordings to come my way for some time … being Gounod, it is
supremely well-crafted melodic music, but the kind of material that can
collapse like a soufflé without the right cast to show it in its
best light … Hyperion's cast is top drawer … given exactly
the right light touch and deft execution, abetted by Howard Shelley's
stylish accompaniment, Gounod's box of bonbons is an unexpected delight
Finally, DECCA Italy has
released in March
2017 a very special CD: "Mozart for
Babies" with a beautiful selection of
Mozart's piano works Prosseda has sepcially - but not only (!) - chosen for little
children ( probably not least also inspired by the birth of his
little son Giovanni...)
Some audio samples can be
found at the left side bottom.
Our longtime activity as general management of Apap have ended.
bye and good luck!
preparing, planning and realisation of all concerts
already agreed with ART WORKs nothing will change.
For any information+questions we will remain in full charge.
Till end of season 2016/17, that
running concert negotiations already engaged.
Calendar of Apap concerts with ART WORKs:
Rosa (USA) * 7.-10.3. Atelier
Cergy-Pontoise (Conserv.) * 11.3. Cergy
Pontoise (F) * 12.3.
Pontoise (F) * 14.3.
Cergy-Pontoise (F) * 19.3. Calais
(F) * 22.3.
Izmir (Tk) * 24.3.
Winterthur (CH) * 25.3.
Haag (NL) * 12.-15.6.
Villa Musica (G), Masterclasses *
(D) * 17.6.
Edenkoben (D) * 18.6. Schloss Engers (D) * 19.6. Villa
Musica, Mastercla. 24.6.
Reims (F) * 31.7. + 1.8. Lunéville (F) WS *
Tour Schweden *
w. Giora Feidman & Arditti String Quartett)
Chap. 4, The fire
"Zeks Yiddishe Lider un
(CD Feidman & Arditti String
Quartett: Der Golem)
We're happy to renew our
collaboration with Betty Olivero, one of the most admired
composers in Israel in the early twenty-first century.
Betty has become
known for her exquisite expressions of Jewish and Israeli cultural and
identity in her music. Her career developed largely in Europe during
residence in Florence, Italy between 1983 and 2001.
her return to Israel in 2002, she became the first woman composer in Israel to
assume the post of
a professor of composition at Bar-Ilan
In 2004, the Jerusalem Symphony
her as the first woman in Israel to
assume the post of composer in residence.
Above and beyond her professional successes, the quality of her music,
especially its emotional impact, established her as a leading composer
generation in Israel and a worldwide acclamed artist.
Thus critics in Israel
showered her with superlatives.
Lucio Berio said
I think that [Betty
Olivero] is one of the most authentic musical forces now, one of the
self-aware and deeply connected to today’s Jewish music. … As a
is a most impressive voice in Jewish culture and an important presence
worldwide perspective as well. [...] What is great about her
that she does not use the tradition as an ideological tool or, worse,
as a political
tool. She uses the spiritual dimension... "
Among the many works she composed for great
international orchestras and chamber music ensembles, there's the
soundtrack for the German silent movie "Der
Golem" commissioned by ART WORKs Berlin in
1996 for Giora Feidman and the Arditti String
The ART WORKS production
"Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam" combining a restored copy of
the famous silent movie by Paul Wegener with Olivero's multicolored and
somptous soundtrack has been premiered at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Giora Feidman and the Arditti String Quartett and since
then the film and the music continue to be shown worldwide.
Since Olivero's composition which combines different contemporary musical styles with Jewish Folk and Klezmer as
well as with very old Jewish
liturgical music, has proved to have such a musical impact that
it also can stand alone - without the film - Betty Olivero has composed
out of her sound track several chamber music versions to be
performed without the screening of the film.
The 2 suites
for clarinet and string quartett or string orchestra
include all themes of the film and elements of the deeply touching
liturgical chants, but also the jazzy and explosiv yiddish dances.
information and material for both formulas -
the silent movie with Olivero's soundtrack and the 2 chamber music
- are available
will also be happy to provide you with the contact data
of the editor for
getting the rental
original soundtrack by
"SUMIKO - Clip"
"Dance of Swordas" & "Carneval
currently working upon a new original sound track
a French-Russian silent movie from
The music will be premiered
at the 1st
International Freiburg Filmmusic
Festival in April 2018.
Francaise will release a DVD with Buchwald's new sound track.
The German soloist, conductor and composer
A. Buchwald is one of the pioners of the renaissance of
silent movie music and recognized as a master of that genre, especially regarded as one of the finest
interpreters, and sought
after worldwide for silent movie
performances with live music.
Based on his repertoire of more
films, he as appeared at film festivals in
abroad, being invited to special events in New York, Tokyo,
Paris, Tel Aviv and Munich and has
performed more than 2900 movie concerts as a soloist, with his Silent Movie Music
Company or by conducting symphony orchestras.
numerous new original symphonic soundtracks,
among which "Faust"
and "Nosferatu" by Murnau," Paris
qui dort" by Rene Clair or the Japanese
legandary silent movie"A girl named Sumiko".
DVD copies of
a screening with Buchwalds new soundtracks are now available."
restored version of the longtime lost Japanese classic "The girl Sumiko" has been shown by ARTE
together with the music by Buchwald,
commissioned by Goethe-Intitut Kyoto and premiered at the Filmfestival
premiere of a new score for the silent classic NOSFERATU, the first
Dracula thriller, truly a wonderful symphony of horror, which totally
seduced its public. The score is as melodious, effective and
rhythmically enthralling for the images of the mighty
Carpathians, as for the eerie sea voyage, with the symphony
orchestra´s full of verve revised Wagnerian sound and then
reflecting fright, anxiety, the horror, the spectre of the plague with
all the harrassing possibilities of dissonances ! " Jürgen
“This music is
the essential key for the modern interpretation of
Brian Stoker´s Dracula story, brilliantly working out the ups and
psychological human behavior. Congratulations !” (SWR Radio):
ovation (…) for
an outstanding, highly interesting and congenial interpretation.” (radio
The scores for "Nosferatu", "Faust" and "Sumiko" are
available for further performances with Günter Buchwald conducting.
performance - it was great!“
Chaplin Association Paris
seine Fähigkeit, dem Filmgeschehen einen großen
musikalischen Rahmen zu geben...“
Chambre en Inde"
Photos: 2016 © Anne Lacombe
Music from theatre productions
Naufragés du Fol espoir" :
* Scot Rag * Valse à trois
Atrides" Danse nr.1
from Lemêtres Cd series
new production of
Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil, Une
chambre en Inde" with the music of Lemêtre,
premiered on November
5, 2016, has been received with outstanding
Even though performances are scheduled every day
each Monday + Tuesday) , the're
already sold out