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'.
|Such an inventive
artist with great online affinity, has 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
- 'virtual video
classrooms' - to organise individual online lessons.
Elaborated by Prosseda and experienced colleagues and realized by highly
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.
Except some special events, allmost all concerts and other public events
were cancelleld or postponed.
But, 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 Duett".
with musicians and institutions from all over the world, Shlomo Mintz has
initiated a beautiful and important event to support the UN Refugee Agency,
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.
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 due to the Corona lockdwon, the Odessa Filmfestival will probably
take place only online in September /October
- but presenting
as it's only LIVE Even the premier of the "GOLEM" with orchestra!
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 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 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
in November seems
to be assured as well as a film concert in St. Petersburg, both scheduled for November..
On the contray, the San Franciasco Filmfestival
had to postpone eb postponed to 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
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 et
released at Fortdecafe.