Category: News

29 Aug

Noteworthy New CDs – Summer 2018

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

With a trove of new recordings released in 2018, some of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s lesser-known works have emerged from the shadows. Thanks to the devoted research and passionate advocacy of musicians in the United States and in Italy, these CDs broaden our understanding of the composer’s musical production. More premiere recordings are expected in Fall 2018 and in 2019.

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24 Jul

Matching Wits with Oscar Wilde

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco nurtured a lifelong love of the wit of Oscar Wilde. In 1962, he wrote The Importance of Being Earnest as a chamber opera for eight voices,  two pianos, and percussion, with libretti by the composer in both English as well as Italian. On Sunday, 29 July and Wednesday, 1 August, the Italian adaptation,  L’Importanza di Esser Franco, will have its first performances  in more than 30 years at the Luglio Musicale Trapanese in Sicily as part of a week-long Castelnuovo-Tedesco Festival.  A second production is planned in Italy for Fall 2018.
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11 Jul

Cello Concerto Reborn

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

On January 31, 1935, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Opus 72) had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall, where it was performed by the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, conducted by  Arturo Toscanini with soloist Gregor Piatagorsky, for whom the concerto was written. A work of demanding virtuosity, the concerto was never recorded and was subsequently buried for more than 80 years, until Brinton Averil Smith and the Houston Symphony brought it back to the stage in April 2017. Now, the Houston performance is one of three new major recordings of the work.
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04 Jul

Omaggio in Florence

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

On Friday, 6 July a marathon evening dedicated to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco will be held in his beloved Florence. Il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and il Museo del Novecento have collaborated on a special event which begins at 18:00 in Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
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13 Jun

International Conference in Rome

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

An international conference about the works and musical poetry of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco takes place at Sapienza University in Rome from Tuesday, 12 June – Thursday 14 June, 2018. The gathering will include academic presentations, roundtables, and concerts of rarely performed vocal music.
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20 May

Exhibition illuminates composer’s early years

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

For those interested in learning more about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s early years in Florence, Professor Eleonora Negri and colleagues at the Lyceum Club Internationale Firenze have created a new online exhibition. Now available in English, the exhibition chronicles the composer’s path and the teachers who helped shape his development.
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11 May

May 2018 Events in New York City

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Two upcoming Manhattan events will focus on the music and life of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: the first will be hosted by the New York City Classical Guitar Society on 15 May, and the second will be presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Centro Primo Levi on 17 May.

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23 Apr

Leduc Reissues Vocalise – Chant Hébraïque

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Vocalise-étude (1928) for medium voice and piano and two subsequent transcriptions,  Chant hébraïque for cello and piano (1930) and Chant hébraïque for violin and piano (1930),  are now available once again from Alphonse Leduc via designated retailers.
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