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Month: March 2020

20 Mar

Emigre Composers in Hollywood

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

“During the war, the greatest names in music, both composers and performers, came to live in Hollywood and the surrounding area….Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, Iturbi, Horowitz, Szigeti, Stokowski, Walter, Schönberg, Stravinsky, Toch, Tansman, and many others.”  — Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, A Life of Music: A Book of Memories.

In a new CD, Exiles in Paradise: Emigre Composers in Hollywood (Naxos), Brinton Averil Smith and Evelyn Chen explore, with artistry and finesse, the diverse output of the European expatriates through music for cello and piano. The recording includes Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s i Nottambuli [“The Nightowls”], a work written while the composer was still living in Italy and inspired by his evening strolls in Florence.
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03 Mar

Premiere of the Cello Concerto in Poland

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Unfortunately, the premiere of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s concerto for cello and orchestra has been cancelled due to the international health emergency caused by COVID-19. The Italian cellist Silvia Chiesa had been scheduled to perform the work on March 20, 2020 in Jelenia Góra with The Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi. The organizers and the artists are in discussions about rescheduling the event for 2021. For updates: www.silviachiesa.com.
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