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19 International Pianists performing Peter Seabourne’s ‘Libro di Canti Italiano’ which is the fourth of his piano series – ‘Steps’
List of pianists in order of performance and piece they will be performing
Fabio Menchetti – Canto della vita
Sarah Vella – Domande
Alessandro Viale – Viaggio di notte
Giulia Grassi – Piccolo canto d’amore tremante
Isabella Gori – Piccolo canto delle gocce di pioggia
Francesca Fierro -Canto i miei sogni
Emanuele Stracchi – Passi sbagliati – canzone bacchica
Paoli Rinaldi – Canto della ragazza da Toulouse
Chantal Balestri – Canto delle farfalle
Laetitia Amodio – Carillon triste
Francesca Lauri – Canto d’ammunitamento
Barbara Panzarella – Notturno
Simone Rugani – Canto burbero
Daphne Delicata – Canto lontano
Julian Chan – Anche gli uccelli
Andrea Emmanuele – Canto oscuro
Alvaro Siculiana – Canto delle foglie cadenti
Giordano de Nisi – Canzonetta in stile antico
Ettore Strangio – Canto giocoso
“Libro di Canti Italiano” is the fourth in Peter Seabourne’s “Steps” piano series, a cycle of 19 piano pieces lasting some 50 minutes. The collection explores aspects of the Italian temperament – passion, spontaneity, extroversion, even a little subversiveness and mutiny – in a series of “songs without words”. Some of these explore these themes directly, whilst others have sub-plots and subsidiary connections. The work opens and closes with “songs” of joy and vitality but in between we find a kaleidoscope of colours, moods and atmospheres – everything from falling leaves to an insistent little bird; from dreams to drunkenness; from raindrops to a sad carillon. These often call for virtuosity, but also tenderness and poetry. Throughout there is great rhythmic inventiveness and strong characterisation, but unlike much contemporary writing this music always remains approachable and immediate.
British composer Peter Seabourne is 60 in a few months time. He suffered a 13 year silence in mid-career and disowned all his earlier work upon resuming in 2001. The piano has become central to his output. He is now often performed worldwide, with several international prizes, many CDs, broadcasts and reviews. His music is accessible, but with integrity, and his language is instantly identifiable. He follows his own stylistic path.
“A composer of immense emotional clout” [Classical Reviewer]
“Ambitious, questing and pointedly European in outlook, the music of Peter Seabourne avoids easy answers. Clearly Seabourne is a composer with whom to reckon, his music combining a demonstrably Romantic rhetoric with an always audible and yet never facile approach to tonality.” [Musical Opinion]
Watch our 9th Online Concert Here
Featuring Violin Duo
Anja Jamsek and Ben Richardson
C. de Beriot: Duo Concertante no. 3, op. 57
J.S. Bach : Double Violin Concerto in d minor,
BWV 1043 – 2nd movement
Philip Telemann: Sonata in G Major (from Three Duets)
Anja Jamsek is a professional Slovenian violinist based in London. She completed her master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She recently graduated with postgraduate diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, sponsored generously by the Ofenheim Charitable Trust and the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust.
Anja is well established soloist and chamber musician, performing on an international level including the acclaimed music festival “Festival Ljubljana” as well as the International Music Festival “Music on the String” in Sarajevo. She debuted as a soloist in Berlin with the Ljubljana Baroque Orchestra in 2016. Anja won the John Barbirolli competition with string quartet “Malkonia”, was a finalist at the Vera Kantrovich Bach competition and won second prize in the Musica Valsesia competition. Anja was a recipient of the Philip Carne Mentorship scheme for chamber music.
In August Anja was an artist in residence for the Cohan Collective 2019 project. She is the founder and artistic director of Prisma Collective. Most recently she was awarded the Nick Roth award for String Ensemble Playing at Trinity Laban.
Ben Richardson is London based Violinist, who recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Mayumi Fujikawa. He is currently studying a Postgraduate Diploma under Lana Trotovsek, kindly sponsored by the Peter Harris Trust, Trinity College London, the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and the Blue Coat Foundation. He is established in solo and chamber work, receiving many awards including the John Thompson String Ensemble Prize, Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize for Violin, Ben Barnard Music competition award and is in recipient of the Philip Carne Mentorship Scheme for chamber music. Ben is also established as an orchestral musician who has worked alongside musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and with the BBC Concert orchestra.
Watch our 8th Online Concert here….
Briona Mannion (violin)
William Fielding (piano)
J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue (TBC) (piano solo)
C. Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano. L. 148 (140)
Intermède. Fantastique et léger
Finale. Très animé
S. Prokofiev – Five Melodies, Op. 35
J. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 1