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The music. Unearthing forgotten masterpieces
As chapters in a novel, we will build five programs, it will be an organized and well-thought-out travel to the past. Our novel will be divided in two main parts: Memories of a Journey to Italy (3 recordings) and A Cabinet Full of Hidden Treasures (2 recordings).
#1 Memories of a Journey to Italy
“Pisendel’s journey through Italy is a story that deserves and has yet to be told”
Prof. Michael Talbot
Imagine that you have the opportunity to fill your suitcase with the best music of your time, what would you take and what would you leave? Remember you do not have room for everything and you have to choose! More or less this is what happened to Pisendel (the concertmaster of the Dresden orchestra and one of the greatest virtuosos of his era) during his trip to Italy in 1717. For almost one year the young Pisendel toured Italy and met the greatest masters of his time, and, throughout his sojourn, he collected the best compositions he could find and filled his suitcase with them. Incidentally, he was forced to use a smaller type of paper to take up less space and be able to bring a larger amount of musical treasures to Dresden.
A fascinating journey that has left us a legacy of incalculable value: a sincere, intimate and personal musical image of the early eighteenth century Italy.
Pisendel’s musical diary of his journey to Florence, Rome and Venice. Works by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Montanari, Valentini, Fanfani [World Premiere] and Pisendel [World Premiere].
We start our journey taking a general overview of the travels of Pisendel across Italy. The baggage of Pisendel is filled with masterpieces by the great masters of Italy. But there is more than just music behind these pieces, they became tellers of a personal and intimate journey: The Suonata à Solo fatto per Maestro Pisendel Del Vivaldi where Vivaldi left empty space for Pisendel to complete the sonata with a movement of his own. A mysterious sonata by Valentini: an autograph dedicated not to Pisendel but to Montanari (who was Pisedel’s teacher), how this valuable and personal score ended up in Pisendel’s hands is a mystery. The exciting presentation of two world premiere recordings: a sonata by Pisendel that contains modifications by Montanari and a sonata by Giuseppe Maria Fanfani that have never been performed since the eighteenth century.