concert by Contempoartensemble

Concert - Event posted by elena

Address: Piazzale Vittorio Gui , Florence

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019


Tuesday 21 May 2019 8:00 pm

Florence Opera House

A co-production ContempoArtEnsemble / LXXXII Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Steve Reich Duet (1993) for two Solo Violins and String Orchestra

John Adams Shaker Loops (1978/83) for string orchestra

Philip Glass Suite from "Dracula" (1998) music composed for the 1931 Tod Browning classic arranged for piano and strings by Michael Riesman

Bernard Herrmann Psycho , A Suite for Strings (1960)

Reich, Adams, Glass, Herrmann: a concert where the least common denominator is Minimalism, represented by two of its masters and two experimenters of the genre. Opens Duet by Steve Reich, a tribute to the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, based on the contrasted dialogue between the voices of the violins, four cellos and four violas. The result is an almost pastoral and particularly evocative color, where the reminiscence of Bach's rigorous counterpoint flutters. Follows Shaker Loops by Adams, an ingenious fusion of various themes and styles, this piece shifts the orchestra's sound mass to quieter and more lyrical moments, where the electric shocks of the shakes are inserted like a lightning bolt, creating a short circuit of tremolos and quick trills from one note to another. The concert continues with Suite from "Dracula", in Italian premiere, extracted from Philip Glass's Dracula and arranged for piano and strings by Michael Riesman. Piece composed for the 1931 film of the same name by Tod Browning, where Glass shows all his lyricism, creating a soundtrack, which, although posthumous, fits and perfectly blends with the poetics of the film, adding a necessary and profound accompaniment. Finally, the striking impact of Herrmann's Psyco Suite for the famous Hitchcock film, progenitor of the slasher movies genre. Visionary and innovative in its use of the strings alone, it explodes in a compulsive way with the obstinate of the violins in the famous shower sequence, impeccably emphasizing the sense of tension and terror that pervades the entire film.

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