Louis Andriessen, La Girò (excerpts). Monica Germino, violin/voice; London Sinfonietta





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Published on Mar 9, 2012

excerpts from the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's La Girò, for violin and large ensemble. MITO Settembre Musica Festival, 5 September, 2011 in Milan, Italy. Monica Germino, violin/voice; David Atherton, conductor; London Sinfonietta; Sound Intermedia

Louis Andriessen's La Girò for violin and large ensemble features Monica Germino as soloist, and has a distinctly Italian theme as the composer explains: "When Enzo Restagno asked me to write a piece for this year's MITO Festival, I was honoured because in the early sixties I lived in Italy for a year, and ever since then I have felt a strong bond with that country.
In La Girò I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The title refers to Anna Girò, Vivaldi's favourite singer. The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without its dedicatee, the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams. The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cimbalom and some percussion. The piece has four parts: the first three form a kind of concertino while the actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part."

selected performances:

World premiere: 5 September
MITO Settembre Musica Festival (2011), Milan and Turin, Italy
Teatro Dal Verme; Milano, Italy - Live broadcast by Italian National Radio 3

6 September: Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi; Torino, Italy
Monica Germino, violin/voice; David Atherton, conductor; London Sinfonietta;
Sound Intermedia
info London Sinfonietta: www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk
info MITO: www.mitosettembremusica.it
info Boosey: www.boosey.com

Netherlands premiere: 12 January 2012
Donderdagavondserie - PROMS: The dreams of Anna Girò;
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam
Monica Germino, violin/voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; Asko|Schönberg
Live broadcast by Dutch National Radio 4 (NTR)
info: www.muziekgebouw.nl
info: www.askoschoenberg.nl

USA premiere: 28 February 2012
Green Umbrella Series: Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Monica Germino, violin/voice; Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group
info: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com

13 July 2012: International Bartók Seminar and Festival, Hungary

3 September Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht, NL

for more details & info, please see http://www.monicagermino.com

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