Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

  Almost completely destroyed by a devasting fire in 1991, it took an enormous effort to be reconstructed and restored to its former glory. In 2009 the Teatro Petruzzelli, the cultural gem and largest theatre of Apulia, was re-inaugurated. Since then The Petruzzelli Foundation is managing the venue and its productions that span to opera, ballet, prose, classical and more contemporary music.       … Continue reading Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

St Paul’s Knightsbridge โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

  Not only an interesting early Victorian church in the posh neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, St Paul’s is also a regular venue for concert and recordings by BBC Radio 3 and other musical groups. The church is the perfect recording venue for the BBC Singers, who perform there regularly, especially for their sacred music programmes. The church was founded in 1843, under the auspices of the … Continue reading St Paul’s Knightsbridge โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

St James’s Piccadilly โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน

Built on a design by Christopher Wren and consacrated in 1684, St James’s Piccadilly is an Anglican church in central London that features a vibrant community programme, including also a regular high quality series of concerts. These are normally free at lunchtime and require a ticket in the evenings. Always very enjoyable with performances by young artists and talented artists.   The church is very … Continue reading St James’s Piccadilly โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน

Wigmore Hall ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›

London has a marvellous concentration of venues with great acoustic for classical music performances of all kinds. My favourites are the more intimate ones, like Wigmore Hall, perfect for chamber music, with a varied programme of world class performances every day of the week. Originally named Bechstein Hall, from the piano manufacturer, which had a showroom next door, and commissioned the venue at the end of … Continue reading Wigmore Hall ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›

Schubertโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย  Portrait by Anton Depauly of Franz Schubert in 1827, currently exhibited at Friends of Music in Vienna. Despite a short life, he died at 30 years of age, Schubert left a remarkable collection of compositions, mainly for piano and voice and chamber music. Child prodigy in learning to play the piano and the violin following lessons by his father and brother, soon he excelled … Continue reading Schubertโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต

Concert Halls ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

My favourite music venues London has a marvellous concentration of venues with greatย acoustic for classical music performances of all kinds. My favourites are the more intimate ones, like Wigmore Hall, perfect for chamber music, with a varied programme of world class performances every day of the week. Originally named Bechstein Hall, from the piano manufacturer which had a showroom next door and commissioned the venue … Continue reading Concert Halls ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Debussy’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

In 1884 a young Claude Debussy won the prestigious composition prize Prix de Rome, which entailed a residence programme at Villa Medici in Rome, where this portrait was painted and is currently exhibited. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ปโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŽจ   ย  My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ Music ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ Continue reading Debussy’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

BBC Studios Maida Vale ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽ™๐Ÿ“ป

  Built in 1909, the BBC Maida Vale Studios were orginally the home of the Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace and Club. In the 1930s the building became home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra and later was also a standby centre of the BBC radio news service during the Second World War. Theย Studios are now used for a variety of liveย performances andย recordings of the BBC … Continue reading BBC Studios Maida Vale ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽ™๐Ÿ“ป

My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Frรฉdรฉrick Chopin There are many composers I like best, among them Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy, but Chopin is by far the composer I feel closer to, for musical sensibility and artistic expression. I loved studying and playing his compositions and I enjoy listening to my collection of his creations interpreted by many great pianists, from Martha Argerich to Arthurย Rubinstein, from Maurizio Pollini to Ivo Pogorelich. … Continue reading My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Mozartโ€™s Portrait ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽต

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Particular of a Mozart family portrait with a young Wolfgang Amadeus playing the piano with his sister. This portrait by Johan Nepomuk della Croce is one of the few actually realised during Mozart’s life and may portray a realistic resemblance of Wolfgang as a young man in his early 20s in 1780. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Particolare di un ritratto di famiglia di Mozart con un giovane Wolfgang Amadeus … Continue reading Mozartโ€™s Portrait ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽต