I miei compositori preferiti ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Frรฉdรฉrick Chopin รจ di gran lunga il musicista a cui mi sento piรน vicino, per sensibilitร  musicale ed espressione artistica. Ho adorato studiare e suonare le sue composizioni e mi piace ascoltare la mia collezione delle sue creazioni, interpretata da molti grandi pianisti, da Martha Argerich a Arthur Rubinstein, da Maurizio Pollini a Ivo Pogorelich. Antonio Vivaldi, il prete rosso, qui raffigurato con indosso abiti … Continue reading I miei compositori preferiti ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Ludovico Einaudi ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

For more than 20 years I have been following Ludovico Einaudi as one of my favourite musicians, somebody who was expressing through his minimalist compositions emotions and states of mind that resonate so much with my own feelings. Amongst my favourite albums out of his prolific productions are probably his first studio album, Stanze, published in 1992, who was given to me as a gift … Continue reading Ludovico Einaudi ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

Palazzo Pesce-Martinelli ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽถ

Originally an eighteenth-century urban villa with a large garden on the edge of the town of Mola di Bari, probably with a plant designed by the same director of the works of the Royal Palace of Caserta, Vincenzo Ruffo da Cassano. Built by the Roberti family and then inhabited by my family until 1810, now a centrally located bed & breakfast to serve growing tourism … Continue reading Palazzo Pesce-Martinelli ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽถ

Antonio Vivaldi ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Marking the 278th anniversary of Antonio Vivaldi’s death on 28/7/1741 Antonio Vivavldi’s music is indissolubly associated in my mind with Venice and its amazing views across the lagoon. Indeed Vivaldi spent most of his life in Venice, although his fame spread across Europe during his lifetime and, in a weird twist of fate, he died in Vienna in poverty in 1741 after he failed to … Continue reading Antonio Vivaldi ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Puccini’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Composer of some of the most popular operas put on stage around the world – Tosca, Madame Buttefly, Boheme, Turandot, Manon Lescaut – Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) also had world-wide recognised fame during his life. By the time of Puccini’s death in 1924, he had earned $4 million from his works. Still today, three of his operas (La bohรจme, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly) are amongst the … Continue reading Puccini’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งOriginally inaugurated in 1903 and 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 … Continue reading Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Royal Opera House ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ›

Originally built in 1732 as Theatre Royal for the performance of ballet, opera and oratorio mssic this has been the main venue for classical music in London for the past 300 years. Theatre buildings were destroyed by devastating fires in 1806 and 1832, while the current third building is the result of a major reconstruction occured during the 1990s, which made the auditorium fit more … Continue reading Royal Opera House ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ›

Concert venues in London ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

My top 5 music venues in London As a lover of classical music I do love attending live concerts, as much as I can, whichever city I happen to be in, at my favourite venues, which are always a guarantee of quality performances. London is a premier city in the offer of world-class concerts. London has a marvellous concentration of venues with great acoustics for classical … Continue reading Concert venues in London ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Beethovenโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ

One of the greatest composers ever was clearly missing in my list featured on this blog, so I’m bridging the gap with few notes on Ludwig van Beethoven, quintessentially romantic musician. Born in Bonn, Germany in a family of musicians in 1770 and showing genial musical talent as a pianist from an early age, being taught by his father. After some initial work at the … Continue reading Beethovenโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ

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 also a vibrant community programme, including a regular high-quality series of concerts. These are normally free at lunchtime and require a ticket in the evenings. Always a very enjoyable experience with performances by young and talented artists and a setting with good … Continue reading St James’s Piccadilly โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน