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Trieste Prima 2017 concluded by the Slowind Quintet

On December 6 at the Museo Revoltella Auditorium the wind quintet Slowind concluded the Trieste Prima 2017 contemporary music festival. They played Five Studies by Niels Rosing-Schow, five musical moments, which delicate features resembled five miniatures, Dogodki II (Events II) by Lojze Lebic, a gorgeous theatrical piece and Flamen by Ivan Fedele. In this composition the author structurates the musical space in an architectural way, indeed, the five players are disposed at a certain distance to create suggestive resonances. Introducted by Corrado Rojac, the concert was concluded by the famous Wind Quintet op. 26 by Arnold Schönberg, a masterpiece that changed the history of music.

The next Trieste Prima festival will start in 2018, November. (Photo: the Slowinds)




The Trieste Prima 2017 contemporary music festival will be concluded by the Slowind quintet at the Museo Revoltella (via Diaz 27, Trieste) on December 6 (at 18.00).


On December 5 at 17.30 there is a special evening. At the Museo della Comunità ebraica (via del Monte 5/7, Trieste) our vice-president Monika Verzár Coral is presenting the first Italian showing of the silent film Die Stadt ohne Juden. Directed by Hans Karl Breslauer in 1926 to satirize the anti-Semitism, it was based on the book of the same title by Hugo Bettauer.



Duo Novalis and Giorgio Klauer bewitched the audience

On December 1 at the Museo Revoltella the Trieste Prima 2017 contemporary music festival presented Duo Novalis. The pianists Stefania Amisano and Claudio Cristani played an ambitious program. The Clementi's Madrigale evoked a really mechanical atmosphere, typical for the Sicilian composer; Kurtág's Games echoed with the appropriate "autobiographical" intention. The music by Lin - and its background plaintive echoes - were an interesting surprise; Deutsch's Souvenirs d'une aura and Winkler's Black Mirrors II  were, respectively, a "perfect classical" and an "incredibly symphonic" sound challenge. The Mirrors were supported by Klauer's fantastic sound direction. The event was a breathtaking experience. (Photo: Duo Novalis)



Four saxophones for Mario Marzi

On November 22 at the gorgeous Sala Tartini of the Trieste Conservatory, the Trieste Prima 2017 contemporary music festival presented the saxophonist Mario Marzi. The soloist was accompained by the Scuola di Musica e Nuove Tecnologie of the Conservatory; as a matter of fact, some pieces were for saxophone and live electronics. Among the composers Marzi played there was Giampaolo Coral and his Munch as well. In this case the theme of the festival, "music and vocalism", explored the sublimation of the term, because the Trieste composer wrote the piece following an internal resonance to Munch's paintings. The concert was fantastic, Marzi begun it playing the alto saxophone, but the second piece was performed on the soprano and the next on the baritone and so on, the soloist played all the saxophone family. Spectacularly. The audience applauded thunderously for a long time. (Photo: Mario Marzi)





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"Thematic breathing"

On November 10 the Trieste Prima 2017 contemporary music festival presented the third concert of its autumn season. The vocalist Angèle Chemin and the milanese MDI Ensemble performed the historic "thematic breathing" of temA, the famous piece written by Helmut Lachenmann, demonstrating how a perfect musical structure can blend the "traditional" sound with the "physical" one (i. e. the background sound that appears together with the "intentional" one). Gervasoni's Aster Lieder echoed with the clearness that characterizes the writing of this renowned Italian composer, whereas Platz's dur moll hören resounded as a velvety sound stream. Imaginative sound colours are the main character trait of Järnegard's piece Isola.Pharos, while Rojac's Musica socchiusa was marked by a continuous movement. The performances were simply perfect. (Photo: Angèle Chemin)


An amazing Liederabend

On November 6 the Trieste Prima contemporary music festival presented the second concert of its season. The soprano Ku Hsiao Pei and the pianist Muriel Grifò performed - successfully - an interesting Italian contemporary vocal music program, including the "avantgarde classics" Petrassi and Dallapiccola. The moving Coral's Trakl Lieder were included as well. The concert was presented by the famous Italian musicologist Paolo Petazzi; he underlined the Middle-European taste of Coral's music. The two musicians performed Berio's Sequenza III and Encores too. Standing ovation.

Muriel Grifò


The Neue Vocalsolisten & Simone Beneventi great evening

On October 27 at the Revoltella Museum The “Trieste Prima” contemporary music festival begun successfully. The Neue Vocalsolisten&Simone Beneventi concert was spectacular. Incredible sound colours and extraordinarily imaginative music - a great performance and a great concert. (Photo: The Neue Vocalsolisten and Simone Beneventi during rehearsals)



The Kurtág's music concluded the spring prologue to the Trieste Prima 2017 festival

On May 20 at the Museo Revoltella Auditorium three young pianists concluded the Aspettando Trieste Prima spring contemporary music festival. Alessia Cecchetti, Riccardo Bisatti and Erik Bertsch, selected by the milanese Rondò concert saison, played Kurtág's Játékok, a series of brief piano pieces. The important Hungarian composer has begun it in 1960 and is still finishing his work. The three artists evoked these Kurtag's memories with great skill. Játékok includes picturesque music images, e. g. echoes of Rumanian folk tunes or portraits of various composers, where Kurtág invents his characteristic, subtle sound effects world. Lenghty applause. The next appointment is going to be on October 27 at 6pm at the Museo Revoltella Auditorium. The first Trieste Prima 2017 autumn festival concert is approaching.

Riccardo Bisatti testing the Museo Revoltella Auditorium grand piano


The Cantus Ensemble played at the first "Aspettando Trieste Prima 2017" concert

On May 14 at the Chiesa Luterana of Trieste the Zagreb Cantus Ensemble, conducted by Berislav Sipus, played for "Aspettando Trieste Prima". Our audience listened to Jelaska's "music colours" (Butterflies), to the kaleidoscopic Kelemen's style (Die sieben Plagen for voice, soloist Martina Gojceta Silic), to the Sipus' music theatre (Ten hotti) and to the famous Chamber Symphony by Boris Papandopulo. There was a first performance of a piece written by Giampaolo Coral, the founder of the festival: the Cantus Ensemble performed Nergal and Ereshkigal changing the original instrumentation for flute and string orchestra to flute and string quintet. Standing ovation. The next concert is at the Museo Revoltella Auditorium on May 20 at 6 pm: a piano evening with Kurtág's music. (Photo: Berislav Sipus before the concert)

Berisalv Sipus before the concert

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The 2015 Trieste Prima festival opens its spring prologue

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The 2014 Trieste Prima festival opens its season on October 31st.

This year, once again our city will be able to enjoy what’s new in the field of serious contemporary music. Friday, October 31st in fact, in the prestigious setting of the “Sala Victor De Sabata” in the “Giuseppe Verdi”, Theatre, sees the opening of the Trieste Prima festival concert season. But that’s not all. The very same evening also sees the announcement of the winners of the “Premio Trio di Trieste - Giampaolo Coral Award 2014” International Composition Competition.