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STRING QUARTET SAVINIO (Chamber Music)

Alberto Maria Ruta (1st Violin)
Rossella Bertucci (2nd Violin)
Francesco Solombrino (Viola)
Lorenzo Ceriani (Cello)

The Quartetto Savinio, one of the best quartets of our days (Il Resto del Carlino). The energy of the Quartetto Savinio (La Stampa). The Quartetto Savinio reminds the strenght of the Quartetto Italiano (l'Unità). The Savinio, ensemble that shows the rigorous work on the individual and the group draws valuable requirements in terms of technical agility, rhythm and sound thick poignancy (Corriere della Sera). The Haydn's Quartetts are not just pages and yet are in a young but ready to conquer the interpreter Savinio gallons of maturity (Il Mattino). Quartetto Savinio, a young ensemble, positively started, as evidenced by the numerous awards already obtained in spite of short path (La Gazzetta di Parma). They are maybe the heirs of the Italian Quartet for the executive's power and research in contemporary music (La Repubblica). The instrumental skills level of Quartetto Savinio is excellent (Washington Post). The joy of playing, the care of details, the warm sound and lyrism that the Savinio Quartet shows, makes this recording as captivating and compelling as the famous Melos 70' recording (James Leonard, All Music Guide USA).

Founded in February 2000 by its current members, the Quartet Savinio captured the attention of critics and audiences for its excellent technical skills and choices of interpretation since their debut at the Teatro Diana in Naples. After winning prestigious competitions (1st prize in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Caltanissetta, 3rd Prize in D. Shostakovich Moscow International Competition, Prize of V. Rimbotti unanimously 2003) the Quartet has been invited to the most prestigious concert halls in Italy: the Associazione Mozart Italia, Amici della Musica of Florence, Musica Insieme of Bologna, the Unione Musicale of Torino, the La Sapienza University in Rome, the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, the Lingotto of Torino, the Music Foundation Piccinni of Bari, the Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, the Concert Society of Parma, the Associazione Scarlatti of Naples, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Amici della Musica of Padova, Ass. Filarmonica Umbra, the Casa della Musica of Parma, the Università Cattolica of Rome, the International Festival Città di Castello, the Ravello International Festival, the Teatro Bibiena of Mantua, the Amici della Musica of Palermo, the Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, the Festival of Portogruaro, Concerti del Quirinale broadcast live on Radio 3 and taken up by RaiSat and RAI-3, the Bologna Festival, and performed abroad in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the United States, Germany, France , Spain, Turkey, Brazil, England, and other countries.

The Quartet that trained at the School of Music of Fiesole under the guidance of M° Piero Farulli and A. Nannoni, with the support of the European Academy of the Quartet, had the chance to work with some legends of String Quartet including: M° N. Brainin, M. Skampa, H. Beyerle, V. Berlinsky, Z. Gal.

It has had prestigious artistic collaborations with such musicians as R. Cominati, G. Andaloro, A. Lucchesini, C. Ivaldi, F.J. Thiollier, B. Canino, C. Catena, G. Bandini, S. Braconi, G. Corti, A. Meunier.

The Quartet also devised and performed two concerts with Sandro Cappelletto : "The night of Dissonance" and "Shostakovich, a friend of people", receiving a great acclaim from critics and audience.

The Quartet is also very active in the field of contemporary music, collaborating with such composers as F. Vacchi ("Movimento di Quartetto" published for the magazine Amadeus), A. Corghi, M. D'Amico, R. Bellafronte, R. Molinelli, and it was invited by the Amici della Musica of Florence to perform at the Italian premiere of "Fetzen" of W. Rhim for quartet and accordion. In December 2011 QS received the Carloni Prize as "Best Young Italian Artist of 2011" in L'Aquila and invitations to many importants Festivals and Institutions (Ravello Festival, the Associazione Scarlatti of Naples, the Bordeaux International String Quartets Festival, Radio 3).

Since 2013 The QS holds Master Classes of chamber music at the European Academy AEMAS. In 2013-2014 the QS has performed integral quartets of L. v. Beethoven for several Italian societies. Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Beatles, they had been on tour with the show, created together with G. Bandini and S. Valanzuolo "The Fool on the Hill", for narrator, quartet and guitar. A very successful recording, the "Complete String Quartets" by Cherubini, was released on the international market in 2008 with the label Stradivarius, and it was honored by the Italian press as a CD of the Year 2008, Prize of the Disc of the magazines Classic Voice and Musica e Dischi and reviewed 5 stars from the magazines Musica, Suonare News and Amadeus. The CD Decca with Dvorak and Shostakovich Piano Quintets (M. Fossi, piano) also has received 5 Stars from Classic Voice and Amadeus.

In 2015, to celebrate its 15th anniversary of performing, QS worked on two new recording projects with prestigious international distribution:

R. Schumann, Piano Quintett op. 44 & Piano Quartett Op. 47 with Camerata Tokyo - Costantino Catena, piano (released in the summer of 2015, reviewed 5 stars from the magazines Musica and Suonare News).

R. Schumann, Complete String Quartets Op. 41 and Piano Trios with Brilliant Classics (it will be released in the spring of 2016).

(".. To convince a Quartet must produce an artistic outcome in which the individual parts are recognizable, but avoiding the common path. Individuality is necessary but not sufficient. We need cohesion, unit choices and goals, in the" metaphor of an ideal society ", as written by L. Berio. These qualities live and can be seen in the work of Savinio." (Sandro Cappelletto).

www.quartettosavinio.com



COSTANTINO CATENA (Pianist)

"A pianist rare in his generation. He does not hold back in his use of the expression pedal, shining above all in the art of singing on the keyboard with an inventiveness of phrasing that demonstrates his exquisite musical intelligence": Costantino Catena was defined in these words by the musicologist Carlo Vitali in the magazine Amadeus.

He has performed in Europe, Australia, U.S.A., Russia and Japan at the invitation of important musical and cultural associations and institutes, including the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University of Washington, Amici del Teatro Regio of Torino, Amici della Musica of Trapani, the Yasar Concert Hall of Izmir, the Winchester University, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Liszt Memorial Museum of Budapest, the Ravello International Festival, the Alghero International Festival, the Filarmonica De Stat Transilvania of Cluj-Napoca, the Liszt Institute of Bologna, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Kusatsu International Festival, the Ohrid Summer Festival.

Costantino Catena has an intense recording activity, mainly with the Japanese label Camerata Tokyo, with which he began working recording Franz Liszt's complete works for violin and piano, as well as a double CD featuring all of his piano works dedicated to Venezia and Napoli, a blu-ray dedicated to Debussy and Schumann and other solo CDs. Recently the CD "Hidden Orchestra", including the Concerto op. 54 by Schumann for Piano and Orchestra transcripted for piano and organ by Claudio Brizi, was included into the programming board by the All Nippon Airway and the CD with the Quartet and the Quintet of Schumann, recorded with the Quartetto Savinio was awarded with 5 stars by the magazine Musica. He has recorded for Phoenix Classics and Nuova Era International labels, too.

His recordings were often broadcasted in Italy and abroad (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, NHK Nippon H?s? Ky?kai, RSI Radio della Svizzera Italiana, MR Magyar Rádió) and received excellent reviews from leading magazines and important music critics: «In Nuits d'été à Pausilippe and Soirées Musicales de Rossini Costantino Catena strikes the perfect balance of sentiment and relaxed charm in readings that could scarcely be more idiomatic. In Carnaval de Venise Catena revels in the droll humor and far-fetched technical demands of Liszt's setting, creating a listening experience that's great fun. In Venezia e Napoli, the supplement to Book 2 of the Années de pèlerinage, Catena exhibits his natural, unaffected feeling toward the music's popular source materials. The extended trio of the famous Tarantella is almost ethereal in its beauty. This triptych, recorded so frequently over the past couple of years, is here as deliciously atmospheric and echt-Italian as one could wish.» (Patrick Rucker, Fanfare Magazine - USA); «Catena jumps through the many circus hoops of Liszt's "Tarantella di bravura sulla Muette di Portici" with grace and fluency. He is finely sensitive in RW – Venezia, capturing all of Liszt's desolation as he watched Wagner's funeral procession of gondolas glide down the Grand Canal» (Bryce Morrison, Gramophone UK); «He is able to exploit the delicious mechanics of the Yamaha piano without suffering the notorious musical dullness (only Richter, in my memory, was successful before): the result is a performance in which every note is given meaning, an interpretation in which nothing is left to chance and yet nothing seems studied, the music running elastic, airy, full of vitality» (Bernardo Pieri, Musica); «Interpretations full of grace and sensitivity» (Paolo Isotta).

Recent reviews include: "Costantino Catena has again confirmed his quality as a great pianist. His Liszt is never superficial, and rather than succumbing to the temptation of an overblown and predictable virtuosity imposed on the pianist by a somewhat treacherous and devilish composer, he draws out the nuances as only a great and intelligent artist can. A recital of the highest caliber, an artist of international stature." (Marco del Vaglio) "In Schumann Piano Concerto Costantino Catena gives insights into some original phrasing, particularly in his articulation of the main themes, which attest to a mature pianist capable of reconciling the balance between structural and emotional emphasis." (Santi Calabrò, Amadeus). Active in the field of chamber music, Costantino Catena has collaborated with leading artists such as Alessandro Carbonare, Michele Lomuto, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Gabriele Geminiani, Sashko Gawriloff, Sabrina-Vivian Hopker, Claudio Casadei, Massimo Quarta, Lynne Dawson, Maja Bogdanovich, Claudio Brizi, Quartetto Savinio. In collaboration with the musicologist Paolo Scarnecchia launched an exploration of the repertoire of "turcherie", and more generally of orientalist inspiration, consists of fantasies, variations, paraphrases, reductions and rêveries, and presented as a conversation-concert.

After graduating from the "G. Martucci" Salerno State Conservatoire with top marks and cum laude under the guidance of Luigi D'Ascoli, Costantino Catena continued and completed his piano studies with Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Mezzena and Boris Bechterev. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini, Michele Campanella and Joaquin Achucarro have also been important landmarks in his musical education. Costantino Catena is actively involved in teaching at several Academies and Universities including The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music (Pozna?, Poland), the Tromsø University College (Tromsø, Norway), the Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), the Winchester University, the Babes-Bloyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and the Yasar University (Izmir, Turkey) and teaches regularly in Avellino, where he chairs the piano professorship in the "D. Cimarosa" State Conservatoire.

Alongside his performing activities he graduated in Philosophy at the Salerno University and in Psychology at the Naples University, with a particular focus on issues concerning the management of psychological and physiological aspects during musical performance.

Costantino Catena is official Yamaha Artist.

www.costantinocatena.com

STREICHQUARTETT SAVINIO (Chamber Music)

Alberto Maria Ruta (1st Violin)
Rossella Bertucci (2nd Violin)
Francesco Solombrino (Viola)
Lorenzo Ceriani (Cello)

The Quartetto Savinio, one of the best quartets of our days (Il Resto del Carlino). The energy of the Quartetto Savinio (La Stampa). The Quartetto Savinio reminds the strenght of the Quartetto Italiano (l'Unità). The Savinio, ensemble that shows the rigorous work on the individual and the group draws valuable requirements in terms of technical agility, rhythm and sound thick poignancy (Corriere della Sera). The Haydn's Quartetts are not just pages and yet are in a young but ready to conquer the interpreter Savinio gallons of maturity (Il Mattino). Quartetto Savinio, a young ensemble, positively started, as evidenced by the numerous awards already obtained in spite of short path (La Gazzetta di Parma). They are maybe the heirs of the Italian Quartet for the executive's power and research in contemporary music (La Repubblica). The instrumental skills level of Quartetto Savinio is excellent (Washington Post). The joy of playing, the care of details, the warm sound and lyrism that the Savinio Quartet shows, makes this recording as captivating and compelling as the famous Melos 70' recording (James Leonard, All Music Guide USA).

Founded in February 2000 by its current members, the Quartet Savinio captured the attention of critics and audiences for its excellent technical skills and choices of interpretation since their debut at the Teatro Diana in Naples. After winning prestigious competitions (1st prize in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Caltanissetta, 3rd Prize in D. Shostakovich Moscow International Competition, Prize of V. Rimbotti unanimously 2003) the Quartet has been invited to the most prestigious concert halls in Italy: the Associazione Mozart Italia, Amici della Musica of Florence, Musica Insieme of Bologna, the Unione Musicale of Torino, the La Sapienza University in Rome, the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, the Lingotto of Torino, the Music Foundation Piccinni of Bari, the Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, the Concert Society of Parma, the Associazione Scarlatti of Naples, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Amici della Musica of Padova, Ass. Filarmonica Umbra, the Casa della Musica of Parma, the Università Cattolica of Rome, the International Festival Città di Castello, the Ravello International Festival, the Teatro Bibiena of Mantua, the Amici della Musica of Palermo, the Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, the Festival of Portogruaro, Concerti del Quirinale broadcast live on Radio 3 and taken up by RaiSat and RAI-3, the Bologna Festival, and performed abroad in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the United States, Germany, France , Spain, Turkey, Brazil, England, and other countries.

The Quartet that trained at the School of Music of Fiesole under the guidance of M° Piero Farulli and A. Nannoni, with the support of the European Academy of the Quartet, had the chance to work with some legends of String Quartet including: M° N. Brainin, M. Skampa, H. Beyerle, V. Berlinsky, Z. Gal.

It has had prestigious artistic collaborations with such musicians as R. Cominati, G. Andaloro, A. Lucchesini, C. Ivaldi, F.J. Thiollier, B. Canino, C. Catena, G. Bandini, S. Braconi, G. Corti, A. Meunier.

The Quartet also devised and performed two concerts with Sandro Cappelletto : "The night of Dissonance" and "Shostakovich, a friend of people", receiving a great acclaim from critics and audience.

The Quartet is also very active in the field of contemporary music, collaborating with such composers as F. Vacchi ("Movimento di Quartetto" published for the magazine Amadeus), A. Corghi, M. D'Amico, R. Bellafronte, R. Molinelli, and it was invited by the Amici della Musica of Florence to perform at the Italian premiere of "Fetzen" of W. Rhim for quartet and accordion. In December 2011 QS received the Carloni Prize as "Best Young Italian Artist of 2011" in L'Aquila and invitations to many importants Festivals and Institutions (Ravello Festival, the Associazione Scarlatti of Naples, the Bordeaux International String Quartets Festival, Radio 3).

Since 2013 The QS holds Master Classes of chamber music at the European Academy AEMAS. In 2013-2014 the QS has performed integral quartets of L. v. Beethoven for several Italian societies. Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Beatles, they had been on tour with the show, created together with G. Bandini and S. Valanzuolo "The Fool on the Hill", for narrator, quartet and guitar. A very successful recording, the "Complete String Quartets" by Cherubini, was released on the international market in 2008 with the label Stradivarius, and it was honored by the Italian press as a CD of the Year 2008, Prize of the Disc of the magazines Classic Voice and Musica e Dischi and reviewed 5 stars from the magazines Musica, Suonare News and Amadeus. The CD Decca with Dvorak and Shostakovich Piano Quintets (M. Fossi, piano) also has received 5 Stars from Classic Voice and Amadeus.

In 2015, to celebrate its 15th anniversary of performing, QS worked on two new recording projects with prestigious international distribution:

R. Schumann, Piano Quintett op. 44 & Piano Quartett Op. 47 with Camerata Tokyo - Costantino Catena, piano (released in the summer of 2015, reviewed 5 stars from the magazines Musica and Suonare News).

R. Schumann, Complete String Quartets Op. 41 and Piano Trios with Brilliant Classics (it will be released in the spring of 2016).

(".. To convince a Quartet must produce an artistic outcome in which the individual parts are recognizable, but avoiding the common path. Individuality is necessary but not sufficient. We need cohesion, unit choices and goals, in the" metaphor of an ideal society ", as written by L. Berio. These qualities live and can be seen in the work of Savinio." (Sandro Cappelletto).

www.quartettosavinio.com



COSTANTINO CATENA (Pianist)

"A pianist rare in his generation. He does not hold back in his use of the expression pedal, shining above all in the art of singing on the keyboard with an inventiveness of phrasing that demonstrates his exquisite musical intelligence": Costantino Catena was defined in these words by the musicologist Carlo Vitali in the magazine Amadeus.

He has performed in Europe, Australia, U.S.A., Russia and Japan at the invitation of important musical and cultural associations and institutes, including the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University of Washington, Amici del Teatro Regio of Torino, Amici della Musica of Trapani, the Yasar Concert Hall of Izmir, the Winchester University, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Liszt Memorial Museum of Budapest, the Ravello International Festival, the Alghero International Festival, the Filarmonica De Stat Transilvania of Cluj-Napoca, the Liszt Institute of Bologna, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Kusatsu International Festival, the Ohrid Summer Festival.

Costantino Catena has an intense recording activity, mainly with the Japanese label Camerata Tokyo, with which he began working recording Franz Liszt's complete works for violin and piano, as well as a double CD featuring all of his piano works dedicated to Venezia and Napoli, a blu-ray dedicated to Debussy and Schumann and other solo CDs. Recently the CD "Hidden Orchestra", including the Concerto op. 54 by Schumann for Piano and Orchestra transcripted for piano and organ by Claudio Brizi, was included into the programming board by the All Nippon Airway and the CD with the Quartet and the Quintet of Schumann, recorded with the Quartetto Savinio was awarded with 5 stars by the magazine Musica. He has recorded for Phoenix Classics and Nuova Era International labels, too.

His recordings were often broadcasted in Italy and abroad (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, NHK Nippon H?s? Ky?kai, RSI Radio della Svizzera Italiana, MR Magyar Rádió) and received excellent reviews from leading magazines and important music critics: «In Nuits d'été à Pausilippe and Soirées Musicales de Rossini Costantino Catena strikes the perfect balance of sentiment and relaxed charm in readings that could scarcely be more idiomatic. In Carnaval de Venise Catena revels in the droll humor and far-fetched technical demands of Liszt's setting, creating a listening experience that's great fun. In Venezia e Napoli, the supplement to Book 2 of the Années de pèlerinage, Catena exhibits his natural, unaffected feeling toward the music's popular source materials. The extended trio of the famous Tarantella is almost ethereal in its beauty. This triptych, recorded so frequently over the past couple of years, is here as deliciously atmospheric and echt-Italian as one could wish.» (Patrick Rucker, Fanfare Magazine - USA); «Catena jumps through the many circus hoops of Liszt's "Tarantella di bravura sulla Muette di Portici" with grace and fluency. He is finely sensitive in RW – Venezia, capturing all of Liszt's desolation as he watched Wagner's funeral procession of gondolas glide down the Grand Canal» (Bryce Morrison, Gramophone UK); «He is able to exploit the delicious mechanics of the Yamaha piano without suffering the notorious musical dullness (only Richter, in my memory, was successful before): the result is a performance in which every note is given meaning, an interpretation in which nothing is left to chance and yet nothing seems studied, the music running elastic, airy, full of vitality» (Bernardo Pieri, Musica); «Interpretations full of grace and sensitivity» (Paolo Isotta).

Recent reviews include: "Costantino Catena has again confirmed his quality as a great pianist. His Liszt is never superficial, and rather than succumbing to the temptation of an overblown and predictable virtuosity imposed on the pianist by a somewhat treacherous and devilish composer, he draws out the nuances as only a great and intelligent artist can. A recital of the highest caliber, an artist of international stature." (Marco del Vaglio) "In Schumann Piano Concerto Costantino Catena gives insights into some original phrasing, particularly in his articulation of the main themes, which attest to a mature pianist capable of reconciling the balance between structural and emotional emphasis." (Santi Calabrò, Amadeus). Active in the field of chamber music, Costantino Catena has collaborated with leading artists such as Alessandro Carbonare, Michele Lomuto, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Gabriele Geminiani, Sashko Gawriloff, Sabrina-Vivian Hopker, Claudio Casadei, Massimo Quarta, Lynne Dawson, Maja Bogdanovich, Claudio Brizi, Quartetto Savinio. In collaboration with the musicologist Paolo Scarnecchia launched an exploration of the repertoire of "turcherie", and more generally of orientalist inspiration, consists of fantasies, variations, paraphrases, reductions and rêveries, and presented as a conversation-concert.

After graduating from the "G. Martucci" Salerno State Conservatoire with top marks and cum laude under the guidance of Luigi D'Ascoli, Costantino Catena continued and completed his piano studies with Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Mezzena and Boris Bechterev. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini, Michele Campanella and Joaquin Achucarro have also been important landmarks in his musical education. Costantino Catena is actively involved in teaching at several Academies and Universities including The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music (Pozna?, Poland), the Tromsø University College (Tromsø, Norway), the Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), the Winchester University, the Babes-Bloyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and the Yasar University (Izmir, Turkey) and teaches regularly in Avellino, where he chairs the piano professorship in the "D. Cimarosa" State Conservatoire.

Alongside his performing activities he graduated in Philosophy at the Salerno University and in Psychology at the Naples University, with a particular focus on issues concerning the management of psychological and physiological aspects during musical performance.

Costantino Catena is official Yamaha Artist.

www.costantinocatena.com

KONZERTE 2016

Datum N.N. - MÜNCHEN (GASTEIG - Kleiner Saal) - 20 h

CONCERTS 2015

Date N.N. - MUNICH (GASTEIG - Kleiner Saal) - 20 h

PRESSE

Titel (Zeitschrift, Datum - Autor)

REVIEWS

1. "Titel (Zeitschrift, Datum - Name)

ROBERT SCHUMANN: KLAVIERQUARTETT UND KLAVIERQUINTETT

STREICHQUARTETT SAVINIO MIT COSTANTINO CATENA
Camerata
Robert Schumann: Klavierquartett Op. 47 und Klavierquintett Op. 44

RICHARD STRAUSS

COSTANTINO CATENA
Camerata
Richard Strauss: Klavierwerke

ROBERT SCHUMANN: PIANO TRIOS

STRING QUARTETT SAVINIO WITH COSTANTINO CATENA
Decca
Robert Schumann: Piano Trios No. 1 Op. 63 und No. 2 Op. 80

RICHARD STRAUSS

COSTANTINO CATENA
Camerata
Richard Strauss: Piano Works

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