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Composer: Dallapiccola, Luigi (1904-1975)

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Year of birth1904
Year of death1975
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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AldeburghBritten-Pears Young Artists Alumni II

Birtwistle, Dallapiccola, Friel, Howard, Jones, Abrahamsen, Berio, Jarventausta, Latimer, Poe, Slater
Jonathan Berman; Instrumentalists from the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme

StockholmSongs of Imprisonment

de Lassus, Poulenc, Dallapiccola
Swedish Radio Choir; Unknown

FlorenceIl prigioniero / Quattro pezzi sacriNew production

Dallapiccola, Verdi
Zubin Mehta; Virgilio Sieni; Opera di Firenze; Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

StuttgartDer Gefangene / Das GehegeNew production

Der Gefangene:  John Graham-Hall (Der Kerkermeister) und Georg Nigl (Der Gefangene) © Bernd Uhlig
Dallapiccola, Rihm
Franck Ollu; Andrea Breth; Oper Stuttgart; Martin Zehetgruber; Jacques Reynaud; Angeles Blancas Gulín; John Graham-Hall

DresdenOedipus Rex / Il prigionieroNew production

Stravinsky, Dallapiccola
Sebastian Weigle; Elisabeth Stöppler; Dresden State Opera; Annika Haller; Frank Lichtenberg; Stephan Rügamer; Claudia Mahnke
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Hope, tragedy and redemption: the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Royal Festival Hall

Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI
Tony Pappano’s recipe for a concert programme: take a 20th century Italian one act opera, follow it with a romantic symphony chopped in half, then throw in a related German aria; play without a break. It may sound like a train wreck in the making, but the result was a triumph.
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Dallapiccola's bleak Il prigioniero at the NY Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic  ©  Chris Lee
Alan Gilbert’s last few seasons at the New York Philharmonic have featured an opera in June. While previous efforts have featured elaborate staging, this year’s installment, Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero, was performed in concert. For this particular work, which was written for radio broadcast, this seems only appropriate.
****1
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Man, with two faces: Beethoven's Fifth and Dallapiccola's Prisoner

Esa-Pekka Salonen,  ©  Nicho Soedling
This was a concert contrasting two opposing faces of man. From the heights of genius, of life-affirming, triumphant joy, to the depths of cruelty, of hopeless, nihilistic despair, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra presented two musical visions of humanity in this first concert in their new series, entitled ‘“The still point of the turning world”: Music that defines an era’.
*****
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Prom 37: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Noseda

Noseda is a persuasive champion of Dallapiccola's orchestral works. Two CDs [with the BBC PO] on Chandos, and talk of a third.So no surprise to find the early Partita programmed in this prom. It's a work of many colours, beginning with the dark low notes and steady rhythms of a solemn processional, which moves slowly into the sunny upland, guided by Yuri Torchinsky's limpid violin.

Ein Gefängnisabend an der Oper Stuttgart

Der Gefangene:  John Graham-Hall (Der Kerkermeister) und Georg Nigl (Der Gefangene) © Bernd Uhlig
Andrea Breth geht mit ihrer Inszenierung bis an die Grenzen und schafft einen Abend extremer Emotionen.
****1
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