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Composer: Francesconi, Luca

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NationalityItaly
Period20th century
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MilanQuartett

Francesconi: Quartett
Maxime Pascal; Àlex Ollé; Teatro alla Scala; Lluc Castells; Alfons Flores; Allison Cook; Robin Adams
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Restless commemoration from Benjamin and London Sinfonietta

George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
A programme of new music and 20th-century classics reflects on loss, war, inhumanity and redemption. 
*****
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Mälkki puts the BBC SO through its paces

Susanna Mälkki © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Exquisite Boulez and Francesconi from Mälkki and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, before the conductor pushed the ensemble to its limits in The Planets.
***11
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet in thrilling Liszt

Jean-Yves Thibaudet © IMG Artists
Besides Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 2, there was a finely wrought Beethoven Seventh and a colorful work by Italian composer Luca Francesconi. 
***11
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Luca Francesconi's Quartett at the Wiener Festwochen

Allison Cook and Robin Adams in Quartett; photo by Rudy Amisano  ©  Teatro alla Scala
A first impression of Quartett, a 2011 chamber opera composed by Luca Francesconi and staged by Àlex Ollé (of the innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus), may be that it presents an unapologetically modernist take on the Liaisons dangereuses story which will impenetrably hang together as some fearsomely Teutonic total artwork.
****1
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Création de Trompe-la-Mort : la mise en lumière d'une vérité subjective

Laurent Naouri (Trompe-la-mort) © Kurt Van Der Elst | Opéra national de Paris
Un sombre pacte faustien anime cette nouvelle création de Luca Francesconi à l'Opéra de Paris, servie par une distrution vocale précieuse et portée par une musique aux harmonies plurielles.
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