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Sunday 28th August 11.30am Channel 020
Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917–18. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych)—three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers. The aria “O mio babbino caro” is one of Puccini’s best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing The Orchestra
Monday 29th August 7.30pm Channel 020
Japanese multi-talent Ryuichi Sakamoto has composed film scores, electronic music, an opera and mobile phone ring tones. He plays the piano, was a member of the Venice Film Festival jury and is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner. In 2014, he performed some of his most famous pieces with a full-scale orchestra - among them Still Life, Aqua and Little Buddha. Together with the Tokyo Philharmonic, he creates spherical - almost ethereal - soundscapes. The result is a beautiful concert of deeply calming, almost meditative music.
REPERTOIRE: Sakamoto: Still Life; Kizuna; Kizuna World; Aqua; Bibo no Aozora; Castalia; Ichimei - No Way Out; Ichimei - Small Happiness - Reminiscence; Bolerish; Happy End; The Last Emperor; Ballet Mecanique; Untitled01Anger; Little Buddha; Yae no Sakura; The Sheltering Sky; Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
ORCHESTRA: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
CONDUCTOR: Ryuichi Sakamoto.
PERFORMERS: Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Verbier 2015: Julien Quentin & Edgar Moreau
Wednesday 31st August 8.30pm Channel 020
Cello and piano: The combination has been loved and celebrated by composers throughout all époques - and rightly so, as Quentin and Moreau prove in their performance. Together, they perform works by Brahms, Schumann, Poulenc, Chopin and Faure - showcasing most impressively the range of classical music written for these two instruments.
REPERTOIRE: BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor; SCHUMANN: Adagio und Allegro, Op. 70; POULENC: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano, FP 143; CHOPIN: Introduction et Polonaise Brillante en do majeur, Op. 3; FAURE: Apres un reve.
PERFORMERS: Edgar Moreau, Julien Quentin.
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