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Rizzi, Marco

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Milan (Italy), 1967. "He is a top class violinist with an extensive pallete of sound, beautiful technique and fascinating legato cantabile; a surprisingly honest and mature musician..." (STRAD). Starting with the 2007-2008 academic year, Marco Rizzi is Head of the Violin Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music. Prizewinner in three of the most prestigious violin competitions: Moscow Tchaikovsky, Brussels Queen Elizabeth and the Indianapolis Violin Competition, Marco Rizzi is highly respected for the quality, forcefulness and deepness of his performances. Pupil of G. Magnani, S. Accardo and W.Lieberman, obtained in 1991 the Europäischen Musikförderpreis with the endorsement of Claudio Abbado. He is regularly invited to the most prestigious halls such as the Scala in Milan, Gaveau and Pleyel Halls in Paris, Lincoln Center in New York, Grand Hall at Moscow's Conservatory, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Tivoli in Copenhagen, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin. He has performed with conductors such as R.Chailly, H. Vonk, A. Ceccato, V. Jurowski, P. Eötvös and orchestras such as Dresden Staatskapelle, Indianapolis Symphony, Liverpool Philharmonic, Concerts Lamoreux, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Madrid RTVE Symphony, Scottish BBC, Nederland's Philharmonic, and many others. Marco Rizzi each year enriches his repertory with a new. He has a vivid interest for less-known repertory pieces: B. Walter's Sonata, J. Adams Concerto, or Italian 19th Century, greatly acclaimed by the music world music together with his recordings of J. S. Bach sonatas and partitas. He has a special passion for chamber music and pedagogy. He has been Head Professor at Detmold and gives Master Classes at Enghien and Biella. Since 2008-2009 he is Head Professor at Mannheim. Marco Rizzi plays a 1742 Pietro Guarneri violin on loan from the Pro Canale Onlus Foundation. Since the 2007-2008 academic year, Rizzi is Head Professor of the Violin Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music.

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BRITTEN, Benjamin

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Lowestoft, 1913 - Aldeburgh, 1976. Britten was born, by happy coincidence, on St. Cecilia's Day, at the family home in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. His father was a dentist. He was the youngest of four children, with a brother, Robert (1907), and two sisters, Barbara (1902) and Beth (1909). He was educated locally, and studied, first, piano, and then, later, viola, from private teachers. He began to compose as early as 1919, and after about 1922, composed steadily until his death. At a concert in 1927, conducted by composer Frank Bridge, he met Bridge, later showed him several of his compositions, and ultimately Bridge took him on as a private pupil. After two years at Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk, he entered the Royal College of Music in London (1930) where he studied composition with John Ireland and piano with Arthur Benjamin. During his stay at the RCM he won several prizes for his compositions. He completed a choral work, A Boy was Born, in 1933; at a rehearsal for a broadcast performance of the work by the BBC Singers, he met tenor Peter Pears, the beginning of a lifelong personal and professional relationship. (Many of Britten's solo songs, choral and operatic works feature the tenor voice, and Pears was the designated soloist at many of their premieres.) From about 1935 until the beginning of World War II, Britten did a great deal of composing for the GPO Film Unit, for BBC Radio, and for small, usually left-wing, theater groups in London. During this period he met and worked frequently with the poet W. H. Auden who provided texts for numerous songs as well as complete scripts for which Britten provided incidental music. In the spring of 1939, Britten and Pears sailed for North America, eventually settling in Amityville, Long Island, NY, where they lived with Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Mayer and their family. In 1940 he worked with Auden on what would become his first opera, actually an operetta for high schools called Paul Bunyan, based on traditional American folk characters. However, on a trip to California in 1941, he read an article by E. M. Forster on the English poet George Crabbe, planting the seed for what would eventually be Britten's first opera, Peter Grimes. In 1942, Serge Koussevitzky became interested in Britten's music and performed the Sinfonia da Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Out of this association came the commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation (in memory of Koussevitzky's late wife Natalie) for the new opera, based on Crabbe's work The Borough. Britten and Pears worked on the scenario during their return voyage to England in March, 1942. During the early 40s, Britten produced a number of works, outstanding among them the Hymn to St. Cecilia, A Ceremony of Carols, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Serenade (for tenor, horn, and strings), Rejoice in the Lamb, and the Festival Te Deum. Peter Grimes, with a libretto by Montagu Slater, was complete in 1945 and had its premiere on June 7 of that year by the Sadler's Wells Opera Company. (Slightly over a year later, the work had its American premiere at the Boston Symphony's summer home at Tanglewood, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein.) Britten was awarded the Order of Merit in March 1965; he was created a Life Peer, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, June, 1976. Three years earlier, in May, 1973, he had undergone open heart surgery which left him an invalid for the remainder of his life. He was nevertheless

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  • BRITTEN | Rizzi < Violin

    Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra op 10 (violin part)

    Variation X. Fugue and Finale

    CLASS 4487: [O.V.: English]

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    Part - 3' 32''

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