Upcoming concert with Israel Contemporary Players

17 February 2024 at 6:00pm
Zucker Hall - Heichal Hatarbut 
Tel Aviv


Israel Contemporary Players
Christian Karlsen conductor
Keren Motseri soprano

Kaija Saariaho Quatre instants
Arnold Schoenberg Vier Lieder op. 2
Magnus Lindberg Arena II

link to the concert
 

Il tempo ritrovato - Time Regained

Emanuela Battigelli harp
Luisa Valeria Carpignano piano

Sunday, 4 February
Sala Teatro - Qualso, Reana del Rojale (Italy)

PROGRAM:

Francesco Bellotta (1834-1907)
L'eco dell'Etna (capriccio) * - Pastorale *
Gran Fantasia sulla Lucrezia Borgia *

Magnar Åm (b. 1952) All I Meet is Caresses **

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) Prélude, Valse et Rigaudon ***

Francesco Bellotta (1834-1907) Divertimento Brillante sul Quartetto del Rigoletto *

* first performances in the modern era
** world première
*** Italian première

 

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Francesco Bellotta - Fiori ritrovati

new CD release for Artesuono

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Francesco Bellotta (1834-1907) 
music for solo harp 
first world recordings

Gelsomina Naclerio, harpist and academic of Santa Cecilia, in her book "Memories and studies on the harp" (Naples 1894), in the final chapter on the most important composers of all times for the harp, talks about Francesco Bellotta, dedicating only to him an entire paragraph: "We would have many beautiful compositions for harp, if misfortune had not struck poor Bellotta from Palermo who went mad. Very few compositions of his remain, of a simple, confident style, and of a particular and brilliant genius."

During the nineteenth century Naples was a very important cultural and musical center: the composer and harpist Francesco Bellotta got trained within the great Neapolitan school of Harp, in turn giving life to the harp school of the Palermo Conservatory, of which his student and nephew Giuseppe Vitrano was the first teacher.
In 2022 I came across one of his scores by chance, remaining deeply touched by the beauty, compositional quality and originality of his music. I therefore started an intense research with the precious collaboration of the libraries of the Conservatories of Genoa, Milan, Pesaro, Bologna, Potenza and Verona, which I gratefully thank, thus bringing together all the scores for solo harp currently available by this great musician.

In Francesco Bellotta's music, starting from fantasies on opera themes up to original compositions of great strength and imaginative imagination, the harp sings and virtuosity is accompanied by a great emotional and expressive charge: these are true gems that I had the fortune to rediscover.

Emanuela Battigelli
 

special thanks for the translation to Simone Dubrovic


Artesuono ART229
Recorded by Stefano Amerio and Alessio Marocco
Mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio
Artesuono Recording Studios, Cavalicco (Udine) – Italy
April / September 2023

The CD can be ordered using the contact form of this website

 

Concert in Parma, ridotto del Teatro Regio

NOVEMBER 19
Luciano Berio Sequenza II per arpa - Différences 

Fondazione Prometeo Calvino/Berio tra letteratura e musica
Ensemble Prometeo
Marco Angius conductor
Martino Traversa sound director

 

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Henze - Reinventions

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https://www.opvorchestra.it/news-e-press/henze-reinventions-il-nuovo-disco-opv

Hans Werner Henze: I sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Mario Caroli flute
Emanuela Battigelli harp
Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Marco Angius conductor

booklet by Gastón Fournier-Facio

Format 1 CD
Brilliant Classics
Release October 2023
https://www.brilliantclassics.com

Digital album release - Sequenza II by L. Berio

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30th June 2023
Released on all the main digital platforms

Spotify
Amazon Music
iTunes
YouTube

Exactly sixty years ago Luciano Berio confronted himself with the solo harp, writing a masterpiece of literature for this instrument with brave, almost irreverent skill, irony and above all great compositional genius, reversing its fortunes, since the harp after Sequenza II has no longer remained the same. The sound planes of Sequenza II are multiple and are manifested through timbres and sounds that alternate and respond with such a speed as to make them almost imperceptible, albeit with a total structure and force, capable of creating a dramatic and overwhelming narration that goes beyond the physicality and "reality" of the instrument itself.

link to the Sequenza II (author's note) on the website of Centro Studi Luciano Berio

Artesuono ART227
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono Recording Studios
in June 2023

 

Chigiana International Festival 2023 - Berio_Altre voci

20 July 2023 Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, Siena

Centro Studi Luciano Berio

Introduction to the concert by Talia Pecker Berio and Nicola Sani

ALICE ROSSI soprano
MONICA BACELLI mezzosoprano
ROBERTO FABBRICIANI flute
PAOLO RAVAGLIA clarinet
SÀO SOULEZ LARIVIÈRE viola
VITTORIO CECCANTI cello
EMANUELA BATTIGELLI harp

CHIGIANA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Emanuela Olivelli, Tommaso Sassatelli

ALVISE VIDOLIN / NICOLA BERNARDINI live electronics
JULIAN SCORDATO coordinator SaMPL
TONINO BATTISTA conductor

Berio Altra Voce / Différences / Visage / Circles
Sequenza III per voce sola / Sequenza II per arpa


link to the concert 

Chigiana International Festival 2023 

 

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The digital single album Crowd was released by label Artesuono (ART218), with a special thought and memory to the great composer Harrison Birtwistle, who has recently passed away.
It is a magnificent piece for solo harp recorded by Stefano Amerio in March 2022, the only recording available online.

Links to purchase the album:
Amazon 
iTunes

Links for listening:
Spotify
YouTube

 

 

Henze - I sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

23 April 2022 Padova, Sala dei Giganti

Marco Angius conductor
Anna Tifu violin
Mario Caroli flute
Emanuela Battigelli harp
Gastón Fournier-Facio speaker

Hans Werner Henze
I sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Il vitalino raddoppiato


https://www.opvorchestra.it/calendario/2022/04/23/1791/

 

La Poesia insiste e resiste

MARCH 19 Udine, Caffè Caucigh at 18:30
La Poesia insiste e resiste nell'attraversamento della devastazione

ANDREA ZANZOTTO
conversation with Federico Santini and Debora Vogrig
reading by Manuel Marrese
music by Emanuela Battigelli - celtic harp

exhibition of artist books by Federico Santini
texts by Andrea Zanzotto
works by Emilio Vedova, Giuseppe Zigaina, Carlo Ciussi and Tonino Guerra
Libreria Martincigh
 

Luis de Pablo - Canto del nostro tempo

FEBRUARY 23 Madrid, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Presentation and screening of the docufilm Luis de Pablo - Canto del nostro tempo by Alberto Nacci, ending with Emanuela Battigelli's interpretation of Improvisación by Luis de Pablo for solo harp.
 

Solo harp recital at the Museo del Novecento - Milano

video by Lorenzo Pisanello

Tuesday 14 December h 17.00
Museo del Novecento - Milano
Sala Fontana

Le ninfee
Leon Schidlowsky Prelude for Harp
Guido Guerrini Nostalgie di Novizze from Le suore: tre bozzetti per arpa
Louis-Claude Daquin / Luigi Maria Magistretti Le Coucou
Robert Schumann / Alphonse Hasselmans In der Fremde - Die Lotusblume - Der Nussbaum
Somei Satoh Shun-Shu-Ka (Lament for Spring)
Ferenc Farkas Old Hungarian Melodies
Emanuela Battigelli Le ninfee
Robert Maxwell Ebb Tide

Debussy "Danses" for harp and string orchestra

Suite Parisienne
Orchestra giovanile Filarmonici Friulani
Emanuela Battigelli, harp
Ferdinando Sulla, conductor

Music by C. Debussy and M. Ravel

THURSDAY 21 October | h 21.00
Teatro Comunale Palamostre, Udine
Reservations: biglietteria@cssudine.it
Tickets 
 

FRIDAY 22 October | h 21.00
Teatro Adelaide Ristori, Cividale del Friuli
Reservations: biglietteria@filarmonicifriulani.com
Tickets
 

New album release - Volo a due

Emanuela Battigelli's new album Volo a due includes the first world recording of Prélude, Valse et Rigaudon by Reynaldo Hahn in its original version for harp and piano.

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Volo a due is a single digital album recorded for label Artesuono, with the first world recordings of these two works:
1. Reynaldo Hahn: Prelude, Valse and Rigaudon for harp and piano
Emanuela Battigelli - harp
Luisa Valeria Carpignano - piano
2. Emanuela Battigelli: Volo a due for two harps (harp and recorded harp)
Emanuela Battigelli - harp

The album has been recorded, mixed and mastered in May 2021 by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono Recording Studios. Cover photo by Flavio Rossi.

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Links to purchase the album:
Amazon
iTunes

Links for listening:
YouTube
Spotify

 

"Le ninfee" on Amazon and iTunes

Review on Harp Column

"...she succeeds gloriously in guiding our ear through the varied qualities."

Alison Young's review of the CD Le Ninfee has been published on Harp Column

(May-June 2021 issue)
Link to the article:
https://harpcolumn.com/blog/le-ninfee/

 

Broadcast on the Israeli National Radio

On the 20th of April 2021 at Radio Kol Hamusica (Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation) the Prelude for harp by Leon Schidlowsky was broadcasted, a piece premiered by Emanuela Battigelli in the CD The Water Lilies.

Link to the program (starts at 01:31:30)
https://www.kan.org.il/radio/player.aspx?ItemId=210435

 

Radio interviews and Contemporary Music Area Italy

Live radio interview on Radio Onde Furlane - 10 February 2021
By Paolo Cantarutti with the participation of Simone Dubrovic, author of the booklet of
Le ninfee.
Podcast

Interview on Radio Rai FVG (9 February 2021) by Antonia Pillosio - from minute 15:31
Podcast

The works by Guido Guerrini and Ivan Fedele (first world recordings) have been published on the YouTube channel of CMAC (Contemporary Music Area Channel Italy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDMGC8NSWc4&t=846s

 

New CD release - Le ninfee (The Water Lilies)


CD Artesuono 2020
 

… “But water is never alone, it creates a double landscape («gliding along the reflection / of a double landscape, rowing through both») and the sky mirrors itself in it. Thus, this music matches the movements of the air to the ones of the water and feels like breeze and wind.

A tenacity of giving oneself entirely dresses these liquid and airy sounds with a fabric, a firm weft, a destiny worked on the harp loom”. …

Simone Dubrovic

 

These are the words Simone Dubrovic uses to introduce the CD Le ninfee (The Water Lilies) by harpist Emanuela Battigelli, which the label Artesuono will release on December 9th. This collection of pieces for solo harp includes important first recordings of composers such as Ivan Fedele, Guido Guerrini and Leon Schidlowsky, in addition to a piece by Emanuela Battigelli herself and compositions from different ages and styles, from Schumann to The Doors and Robert Maxwell. Battigelli offers a rich kaleidoscope of sounds capable of stressing different musical textures and qualities of the instrument – enhanced by the recording mastery of Stefano Amerio, award winning sound engineer in demand among the most important international musicians – with depth and variety comparable to the ones of an orchestra.

The disc includes music by Battigelli, Satoh, Schumann, Daquin, Guerrini, Farkas, Schidlowsky, Fedele, The Doors and Maxwell.


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How to purchase the CD - Come acquistare il CD
the cost of the CD is 15€
Please order it using the contact form of this website  
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… “Ma l’acqua non è mai sola, crea un doppio paesaggio («scivolando sul riflesso / di un doppio paesaggio, remando attraverso entrambi») e vi si specchia il cielo. Perciò questa musica ai movimenti dell’acqua accompagna quelli dell’aria e sa di brezza e di vento.

Una costanza del darsi interamente veste questi suoni liquidi e aerei d’un tessuto, d’una trama salda, d’un destino lavorato al telaio dell’arpa”. ...

Simone Dubrovic

 

Con queste parole Simone Dubrovic introduce il CD Le ninfee dell'arpista Emanuela Battigelli, in uscita il 9 dicembre 2020 per l'etichetta Artesuono.
La raccolta di brani per arpa sola include importanti prime incisioni assolute di compositori come Ivan Fedele, Guido Guerrini e Leon Schidlowsky, oltre a un brano di Emanuela Battigelli stessa e composizioni di diverse epoche e stili, da Schumann fino ai Doors e Robert Maxwell. Battigelli offre un ricco caleidoscopio sonoro capace di far risaltare le diverse sonorità e qualità dello strumento – valorizzate dalla magistrale registrazione a cura di Stefano Amerio, ingegnere del suono pluripremiato e richiesto da alcuni fra i più importanti musicisti a livello internazionale - con profondità e varietà paragonabili a quelle di un'orchestra.

Il disco include musiche di Battigelli, Satoh, Schumann, Daquin, Guerrini, Farkas, Schidlowsky, Fedele, The Doors e Maxwell.

 

 

 

Debussy - Danses for harp and string orchestra

Concert review on Rivista Musica - November 2019

On the Italian newsstands, in the November issue of Musica magazine you will find the review of the 63rd Venice Music Biennale and Emanuela Battigelli's concert.
Article by Gabriele Moroni
http://www.rivistamusica.com/

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2019
3 OCTOBER h 16.30 L'Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese
Emanuela Battigelli harp
concert for harp and electronics

Daniela Terranova (1977) Wood Metal Strings for harp (2017)
Michele Sanna (1981) Dove tutto è possibile for harp and electronics (2019) world premiere – commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia
Maurizio Azzan (1987) dove tutto è stato preso II for harp and electronics (2019) world premiere – commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia
Daniele Bravi (1974) L’eco dell’immediato svanire for harp and electronics (2019) world premiere – commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia
Malika Kishino (1971) Éclosion for harp and electronic device (2005) Italian premiere

electronics CIMM - Centro di Informatica Musicale e Multimediale della Biennale di Venezia
computer music design Maurilio Cacciatore, Simone Conforti
harp Emanuela Battigelli

 

 

21 JULY - MITTELFEST 2019
Cividale, Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Celebrating Life 
Emanuela Battigelli, classic and celtic harp recital

Seikilos Epitaph
Lou Harrison (1917-2003) Sonata in Ishartum – Avalokiteshvara
traditional Jewish Adon Olam - Kol Nidre – Veshameru - Tehillat HaShem - Al Eleh -
Hallelu et Adonai (Psalm 117) - Hodu l'Adonai ki tov (Psalm 118)
Alfonso el Sabio (1221-1284) Cantiga de Santa Maria - Quen a omagen
Antonio de Cabezon (1510 -1566) Beata viscera Mariae Virginis
Toshio Hosokawa (1955) Two Japanese Folk Songs
Falling Cherry Blossoms – Lullaby of Itsuki
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Leon Schidlowsky (1931) Prelude for harp
Luis de Pablo (1930) Improvisación per arpa * dedicated to Emanuela Battigelli 
Emanuela Battigelli (1980) Zerogravità
Magnar Åm (1952) Shepherd song (Mongolian folk song)

* world première

 

Luis de Pablo - Improvisación for solo harp

dedicated to Emanuela Battigelli
world première 21 July 2019 Cividale (UD), Church of Santa Maria dei Battuti
Mittelfest


Thus Luis de Pablo expresses himself about this new work:
"Improvisación for solo harp, divided into three movements
(I. "Relato", II. "Scherzino, III." Studio "), was written for
Emanuela Battigelli and is dedicated to her with admiration and
respect. The work honors its name (improvisation)
because, although written with detail and precision, it requires
a freedom of reading by the interpreter (in this case
absolutely exceptional): form and writing require
an intimate collaboration. Perhaps the author remembered
Chopin and the "Presto" of his "Sonata Marcia Funebre" ... ».

ed. Suvini Zerboni

 

 

22 February h 21.00 Rome, Sala Casella - Accademia Filarmonica Romana
Assoli - opening concert

Omaggio a Ivan Fedele


Valentina Coladonato  soprano
Emanuela Battigelli  harp
Michele Marco Rossi cello
Francesco Granata piano
Claudio Proietti piano
 
FEDELE
Suite Francese V for solo harp
Gstaad Variationen** for solo harp
Suite Francese VI * for solo cello
from the Studi Australes n. 2 for solo piano
from the Studi Boreali n. 1 and 3 for solo piano
 
RAVEL
Histoires naturelles for voice and piano

 
* world première
** Italian première