Bach’s Art of the Fugue admirably interpreted by Accademia Bizantina

Fri. 15.06.2018 22:20

We don’t know what pinnacle our minds can possibly reach. What is certain is that in composing Die Kunst der Fuge (the Art of the Fugue) Johann Sebastian Bach went with his musical speculation reaching out to the Absolute so far that he almost touches it. This was the concert by Accademia Bizantina, in a sextet on this occasion, that took place on the 10th of July in Sant’Apollinare in Classe. It was part of the 29th Ravenna Festival.

Ottavio Dantone, conductor and harpsichordist, was coordinating the other five musicians as a princeps, beating times and suggesting feelings, interpreting Bach’s masterpiece so as to offer the public a shining example of beauty in its most refined form. This Bach work surely is one of the most difficult to perform: its instrumental destination is difficult to tell. Accademia Bizantina offered a reading with a rich tone palette thanks to the string quartet, a harpsichord and an organ. As a consequence the range of effects that they can use is broad. The two players who contributed to this amazing tonal rang more than the others were certainly the organist Stefano Demicheli and Mauro Valli: from his cello came musical pearls that could have easily been close to the Absolute.

Murcia, 30.04.2018

Mon. 30.04.2018 21:21

… directing (conducting) a small group of stupendous instrumentalists, Musica Alchemia, among which a fabulous cellist, Mauro Valli has distinguished himself masterfully.

His solo performance in Vivaldi’s Concerto in G major left us speechless for a level of virtuosity, certainly comparable to that of Lina Tur herself.

Authentic, original or philological?

Sun. 25.03.2018 21:37

The progressive success that has accompanied the performances with original instruments over the last fifty years, has complex reasons even if at the same time logical.

There are two main factors that summarise the rediscovery and the increasing appreciation of “ancient music”: semantic understanding and use of the most suitable tools to implement it.

Ottavio Dantone, 25 March 2018