This is a decidedly innovative project. The record opens with Schubert's Fantasia in F minor (a masterpiece of unparalleled beauty, in my transcription for solo piano) and ends with Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110 (a monument of piano literature).
Between these two great "columns", I would like to propose the imaginative and evocative music of David Chaillou, who among contemporary composers is perhaps the one who more than others has managed to reconcile the search for a new language and the seductiveness of listening.
Everything hinges on the idea of confession, of the search for an inner voice (of the piano and also of the performer), and of the sign that this invisible intimacy leaves on lived time. Moreover, among the pieces, there is an unpublished work by Chaillou, inspired by the verses of the great Italian poet Valerio Magrelli: the voice bursts into the texture of the music.
The project is certainly of great cultural value, but also very agile, brilliant, unprecedented, exciting. It consists of the encounter between Tradition and New music, a mixture of eras and writings protected by a significant literary (as suggested by the poetry of Valerio Magrelli) and cultural background (originally Circonfession is the title of a work by the philosopher Jacques Derrida).
The record will have a transversal soul, capable of embracing the glorious repertoire of the past and the visionary gaze towards the future, with the ability to also attract new listeners thanks to the innovative spirit that animates it.
It is a celebration of the values that accompany us and an encouragement to new, unprecedented scenarios of music and culture
Franz Schubert/Alessandro Conti:
Fantasie in f minor D940
I. Allegro molto moderato - II. Largo - III. Allegro vivace - IV. Tempo primo
David Chaillou: Légendes
Les mains nues
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 Op. 110
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Chaillou: Empreintes, tribute à Beethoven
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga; Allegro, ma non troppo
The rewards are numerous and varied, to allow any form of participation.
Every contribution is important!
We would be really happy to thank you through our work, hoping to match your generosity with our passion and faith in art!
Every single pledge will be a piece of our mosaic, every single note will resonate with the trust you have placed in our idea.
You can donate even just € 2, for us this already makes a difference! The range of donations allows all sorts of involvement in the project. You can appear as Donors on the web and on the artist's social networks (if the Patron wishes, of course), but also secure a copy of the album for a modest amount that you will receive directly to your home without any shipping costs. You can also be acknowledged as Donors or even Partners on the CD booklet (of course with permission). If you wish, through your donation you can in fact purchase one or more autographed copies of the CD, and above all there is the chance of directly attending an exclusive live recital in prestigious and suggestive locations in Paris and Rome.
There are many cumulative formulas to have more CD copies and a greater number of free entrances to concerts.
In addition, we will make you participate in the live stages of making recordings, by posting a video-diary on YouTube (on a page reserved for donors) where you can attend the technical and artistic rehearsals, living and sharing the spirit that animates this initiative so deeply desired.
Depending on your support, it will also be possible to have a video interview with the pianist Alessandro Conti, both if you are journalists, but also music lovers. An opportunity for cultural exchange, but also for mutual gratitude and socialization.
Finally, there is the exclusive chance to come to Rome and attend a piano recital in an enchanting archaeological site, and then also have dinner with Maestro Conti and visit the historic center of the Eternal City together. A unique opportunity, which also includes coverage for two people in a B&B (2 nights) in the center of Rome!
This is a project that combines great music, contemporary research, desire to share universal cultural and spiritual contents, which concern every fiber of our lives! It's exciting, it's full of passion, and it's achievable. Thanks in advance to those who have understood how much soul there is in each of our notes.
• Alessandro Conti plays Schubert:
About Alessandro Conti
Active in Italy and abroad both as a soloist as well as a conductor, his piano recitals, in particular, are characterized by a diversified repertoire that extends from English virginalists to contemporary music, through the great masterpieces of the classic-romantic tradition.
Each choice of repertoire, as well as the construction of the concert program itself, is the result of a research path that also includes figurative art and literature.
As a pianist he has performed in Italy and abroad, holding, among others, recitals at the Kaisersaal in Vienna, Eutherpe Hall in Valencia, St. Aposteln Basilik in Köln, St. Martin in the Field Cathedral in London.
He held the first Italian performances of works such as Howard Skempton's Images, Time Curve Preludes by William Duckworth. First Italian interpreter to perform Philip Glass's Complete Piano Etudes (June 2017), as well as some unpublished pieces (Vision, Monsters of Grace) included in the retrospective (2017) dedicated to the full piano of the American composer.
• Glass' Etude XVI on official Philip Glass channel:
His fruitful collaboration with the well-known French composer David Chaillou is currently underway, dedicated to the performance of published (Universal Edition, Vienna) and unpublished pieces.
As conductor, he took the podium of the Orquestra Reino de Aragón (Madrid), the Blue Danube Symphony Orchestra (Budapest), "OlegDanovski" Opera and Ballet Theater Orchestra (Costanta), Baltic Festival Orchestra (Tallinn), Astrakhan Conservatory Orchestra, Astrakhan Philharmonia Orchestra (Astrakhan).
• Piano drop: unexpected applause:
PRESS: The musicologist and writer Michael McDonagh wrote about him:
"Italian classical pianist Alessandro Conti has achieved what the greatest music - or any music, for that matter - always demands. He has internalized it and made it his own in the deepest way. In a time when too many pianists are just phoning in a piano competition-ready performance to please their parents? teachers? managers? he has done the well-nigh impossible by meeting composer Philip Glass on his own - dare I say "spiritual"? grounds - and making that music "speak" as few others have. In this way he's like the revered and still living Italian classical pianist Maurizio Pollini whose recorded performance of the keyboard part in Brahms' great Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, with the magisterial Quartetto Italiano, lifts this ineffable piece to an even higher realm. Conti's hands listen and the music listens and breathes its own in the very deepest way. And who could ask for more?" Michael Mc Donagh - San Francisco, CA USA
• Philip Glass Etude XX: "easily the best interpretation I've heard of this extraordinary moving piece", Michael McDonagh:
UPBRINGING - Alessandro Conti has a broad European background, having completed the highest degrees of further education between Vienna, Helsinki and Tallinn. Pupil of Paul Barnes, Krassimira Jordan and Wolfang Watzinger for the piano, Ivan Vandor for the composition, Piero Bellugi, Jorma Panula, and Paavo Järvi for the conducting, he also stands out for his humanistic training. Graduated first in Philosophy, he continued his studies with a second degree in History of Religions.
DAVID CHAILLOU is a French contemporary classical composer currently living in Paris. Chaillou has scored for orchestras, voice, string quartets, chamber ensembles, soloists, and electronic music. His works are intended for concert performance, dramatic production and cinema.
Son of the French writer Michel Chaillou, David Chaillou started piano lessons at the age of seven at the Ecole Normale de musique de Paris and then at Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt. Chaillou attended Le Conservatoire de Paris CNSMDP where he received degrees in piano, acoustic music and harmony. He studied history and then music history at Paris-Sorbonne University, earning a PhD in French Opera for which his doctoral thesis was later published (éditions Fayard). Chaillou began writing at the age of twenty.
The composer’s works have been played in France and abroad at Musicora Festival (Paris), Pompidou Centre, Le Conservatoire de Paris CNSMDP, Lille Nouveau siècle, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Schönberg Center (Vienna), Mozarteum Salzbourg, Beethovenfest (Bonn), Carinthischer Sommer (Villach), Felicja Blumental Music Center (Tel Aviv), University of Cambridge and the Moscow Conservatory.
His works have been broadcast on Radio Classique, Radio France, France Télévisions, Mezzo TV, Arte, Telewizja Polska SA, Radio Orpheus (Russia), and Radio ORF (Austria) among others.
The composer has undertaken collaborations with other artists, namely actors Karl Markovics (who starred in the Academy Award-winning film The Counterfeiters), Jacques Gamblin (Silver Bear best actor award-winner for [Conduct]), Jean-Pierre Marielle (featured in The Da Vinci Code),Michel Vuillermoz (member of Comédie-Française theater company) and writers Arnaud Delalande and Olivier Balazuc as well as Patrice Alexandre, sculptor and professor at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris.
Awards and Distinctions
2015 - award from Beaumarchais SACD Foundation (English: Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) for opera due to performed in 2017
2014 - French National Centenary Committee award for Léger au front
2011 - composer-in-residence at the Dora Maar House, the Brown Foundation Fellows Program and MFAH
2011 - SACEM Emergence prize for film music
What do we need the money for
The expenses must cover all the technical tasks for the realization: the recording studio, the use of equipment (microphones, mixers and so on), the service of a sound engineer, as well as the rental of a grand concert piano and the service of the piano tuner.
I trust that having all this available for a week of work is the time needed to complete the project.
I will be doing the recording sessions next fall, October-November 2021, when I have already done some «test» recitals (in private form). The goal is to release the album in January 2022 and thus begin a series of promotional recitals in Europe, especially France and Italy. Once the record has been made, I (together with the composer D. Chaillou, with whom I collaborate) will also be able to access important halls, such as the Institute of Italian Culture and the Salle Cortot in Paris, a true temple of the piano.