“Arciuli’s own virtuosità is on full display”
Emanuele Arciuli has established himself as one of the most original and interesting performers on today’s classical music scene. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music, with a strong affinity for composers from the United States.
Emanuele Arciuli continuously develops new projects and is in constant pursuit of new ideas and innovative programmes. Round Midnight Variations, a group of 16 compositions that were written expressively for Arciuli by composers such as Crumb, Babbitt, Kernis, Rzewski, Torke, Daugherty, Bolcom and Harbison, has recently sparked the interest of international critics. The variations, which were released by Stradivarius on CD under the title ‘Round Midnight – Hommage to Thelonious Monk in May 2011, have been celebrated by the international press.
His numerous recordings (Chandos, Stradivarius, Innova, Vai, Bridge, Wergo, etc.) include Gates to Everywhere, with music by Carla Bley, Fred Hersch, and Chick Corea, the complete piano works of Berg and Webern, the world premiere of Bruno Maderna’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and a lot of american music. His CD dedicated to George Crumb was nominated for a Grammy Award, and his CD with works by Adams and Rzewski won the Italian critics’ award for Best Record in 2006. Recently VAI Records has released a dvd featuring Ives Concord Sonata. Walk in Beauty, a 2cd box just released by Innova, features music by such american composers as JL Adams, Bresnick, Daugherty, Gann, Garland, Higdon, Ballard etc.
Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli performs Winnsboro Cotton Mills Blues, from "North American Ballads" by Frederic Rzewski. The blues theme appears midst the deafening, terrifying clamor of the cotton mill.
When Mr. Arciuli asked many composers to create a composition based upon "Round Midnight" of jazz great Thelonious Monk, George Crumb submitted a 9 part suite, Mitternacht Musik -A Little midnight Music- (Ruminations on a theme by T. Monk.).
Russian pianist Ilya Itin speaks about Nikolai Medtner's Op. 38 & 39 "Forgotten Melodies", prior to a performance of the same pieces.
This first event of MIPFA academic year 20/21 premieres our virtual platform —the first of many to come during this season!