MITO Settembre Musica Festival: 5 & 6 September in Milan & Torino - world premiere of La Girò (2011) by Louis Andriessen
Louis Andriessen’s La Girò (2011), composed for violin and large ensemble, features Monica Germino as soloist, and has a distinctly Italian theme. The title refers to Anna Girò, a high-profile singer and muse of Antonio Vivaldi.
Andriessen: “In La Girò I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without its dedicatee, the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams. The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cimbalom and some percussion. The piece has four parts: the first three form a kind of concertino while the actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part.”
World premiere: MITO Settembre Musica Festival (2011), Milan and Turin, Italy
5 September, 21.00: Teatro Dal Verme; Milano, Italy - Live broadcast by Italian National Radio 3
6 September, 21.00: Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi; Torino, Italy
Monica Germino, violin/voice; David Atherton, conductor; London Sinfonietta; Sound Intermedia
Info London Sinfonietta
Netherlands premiere: 12 January 2012, 20.15
Donderdagavondserie-PROMS: The dreams of Anna Girò; Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam
Monica Germino, violin/voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; Asko|Schönberg
Live broadcast by Dutch National Radio 4 (NTR)
USA premiere: 28 February 2012, 20.00
Green Umbrella Series: Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Monica Germino, violin/voice; Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group