8 September, 6 p.m.
Cappella di Villa Melzi, Bellagio
Floraleda Sacchi (harp) Claudio Ferrarini (flute)
PROGRAM: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Gioachino Rossini: Andante con variazioni su temi della “Semiramide”
Vincenzo Bellini: Fantasia su un tema originale (J. Fahrbach – E. Parish Alvars)
Gaetano Donizetti: Sonata per flauto e arpa (Andante, Allegro su un tema di Gallenberg)
Duca Ernesto II di Sassonia: Fantasia su temi dell'opera Casilda (F. Doppler, A. Zamara)
Giuseppe Verdi: Fantasia su temi de “ La Traviata ” (A. Genin)
Georges Bizet: Fantasia su temi della “Carmen” (F. Borne)
THE ARTISTS: AMADEUS DUO
The Amadeus Duo was created in 2001 by acclaimed soloists Claudio Ferrarini (flute) and Floraleda Sacchi (harp) to offer the main flute and harp repertoire which has to be considered prominent in chamber music history.
The Amadeus Duo has fascinated audiences worldwide and gained outstanding reviews internationally: “…this Duo bewitches the soul” (Berlin Zeitung), “Programs are original and the sound exceptional” (Il Giorno). Since its birth, the Amadeus Duo collected several new compositions especially written and realised the world première recordings of music by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, Luis Berenguer, etc.
The Amadeus Duo's repertoire is incredibly wide: it includes baroque masters, all works by Spohr, Mozart, Krumpholtz, Damase, Rossini, Donizetti, Rota and the Italian repertoire of 19th century as well as contemporary authors up to new age, ethnic and film music for electro flute and electro-harp.
The Duo has recently realised a CD for Aulia label dedicated to flute and harp Sonatas op.8 by Jean Baptiste Krumpholtz.
Claudio Ferrarini (flute)
Claudio Ferrarini studied with major flutists such as Moyse, Nicolet, Gazzelloni and Schulz as well as with Karlheinz Stockhausen.
He began to perform concerts all over the world, playing in international festivals like the Mozarteum in Saltzburg, Sotheby's Concerts in London, the Due Mondi Festival in Spoleto and in prestigious music-halls like the Salamanca Hall, the Orange Hall, the Kyoiku Bunka Hall and the Suntory Hall in Japan. He was as well soloist with several world leading orchestras.
His performances have been recorded by radio and television like ORF, ZDR, RSI, RAI, SDR, RTE, and ALL INDIA and the sound of his flute has been included in Encarta Encyclopaedia by Microsoft.
He recorded more than 80 CDs for Fonit Cetra, Europa Musica, Frequenz, Stradivarius, Koch International and Mondo Musica labels. He won 9 times the “Globe” from American Records Guild.
He is flute professor at the Università di Alta Formazione Musicale of Parma and held masterclass at Royal College of Music (London), Person College of Victoria (Canada), Bruch Musik Schule (Austria), University of the Music of Montevideo (Uruguay), University of San Paul (Brazil), ecc. He is regularly invited in juries of international competitions.
Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
Floraleda Sacchi was born in Como and, despite her young age, she performs regurlary and internationally. She obtained her concert diploma as soloist and as chamber music player in Italy and afterwards she perfectionate with Alice Giles (Germany), Alice Chalifoux (Usa) and Judy Loman (Canada). From 1996 up today, she won prizes at 16 international competitions (Concours UFAM, GMI, Premio Galbiati, TIM, Rovere d'oro, F. Schubert, etc.).
She performed in major European halls and festivals on three continents and represented Italian harpists at 4th, 5th and 6th European Harp Symposium. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television: RAI, RSI, ORF, Mediaset, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France etc. and CDs issued by Stradivarius (2002), Aulia (2004), CNI (2005), Adnarim (2001), Multimedia (2000).
Floraleda Sacchi is Harp Professor at the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in Milan and visiting professor at Parma's Conservatory – University of Music.
Parallel to music she studied languages and musicology. In 1999 she realised a book on the English harpist Elias Parish Alvars (Odilia Publishing), which received outstanding reviews and brought the authoress the HARPA AWARD in recognition (Prague, 2000).