19 August, 21:00
Villa Cipressi, Varenna
AEOLIAN HARP DUO (LURANA LUBELLO AND FLORALEDA SACCHI)
PROGRAM: SUITE IN DUO
Anonimo/Respighi: Siciliana (arr. Aeolian Duo)
Georg Friederich Handel: Sarabanda dalla Suite N. 4 HWV 437 (arr. Aeolian Duo)
Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D major P 37(arr. Floraleda Sacchi)
Luis Kronenberg: Air de ballet pour deux harpes
Jaques Press: Polka pour deux harpes
Bernard Andrès: Parvis - Cortège et danse
Enrique: Granados: Oriental, Andaluza
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz: Danza de Luzma, Un vals para sonar, Habanera gris e Merengue rojo (arr. Aeolian Duo)
Ernesto Lecuona: Malaguena (arr. Floraleda Sacchi)
Carlos Salzedo: Tango, Rumba
AEOLIAN HARP DUO
The Æolian duo, harp duo, was founded in 1997 by Floraleda Sacchi and Lurana Lubello. Both well-established soloists earned diplomas, with honours, in Italy before continuing their studies with famous artists such as Judy Loman, Alice Giles, Judith Liber and Alice Chalifoux at the University of Toronto, the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt and the renowned Salzedo School in Camden, Maine. Both artists have received numerous prizes at T.I.M. and at competitions, especially those for contemporary music. Moreover, both harpists have appeared in various chamber music formations, such as flute-harp duo, harp quartet, voice-harp duo, and septet, as well as in numerous ensembles for contemporary music.
To broaden the harp repertoire and to demonstrate the harp's potential, Lurana Lubello and Floraleda Sacchi have transcribed many pieces for two harps. (Lurana Lubello studied composition at Milan Conservatory at the same time Floraleda Sacchi studied musicology there.) Through these efforts, they have developed a repertoire that is rich in special timbres and technically demanding. The result has been critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. The common fundament of the Salzedo School has allowed them to realise the inexhaustible tonal potential of the harp, and to liberate it from its stereotyped image.
The Æolian duo presents compositions by harpist-composer such Bernard Andrès and Carlos Salzedo. (Lubello and Sacchi are the only harpists who perform the original version of Salzedo's Pentacle Suite, following the autograph manuscript.) But they also play works of composers such as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Cesar Franck. A part of their repertoire is made up of music of jazz nature, for example that of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and Pearl Chertok. Since 1998 the duo has also involved itself in unusual formations such as two harps and soprano, employing arrangements of works by Manuel De Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claude Debussy and Henri Duparc. This Trio was highly appreciated by critic and public. The Æolian Duo has also researched in one of the harp's golden age, that means late 18th century, and discovered a forgotten repertoire combinig music to acting, as well as pieces for two performers on the same harp. A musical/theatrical program, uniting authors such as Boïeldieu, Meyer, Dussek and Marin as well as 20th century interactive pieces, was the result of this effort.
The Æolian Duo has appeared in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and the USA, astonishing and delighting its audiences every time.