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03 June 2011
"As if you are sitting in the front row at the concert hall face to face with the artist. Perfect timing and a playing style ensures severe involvement gives the Osiris Trio a unique status."De Gelderlander, 26-2-2014
Giuseppe Verdi is viewed as one of the most important, and most popular, opera composers of Italy. Few composers knew how to balance artistic ideals and commericial interersts like him. He was a composer of 'hits', like his "La donna è mobile" from his opera Rigoletto and his "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" from his opera Nabucco, and he was careful not to have his audience feel bored at any moment. Especially his early works are characterised by strongly propelling, rhytmic power. A common example is his Il Trovatore. Yet, Verdi was also a composer with ideals. If he would get intrigued by a character, it became his mission to portray to persona as best as he could in the music. This sometimes meant he was forced to alter or neglect traditional opera forms, like he did in Rigoletto. He was not afraid to touch on socially sensitive matters, which at times led to issues with the establishment. For instance, his opera La traviata turned out to be a controversial one, due to its courtesan heroine. Verdi never engaged in the intellectual discussions on music of his time. He pretended to be a simple man who felt most at home in the countryside. Nonetheless, with the masterful fugal ending of his last opera Falstaff he undoubtedly showed his intellectual level of composing.
Gaetano Donizetti was born in 1797 in a dark basement in Bergamo. He was born in a poor family with six children, but Donizetti was lucky enough to receive a free musical education at the school of the opera composer Simone Mayr. Mayr recognised Donizetti's talent and after giving him composition lessons he ensured he could continue his studies in Bologna. He also helped him get his first opera commission. Donizetti kept working hard and for a considerable period he composed four operas each year. A large part of his career, he worked in Naples, which could be a reason why his artistic style remained relatively conventional. After all, the opera audience in Naples had a conservative taste and censorship was extraordinarily strict: absolutely no violence or 'improper' romantic relationships on stage! Donizetti had the gift to compose remarkably fast and wrote in total more than 80 operas, both serious and comic. His operas L'Elisir d'Amore and Don Pasquale remain popular due to their cheerful and energetic music, uplifting rhythms, and tender melodies. Among his serious operas, his Lucia di Lammermoor, with its famous "mad scene" is most popular. Donizetti died in 1848 in Bergamo, after staying in a medical facility in Paris for months, suffering from dementia and paralysed by syphilis. A tragic death for a composer who was also known for his warm personality.
As if you are sitting in the front row at the concert hall face to face with the artist. Perfect timing and a playing style ensures severe involvement gives the Osiris Trio a unique status.
De Gelderlander, 26-2-2014
It was a pleasure to recover our national spirit, one of a homeland with a heart, without territorial boundaries in the music. We still have a preference for open melodies, which simplicity never becomes trivial, and which keeps the passionate rhetorics full of fair aspirations.
ci fa piacere ritrovare il nostro spirito nazionale di una patria del cuore, prima che dei confini territoriali nella musica. Sul pentagramma resistono i fossili del nostro gusto per l’aperto melodiare, per una semplicità mai banale, per l’ap passionata retorica intinta di fiere aspirazioni.
Elide Bergamaschi, Cittadino, dicembre 2011
"All things put together we can conclude that this is an attractive CD for listeners who want something different than the traditional repertoire and want to wallow for an hour in beautiful, famous opera melodies."
Marjolijn Sengers, Luister, September/October 2011
"Het resultaat is een cd vol sentiment en pathos, vaak uiterst zangerig, zoals een opera betaamt. En daarbij zo direct opgenomen dat de cello zijn woordenloze boodschap sensueel in je oor lijkt te fluisteren." Akkoord Magazine - Aug-Sept
"The result is a CD full of sentiment and pathos, often very melodious, as it befits an opera. The recording is very direct and in that way the cello seems to sensually whisper its wordless message in your ear." Akkoord Magazine - Aug-Sept