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Quartet for the End of Time

Sandro Cappelletto
Il Circolo Artistico Ensemble


Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992) Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps for violin, clarinet, cello and piano (composed between 1940 -41)

  1. Liturgie de cristal
  2. Vocalise pour l’ange qui annone la fin du temps
  3. Abîme des oiseaux
  4. Intermède
  5. Louange à l’éternité de Jèsus
  6. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes
  7. Foullis d’arcs – en – ciel , pour l’ange qui annonce la fin du temps
  8. Louanges à l’immortalité de Jésus

Sandro Cappelletto

Writer and music historian, Sandro Cappelletto was born in Venice in the second half of the 20th century. He graduated in Philosophy and studied harmony and composition with master Robert Mann. Among his main publications we find: the first critical biography of Carlo Broschi Farinelli (“La voce perduta”, EDT, 1995), an analysis of Puccini’s “Turandot” (Gremese Editore, 1988), a biography of Beethoven (Newton Compton, 1986), an essay on Gaetano Guadagni (Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, 1993), a political inquiry on Italian opera instirutions (“Farò grande questo teatro!”, EDT 1996). In 2006 was published “Mozart – La notte delle Dissonanze” (EDT), a book dedicated to the mysterious introductory Adagio of the String Quartet K 465. For the “Storia del teatro moderno e contemporaneo” (Einaudi, 2001) he wrote the essay “Inventare la scena: regia e teatro d’opera”.

In 2002, together with Pietro Bria, he published “Wagner o la musica degli affetti” (Franco Angeli), a collection of reflections and interviews by Giuseppe Sinopoli, of whom in 2006 he edited, for Marsilio Editori, “Il mio Wagner – il racconto della Tetralogia “.  Author of radio and television programs for Rai frequencies (he created in 2001 the Rai-Radio Tre program “La scena invisibile”), he wrote numerous theatrical works (“Quel delizioso orrore”, “Solo per archi’, “Poiché l’avida sete”, “Vostro devotissimo Wolfgang Amadé”). His texts for musical theater were born from the collaboration with numerous Italian composers such as: Ambrosini, Corghi, D’Amico, Gentile, Lupone, Morricone, Pennisi and Piacentini. Academic of the Roman Philharmonic Academy, at the invitation of Giuseppe Sinopoli he directed the dramaturgy and pedagogy sector of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2004 he won the d’Arcangelo prize for music critic of the festival organized by the Martina Franca. He is a professional journalist, and collaborates with the newspaper “La Stampa” and is also a member of the artistic commission of the Fiesole Music School.

Il Circolo Artistico Ensemble

Dario Candela piano
Luca Iovine clarinet
Giuseppe Carotenuto violin
Nicola Marino violino
Giuseppe Navelli viola
Manuela Albano cello

Il Circolo Artistico Ensemble specializes in the repertoire of the early 20th century and has offered contemporary first performances of works by Italian authors active between the two wars, obtaining the recognition of great interpreters for this project. In 2008 Aldo Ciccolini played together with the Ensemble at the Teatro Mercadante in Naples; Bruno Canino at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Roberto De Simone entrusted the group with the “In morte della Tarantola” Suite, which was premiered in Paris. Lately it has also been performed at the Auditorium of the Parco della Musica in Rome and then in Germany, France and Italy in Taranto, Catania, Rome, Macerata, Milan with enormous success in publications such as the Giornale della Musica, Amadeus, Repubblica , Rhein Neckar Zeitung, Il Mattino and Roma. For here, the TaranTODAY project – hypnotic rhythmic formulas – with the aim of commissioning new compositions that have Southern Italy folklore music as their source of inspiration, was born. In November 2011 a CD of the Ensemble was released, recorded with the participation of Aldo Ciccolini for Naxos, where the quintets of Mario Pilati and Achille Longo were released in world premiere. With a consolidated chamber music experience, “ll Circolo Artistico Ensemble” also performed alongside Alain Meunier, Antony Pay, Rocco Filippini, Antonio Salvatore, Francesco Manara, Carlo Bruno and collaborated with Roberto De Simone and Sandro Cappelletto, with the actors Renato Carpentieri and Rosaria De Cicco and with Movimento Danza and carries out an intense concert activity. The Ensemble founded in 2007 the Italian Chamber Music Centre, whose activities include the management of the Mario Pilati Library, dedicated to the 20th century of Italian music and where the members carry out research activities. The Circolo Artistico Ensemble is a group with variable staff consisting mainly of Neapolitan musicians, winners of competitions at prestigious European institutions: Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Conservatorio Superiore “Cortot” in Paris, Musikhochschule in Frankfurt, Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Three of the members of the Ensemble are permanently part of the orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

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Locked up in the Nazi concentration camp of Goerlitz during the winter of 1940-1941, together with thousands of other war prisoners and internees, deprived of everything, Olivier Messiaen composes one of the most touching and happy pages of his entire work. While he was living his own apocalypse – and with him millions of other men, overwhelmed by political and racial fury – the French composer (1908-1992) relies on music. The Quartet for the End of Time expresses the strength of his hope, more tenacious than any despair, and remains an unshakable testimony and memory of man’s will to imagine a world of peace. But how can a musician think about the end of Time, the fundamental element around which he organizes the composition?

Sandro Cappelletto

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