Umbertide, Collegiata Church of Santa Maria della Reggia
Danilo Rossi viola
Stefano Bezziccheri piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata n. 1 in G major op. 78 (transcription for Viola and Piano by Thomas Riebl)
HENRI VIEUXTEMPS Sonata in B-flat major for viola and piano op. 36
LOUIS VIERNE Deux Pièces for viola and piano op. 5
Danilo Rossi and Stefano Bezziccheri have been playing in a duo for over twenty years and have explored the entire repertoire for viola and piano: come as no surprise then that for this concert in tribute to France they chose an original programme and certainly poorly attended in the Italian concert halls. Beginning with the Sonata op. 78 n. 1 by Brahms composed for violin and piano but here proposed in the transcription for viola by Thomas Riebl: a piece of sublime lyricism, built using thematic material of his Regenlied. Together with the music of Brahms, they will play Vieuxtemp, composer of Belgian origin, but star of a cosmopolitan violin career (he also lived in Paris and performed in all the major European capitals, for some years he played at the imperial court in St. Petersburg). In addition to the violin, Vieuxtemp also develop a passion for the viola, composing some pages of great interest as it is this Sonata of 1863. Finally Louis Vierne: organist of Notre-Dame from 1900 to 1937, he performed in concert in Europe and North America and raised the necessary money for the restoration of the precious organ of the cathedral. Its production for other instruments is not very known, but hides some small jewels, such as Deux Pieces, Le Soir and Légende, composed before taking the prestigious role.