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Luca Fanfoni plays Verdi, Fantasias on Arias


Verdi, Fantasias on Arias

Luca Fanfoni
Simone Savina, Piano

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Orig. res.:
Classical Music
Romantic/19th Century (1820 - 1900)
55:41 / 559
Available at 44.1 kHz * 16 bit

During the second half of the 1800's the incredible spreading of a genre of compositions, now in disuse, became very popular in Italy. It consisted in fantasies, rimembranze and various kinds of reductions for every level of difficulty and kind of instrument, for opera music.At the time, melodramma was also a source of “music” and, precisely, because theatres weren't always running, or in the case of smaller towns, where there were no theatres, the people were content to listen to the music of the operas, or even just the most famous arias of the operas.
Unlike "refined music" melodramma had its resonance also amongst the common people thanks to the use of automatic organs. Above all, however, the wealthier classes were staging the operas - or part of them - in their drawing rooms with the help of transcribed melodies for song (or violin) and piano. In Italy, it was Verdi's music that inspired the greater part of these transcriptions; these were made available for the press and thus became a means of publicity for the more complete form of opera performed at theatre.

Jamendo : Free music

Recorded at: Teatro Comunale, Casalmaggiore (CR), 2001
Engineer: John Fuchs
Photo/paint on cover: Photo by studio.es (flickr.com), (CC BY 2.0)
Art-work: OnClassical

Original studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2001

Luca Fanfoni, born in Parma in 1964, began the study of the violin in his native town at an early age with Giuseppe Alessandri and continued his studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he graduated with honours under Gigino Maestri's guide.
At a very young age he won the first prize at the International Competition of Stresa, the first prize at the National Competition of Pescara and the first prize at the National Competition of Vittorio Veneto.

Mr. Fanfoni's acquaintance and studying with violinists of international reputation such as Leonid Kogan and Franco Gulli of the Chigiana Academy of Siena resulted to be decisive to his musical formation. The scholarship obtained at the Chigiana Academy of Siena enabled him to study with the above prestigious musicians and, at the same time, to be granted with both the Diploma of Merit and the Diploma of Honor. He also studied with Dora Schwarzberg at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst of Vienna.

Luca Fanfoni studied for five years with Salvatore Accardo at the W. Stauffer Foundation of Cremona and during this last phase of improvement he participated in numerous International Competitions winning, in 1988, the first prize at the International Competition Romano Romanini, Premio Città di Brescia and winning the International Competition Giovan-Batiste Viotti of Vercelli in 1987 and the Enrico Costa prize in 1989 at the International Competition Niccolò Paganini of Genoa.

His concerts took place in prestigious halls such as the Anvers Philharmonie Hall, Kaikan Hall and Geijutsu Gekijo of Tokyo, Sala Verdi in Milan, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Hochschule Music Hall of Vienna, Concerts Hall of the Lucern Conservatory, and many others. These performances met great success both from the public and specialized critics so that he can be considered one of the most outstanding young Italian violinists.

In 2002 Mr. Fanfoni debuted at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 2003 the reproposal of his concert there offered him the opportunity to start a comprehensive tournée in the United States.

The new recording of the 12 Concerts Op. III and 24 Capricci by Pietro Antonio Locatelli has just been released for the Dynamic discographic house, recorded in collaboration with the Chamber orchestra Reale Concerto as director and soloist.

On October 24th the most important Italian musical magazine, Amadeus, produced and published a volume consisting of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugene Ysaye, and in May 2005 he performed in Rome's Presidential Palace Il Quirinale, broadcasted by RAI Radio 3, in duo with Massimo Guidetti at the piano.

Luca Fanfoni is a violin professor at the Parma Conservatory Arrigo Boito and plays a violin built by the important Venetian violinmaker Francesco Gobetti a.d. 1719, and recently an Ansaldo Poggi of 1971.

For OnClassical Luca Fanfoni propose a CD containing unpublished pieces and brilliant fantasies on Verdi’s themes for violin and piano.


Great personality, flawless technique, versatile musical taste, impressing while easily overtaking extreme difficulties.
Musica, 2001


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