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Kevin Kastning is the new artist at guitarist, composer and instruments inventor, he is obtaining large consensus in America for his innovative music and recordings. His four last publications (2006-2009) have been recently included in our catalog: these albums are artistically relevant, curious, and impeccable at a sound level. The art of Kevin Kastning and of musicians Szabů and Siegfried, who flanked him, is innovative, courageous, hypnotic. We directly speak with the artist in a long interview that Alessandro Simonetto, founder of OnClassical, prepared for the OC blog.

A.S. Your music is a sort of improvisation that becomes composition in the act of performing it. We know this is a very original style of composition and performance at the same time. What are the influences of your artistic language? How do your thoughts and your own musical artistic processes impact these compositions?

K.K. Wow, that is a good question. I donít know if I could list all my artistic influences, as I am sure there are some which are there, but unconscious and unknown to me. A few composers that come to mind are Bartok, Elliott Carter, Gesualdo, Tallis, Beethovenís middle and late period string quartets, Ockeghem, the second Viennese school, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Bach, Byrd, Josquin, Praetorius, and even going back as far as Machaut. Bartokís string quartets had a deep and tremendously profound impact on me; both artistically and even spiritually. I also suspect that I have been impacted by artists from the French post-impressionist and the abstract expressionist periods; as well as authors such as Joyce, Proust, and Eliot. Sometimes I think I have a tendency to translate the visual into the audible.

New OnClassical featured Artist: Kevin Kastning.

K.K. find that when Iím involved in observing and really taking in a painting, that I will start to hear things; I look at a Jackson Pollock work and I can hear a lot of sound in that. Architecture can be an influence as well; I am a fan of Frank Gehry, and can hear sound when I look at some of his designs. I have thought of how the architectural concept behind flying buttresses of the Gothic period can translate into compositional form, or become a structural element of a piece. I also find that I am pretty heavily influenced by nature: landscapes; the seeming randomness of things like leaf veining and bird song and avian sounds. Lately I see things like cloud formations, forest growth patterns, river meanders, and certainly snow and snow patterns and wonder how I could translate that directly to score paper. I think that an artistís varied influences and impacting exposures become internally aggregated and sort of transmogrify into a new and unique amalgam; this becomes that artistís voice.

A.S. The collaboration with other musicians such as Siegfried and Sandůr Szabů: how do you discover to have the same "frequencies" / feeling for working at the same project?

K.K. As for the works with Siegfried, he and I began working together in the early 1990s; our album ďBinary FormsĒ was recorded in 1992. In this case, Siegfried knew we were operating on the same artistic frequency. I didnít; he brought it to my attention and asked if we could record together. At first I said no, but Iím glad he pressed me to do it, otherwise it never would have happened. He was right, by the way.

Kevin Kastning and Sandůr Szabů at the Traumwald Studio.

Iíll use Sandůr as a more detailed example; I hope he wonít mind! I met him a few years ago; before we met, I knew who he was, and he had found my music and researched it a bit prior to initially contacting me. We conversed quite a lot and listened to each otherís music. I had a strong sense, both conscious and subconscious, that he and I would artistically fit together like two puzzle pieces. And we did, in fact, on not only an artistic level, but also on a spiritual and deeply inner level, which of course translated to and became evident in the works we jointly create. We just knew that we were operating on, to use your rather accurate term, the same frequency. Sandůr stated the same thing to me, but an interesting difference is that he knew it long before I did! Itís tough to verbalize or explain; it is as if weíd known each other artistically long before we actually met. In fact, Iíve never met anyone with whom I have so much in common artistically. The work he and I do together is the most natural process in which Iíve ever been involved. I know he and I will be working together for a very long time.

Iíve been asked by other artists to collaborate or record with them, but itís really rare that I feel an artistic connection or affinity. There are a couple of other artists with whom Iím either working or with whom Iím going to be recording, though.

A.S. The guitars you, Kevin and the other musicians, play: how do you choose them? Do you personally build them? How and why?

K.K. As for the instruments I play, I initially select them based on their voice and tonal response. I will select a specific instrument for a certain composition or recording based on the requirements of that composition. For several years, I have been internally hearing (and still do) compositions which involved ranges and registers of instruments, specifically of the guitar family, which were not extant. Iím fortunate to be an artist endorser for Santa Cruz Guitars; we have a wonderful working relationship. After weíd established that relationship, I approached them with some instrument design ideas I had which extended the range of the guitar, and asked if they were interested in building them for me. To my surprise, they were not only agreeable, but very excited to do this. The first instrument I designed, and by designed I mean the register and range and tunings, was the DKK, which is an extended baritone guitar; it is tuned to F#, which is one whole step above a bass, and a seventh lower than guitar. For this extended range to be possible, a much longer scale length is required; this in turn requires a very different playing technique. I used the DKK in the studio on an upcoming album with Sandor wherein I had it in bass (E) tuning, and it sounded amazing; just really full and rich. With a lower-pitched instrument, far more string harmonics are available. When using the extended baritones, many of my chord voicings and harmonic structures involve artificial string harmonics; this just is not possible on a standard concert-pitch guitar. From the DKK came the DKK-12, which is a 12-string version of it, also in F# tuning.

The DKK-12 extended baritone Guitar.

I have devised many of my own intervallic tunings for the DKK-12, and I first used these on the album Parallel Crossings. On that album, for some pieces I used concert F# tuning and on others I used my intervallic tunings. To briefly explain: in F# concert tuning on the DKK-12, the string pairs are all in octaves; for example, the first course is F# / f#. In intervallic tunings, the first course might be F# / A. In other words, each course is tuned to a different non-octavic interval. In fact, all my work on Parabola was recorded using entirely my own intervallic tunings; I didnít use any concert tunings whatsoever on the entire record. The intervallic tunings also provide entirely other sets of artificial harmonics; as well as the possibility of 12-note chord voicings.

The KK-Alto guitar in progress.

The newest KK / Santa Cruz instrument is the Alto Guitar. This is a small-bodied, short-scale length 12-string which is pitched a P4 (perfect fourth) above standard guitar concert tuning; concert tuning is E; the alto is in A. Itís a very unusual guitar voice; it sounds like an amalgam of harpsichord and mandolin. I will touring Europe with Sandor this year, and will be taking the alto on the tour with me. So to answer your question: I donít build them, but I did design them.

A.S. Yes, that was my intention...

K.K. And they were built to fill an artistic need: that need being the compositions for instruments which didnít exist. Now they do exist. Interestingly enough, Sandor has a 12-string baritone which was built using the DKK-12 specifications; once he heard mine, he had to have one! He uses this instrument rather virtuosically on Resonance and Parallel Crossings. We have an album in the can which will be released in 2010 wherein we are both using different intervallic tunings on 12-string baritones. The harmonic densities and soundscapes are just huge! There is another new instrument on which Iím working with a wonderful and gifted luthier here in the US named Dan Roberts; it will have a wider range even than the DKK-12. Again, this instrument is conceived out of a need for an even wider ranging instrument for new compositions and their required tunings on which Iím working. The intervallic tunings are born out of a similar process: I have these pieces, or Iím hearing compositions involving harmonic structures that I canít achieve. Unless I re-invent something; first the instrument, and then that instrumentís tuning scenarios.

A.S. When I was teen I improvised at the piano with closed eyes, looking for the best sound for my invention: I defined the music that came out: blind music. Do you think we could define your own language in the same way?

K.K. HmmmÖ I donít know, but thatís another good question. I come from a discipline of composing; Iíve composed over 200 pieces; various string quartets, piano sonatas, trios; mostly chamber works. So even though Iím improvising with Sandor, for example, those improvisations are coming from a place of formal composition. Form is always a consideration, even where there is what might be perceived as a lack of form. I did an album in 2004 with Siegfried entitled Bichromial, and on that album, we focused on a concept I defined as open form compositions: these were improvised pieces with no repeating sections or motifs. The form was not cyclic in any way, but purely linear. So even in the absence of form, there is form. At least in my mind.

A.S. What are the technical equipment used to record (I mean microphones, preamps, and more ...). What is your attitude/mood before and during the recording session?

K.K. I am very, very finicky about and demanding of recording equipment. b>The albums have been recorded using mics by Gefell and Neumann into Millennia preamps. The Millennias are the cleanest and purest preamps Iíve ever used. The Gefell mics are so incredibly detailed that I think they can almost hear your thoughts! Lately Iíve been using some microphones from Peluso; I really like those very much and am excited about them. I have them in the studio, and am already at work on the next couple of albums, and the Peluso mics are being used on those, as well as the Gefells. The Peluso mics are really wonderful. They render the image in such a manner that they provide a wider soundscape, which is difficult to do and something for which Iíve been searching. My recording chain is very pure and direct: microphone to preamp to recorder. In both the recording and the mixing process, no EQ, compression, or limiting is ever used. The only outboard gear used in the mixing and mastering process other than the mixing desk and mastering recorder is the Bricasti M7 reverb unit. This is like having Boston Symphony Hall right in the studio; itís inexplicably beautiful and pure. Every album from Resonance on has been mixed with the M7; in fact, Resonance was the first album ever mixed with the M7. Iíve been really fortunate to work with companies like Bricasti and Peluso, too. For the past year or so, I've been using the Enhanced Audio M600 microphone mounting system. It really adds a measure of clarity, depth, and detail. In fact, "Parabola" was recorded using the M600 on the mics.

Kevin Kastning during a recording session.

As for the mood before and during the recording sessions, I suppose I would say itís relaxed and natural. Sandor and I have recorded four complete albums together, and parts of two more. The feeling in the studio is highly energized; yet very placid and calm. I think he and I both have about the exact same artistic temperament and approach; no stress, no nervousness; we just allow the music to speak through us. I know that may sound a little odd, but I donít how to explain it other than that. For me, the recording process is very natural. Itís a part of the creative process which tends to be more concrete than others. Strangely enough, as much as I find this process to be a natural one, after a day in the recording studio, I am just so wiped out that I can barely speak. The albums Iíve done with Sandor were each recorded in just one day; while thatís a pretty fast recording pace, it can leave you rather drained at the end of that long day!

A.S. The musical language from Scalar Fields to the new album, Parabola, through (via) Resonance and Parallel Crossings, is constantly evolving. Do you think to bring this moving language versus forms of electronic or maybe microtonal music, for example, using the computer to modulate the sounds during the performance or tuning the guitars with strange temperaments?

Kevin Kastning's productions at - MP3 downloads (at 64 kbps) are freely available.

K.K. Iíve never been very interested in electronic music, though I have listened to it; I find much of John Cageís work interesting. Real acoustic instruments speak to me very directly and entirely spiritually; I think we will never fully explore their capabilities. Microtonal music I do find interesting; for example, Ezra Sims and the quarter-tone work of Charles Ives especially. The various tunings Iíve created are like extra paint colors on an artistís palette; theyíre not a an end unto themselves, but a means to an end. I think my (for lack of a better term) research into scordatura has been one catalyst for growth and forward momentum, though not the only one. Since you mentioned the three released albums Iíve done with Sandor, Iíll answer based on those. Iím not interested in repeating something Iíve already done; each new composition or new album will always be different from what preceded it. Not as a prerequisite exactly, but as far as I can tell, this is just part of my artistic process. At any given moment, Iím working on two or three new albums in the studio, and usually around 10 or so new non-guitar compositions; pieces for string quartet, for example. There is a new album with Siegfried which is complete; it will be released later this year or early next year. Itís very different than anything weíve done; yet itís still us, and in my opinion, itís the finest and most evolved work he and I have done together. And Iím working on a solo album using my various guitar voices; specifically the DKK-12 and the alto together, and also an album of medieval works. With so many new pieces to complete, and so many new ones beginning all the time as others finish, thereís just no time to repeat something Iíve already done. So I think that what youíre describing as hearing the music constantly evolving is maybe just a part of this forward-moving process or momentum. I know Sandor feels the same. I think this is not something unique to he and I; I suspect this is a normal developmental element of a healthy artistic trajectory.

Van Gogh once said something to the effect that ďa true artist is one who is always seeking, but never finding.Ē I think the evolvement youíre hearing in my music is just part of an organic process. And by the way, thank you for saying so.

A.S. To be part of our artists (and albums) at OnClassical is not very easy. We received each month tens of musicians that send their material to our office but very few products have been considered good for our purpose. Your albums are instead a summary of innovative music and well-captured sound. Why did you choose OnClassical? What do you think about the project we are working on?

K.K. OnClassical came along at a time wherein I was thinking about what they were doing. I wondered why recording technology was moving forward, but content delivery was moving backward vis a vis the low-res mp3 download trends. It would be like having a high-definition DVD player, and connecting it to a 1950s black-and-white TV. It didnít make sense to me. I wondered why no one was offering high-res downloads; with the advent of broadband connections, the low-res and terribly compressed mp3 format was no longer valid. Finally someone was making it possible to download high-res files, and a classical online label at that. The genre which could benefit most from high-res recordings more so than any other genre. I hope to provide OnClassical with the 24-bit masters of some upcoming releases, too. I think itís a great concept, and I like how OnClassical is executing it. Iím really proud to be a part of OnClassical.

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By benny (on 05/07/2009 @ 11:23:06, in Press releases)

Press release -- Pove del Grappa, 01 July 2009

The Italian record company, OnClassical, has started his program of music licensing, where featured artists earn well 50%!

Purposes may be for music from:
* Video/Film/Documentaries/Serial Sinc.
* Radio/TV advertising/broadcasting
* Promotional clips
* Samples/Remix/Compilations
* YouTube, Power Point, ecc.
* Background music for public
* Videogames, computer programs
* Music on hold

OnClassical is an independent corner for classical music of self-produced recordings. At the Italian label's website,, it is possible to listen to, download or share the entire catalogue in full-length files (MP3), buy perfect original masters in WAV / CD files (DRM-free) or, since now, license music royalty free.

"Our beginning with our new licensing program has been so very successful: we are already receiving the many requests for music on DVDs and micro-film promotions", says Alessandro Simonetto, founder of the internet label.

Very recently OnClassical licensed music for important film productions such as for the Canadian film "Turbid" by George Fok, recently selected for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal.

Simonetto continues: "The producers seem to understand the benefits of this new type of licensing: no longer royalties and dispersing practices, only one organization to contact [OnClassical] and a price which is pre-cleared, all completed to the finish for you."

Licensing price is competitive and flexible: a good 20% less than rates on the e-market, a good 30% less with respect to the authorsí societies controlled market.

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By benny (on 27/08/2009 @ 11:05:41, in Announcements)

Leggi in italiano.

In association with Teatro Montegrappa and based on an idea by the founder, Alessandro Simonetto, we proudly announce the First OnClassical Gala entirely focused on our new featured pianists.

Date: Sunday, 15 November 2009
Time: 16:15
Location: Cinema/Teatro Montegrappa
Street: 36027 Rosà, Via Capitano Alessio 7
Town/City: Very close to Bassano del Grappa, Italy

16.15 - Concert Gala with the latest featured OnClassical performers Alessandro Deljavan, Maddalena Falda, Mattia Ometto and Jacopo Salvatori.

18.00 - Projection of the film-documentary Rubinstein à Venice FranÁois Reichenbach (1978), in lingua originale con sottotitoli in italiano - 50'

The gala is an OnClassical & Teatro Montegrappa production.

Your RSVP at OnClassical's facebook.

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By benny (on 01/12/2009 @ 09:00:52, in Conferences & Exhibits)

Next Saturday 5 Dicember 2009, starting h. 15.00, Rome / EUR, the OnClassical's founder, Alessandro Simonetto, will be interviewed by Marco Traferri at the important exhibit Più libri più liberi.

Other guests of the interview concerning P2P, iTunes & Internet: XFactor judge, Mara Maionchi.

More details: here.

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By benny (on 30/12/2009 @ 12:12:05, in Arrivals!)

New albums have now been published! These are three albums from the new serie we were talking about some months ago.

Jacopo Salvatori, Piano
C. Debussy: Images I/II and other works...

Debussy as played by young Florentine pianist, Jacopo Salvatori, who is a pupil of famous pianist Maurizio Baglini. His reading reveals a profound poetic sense and a proper timbre research. An album entirely recorded on a Fazioli grand piano inside Fazioli's new recording hall.

The sound of Mr. Simonetto is veiled and highly dynamic (Clair de Lune is even DR 19!) created for hi-fi systems of high precision.

Details Stream the album previews (playlist)Play Download WAV/CD files for this recordingBuy perfect CD files!

Simone Stella, Harpsichord
G.F. Handel: Suites de pieces (2 albums)

Simone Stella is certainly one of the best young Italian musicians today. His first (double) recording reveals a character that is respectful, accurate and highly musical; in a word, a mature performance. The instrument on which he plays is a brand new harpsichord built by William Horn on the model of historical Flemish harpsichord by Johannes Ruckers (Antwerp 1638).

With this recording, sound engineer, Alessandro Simonetto, has obtained an enthusiastically brilliant and weighted sound. We believe it will be a real joy for your ears.

#1 Details Stream the album previews (playlist)Play Download WAV/CD files for this recordingBuy perfect CD files!
#2 Details Stream the album previews (playlist)Play Download WAV/CD files for this recordingBuy perfect CD files!

Sonatori Fiorentini, Baroque ensemble
Il Diavolo & La Follia (Tartini, Corelli and more...)

This is what we can define a demoniac performance even without taking any reference to the subject of the disc. The three Florentine (Sonatori Fiorentini) musicians are certainly at their ease between pulses and dynamic variety while always keeping faith with the text and the tradition of baroque repertoire. Lead violinist Antonio Aiello is a very gifted and refined musician.

Registration, as always, is 100% natural, and leads the listener to a real, thorough enjoyment. One of the best recordings by sound engineer Alessandro Simonetto ever!

Details Stream the album previews (playlist)Play Download WAV/CD files for this recordingBuy perfect CD files!


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OnClassical, in the person of its founder, Alessandro Simonetto, has been invited to attend the 1st International Piano Competition Guido Alberto Fano of Camposampiero (Padova). Mr. Simonetto will be part of the jury as a representative of the world of music recordings, along with well-known personalities from the music field, such as Valentina Lo Surdo (RadioTre) and pianists Riccardo Zadra, Rodolfo Alessandrini and Mattia Ometto. President of the Jury is renowned pianist, Leslie Howard, and the only one ever to enter the Guinness World of Records for having recorded the complete works of Franz Liszt.

Prizes for a total of c. 10,000 euros (including a concert at the Gran Teatro La Fenice) and a disc for the OnClassical label.

The Honorary Committee is chaired by renowned pianist Earl Wild, Michael Roland Davis (Ivory Classics Foundation) and the Fano Foundation, each of whom will offer special awards for the interpretation of original compositions.

More details at: (Guido Alberto Fano, International Piano Competition, official website)

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By @les (on 19/02/2010 @ 18:39:44, in Arrivals!)

In celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday, Roberto Poli continues his venture into the complete works of the composer.

The first couple of albums is already available!

The first album features: Prelude in c sharp minor, Barcarolle Op. 60, Fantasy Op. 49, Ballade Op. 47 and other pieces including some minor and less known pieces by the Polish composer such as Cantabile, Largo, Variations on a theme by Paganini, etc.

"This recording of ChopinÔŅĹs works by the Venetian pianist Roberto Poli couples the familiar with the unknown to reveal a different persona from the romanticsÔŅĹ Chopin, one closely attuned to popular tastes and actively engaged with the political strife of his own day. The collection also emphasizes what the nineteenth century failed to appreciate fully: a master craftsman in full command of large-scale musical forms". (James H. Johnson - Associate Professor of History, Boston University)

The second volume is devoted to some of Chopin's late works: Polonaise Fantaisie in A flat major, Op. 61; Three Mazurkas Op. 59; Sonata in b minor, Op. 58. Recorded Live on March 30, 2008, these works were part of a recital performed at the newly built Rivera Recital Hall at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Massachusetts, USA, where Roberto Poli is Artist in Residence.

Licensing of the complete albums are royalty and DRM-free.

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By benny (on 22/02/2010 @ 18:57:41, in Announcements)

We are happy to publish a new album by great guitarist Pablo Lentini Riva, accompanied this time by the splendid soprano voice of Laura Catrani.

This first album is a re-edition of a previous album: Le Tombeau De Mousieur Blancrocher. This new version, more ample, contains new tracks devoted to French lutenist Charles Fleury de Blancrocher (c.1605Ė1652), including the only composition we know of this composer: the Allemande, LíOffrande. The other new tracks are of music by Robert De Visée (Suite No. 9 in d minor and La Plainte, Tombeau des Mesdemoiselles de Visée); the last new piece is the Courante Dixiesme by renaissance composer Robert Ballard.

This renovated album is an exhaustive collection of Tombeau's dedicated to Mr. Blancrocher: an amateur musician well known by the best composers of his time: Couperin, Froberger, Gaultier and many others. So don't miss it!

Also don't forget to download the new cover!

The second album, Las Flores No Valen Nada, contains masterpieces by some of the greatest Spanish composers, and includes songs for soprano and guitar by Federico Garcia Lorca: very rare pieces of music written by a very well known poet and dramatist! Many of the tracks are played by Lentini Riva on an antique guitar which was built in Madrid by Santos-Hernandez in 1925. The sound and phrasing of this interpreter are extremely refined and richly expressive, perfectly echoing the poetry of these wonderful works


The title of the album is taken from the words of a beautiful love song called "Zorongo" (tr. 11).

La luna es un pozo chico
La luna es un pozo chico
las flores no valen nada;
lo que valen son tus brazos
cuando de noche me abrazas.

The moon is a tiny well,
the flowers are worthless;
the only things that matter are your arms
when they embrace me at night.

We hope you thoroughly enjoy listening to these splendid albums. And don't forget that by purchasing the albums you help our musicians directly, since they earn 50%!

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By @les (on 01/03/2010 @ 10:41:28, in Variś)

It is believed that the major Polish composer was born on 1st March 1810, even though parish records say February 22.

Daguerreotype by Frederich Chopin (1948)

OnClassical celebrates Chopin's 200th birthday event with the release of the Opus Omnia by pianist Roberto Poli, along with previously released albums by Giampaolo Stuani (Preludes Op. 28) and Gianluca Luisi (4 Scherzos and Polonaise Op 53).

Happy listening!

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By benny (on 29/05/2010 @ 09:32:17, in News)

More good news: we have just signed an agreement with Brilliant Classics, the international label, for the publication of our recording of Mozart's Oratorio, Betulia Liberata, on 2 CD's.

Detailed information soon.

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By benny (on 07/09/2010 @ 11:51:27, in Videos)

The recording of Pieter Bustijn's 9 Suites (the complete known works) made by the founder of and harpsichordist, Alessandro Simonetto, was completed last week. The disc will soon be available at a major international record company (we'll keep you updated).

Though Pieter Bustijn is not well known, he is a fascinating Baroque composer whose music is of great interest, and indeed he was known to J.S. Bach, Walther and other composers of the time.

Good information about Bustijn can be found at wikipedia.

And I hope you'll like the video that has prepared for its forthcoming release. Enjoy!

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Here is another attempt at video editing, this time with a very popular and legendary piece: 'La Campanella' by Nicolò Paganini in the most famous piano transcription by Franz Liszt. The interpreter is our featured artist Gianluca Luisi.


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By @les (on 28/10/2010 @ 16:37:10, in Variś)

Amadeus Press, United States' leading music publisher, releases OnClassical artist Roberto Poli's first book.

Every music student learns conventions of musical notation that are generally taken for grantedófor example, that an expanding hairpin indicates an increase in volume, or that a sforzando is a sharp accent. But can we be sure that such instructions meant the same in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they do today?

Based on years of research and performance, The Secret Life of Musical Notation: Defying Interpretive Traditions presents original discoveries that have generated groundbreaking insights into music on the printed page. Acclaimed pianist Roberto Poli argues that longstanding interpretations of certain commonly encountered musical signs and symbols, in works from as early as the 1770s and through the nineteenth century, may fail to reveal the composersí intended meanings. According to Poli, these misconstrued readings are due to interpretive traditions that have rested largely upon received knowledge, which can change over time, rather than historical accuracy. A greater awareness of the intended meanings, he says, can only bring us closer to the interpretive freedom necessary for artistic creation.

With the instincts of an accomplished musician and with a high level of scholarly understanding, the author builds his case on evidence from contemporary published editions, handwritten engraverís copies, and letters and other writings of the time. What emerges is a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom about how classical music should be played. It is a must-read for scholars, performers, and teachers of music and for anyone interested in exploring the history and meaning of musical notation.

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By benny (on 22/11/2010 @ 10:39:01, in Press releases)

Tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd November 2010, at 9.30 am, on the program Primo Movimento, at RadioTre, Valentina Lo Surdo will present Jacopo Salvatori's disc dedicated to Claude Debussy.

This is the second time we've been on RadioTre; so it's a double victory, especially considering that liquid music labels, like us, suffer a certain discrimination since CD's aren't available in shops, but only online.

Hoping in an ever brighter future!

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By @les (on 10/12/2010 @ 11:24:25, in Arrivals!)

The third release of Chopin's omnia has now been published. It includes Mazurkas Op. 50, Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, Op. 51, Ballade No. 1, 2, 4 and Polonaise Op. 53 'Eroic'.

Roberto Poli's third performance is even more sweet, tragic, thrilling. Enjoy!

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By @les (on 10/12/2010 @ 12:27:45, in Implementations)

We have just launched a new different version of with some variations. The first one regards the new player (see on the pages dedicated to the album, here); this is entirely programmed in Flash, Javascript and HTML5. All recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Explorer have been tested for it, so, keep your browser up-to-date!

The previews, unlike before, are no longer 64 kbps full-track, but of 35 seconds and high quality (192 kbps MP3) to test the recording quality (which is our main goal). I hope you'll understand the reasons behind this choice: in fact, other than an economic reason, we hope that by hearing such a great sound you will then want to download the entire album. Remember that artists earn 50%, with the only exception of a couple of albums; on the purchase page it will be specified when you are donating half to the artist and when not.

Another implementation is about the art look of our site, which we have "modernized". We have always kept the site very simple so that neither you (nor us) are distracted by anything other than our recordings.

We have further expanded the database adding some useful data for better understanding how the recordings have been made. In fact, on the same table as for the player, there are two other windows: "Album Introduction" and "Info"; in the latter you will find some technical detail about the recordings, including credits and recording location and instruments used.

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By @les (on 14/01/2011 @ 16:53:01, in Arrivals!)

A disc entirely devoted to the legend of ragtime and its birth; includes the first ever published ragtime signed by Tom Turpin, the most famous rags by Scott Joplin and James Scott, the one of George Gershwin and the development towards jazz by Bix Beiderbecke.

The pianist we present is one of the leading experts in this field, the Italian Marco Fumo, who for over thirty years has dedicated himself to researching the interpretation of Afro-American music and ragtime in particular.

The recording was made on a 1952 Bluethner grand piano and captured by Neumann mics (Tube M 147 + TLM 103).

The result is something fascinating!

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By @les (on 25/03/2011 @ 18:35:21, in Licensing)

Latest news!

We are happy to announce that an agreement has just been signed for the licensing of the Complete Opera by Chopin performed by Roberto Poli. The twelve-volume opera will be published and physically distributed by a newborn English label which comes under the artistic direction of the international label, Brilliant Classics.

The first release is scheduled for next April.

Soon new details.

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By @les (on 13/04/2011 @ 09:37:59, in Announcements)

Starting April 2011 all productions signed OnClassical will be distributed in more than an hundred online stores like iTunes, Amazon, Virgin, real,, emusic, Mondadori, fnacmusic, musicload, MediaMarkt, 7digital,, vodafone, AOL, Spiral Frog, InProdicon, beatport, MTunes, Telefonica, Cellfish, Nokia, Deejay store, DR, musicnet, musicmatch, mobiVillage, Napster, Telecom, Rhapsody and many other.

This will be possibile thanks to the partnership signed with one of the largest distributors worldwide.

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We continue our collaboration with the organist and harpsichordist Simone Stella, this time with the harpsichord works by Dietrich Buxtehude in four releases. These works, recorded only a few times in the history of music, include the vast majority of the Suites for harpsichord and the six Arias with Variations, plus some minor works and five "manualiter" organ works.

Simone Stella enriches his interpretation with a refined and charming phrasing and a gentle touch. The harpsichord is exploited in all its combinations of registers for a more coloristic variety.

We start from the 4th album. Coming soon Nos. 1, 3, 2.

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