martedì 22 aprile 2014

Beethoven Mozart Puccini at Istituto Europeo: Easter concert

Ikue Kobayashi. Emotions speak

Author: Gayane Simonyan

Music school students of ISTITUTO EUROPEO had a small concert on April 17, 2014. They were performing the songs of such world famous Italian composers as Vincenzo Bellini - one of the most celebrated opera composers of the nineteenth century; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era; Gaetano Donizetti - a leading composer of bel canto opera with Vincenzo Bellini during the first fifty years of the Nineteenth Century; Giacomo Puccini who has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Giuseppe Verdi; and Ludwig Van Beethoven - a German composer and pianist, a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, who remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Students of music department showed the improvement, the strength of their voice and piano skills that they got while studying at Istituto Europeo. Yoshie Watanabe was the first to sing at the concert. She performed V. Bellini’s “Come per me sereno” (La Sonnambula or The Sleepwalker). This was followed by another student Tomonori Tasato’s performance of another composition of V. Bellini called "Vaga luna, che inargenti" or Beautiful moon, dappling with silver.

Ikue Kobayashi performed Giunse alfin il momento - Deh vieni, non tardar (Le Nozze di Figaro), one of the most famous works of Mozart. After this Yoshie Watanabe and Tomonori Tasato performed a duet Lalla rallara (L’elisir d’amore or The Elixir of Love) which is the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas.

Next was Ikue Kobayashi’s performance of Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido d’amore or “From here she happily left…” (La Boheme) by Puccini.

The concert was accomplished by the beautiful sounds of piano Sonata No. 17 in re minore op.31 No. 2 III movimento Allegretto by Mayumi Kouno who was providing the instrumental part during all the performances of the concert.

After the performance the room burst out with applauses. The director of the Institute, Rinaldo Romagnoli, congratulated the students for their successful performances, shared his compliments and pride and invited everyone to celebrate entire stride together.