I Musici music sample - Bossi | 3 Intermezzi Goldoniani, Opus 127 from the I Musici Serenata Italiana CD http://www.imusicidiroma.com/ascolto.html
Our 2012 season is launched in grand style with one of the best-known ensembles in the world on their first ever visit to New Zealand, I Musici from Rome, Italy.
Famed for its 1955 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons which led to the work becoming one of the most well-known compositions of the classical music repertoire, I Musici celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Celebration World Tour taking in China, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand.
The New Zealand tour begins in Wellington on Tuesday 28 February with a concert as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival, before the 12-member ensemble heads to Palmerston North, Napier, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Auckland, Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch and Nelson.
“We were absolutely thrilled to secure I Musici as our opening artists for the 2012 season and I can’t wait to experience this iconic group,” says Chamber Music New Zealand chief executive Euan Murdoch.
Formed in Rome in 1952, I Musici is one of the longest-running active chamber music ensembles in the world and are well known for their interpretations of baroque works particularly those of Antonio Vivaldi and Tomaso Albinoni.
Their 1955 recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was only the second recording made of the work and the ensemble is widely credited with the work’s enduring popularity – it has featured in films including Spy Games, A View To Kill and What Lies Beneath, and is often heard in advertising and at weddings. I Musici went on to record Four Seasons another five times with different soloists racking up more than 25 million album sales across the different recordings.
|28 February 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm
||Michael Fowler Centre||Wellington|
|29 February 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm
||Regent on Broadway||Palmerston North|
|1 March 12||Serenata Italiana||8pm||Napier
|3 March 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm||Theatre Royal
|4 March 12||Serenata Italiana||5pm||Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts||Hamilton|
|5 March 12||Serenata Italiana||8pm
||Auckland Town Hall||Auckland|
|7 March 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm||Civic Theatre||Invercargill|
|8 March 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm||Regent Theatre||Dunedin|
|9 March 12||Serenata Italiana||7.30pm||Aurora Centre for Performing Arts||Christchurch|
|11 March 12||Serenata Italiana||2pm||Nelson
School of Music
Each and every work benefited from their suave, smooth sound and the sort of technical brilliance that makes ensemble playing seem almost casual.Read full reviewJohn Button, The Dominion Post - 29 Feb 2012
Right from the light and playful opening, the audience knew that it was in for something amazing. With 12 members, the group plays with the absolute precision of a string quartet and the richness and tone of a full orchestra.Read full reviewAnne Bovett, Taranaki Daily News - 05 Mar 2012
Some of the finest string playing witnessed in lovely concert; grazie mille!Read full reviewAndrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times - 03 Mar 2012
There was a surety of tone that comes from an intimate understanding not only of the music but of the players themselves.Read full reviewTI, TI’s Weblog - 06 Mar 2012
For those who weren't as familiar with chamber music it was an introduction to the genre that was delightful.Read full reviewGwyneth Hyndman, The Southland Times - 09 Mar 2012
I Musici (Rome) left their large Dunedin audience totally satisfied, musically intoxicated, and in awe of the virtuosity of 12 Italian string playersRead full reviewOtago Daily Times - 10 Mar 2012