Ensemble

Da cosa nasce cosa for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussions (2015–2016)

Publisher: Ricordi
Duration: 8 min.
Commission: Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble, Expo 2015
Performance: 11–05–2015 Milan, Teatro dell’Elfo. Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor
09–03–2016 Brescia, Teatro Grande. Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor
10–10–2016 Venice Biennale. Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor

Due Colori, nella notteper ensemble in eco (2011)

Publisher: Ricordi
Duration: 12 min.
Commission: Orchestra della Toscana.
Performance: 08–10–2011 Firenze, Teatro Verdi. Orchestra della Toscana. Tonino Battista, conductor. [WP]
Broadcast: RAI Radio 3 22–07–2012

Ballata for eight string instruments (2009)

Publisher: Ricordi Duration: 18 min.
Commission: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Performance: 25–01–2009. Birmingham, CBSO Centre. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. George Benjamin, conductor. [WP] [Guardian, Independent, Birmingham Post reviews] 26–09–2009. Ithaca (NY), Barnes Hall, Cornell University. Ensemble X. Francesco Antonioni, conductor. [US P] 08–02–2010 Turin, Auditorium. RAI Nuova Musica. Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (members). Fabio Maestri, conductor [IT P] [Live broadcast and video streaming] 03–08–2012 L’Aquila (IT), Cantieri dell’immaginario. Solisti Aquilani. Pietro Borgonovo, conductor. Giorgio Rossi, choreographer. 06–04–2013 London, Wigmore Hall, George Benjamin Day. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. George Benjamin, conductor [Guardian, Independent, Telegraph reviews] 07–04–2013. Birmingham, CBSO Centre. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. George Benjamin, conductor. 16–11–2014. Köln Philharmonie (DE). Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. Juraj Valčhua, conductor [DE P] [Radio broadcast].
Broadcasts: RAI Radio 3 [live] 08–02–2012
Deutschlandfunk Radio (DE) 23-11-2014
RAI Radio 3 05-07–2015

Reviews:
The Times (Hilary Finch) 29-01-2009
The Guardian (Andrew Clements) 29-01–2009
Birmingham Post 27–01–2009
The Telegraph (Ivan Hewett) 08–05–2013
The Guardian (Erica Jeal) 08-05–2013
The Independent (Michael Church) 08–05–2013
Notes: In Aug. 2012 choreography was created by Giorgio Rossi, featuring 13 female dancers.
In Nov. 2014 the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, under its principal conductor, Juraj Valčhua, played Ballata in Köln, connecting in the same programme with Berio’s Voci, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome: three generations of Italian composers. The concert was broadcast on Deuschlandfunk Radio and on Rai Radio 3.
Reviews:
«Whether sensuous or assertive, the string writing is wonderfully assured. It’s a piece that exudes the confidence of a composer who knows exactly what he wants and how to achieve it»
Andrew Clements, The Guardian 28–01–2009

«The other two pieces played by BCMG, Francesco Antonioni’s touchingly folk-like Ballata […], were less self-consciously honed. But it was here that real feeling stood centre-stage, rather than hiding in the wings.»
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph 8 Apr2013 [on Ballata at the Wigmore Hall]

«A gorgeously realised abstract piece tracing moods from joy to grief.»
Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack, 8 Apr 2013 [on Ballata at the Wigmore Hall]

«The expression is tense and taut, with the only concession to colour and varied timbre being the viola, which is tuned up a tone to sound like a Greek or Balkan folk instrument in its dark keening. It comes as no surprise, given the delicately controlled sound and movement and the rigour of the writing, that Antonioni has been a pupil of George Benjamin. His mentor conducted a finely tuned and highly charged performance of the work»
Hilary Finch, The Times 29 Jan 2009 [on Ballata]


«This substantial piece for eight strings impressed with the variety of its textures and its continuous proliferation of the opening motive of thirds, constantly reforming and moving in new directions.»
John Gough, Birmingham Post

«Ethnomusicologists are like bees, with melodies being the pollen they transfer from culture to culture. In the 1950s the great American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax went on a song-collecting trip to Italy, and brought back recordings of a wealth of music which is now mostly extinct. Listening to those recordings, the Italian composer Francesco Antonioni was entranced by a lullaby which he’s now made the focus for a new work, Ballata, with which musicians from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group beat up a fine storm at the Wigmore; under George Benjamin’s direction, its intricate traceries and unexpected sonorities came across with raw intensity»
Michael Church, The Independent 8 Apr 2013 [on Ballata at the Wigmore Hall]

«Surprisingly for the evening concert of “Benjamin Day”, [Into the Little Hill] was the only work by the composer on the programme. But he could be justifiably proud conducting Ballata by his former pupil Francesco Antonioni, premiered by the BCMG in 2009. A substantial, purposeful work for string octet, it moves seamlessly from passages of wheeling, […] complexity to episodes of slow, startling intensity»
Erica Jeal, The Guardian 8 Apr 2013 [on Ballata at the Wigmore Hall]

«A lyrical impulse, […] persistently manifested itself. There were some beautiful ‘frozen’ or, perhaps better, ‘freezing’ moments too.»
Mark Berry, Boulezian, 7 Apr 2013 [on Ballata at the Wigmore Hall]

Macchine Inutili for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and drums (2007)

Commission: Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble
Duration: 12 min.
Performance: 21–05–2007 Milan, Teatro dell’elfo. Sentieri Selvaggi festival. Sentieri Selvaggi ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor. [WP] [Il Manifesto review]
15–09–2007 Milan, Teatro dell’elfo. MiTo Settembre Musica festival. Sentieri Selvaggi ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor. [Radio Broadcast]
14–12–2008 Venice, Centro culturale Candiani. Sentieri Selvaggi ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, cond.
31–03–2009 New York (NY), Le Poisson Rouge. MATA Festival. The Knights. Eric Jacobsen, conductor. [US P]
02–05–2009 Ithaca (NY), Cornell University, Bailey Hall. Cornell University Chamber Ensemble. Chris Kim, conductor.
27–07–009 Montepulciano (IT), Cripta di S. Gesù. Cantiere internazionale d’arte. Algoritmo Ensemble. Marco Angius, conductor.
19–01–2010 Bari (IT), Kursaal Santa Lucia. Collegium Musicum ensemble. Rino Marrone, conductor.
11–02–2011 Milan, Teatro dal Verme. Koiné festival – Pomeriggi Musicali. Sentieri Selvaggi ensemble. Carlo Boccadoro, conductor.
22–11–2012 Turin, Teatro Vittoria. In Scena Festival. Fiarì Ensemble. Marilena Solavagione, conductor
21–08–2013 Dartington (UK), Dartington International Summer School. Dartington chamber players. Francesco Antonioni, conductor [UK P]
22–05–2014 Rome, Sala Puccini. Roma Sinfonietta. Francesco Antonioni, conductor
22–10–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor [DE P] Simone Sandroni, choreographer
01–11–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
06–11–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
10–11–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
04–12–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
14–12–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
16–12–2017 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
20–12–2016 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
08–01–2017 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
13–01–2017 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
23–02–2017 Bielefeld (DE), Bielefeld Opera. Bielefeld Opera soloists. Pawel Poplawski, conductor
Recording: Sentieri Selvaggi, Zingiber, Cantaloupe (US)
Broadcast: RAI Radio 3 28–09–2007
Reviews: Il Manifesto (Marilena Laterza) 09–06–2007
New York Times (Steve Smith) 02–04–2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/arts/music/02mata.html
Notes: In 2016 the choreographer Simone Sandroni made a choreography on the piece at the Bielefeld Opera theater: Liebe, Furcht und anders Dissonanzen, with music also by Rihm and Ligeti.

«Francesco Antonioni’s “Macchine Inutili” (2007) begins with a Minimalist keyboard ostinato, around which strings and winds weave increasingly assertive themes. A drummer playing a trap set periodically leaps in with syncopations, but between these episodes the ostinato remains.» Allan Kozinn, The New York Times 2 April 2009 [on Macchine Inutili at the MATA Festival]

«Ma è senza dubbio Macchine inutili, partitura in prima assoluta di Francesco Antonioni ad offrire la lettura più efficace del “pensiero dissenziente”.» Marilena Laterza, Il Manifesto 9 June 2007 [on Macchine Inutili premiere in Milan]

TOCCATA for 17 instruments, after Codice Ovvio (2007)

Commission: New Paths in Music Festival, New York Duration: 18 min.
Performance: 09–06–2007 New York (NY), St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. New Paths Ensemble. David Alan Miller, conductor [WP]

In moto sillabico for violin, viola, cello and piano (2004)

Publisher: Rai Trade
Duration: 8 min.
Commission: Scuola Musicale di Fiesole.
Performance: 09–05–2004 Fiesole (IT), Auditorium Scuola di Musica. Klimt Quartet. [WP]

Lo specchio di Polimniafor alto flute, clarinet, viola, cello (2003)

Publisher: Rai Trade Duration: 7 min.
Commission: Teatro delle Muse.
Performance: 18–10–2003 Ancona (IT), Teatro delle Muse. Freon ensemble. Stefano Cardi, conductor [WP] [Season’s opening concert] 20–02– 2005 Rome, Scuola popolare di musica di Testaccio. Freon ensemble. Stefano Cardi, conductor
18–06–2005 Rome, Auditorium RAI. Freon ensemble. Stefano Cardi, conductor [Live broadcast]
03–08–2005 Cascais (PT) Centro Cultural. OrchestrUtopica. David Alan Miller, conductor [PT P] [Radio broadcast]
28–10–2007 Ithaca (NY), Cornell University. Ensemble X. Steven Stucky, conductor. [US P]
Recording: Freon Ensemble, Italian News, Rai Trade [RTC 012]
Broadcasts: RAI Radio 3 (IT) [Live] 18–06–2005
SDP (PT) 03–08–2005
RAI Auditorium V Composer’s portrait 08–05–2007
RAI Auditorium V. Composer’s portrait 23–10–2007
RadioCEMAT (web radio) 19–02–2007

Soror for solo flute, violins and violas (2002–3)

Publisher: Rai Trade
Duration: 8 min.
Commission: Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino.
Performance: 25–02–2003 Turin, Conservatory. Angelo Persichilli, flute; Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. [WP]
Recording: AA.VV. Ulysses, Digressione Music, 2013. Francesco Antonioni, conductor.

Morphing for string quartet (2001)

Publisher: Sonzogno Duration: 12 min.
Commission: Biennale Musica, Venice.
Performance: 24–10–2001 Venice, Biennale Musica. Smith Quartet. [WP] [La Repubblica review]
06–06–2007 New York (NY), St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. New Paths in Music. Cassatt Quartet [US P]
25–06–2007 Rome, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia. Cassat Quartet
Broadcast: ABC Radio (Australia). 06–06–2007