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Mannheimer Morgen

About the première of Incantesimi di Merseburg
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Frieder Bernius, conductor

25.02.2020

Alessio Elia's "Incantesimi di Merseburg" goes back to pre-Christian Germanic-Pagan magic spells and develop from a simple "d" into a metamorphic 16-part sound surface piece. Elia rarely highlights specific events but with fantastic sound mixes he creates almost non-choir sounds that - literally enchanting - pull you into completely different spheres. Fifths, seconds, thirds - a leisurely and filigree flowing work of voices sometimes moves in wide spreads between bass and soprano like a stream of power and light. This creates high tension. Elia does not care about the prohibitions of a supposed avant-garde of the past. A fascinating sound characteristic that grows out of masterly design.

© Stefan M. Dettlinger - Mannheimer Morgen

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Eßlinger Zeitung

About the première of Incantesimi di Merseburg
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Frieder Bernius, conductor

25.02.2020

And when else do you hear clusters of such density, sensuality and precision? In Alessio Elia's premiered "Incantesimi di Merseburg" - settings of two late pagan spells - everything is required together in the almost absurd extreme. Elia combines up to seven different tuning systems (such as well-tempered, pure or meantone tuning), even for the highly trained soloists this can only be managed with special tuning forks. The result is iridescent complexes of sound, persistent agglomerations, evocative and surreal: truly a magic of the inner transformation of the sounds.

© Martin Mezger - Esslinger Zeitung

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Die Rheinpfalz

About the première of Incantesimi di Merseburg
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Frieder Bernius, conductor

24.02.2020

Alessio Elia, a thrilling composer

Elias's two-part piece, written for the Mannheim Society for New Music and dedicated to the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and Frieder Bernius, actually identifies him as a particularly exciting tone-creator. The sensitive and refined choir sound with its intermittent friction in the smallest particles of spaces, the dynamic process and the dramaturgy of the structure pointed out a pronounced creative imagination. Incidentally, Elias "magic spells" are a bravura piece for the solo soprano, who brilliantly realized the tricky passages.

© Die Rheinpfalz
© Gabor Halasz

click here for the original text in German
Review of Implicate Inklings on Magyar Narancs

09.05.2019

Review by Szábolcs Molnár


"The premiere of Alessio Elia's Clarinet Concerto"

Read the original article in Hungarian
Read the whole article in Italian
Read the whole clip of the article in English

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
© Szábolcs Molnár
© Magyar Narancs




Review of Octet on Il Corriere Musicale

10.10.2018

Review by Stefano Cascioli

"The very original writing of Alessio Elia is an unicum
 in the compositional landscape of our times"

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Read the whole clip of the article in English

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
© Il Corriere Musicale 2018
© Stefano Cascioli 2018


Interview for RAI Radio 3
about Octet, recorded by I Solisti della Scala
conducted by Andrea Vitello and released in Cd
by Warner Classics

Roma
30.08.2018

Speaking about the work "Octet".
Interview lead by Guido Barbieri.
With the contribution of Fabrizio Meloni, first clarinet of La Scala
and Andrea Vitello, conductor of I Solisti della Scala.




Interview for Magyar Televízió (M5)
about the Human Machine Project
CAFe - Contemporary Arts Festival
BMC - Budapest Music Center

Budapest
19.10.2017

Speaking about the project performed at BMC during the
CAFe Festival and the years the composer spent living in Budapest.

For watching the interview click here (from minutes 7:17 to 9:10)



Review of Octet for Classic Voice

Paolo Petazzi

"Elia gode della stima del collega Peter Eötvös.
Sono molto diversi, ma in comune hanno la saldezza della costruzione e la ricchezza delle aperture di ricerca.
E' molto attraente la differenziazzione della scrittura nei due tempi del pezzo di Elia."

"Elia enjoys the esteem of the colleague Peter Eötvös.
They are very different, but in common they have the solidity of the construction and the richness of the research.
The differentiation of writing in the two-movement of Elia's piece is very appealing."

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CAFe - Contemporary Arts Festival
"Listen to the iPod of the award-winning composer!"
("Hallgass bele a díjnyertes zeneszerző iPodjába!")


Playlist of Alessio's favourite pieces
with comments of the composer
published on the CAFe Festival website

September 2017
Budapest

Original text in Hungarian

Click here to read it in Hungarian on the website of the Festival
Click here for English translation

© CAFe - Contemporary Arts Festival Budapest
© Müpa



Night Italia
"Alessio Elia - A certain glance"
Article by Elena Abbado

February 2017
Rome

Article-Interview with Alessio Elia realized by Elena Abbado.
Click here to read it
(English)


© Elena Abbado
© Night Italia
© Andrea Félvegi (photo)



Bartók Radio
"Új Zenei Újság" (New Music News)
Szabolcs Molnár about
Voynich Lied - Ai Prigionieri

5 June 2016
Budapest

click here to listen to the review on the Bartók Radio (in Hungarian)
(at 18:36:24 of the player)

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
"For me the most interesting vocal piece of the concert was the Voynich Lied by Alessio Elia, for piano, trumpet and soprano. This piece by Elia is based on the famous, mysterious, insoluble and enigmatic Voynich manuscript, of the XIV-XV century, whose language is still unknown. An English scholar has identified the sound of some phonemes, on which Alessio Elia has based his work.
It was really sensational for me, also because this work is different from other pieces I know of Alessio Elia.
He cleverly refers to medieval music with a great refinement and an excellent taste.
In a very particular way he transposes and enriches the fourteenth century techniques, and actually he makes them new in a composition whose dimension is the one of XXI century"


© Bartók Radio
© Szabolcs Molnár



Musica +
Interview with Alessio Elia
realized by Carla Di Lena

10 January 2016
L'Aquila

click here to read it (Italian)

© Musica +
© Carla Di Lena

















Muzsika
The most important Hungarian review of Classical Music

June 2015
Budapest

Interview with Alessio Elia
realized by Máté Hollós.
Within the series "Szerzők bontakozóban" (Composers arriving on the scene)

click on the image for reading the article in Hungarian

click here to read the English translation
click here to read the Italian translation

© Máté Hollós
© Andrea Félvegi (photo)
© Muzsika 2015



Cité de la Musique
Cdmc - Centre de documentation de la Musique contemporaine
Conference about Elia's "Polysystemism"

28 November 2014
Paris

Symposium "L'influence des théories scientifiques sur le renouvellement des formes dans la musique contemporaine"
Coordinator: Márta Grabócz
Presentation by: Laure Marcel-Berlioz and Marta Grabocz
Among the Lectureres:
Alessio Elia
Jean-Pierre Luminet
Hector Parra
Jean-Claude Risset

click on the first image for listening to the lecture of Alessio Elia:
"Polysystemism: A simultaneous employment of different tuning systems emerging from String Theory, M-Theory and Supersymmetry" by (English)

click here to watch the video

click on the second image to download the brochure (French)

click here to download the complete programme of the Symposium (French / English)

click here for listening to the other lectures (French)



Canal C2 - Université de Strasbourg
Conference about Elia's "Polysystemism"

28 November 2014
Paris

Symposium "L'influence des théories scientifiques sur le renouvellement des formes dans la musique contemporaine"
Coordinator: Márta Grabócz
Presentation by: Laure Marcel-Berlioz and Marta Grabocz
Among the Lectureres:
Alessio Elia
Jean-Pierre Luminet
Hector Parra
Jean-Claude Risset

Elia: "Polysystemism: A simultaneous employment of different tuning systems emerging from String Theory, M-Theory and Supersymmetry" by (English)

click here to watch the video



Muzsika
The most important Hungarian review of Classical Music

July 2014
Budapest

Critic and review by Szabolcs Molnár
about "Trasparenze"
orchestral piece commissioned by Rádio Bartók
and performed at Studio 6 of the National Hungarian Radio by
The National Hungarian Radio Orchestra with
László Tihanyi as a conductor

click on the images for reading the article

© Szabolcs Molnár
© Andrea Félvegi (photo)
© Muzsika 2014















Guido Barbieri
about "Trasparenze" the portrait concert that She Lives dedicated to Alessio Elia
within the concert series "She Lives meets Hungary",
a three-concert festival dedicate to Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney and Alessio Elia

2 July 2014
Rome

click on the images for reading the article

© Guido Barbieri
© Lorenzo Marquez (photo)
© She Lives 2014

(Italian)



Péter Eötvös - La Repubblica
about Alessio Elia's music and the awarding of the first prize to him at the UMZF 2013 competition
where Eötvös was chief of the jury

2 June 2014
Rome

click on the images for reading the article

© Péter Eötvös
© Klaus Rudolph (photo)
© La Repubblica

(Italian)



Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung

Heidelberg
10.02.2014


Die Mischung macht's
Sinfonieorchester "TonArt Heidelberg" und Komponist Alessio Elia heute in der Stadthalle

RNZ

(German)

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© Maria Stumpf
© Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung


















Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung

Heidelberg
13.02.2014

Sinfonieorchester auf der Suche nach der elften Dimension
Das Orchester TonArt spielte unter anderem mit der Uraufführung von Alessio Elias "Versteckte Dimensionen" in der Heidelberger Stadthalle.

by Rainer Köhl

(German)


© Rainer Köhl
© Rainer Köhl (photo)
© Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung



  
Concert Program Notes

Mannheim
Heidelberg
09.02.2014
10.02.2014

9 February 2014

Aula der Universität Schloss Mannheim

Dimensioni nascoste (Versteckte Dimensionen)
for orchestra
German Première

TonArt Heidelberg

Knud Jansen, conductor



























Concert Bill

Mannheim
Heidelberg
09.02.2014
10.02.2014

© TonArt Heidelberg






















Dal+Szerző
Magazine of the Hungarian Bureau
for the Protection of Authors' Rights
No. MMXIV/1 (March 2014)

Interview with Alessio Elia

realized by Marcell Németh

(Hungarian)

read the interview on the web
© Marcell Németh
© Szilárd Nagyillés (photos)
© Dal+Szerző























PlayLiszt
E-review for critics of classical music

Critic and review by Szabolcs Molnár
of the 7th Portrait Concert dedicated to
Alessio Elia's music
Verdi Concert Hall
Italian Institute of Culture
(within the concert series "CONTEMPORANEA"
dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio)
Budapest
8 May 2014

Budapest
10.05.2014

click here to read it on the web

(Hungarian)

© Szabolcs Molnár
© PlayLiszt





Italian Institute of Culture
Budapest

Concert Program

7th Portrait Concert dedicated to
Alessio Elia's music
Verdi Concert Hall
Italian Institute of Culture
(within the concert series "CONTEMPORANEA"
dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio)
Budapest
8 May 2014

Budapest
08.05.2014

click on the image for reading
© IIC Budapest

(Italian-Hungarian)




Mannheimer Morgen
Newspaper

Mannheim
13.02.2014

Review and critic of the German Première of
"Dimensioni Nascoste" ("Versteckte Dimensionen")

Aula der Universität Schloss Mannheim

TonArt Heidelberg

Knud Jansen, conductor

© Mannheimer Morgen

(German)






















9 Colonne
National Italian Newspaper
realized on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
about the Portrait Concert held in Sala Verdi at the
Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest on 8 May 2014

Budapest
28.04.2014

BigItaly Affairs

An author’s portrait: a concert and a meeting with
Alessio Elia

Worlwide Success

Read it in the 9 Colonne website by clicking here

© Bálint Hrotkó (Elia's photo)
© 9 Colonne

(English)



Italian Ambassy in Hungary website
about the Portrait Concert held in Sala Verdi at the
Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest on 8 May 2014

Budapest
May 2014

8 Maggio: presso l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura,
"Ritratto d’autore. Alessio Elia" conferenza/concerto alla presenza del
compositore.

(8 May: at the Italian Institute of Culture,
"Author Portrait. Alessio Elia" conference/concert in presence of the
composer)

© Italian Ambassy in Hungary

(English)

Il Giornale della Musica
Italian review for classical music
about the Festival "SHE LIVES meets Hungary"
a concert series dedicated to Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney and Alessio Elia


Roma
June/July 2014

© Il Giornale della Musica

(Italian)


Accademia Filarmonica Romana

Roma
02.07.2014


Portrait concert dedicated to Alessio Elia's music
within the concert series "She Lives meets Hungary"
a three-event festival dedicated to Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney and Alessio Elia

© Bálint Hrotkó (Elia's photo)
© Accademia Filarmonica Romana

(Italian)


Müpa - Művészetek Palotája

Concert Program
Final of the UMZF Composition Competition

Budapest
26.09.2013

1st prize orchestral category: Alessio Elia

© Müpa

Libero

Press release

Alessio Elia vince l'UMZF 2013 Composition Competition
(Alessio Elia wins the UMZF 2013 Composition Competition)

© Libero

(Italian)
Klub Rádió

Budapest
14.04.2014

Interview to Alessio Elia by Szabolcs Molnár

© Szabolcs Molnár
© Klub Rádió
Koncert Kalendárium

Index of the whole classical music production in Hungary

Budapest
21.05.2014


Première of "Trasparenze"
Commission of Rádio Bartók
Studio 6 of the National Hungarian Radio
National Hungarian Radio Orchestra
László Tihanyi, conductor


© Koncert Kalendárium

(Hungarian)
Italia sera
Italian newspaper

Roma
01.07.2014

Roma, mercoledì 2 ai giardini della Filarmonica Alessio Elia in concerto

[Rome, Wednesday 2, at the gardens of Filarmonica the concert of Alessio Elia]

Portrait-concert of Alessio Elia at the Filarmonica Romana

© Italia sera 2014
(Italian)

Népszabadság
Hungarian newspaper

Budapest
30.10.2013

Átadták az UMZF 2013 zeneszerzőverseny
díjait

[The prizes of the Competition UMZF 2013 are given]

© Népszabadság

(Hungarian)
Liszt Academy website
Budapest

04.10-2013
Budapest

Máté Bella and Alessio Elia are the winners of the 2013 UMZF Composition Competition

© Liszt Academy
Ligeti Symposium
Program Notes on Kampnagel website

Hamburg
13.10.2012


Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik GmbH

Symposium "Ligeti und die Mikrotonalität"

09:30-10:10: Louise Duchesneau: Introduction – Lamento – Rondo
10:10-11:10: Paul Griffiths (Keynote Speaker): Invented Home
11:10-11:25: Kaffeepause
11:25-12:25: Ildikó Mándi-Fazekas & Tiborc Fazekas: Interferenzen: Die ungarische Literatur als Quelle der Inspiration für György Ligeti
12:25-13:05: Julia Heimerdinger: „Ich bin kompromittiert. Ich kämpfe jetzt dagegen": Ligeti vs. Kubrick und die Musik für 2001: A Space Odyssey
13:05-14:00: Mittagspause
14:00-15:00: Heinz-Otto Pleitgen: Continum, Chaos und Metronome - Eine fraktale Freundschaft
15:00-15:40: Frederik Knop: György Ligeti - ästhetische und technische Tendenzen in den letzten Kompositionen
15:40-15:55: Kaffeepause
15:55-16:35: Petra Kipphoff von Huene: S.v.H. und G.L. - Freunde in der Fremde
16:35-17:15: Reinhard Flender: Ligetis „Kammerkonzert" – Faktur und Aufführungspraxis
17:15-17:30: Kaffeepause
17:30-17:40: Olga Chumikova: Passacaglia ungherese
17:40-18:10: Manfred Stahnke: Zur harmonischen Sprache Ligetis anhand zweier Beispiele: Cembalowerk „Passacaglia ungherese" & Klavieretüde „Arc-en-ciel"
18:10-18:50: Alessio Elia: The roles of microtonality in the "Hamburgisches Konzert" by Ligeti

(German)


Ligeti Symposium
Program Notes on the Ligeti Symposium website

Hamburg
13.10.2012

(German)
Ligeti Symposium
Abstract of the conference
on the Ligeti Symposium website

Hamburg
13.10.2012

(German)

Hangtárnok
Official blog of the Music Library Sándor Bródy in Eger

Eger
17.07.2008

Overview of the Opera "The Magician's Death"

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