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"Sweet rebeginning" online concerto by Duo Alterno - 11 July 2020 at 7pm



After celebrating the International Music Day with the jazz concert of Remo Anzovino and Flavio Boltro, the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur is pleased to present an online classic music concert by the title of “Sweet Rebeginning” (Dolce Ricominciamento), performed by Duo Alterno.

The two musicians, soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and composer and pianist Riccardo Piacentini are lecturers at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan: the first in vocal chamber music and the latter in composition. Since their debut in Vancouver in 1997 and until now, Duo Alterno has been engaged in the promotion of Italian music, be that of the twentieth century or contemporary, performing concerts and conducting masterclasses in more than 50 countries all over the world.

The concert, conceived by Duo Alterno in these challenging times, and realized in cooperation with our Embassy and the Italian Institutes of Culture in Jakarta and Hong Kong, will hopefully serve as a good omen for a “sweet re-beginning” for all of us.

It was recorded at the auditorium of the San Filippo Neri Chapel in Turin and will be broadcast on Saturday, 11th July 2020 at 7pm (Malaysian time) on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

The Duo Alterno offers a concert performance that symbolically starts with “Sweet Beginning” by Luciano Berio and concludes with the greatest masterpiece of the last years of Francesco Paolo Tosti, “Consolation” with texts by Gabriele D'Annunzio. The programme also includes four other Italian composers, from Giacomo Puccini (with two rare piano gems) to Ennio Morricone (with a work dedicated to the Duo Alterno!), to Marcello Panni (composer and conductor from Rome who has just turned 80 and wrote for the occasion a new short Melodramma for the Duo Alterno), to Riccardo Piacentini himself (with a new collection of photo-songs composed and recorded in Turin at the time of the coronavirus with Tiziana's voice). A highly gestural, sweet and communicative program, shifting from cultured to popular, from the theatrical and the best Italian chamber repertoire.