Vox Flauti : Music for flutes by Gian Paolo Chiti

Vox Flauti: Musc for Flute by Gian Paolo Chiti (2019 rel; CD recording)


  • 1. Vox Flauti:for flute quartet: 1. Pavane
  • 2. Vox Flauti: 2. Corale
  • 3. Vox Flauti: 3. Aria
  • 4. Vox Flauti: 4. Continuum
  • 5. Vox Flauti: 5. Breeze
  • 6. Vox Flauti: 6. Quartet
  • 7. Inscription for solo flute
  • 8. Octavian for solo piccolo
  • 9. Plexus for two bass flutes
  • 10. Kinamama for too flutes and piano
  • 11. In Sogno for too flutes and piano
  • 12. Reonctres for flute and strings;: 1
  • 13. Reonctres for flute and strings;: 2
  • 14. Reonctres for flute and strings;: 3/li>

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This recording is a celebration of music for the flute, from solo music to flute chamber music and finally a work for the solo flute with the string orchestra. The works, written between 1973 to the present day, are in a large variety of styles, from deeply modernist to the more eclectic styles prevalent in Modern Music today. Gian Paolo Chiti, as one of Italy's most respected composers, has a large output for the flute, including several pieces only completed recently. It is obvious that the flute has always inspired him musically and will continue to inspire him as a Composer.

This may be seen as a sort of meditation on the nature of the Flute itself. The flute began its existence as prehistoric man taking the bones of birds and trying to imitate the sound of birdsong by creating tone holes to manipulate the sound with fingers. While it is probable that the percussion instruments, such as hitting wooden or stone objects to produce sound, existed before the flute, it is clear that the flute is one of the most ancient musical instruments created by Man. For a living composer this is a way of renewing the dialogue between Man's musical thoughts and Nature.

One of the most important people involved in this project is the composer's late wife, the noted mezzo-soprano and musicologist Patricia Adkins Chiti, who brought most of the artists together in this project to celebrate her husband's music. Her sudden death has created a great emotional and musical void in the lives of so many people and this reocrding is dedicated to her memory.

The individual works are as follows:

"Vox Flauti" was written for the Italian flute quartet "Image", which is directed by Vilma Campitelli. The six-movement work includes pieces for the C flute, but also for the piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. There are a number of works clearly inspired by classical forms (Aria, Corale) and other pieces closer to a more minimalist aesthetic ("Breeze", "Continuum"). The final "Quartet" is a sort of synthesis to these two stylistic ideals.

"Incription" and "Octavien" are two works in a series of pieces for solo pieces taht the composer undertook several years ago, in order to explore different instrumental colours and alos included pieces for many other instruments. As is fitting for a solo instrument piece, these are in a freer "soliliquy" form, exploring the unique qualities of each type of instrument.

"Plexus" for two bass flutes is an expressionistic "double portrait" using the warm colour of the bass flute to give unity to the superimposed images. The effect is both disconcerting and extremely attractive because of the rich distinctive tone of the bass instrument.

"Kinnamana" ("The Mother") is inspired by African music and uses repetive rythmnic cells which develope in a linear way.

"In Sogno" ("In dreaming") is a freer ensemble piece which uses a variety of flutes to produce different colouristic effects.

"Rencontres" is a more modernistic dialogue between the solo flute and an ensemble of eleven strings. The work was written for I Solisti Veneti and the late conductor Claudio Scimone with his wife flutist Clementine Hoogendoorn as soloist, who are all featured in this recording which was taken from an analogue recording made around the time of the première. The work is in three extended moments and explores the juxtaposition between the solo voice of the flute with the more dense sounds of the string ensemble.

About Gian Paolo Chiti :

Gian Paolo Chiti, born in Rome, studied piano, violin and composition, beginning his music studies when he was four years old. He made his first public performance at a very young age, performing his own piano compositions. At ten years old, he entered Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory in Rome, where he continued his studies of piano and composition, graduating while still very young. He attended proficiency courses with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and with Carlo Zecchi at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, earning his degree in chamber music. He was prize winner in both the Treviso piano and the Busoni competitions. He then chose to devote his professional career to composition.

He began teaching composition in Italian conservatories and has held his post as head of Composition at Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory in Rome since 1984; he was deputy Director of the Conservatory for ten years beginning in 1989. During that time, numerous talented young people and winners of international competitions emerged from his classes.

He has given Master Classes in composition, history of contemporary composition related to antique music, from 15th and 16th Century Gregorian to Polyphonic, as well as musical analysis for composers, musicologists and artists in many countries in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. To name a few: Villa Reale, the Lisbon Conservatory in Portugal, the National Conservatory of Bejjing in China, the Havana Conservatory in Cuba, the Cultural Centre of Manila in the Philippines, the University of Charleston in South Carolina, U.S.A.

Gian Paolo Chiti has achieved international recognition for the programming of his music in various international festivals and events such as Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Biennale in Venice, Edinburgh Festival, Lutoslawski Festival, Cantiere Internazionale of Montepulciano, Nuova Consonanza, Incontri Musicali Romani, Chopin Festival in Poland, Sacred Music Festival in Chartres, France, Teatro Nacional di Caraccas in Venezuela, the Public Season at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his best known compositions are "Concert for Violin and Orchestra", recorded with the RAI Symphonic Orchestra in Turin, "Konzertstuck" for orchestra, commissioned by the Abruzzese Synphonic Orchestra, "A Dylan Thomas", a ballet presented at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, "Trivium" for voice and orchestra, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, "Nachtmusic", for the Royal Festival Hall in London, "Pilatus e Maria", an Oratorio for Vatican Radio, choral works for several Roman cathedrals and the "Artists' Mass". He has created numerous works for chamber groups, like "Rencontres", performed by the Solisti Veneti, "Breakers", for harp quartet, performed at the Little Carnegie Hall in New York as well as solo pieces for piano, violin, cello, flute, guitar and harp. He was Guest Composer, with commissions for new works for groups in Europe, Asia, Russia and the U.S.A.

Gian Paolo Chiti wrote the "Laudation Processional Hymn, in Honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary" (for chorus, wind and percussion instruments) on occasion of "Maria Mater Mundi" in the Paolo VI auditorium at the Vatican for the Grand Jubilee in the year 2000. He completed a new symphonic work "Envers" which was premiered in March 2003 by the Orchestra of Rome and Lazio. His new string quartet "En ecoutant la Nuit" (now published by Musik Fabrik) was premiered by the Xenia Ensemble in Rome in December 2002.

Most of his works have been published and/or recorded on CD. BMG - Ricordi - Sonzogno - Bé.rbèn - Edipan (Italy) - Reimers (Sweden) - Lyra Music - MMB Publications (U.S.A. ) - Chappells (U.S.A. ). He works also as both a television and cinema film score composer.

He taken part in the juries of international competitions for many years as well as being consultant for festivals, exhibitions, events and courses of music studies. Many of his articles written on musicology have been published in international magazines like The American Liszt Society. He has given radio lectures for the Radio Nacional in Spain, Radio France and the BBC and has taken part in numerous programs for RAI, the Italian national radio and TV Company.

He is member of the Artist Committee of the Incontri Musicali Romani Festival, (contemporary music), Board of Directors of the Adkins Chiti Donne in Musica (Women in Music) Foundation, associated with UNESCO and the European Music Council.

Artist biographies/biographies des artistes :

The Image Flute Quartet was created in 2005 to divulge the vast and little known repertoire for flute quartet. The quartet has an intense concert activity with popular and public success and with a repertoire ranging from ancient to classical and contemporary music, as well as works outside theEuropean tradition and includes the use of the whole flute family. The quartett has a longstanding collaboration with the International Adkins Chiti: Women in Music Foundation, and participated in the European Commission project WIMUST (Women in Music Uniting Strategies for Talent) including important first performances in Rome, Ancona, Bari and Brussels (European Parliament).

The member of the quartet are:Beatrice Petrocchi - 1st fluteAgnese Cingolani - 2nd flute Cecilia Troiani - flute and alto flute Vilma Campitelli - flute and bass flute

VILMA CAMPITELLI, was born in Lanciano (Chieti, ltaly) and graduated from the conservatory of Pescara (ltaly) and the Hochschule in Winterthur (Switzerland). She has performed in over 800 concerts as a soloist in Europe, Asia and America, receiving critical acclaim and success. Founder of Image Quartet she plays with a gold "Verne Q. Powell" Flute and a genadilla wood "Bulgheroni" Piccolo.

BEATRICE PETROCCHI ,was born in Ancona and graduated in flute and in Chamber Music at the lnternational Academy of lmola. She has performed in Europe, North and South America including at the Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall. As first flute in the quartet, she performs mainly contemporary music and is teacher at the master courses in Bertinoro, Italy.

The Trio Doppler is the ensemble of the talian flutist, musical director, conductor, Franz Albanese has enjoyed a worldwide career for more than forty years. He studied at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Rome and at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and holds a Doctorate in Musicology at the University of Bologna. He has performed with brilliant success in over 64 countries worldwide as soloist and conductor. Eminent composers have dedicated their works to him and his recordings of both contemporary and classicalpieces have won him enthusiastic praise from critics and public and have been broadcast on major radio and television stations in Italy and abroad. Besides his presence as jury member in prestigious international music competitions, his extensive teaching experience include the Federal Universities of: Seville, Detroit, Atlanta, North Carolina, Rio de Janiero, Bogotà, Cork, Budapest, Montevideo, Rosario, Peking, Panama and the European Cultural University. He is president of the "Doppler" musical association and for 25 years director of the Italian State Conservatory of Music in Italy. He is currently professor at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory of music in Rome.

"I Solisti Veneti" conducted by Claudio Scimone, is the most famous Italian chamber orchestra and well known worldwide: they have presented more than 6.000 concerti in 90 countries and have participated regularly in the most prestigious international festivals (amongst which more than 30 concerts for the Salzburg Festival). They have recorded over 300 DVD, CD, and LP for labels such as Erato-WEA, BMG-RCA, Philips, and Frequenz. They have also received the most important Prizes for their recordings such as Grammy from Los Angeles, Académie Charles Cros in Paris, Académie du Disque Lyrique, etc and the special Prize for television's Festival Bar in 1970 with 350.000 votes from the young public. The Italian Republic has granted them the Gold Medal for their services to art, culture and education. Some of the world's greatest soloists have worked and recorded with "I Solisti Veneti", from Placido Domingo to Andrea Bocelli, June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Cecilia Gasdia, Katia Ricciarelli, Itzak Perlmann, Jean Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Salvatore Accardo, Leonid Kogan..... They also undertake important publishing projects.

Claudio Scimone, born in Padova founded "I Solisti Veneti" in 1959 and since then has conducted all their concerts and recordings. He studied conducting with Dimitri Mitropoulos, and made his Covent Garden debut in 1981 and has conducted symphonic concerts and operas with the world's greatest orchestras and opera houses in Europe, the Americas, Japan and Australia. Apart from his work with "I Solisti Veneti" Maestro Scimone has recorded innumerable discs and videos with the London Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Philarmonique della Radio Francese, Bamberger Symphoniker, and many others and has also presented works by over 80 contemporary composers amongst which Bussotti, Donatoni, De Pablo, Constant, Morricone, Donaggio who have all dedicated works to him and his orchestra.

Clementine Hoogendoorn, Claudio Scimone's wife, was born in Holland and studied at The Hague with Prinz, the flautist much admired by Toscanini, and then obtained her diploma at the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan. She quickly made a name for herself a soloist and has been a member of many different chamber ensembles such as "Il Sestetto di Milano" , l"Ensemble Vivaldi" as well as being flautist for the Orchestra dell' "Angelicum" in Milan. With "I Solisti Veneti" she has played more than 3.000 concerts in the most important concert halls in Europe, the Americas, and Egypt and in the Emirates. She has made many CD recordings including Cimarosa's "Sinfonia Concertante" for two flutes together with Jean Pierre Rampal.