Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
K. 162 - K. 32 - K. 386
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
The Well-Tempered Guitars op. 199
2 Preludes and Fugues
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Grandi Variazioni op. 130
André Jolivet (1915-1974)
Preludio e canzona
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Clair de lune
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata “quasi una fantasia” op. 27 no. 2
SoloDuo (Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli) formed in 2003 and have since performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America. From New York’s Weill Recital Hall (at Carnegie Hall) to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall; from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus, SOLODUO has become one of the world’s leading guitar duos. Of the duo The Washington Post wrote: the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.
In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (2004), a CD of 17th Century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia” with Massimo Lonardi, 2008), a CD of Arias and Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (“Clori, ninfa e amante”, 2013), an anthology of 20th Century masterpieces for two guitars (“Solaria”, 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (2008), a collection of 19th Century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”, 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (2010), and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo‐Tedesco (2012), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius. In March 2014, Solaria Records released “Metamorphoses”, SoloDuo’s eleventh CD together. The CD was praised by Soundboard magazine (Vol. 40, no. 2, 2014) as one of the most important CD releases of the year for classical guitar: The arrival of any new disc by SoloDuo betokens a sure trip to guitar heaven. Flawless technique and musicianship, coupled with warm and insightful musicality, ensure a first rate musical experience. [...] Everything is superb, and you must acquire this disc.
In February 2014, Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela gave the world premiere of Alexandre Tansman's newly discovered "Sonatine" at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco followed by a second performance of the rediscovered piece at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. SoloDuo’s CD recording of the “Sonatina” will be published along with the printed score of the piece by Bèrben Editions in February 2015.
The Canadian publisher Productions D’OZ released the score of the “Variations on a Sarabande by Haendel” by Viennese composer Ferdinand Rebay: a new issue to the SoloDuo Collection, edited by Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela. In March 2015 D’OZ will publish SoloDuo’s arrangement of both Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 27 no. 2, and Mozart’s Sonata KV 331.
In June 2014, SoloDuo returned to the recording studio to begin work on their new recording, a collection of French music for two guitars that will include works by Jean Françaix, André Jolivet, Daniel Lesur, Pierre‐Petit, Ida Presti, Francis Poulenc (world première recording) and Alexandre Tansman ‐ expected for release in 2015 by Solaria Records.
Highlights of the 2014 concert season included the LiGiTa Festival in Liechtenstein, one of the most important guitar festivals in Europe, and SoloDuo’s return to New York City, 6 years after their Carnegie Hall Debut.
Concert dates for early 2015 include Boulder, Los Angeles, Northridge (CA), Toronto, Brantford (ON) (February) Baltimore (March), Istanbul and Milan (April) and dates in Italy and Switzerland
Matteo Mela resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo Micheli resides in Milan, Italy, and teaches at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland.
Matteo and Lorenzo use guitars by luthier Roberto De Miranda of Milan, Italy.
Artist web site: http://www.soloduo.it/
Cypress Recital Hall: Located on Nordhoff St., between Lindley and Etiwanda avenues. Park in Lot Bl and B3.
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