Gianluigi Trovesi All’Opera - Profumo Di Violetta - ECM 2048



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ECM 2048

Profumo Di Violetta

Gianluigi Trovesi: piccolo and alto clarinets, alto saxophone
With: Marco Remondini: violoncello, electronics; Stefano Bertoli: drums, percussion; Filarmonica Mousiké: wind and percussion orchestra; Savino Acquaviva: conductor

Italy’s great musical archaeologist and one of the outstanding improvisers of his country, Gianluigi Trovesi with “Profumo di Violetta” indulges in his love for the emotional drama and musical beauty of Italian opera. (The title simultaneously alludes to the protagonist of Verdi’s famous opera “La traviata” and to the flower’s sweet perfume.) Accompanied by the characteristic North-Italian provincial “banda”, a large wind orchestra with percussion as we find it in the on-stage-music of most Verdi operas, Trovesi takes us on a humorous journey through the history of the genre.

It starts with Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”, includes many highlights from “La traviata” before briefly visiting Mascagni and Puccini.

The popular and the sublime, irony and unrestrained pathos meet with an improvisational spirit that conveys the pure joy of music making. One of the most unorthodox albums in this year’s release schedule, Trovesi’s opera project is likely to win many enthusiastic listeners among opera lovers and open-minded jazz enthusiasts.

Press Reactions

  • Trovesi kommentiert und kombiniert die Melodien mit Eigenem und hat unüberhörbar seine Freude daran, mal Pergolesi ins Tanzorchesterhafte kippen zu lassen oder der schwindsüchtigen Sünderin Violetta noch eine eigene Elegie zu widmen. Konzipiert als 23-teilige Suite, umgesetzt von der Filarmonica Mousiké unter der Leitung von Savino Acquaviva mit dem nötigen Gespür für das mediterrane Pathos der Vorlagen und die passende Gefälligkeit, nicht in den hochkulturellen Diskurs abzugleiten, ist Trovesi ein humorvoll unterhaltsamer Tribut (…) gelungen.

    Ralf Dombrowski, Jazzthing


  • Das ist (…) große Oper und grandioser Jazz in faszinierender Durchdringung, Musik mit Geist und Witz und Zauberkraft.

    Jens-Uwe Sommerschuh, Sächsische Zeitung Dresden


  • Eleganza, visionarietà, umorismo, genialità, opera e bande, alto e basso, cortili e teatri: c'è questo, molto altro, e tutto il contrario, in "Profumo di Violetta", nuova avventura del magnifico clarinettista di Nembro.

    Vincenzo Martorella, Jazz It


  • Trovesi ha la caratura del musicista raffinato ed irsuto che dopo esser passato attraverso mille guadi e linguaggi, tocca infine il popolare, come tornasse a casa. E qui siamo a casa: perché la banda, l'opera, quel modo così schietto, viscerale, un filo gigione, con cui Trovesi si abbandona alle capriole improvvisate sul clarinetto e sax alto, formano un caleidoscopio magnifico (...) Non so Manfred Eicher, Mr. ECM, cosa abbia passato registrando questo concentrato sonoro d'Italia. Lui ci ha messo il diamante del suono nordico, che qui diventa eco di paese o di villaggio, l'italia dei mille teatri e la banda in piazza, che beve vino e fischietta l'opera, e poi vola via, col sax. Italia che chissà dov'è adesso.

    Giordano Montecchi, L'Unità


  • His clarinet in particular has always had a certain operatic quality to it anyway. I don’t think a record like this could have been made twenty years ago but now young (and not so young) orchestral players are hip to these kind of collaborations. There is a real energy and joi de vivre to this orchestra’s performance that truly lifts the music and makes this truly special. Elegant and it swings.

    Duncan Heining, Jazzwise


  • Il Giornale della musica, il disco del mese