AVVENNE A NAPOLI passione per voce e piano

THE PROJECT

It is my homage to the Masters who taught me the Art of Feelings: because emotions have a precise sound, they have precise words but to recognize them, you must learn them.

I was born in Naples in 1951. For those of my generation it was like drinking from a magical spring. That extraordinary period between the end of the 19th century and the 1900s or thereabouts – which had gathered the knowledge of so many poets and musicians on a genre that we define as “Classical Neapolitan Songs” – was already at dusk but strong and alive were the emotions that it had left imprinted in the hearts of men. Those songs had been in the youth of our parents, had educated and inflamed their loves, had comforted their adolescence torn by the war. Our mothers sang them as they rocked us or to comfort us after a desperate cry. For me, it was like living immersed in an open-air theater where I could read the roots of my life at any moment of the day. When at the age of only three I had a toy accordion in my hands, it was natural to play by ear the only repertoire I knew, and I certainly was not aware that I was attending a school of life that would influence my whole future. Then the music around began to change with the war came the Americans with jazz and rock which in Naples became Renato Carosone; at home, Uncle Vincenzo, my father’s brother, writes the verses of “Luna rossa” but Vian’r music is already an African- American inspired beguine. I too have walked in the contaminated sounds of my time but “that invisible guide” has always been at my side, like a loving and wise teacher who is now part of your thinking.

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THE CONCERT

con
Eduardo De Crescenzo
voce e fisarmonica
Julian Oliver Mazzariello
pianoforte

AVVENNE A NAPOLI passione per voce e piano is a concert suspended between the best Italian tradition and innovation. Eduardo De Crescenzo, already an icon of elegance, already an expression of modern classicism, interprets THE NEAPOLITAN CLASSICAL SONG of the period widely indicated between the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s. Fenesta vascia, Era de maggio, Luna nova, ‘A vucchella, I’ te vurria vasà, Uocchie c’arraggiunate, Voce ‘e notte, Passione, Serenata napulitana, Silenzio cantatore, Maria Marì … it is the repertoire that formed it, albeit in the evolution of his musical personality, of that “unique” style that makes him a recognizable artist, a recognizable Neapolitan. A concert to tell the new generations a miracle that happened in Naples: valuable musicians and great poets created a repertoire, son of the Opera – but also its modern evolution – to invent the “song form” as we know it today. It is also on this repertoire that the figure “of the interpreter” is highlighted on that of the “singer” : operatic singing, however virtuous and noble, although technically valuable, is no longer exhaustive, it is necessary for the singer to enter the poet’s verses and make them his own to revive them every time. The stylistic dictates of this historical-artistic period are also inspired by the formation in duo – voice and piano, typical in the “periodicals”, meetings of privileged public to listen to the music of Art that took place in cultural circles and patrician houses of the time. The only exception will be Eduardo’s accordion, the instrument that has always inspired his singing. Accompanying this magical journey is Julian Oliver Mazzariello’s talented, international piano. A concert that wants to give us back the authentic spirit of that time in all its unequalled modernity.

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