by Mike Telin
By the time Italian violinist Francesco D’Orazio decided to learn Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII, many violinists were already playing the challenging work. He knew he would need to bring a new approach to the piece if he were to stand any chance of impressing the composer. “So I decided to play it from memory,” D’Orazio said during a telephone conversation from Italy, “and nobody was doing that back then.”
Audiences will have the opportunity to hear the celebrated violinist perform Berio’s Sequenza VIII this week, when he makes his Cleveland debut on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 at Transformer Station as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series. The concert will feature contemporary Italian works for solo violin.
D’Orazio’s professional relationship with Berio dates back to when the violinist was studying with Carlo Chiarappa, for whom Sequenza VIII was written. [Read more…]