Friday, 29 October 2010

Fabio Biondi - Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Sicilian violinist Fabio Biondi
A film by Olivier Simonnet (2005)
Co-production: Camera Lucida/Mezzo
Running time: 26'

Fabio Biondi: brilliant instrumentalist and director from the violin of the ensemble Europa Galante, which he founded in 1989. A rebellious child, he began the violin aged 11. The violinist talks about his Sicilian childhood, his first steps as a musician, his father and grandfather, both music-lovers, about Rome and Parma, his career and his absolute devotion to his instrument.

Extract from interview with Fabio Biondi:-

Here are two musical extracts from the film, recorded at the monastery of San Giovanni in Parma, which you may recognise from the earlier Vivica Genaux post.

Alessandro Scarlatti: Concerto grosso no.2 in C minor (Allegro)

Vivaldi: Concerto for mandolins RV558 (Allegro molto)

Bravi ragazzi!
The entire film can be viewed online at Vodeo
(€1.99 for 48 hour ticket or €3.99 for unrestricted download)

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