Francesco Supriani - Principles to learn to play the cello (2016)

Supriani

Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

 

Principles to learn to play the cello

Little is known about Francesco Supriani’s life. Born in the city of Conversano on July 11th 1678, it was probably where he began his musical studies. In 1708 he was appointed rst cello of the Real Capilla de Barcelona, recently founded by violinist Giuseppe Porsile for Archduke Charles of Austria. In this way, Francesco Supriani became the rst musician in Spain to be considered a cellist. After two years of service in the Real Capilla, Supriani returned to Naples in 1710 and joined the Real Cappella until 1730. There he shared music with some of the great musicians of the time, such as kapellmeister Alessandro Scarlatti. After his service in the court, he retired, keeping his wages as retirement pension, although he was allowed to play in solemn occasions. Francesco Supriani died in Naples on August 28th 1753.

The limited amount of his works that have survived to our days are very interesting due to the light it sheds on the technical possibilities of an instrument which was, until that time, focused fundamentally to the basso continuo. The present recording is the rst monography dedicated to Francesco Supriani’s music and is a perfect example of the variety of his small catalogue.

Baroque cellist Guillermo Turina, soprano Eugenia Boix and harpsichordist Tomoko Matsuoka have been playing together since 2012 in several Spanish ensembles. Since then, the discovery and study of Francesco Supriani’s marvelous music led Guillermo Turina to direct this project, with the strong intention of bringing his music to its well-deserved position in the History of Music as one of the most important antecessors of cello playing. 

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Guillermo Turina

Guillermo began his cello studies at the age of three with teacher Arantza López, following the Suzuki method. He continued his education with María de Macedo and Miguel Jiménez, until he entered the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, where he studied for his Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in the cello, under the tuition of Angel Luis Quintana, Maite García and David Apellániz. He also attended advanced musical courses with Jaap ter Linden, Anner Bylsma and Pieter Wispelwey.

After his bachelor studies, he studied a Master of Music Degree in Orchestal Performance, in the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Sevilla, as well as the diploma of the Formation Supérieure au métier de l’orchestre classique et romantique in Saintes, under the tuition of Hillary Metzger and Christophe Coin. He broadened his studies in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, specializing in the Baroque cello, with Bruno Cocset, Emmanuel Balsa, Andrew Ackerman and Emilio Moreno, with the highest possible grades. He also studied the Master of Music Degree in Musicology in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

During his career he has played as principal cello in orchestras such as the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, the Nederlandse Orkest Ensemble Academie and the European Union Baroque Orchestra, where he has worked with masters such as Philippe Herreweghe, Mark Minkowski, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. He collaborates regularly with national and international ensembles such as Sphera Antiqva, Regina Ibérica, Ensemble Nereydas, Temperamento, Ímpetus, Os Músicos do Tejo and Vespres d’Arnadí. His activity as a soloist has taken him to play both solo recitals and orchestra concerts in various concert halls throughout Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He is a founding member of the ensemble Academia de las Luces and member of ATRIUM ensemble, La Tempestad and Paperkite.

On the other hand, his work as a musicologist has resulted in a recent publication: the critical editions and study of the cello methods written in Spain at the end of the 18th century, by SEPTENARY editions. 

Guillermo Turina plays a violoncello Marchal à Paris, from late 18th century.

photo: from artist's website

Eugenia Boix

Eugenia Boix was born in Monzón, Spain, where she nished her intermediate music studies. She obtained the extraordinary prize upon graduating in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca. She went on to a postgraduate singing course in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and a Master of Music Degree in Lied in the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. In 2007 she won the 1st prize in the “Montserrat Caballé - Bernabé Martí” scholarship. In June 2012 she was semi nalist in the prestigious Operalia contest, organized by Plácido Domingo, which was held in Beijing. In 2009 and 2010 she won the “Angel Vegas” scholarship, awarded by HM Queen Sofía. She has sung with directors such as Federico Maria Sardelli, Carlos Mena, Mónica Huggett, Juan Carlos Rivera, Albert Recasens, Luis Antonio González, Eduardo López Banzo, Aisslinn Nosky, Alejandro Posada, Miquel Ortega, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Jaime Martín, Paul Goodwin, Lionel Bringuier, Guillermo García Calvo, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Kazushi Ono and Sir Neville Marriner. She has played the roles of Belinda in Dido & Aeneas and e Fairy Queen in the Teatro de la Maestranza and La Coruña Mozart Festival, with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla; Corrina in Il Viaggio a Reims in the Teatro Real de Madrid; Frasquita in Carmen with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León; Pamina in Die Zauber öte, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold in the Opera de Oviedo. She has also sung in numerous oratorios and recitals with piano, plucked strings, orchestra and early music ensembles in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Poland and America. She has recorded pieces for Radio Nacional de España, Radio Clásica, Catalunya Música, the Portuguese and Austrian classical music stations, the BBC and Medici.tv. Her recordings include Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Responsorios de Tinieblas, with Música Ficta and Raúl Mallavibarrena; Labordeta Clásico with La Orquesta del Maestrazgo, Javier Ares and Miguel Ortega; José de Nebra’s Amor aumenta el valor, with Los Músicos de Su Alteza and Luis Antonio González; Canto del Alma, works by Cristóbal Galán; F. Valls’ Misa Scala Aretina, and Juan Hidalgo’s Música para el Rey Planeta, with La Grande Chapelle and Albert Recasens and Crudo Amor, Agostino Ste ani’s duos for soprano and countertenor (Carlos Mena) with Forma Antiqva conducted by Aarón Zapico.

photo: form booklet Master of Kings

Tomoko Matsuoka

Tomoko Matsuoka was born in Tokyo, Japan. She obtained her harpsichord Bachelor of Music with the highest possible grades in the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Como, Italy. She had started studying piano as a little girl, and harpsichord when she was 17. In 1999 she moved to Milan, where she studied harpsichord and chamber music at the Scuola Musicale di Milano and the Milano Civica Scuola di Musica, with Emilia Fadini, Giovanni Togni and Mara Galassi. In 2005 she got the diploma for the Investigation Laboratory of the 17th century Italian vocal music, directed by Roberto Gini, in the Accademia di Musica e Danza F. Ga urio in Lodi (Italy) with the highest distinctions. She has also attended masterclasses by harpsichord masters Enrico Baiano, Ottavio Dantone, Huguette Dreyfus, Kenneth Gilbert, Jos Van Immerseel (with a grant from the Belgian government), Mitzi Meyerson and Christophe Rousset. In 2003 she won the 2nd prize in the International Early Music Competition in Yamanashi, Japan. In 2007 she won the 2nd prize and special contemporary music prize in the Gianni Gambi National Harpsichord Competition (Pesaro, Italy), as well as the 3rd prize (1st declared void) in the prestigious International Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium. She made her debut in the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo in 2008, and published her rst monographic album with music by D. Scarlatti: 16 Sonatas, played on the original Ruckers harpsichord from Neuchatel Art and History Museum in Switzerland. She has played with singers such as Emma Kirby and Roberta Mameli. At present she performs both as a soloist and as part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She has performed concerts in Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland and England. She has been living in Barcelona since 2011, where she arrived to study in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya thanks to the Erasmus programme. Since 2014 she works as an accompanist in the Early Music department of the ESMUC.

photo: from booklet Master of Kings

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Francesco Supriani - Principles to learn to play the cello (2016)

Supriani

Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

    Opus Klassiek, febr 2017

Dit mogen dan studiewerken zijn, de muzikale waarde lijdt er desondanks niet onder. Het hoge uitvoeringsniveau helpt zeker daarbij, geeft deze muziek een overtuigend steuntje in de rug. De barokcello van Guillermo Turina (hij is de achterkleinzoon van Joaquin Turina) zingt het hoogste lied en de begeleiding door de klaveciniste Tomoko Matsuoka is om door een ringetje te halen. In de beide cantates is het uiteraard de sopraan Eugenia Box die de meeste aandacht naar zich toetrekt. En terecht, want zij hanteert een groots aangelegd vocaal vocabulaire waarin werkelijk geen zee te hoog gaat. We horen haar in optima forma fraseren, haar techniek (met onder meer een superieur legato) staat geheel ten dienste van de muziek, ze zingt in volmaakt evenwicht met haar begeleiders en geeft zo schitterend invulling aan deze twee voor mij volkomen nieuwe, seculiere cantates. Wat kan er toch een grote expressieve zeggingskracht uitgaan van een klein ensemble! Dit is van begin tot eind heerlijk musiceren, met een aanstekelijke onbekommerdheid waarin toch nog voldoende plaats is voor de contemplatieve momenten. De door Tom Peeters gemaakte opname valt in dezelfde categorie: bellisimo!

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

    Scherzo, jan 2017

"The cellist from Madrid, Guillermo Turina, presents the first monographic dedicated to Supriani, where we find great surprises like the new discoverments for the cello and three cantatas with sorpano. With Turina appear on the recording soprano Eugenia Boix and harpsichordist Tomoko Matsuoka, to creat a trio that shows us the magnificent music of Supriani. Boix, in an excellent vocal moment, is in an incredible high level like Turina. Very good work of Matsuoka in the continuo playing. It is not easy to explain how is it possible that this works have gone unnoticed for so long". Stars: "Exceptional"

Eduardo Borrico

    Ritmo, jan 2017 -

"We must thank Guillermo Turina and his team this priceless research and demonstration work and, if that was not enough, it is magnificently played"

Salustio Alvarado

    Revista Melomano, dec 2016 -

The general quality of the CD is outstanding, but the best music from the ensemble are the three cantatas. With the common structure of that time alternating recitatives and arias, we must highlight the cantata "Chi m'invola da te, mio bel tesoro?, especially the aria "Lungi da te vad'io", because of Its expressiveness, its delicacy and its beauty, in the widest sense of the word.

Lucia Martin-Maestro Verbo

    Ritmo, january 2017 -

"We must thank Guillermo Turina and his team this priceless research and demonstration work and, if that was not enough, it is magnificently played" "R" for special recommended

Salustio Alvarado

    Scherzo, January 2017

"The cellist from Madrid, Guillermo Turina, presents the first monographic dedicated to Supriani, where we find great surprises like the new discoveries for the cello and three cantatas with soprano. With Turina appear on the recording soprano Eugenia Boix and harpsichordist Tomoko Matsuoka, to create a trio that shows us the magnificent music of Supriani. Boix, in an excellent vocal moment, is in an incredible high level like Turina. Very good work of Matsuoka in the continuo playing. It is not easy to explain how is it possible that this works have gone unnoticed for so long". "E" for Excepcional

Eduardo Torrico

Francesco Supriani - Principles to learn to play the cello (2016)

Supriani

Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

Digital Converters: dCS
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4003 modified by Rens Heijnis
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Koepelkerk, Renswoude, The Nederlands
Recording Software: Merging, Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Sinfonia di violoncello a solo - Amoroso
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Sinfonia di violoncello a solo - Allegro Assai
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Sinfonia di violoncello a solo - Larghetto
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Sinfonia di violoncello a solo - Presto
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Cantata- il mio cor che sta in catene - Aria
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Cantata - il mio cor che sta in catene - Recitativo
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Cantata - il mio cor che sta in catene - Aria
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Toccata settima
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Toccata settima con diminuzione
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Toccata duocecima
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Toccata decima con diminuzione
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Cantata - Chi m?invola da te, mio beltesoro? - Recitativo
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Cantata - Chi m?invola da te, mio beltesoro? - Aria. Amoroso
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Cantata - Chi m?invola da te, mio beltesoro? - Aria. Larghetto
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Toccata quinta
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Toccata quinta con diminuzione
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Toccata nona con diminuzione
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Toccata undecima con diminuzione
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Cantata - Bella, se un di potessi- Recitativo
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Cantata - Bella, se un di potessi- Aria. Larghetto
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Cantata - Bella, se un di potessi- Recitativo
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Cantata - Bella, se un di potessi- Aria. Andante
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Sonata a violoncello solo - Andante
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Sonata a violoncello solo - Allegro
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Sonata a violoncello solo - Adagio
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Sonata a violoncello solo - Preso
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