Monica Germino talks about Louis Andriessen's La Girò (2011), for violin & ensemble. Andriessen wrote La Girò for a violinist who also sings and speaks. The voice is meant to be untrained and casual in style. This trailer is an initiative of the Asko|Schönberg ensemble; produced by MvdVMedia. Partially subtitled (Dutch to English).
Andriessen: "In La Girò I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The title refers to Anna Girò, Vivaldi's favourite singer. The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without its dedicatee, the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams. The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cimbalom and some percussion. The piece has four parts: the first three form a kind of concertino while the actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part."
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