CD REVIEW «I DISCHI DEL MEM - VOL. I»

(…) Federico Biscione (Tivoli, 1965) proposes «Constellations Favorables», eight minutes of heavenly suspension; indeed, as with other works – but this in particular – it should be really listened with closed eyes. There are bursts of harmonic openness, broad, which I think would be fine with a light orchestration, capable of supporting a harmonic system so rich and suggestive. (…)

(Massimo Botter)



april 2015




(Bari) may 24 2013

COLLEGIUM, GOOD-BYE ON BRITTEN'S NOTES

[...] In first performance a work of the composer Federico Biscione - in the audience - who was invited by Rino Marrone [the leader of Collegium Musicum, that played the piece] to create these Britten Diversions, a suite of variations on a theme from Hymn to St. Cecilia, that the English musician composed in 1942, on a text by W. H. Auden. Biscione openly feeds unconditional admiration to Britten, and this means that his music imposes itself for a natural, instinctive narrative force, fully reflecting the creative idea that vibrates in the music of the English composer: a deep and successful homage. [...] Warm success for each execution, the audience that filled the Vallisa Auditorium has lively applauded Biscione [...]

(Nicola Sbisà)



RADIOCLASSICA (Italian Radio) - Radio broadcast «ULTIMO GRIDO»

Radio broadcast of Luca Ciammarughi, studio guest Federico Biscione. Are heard during the program Dalla Soffitta for orchestra, a selection from the ballet The Pied Piper, the first mouvement of the Quartetto con pianoforte, and other works by Ildebrando Pizzetti, Vieri Tosatti, Alessandro Cusatelli and Alberto Cara: a group of Italian composers linked by a teacher-pupil relationship across generations.



July 17 2012




August 2011

THE CONCLUSION OF THE 36th CANTIERE OF MONTEPULCIANO

(…) We would like to review another beautiful concert on Saturday 30 July. The mezzosoprano Veronica Simeoni, a voice with an interesting tonality, and the pianist-composer Federico Biscione gave a concert entitled "The beyond", closely related to the subject of the final evening and of the whole festival. The program included for mezzosoprano and piano some Verdi, Berlioz, Strauss, Ravel, Wagner, Mahler and Biscione. Of particular impact was the debut performance of Biscione's Sublimatio gradibus tribus, three pieces for solo piano, a music full of significance and of a high level of expression.

(Claudio Listanti)



... UND JAGE DIE LETZTE SÜßE IN DEN SCHWEREN WEIN.
A radio-portrait with interview and musical examples (MDR Figaro, Halle - Germany)

Listen/download the excerpts:

1. Preface - 4:23 (4,1 MB)
2. Loneliness (Passacaglia, Jabberwocky) - 4:05 (3,8 MB)
3. My composing (Dalla Soffitta) - 2:32 (2,4 MB)
4. Composed in Leipzig: Myricae - 4:27 (4,2 MB)
5. With the german poetry: Aus Rilkes Bildern - 6:08 (5,8 MB)
6. Transits (Introduzione e Moto perpetuo) - 1:48 (1,7 MB)
7. Described and composed music: Hanno - 2:55 (2,7 MB)
8. Music and neurosis: Windmühlen - 4:21 (4 MB)
9. Mozart. Eine Biographie - 3:53 (3,7 MB)
10. The ballet The Pied Piper - 2:42 (2,5 MB)
11. The chamber opera Mamma Laser - 3:19 (3,1 MB)
12. In the Saint Thomas Church: Verkündigung - 6:42 (6,3 MB)
13. Conclusion - 2:21 (2,2 MB)

(A program by Renate Richter)



Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, december 5 2007




(Chemnitz) may 19 2006

MOZARTIAN FUN WITH SWING AND SKILL
A Big Celebration Meets Federico Biscione’s First Performance

(…) All those who think that music nowadays is unable to reach out to the heart are drastically wrong in the case of Federico Biscione. Aside from a rapt auditorium, the first performance of the "seven concertant images" for cello and orchestra Mozart. Eine Biographie (dedicated to soloist Horst-Rüdiger Zakowsky) was met with great approval and, at its conclusion, a small sea of flowers, as it plumbed in depth the broad spectrum of orchestral expression. Mozartian themes from Don Juan, Figaro, the Requiem and other symphonic works provided the subject matter for images raising the young Mozart-Apollo to the heights of Mount Olympus. In the variations on a childhood theme Biscione even finds room for a little swing. Congratulations to the composer: he has captured the spirit of the times.

(Marianne Schultz)



CHILDREN ENTHRALLED BY MOZART

One of the most beautiful performances of The Magic Flute has been running in recent days at the Piccolo Regio in Turin. (…) Once Upon a Time There Was a Magic Flute should act as an example for all those curators who complain about seeing an ever increasing number of white hairs in the stalls (…) It is not often – indeed not ever – that we see groups of children, usually pictured groggily sat before a TV screen or engrossed in a videogame, leaving a theatre humming Mozart Arias. This is proof that any real masterpiece can be read on many different levels (…)

(Vittorio Sabadin)



(Turin) may 13 2006




February 2006

NATALIA GUTMANN FOR THE POMERIGGI MUSICALI AT THE DAL VERME THEATRE (Milan)

(…) The concert began with the first ever performance of the piece which won first prize at the “Mozart Today 2005” Competition. The piece entitled Dalla soffitta (From the Attic) by Federico Biscione, a musician born in Tivoli in 1965, is pleasant and well orchestrated and alternates moments of joy with moments of melancholy. It is stylistically in the Neoclassical and Neoromantic tradition of composing, and reveals an excellent knowledge of orchestral timbre and a considerable coherence from a formal point of view. (…)

(Cesare Guzzardella)



SURPASSING THE POSTMODERN

(…) This was the case, for example, of Introduction and Perpetual Motion [for flute and piano] by Federico Biscione, in its first ever performance. Preserving an entirely traditional language, full of references and allusions to many names of the 1900s, it provided, by virtue of its very well balanced formal architecture, an experience of absolute aural enjoyment, while never falling into a pedantic Neoclassicism…

(M. R.)



(Trent) may 21 2004




March 2001

WORK WITH SCHOOLS

Videogames, a performance made up of two short operas set in the world of computers [Mother Laser and Magic Mouse], concluded the "Futuri 2000" Festival of Musical Theatre for Children organised by the Fondazione Arena in Verona. The Academy of Music "E. F. Dall'Abaco" participated in the production, providing the choir, soloists and instrumentalists, all under the conduction of Mario Lanaro. (…)

(Chiara Zocca)



FRIENDS OF MUSIC
Notes From the Children's Theatre

(…) The production looks wonderful, from every point of view, and the idea of bringing computers and virtual reality to the Teatro Lirico is engrossing (…); the music is sufficiently articulate in the instrumental parts, especially Mamma Laser [by Federico Biscione] which is specifically orchestral (…); the theatre was quite full, and the production a great success bringing seemingly endless applause.

(Sergio Stancanelli)



January 2001




January 2001

OPERA SAVED BY SMALL CHILDREN
Small Theatres and Young Composers with Real Belief in What They Do

(…) At the end of December, the Teatro Nuovo in Verona staged, for the first time, two short chamber operas for children: Mamma Laser, libretto by Barbara Teti, music by Federico Biscione (…); the two titles shared a common theme of videogames, a subject which is ideal for involving a young audience...

(Susanna Franchi)



"LASER" AND "MOUSE" BEAUTIFUL AND FRIGHTFUL: LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING
Teatro Nuovo. Success per Videogames.

(...) We come across positive and negative heroes, bullies and victims, projections of our dreams (…) All portrayed with lightness and supported by impressive special effects. (…) Mamma Laser is effective in its concise scenic narration and in the urgent succession of events which keep the levels of interest constantly high. (…) A success for all the young cast and for the composers, as well as for two pieces which are interesting and in step with the times.

(Chiara Zocca)



(Verona) december 24 2000




Italian National Broadcasting Company, november 20 1992

SONIC ALPHABETS

… Far removed from any school or passing fashion, but with a guaranteed membership to a sort of "community of talent" which keeps him in touch with some of the figures of the best music of yesterday, Federico Biscione composes contemporary music which is timeless.

(Riccardo Giagni)