First release on our label by Fabio Bonizzoni, one of Baroque music performance leading conductors of our time
Bonizzoni and his group La Risonanza start a hopefully long journey with us, releasing Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, an operatic masterpiece dated 1689
In the next future Fabio will release more choral and orchestral great repertoire works on Challenge Classics
Fabio Bonizzoni: The charm of this opera is in that it contains everything, like Cervantes' Don Quixote: any life experience is within it. Love, hate, death, dream, despair, the innocent and the wicked play.
Purcell's awareness in portraying such opposite feelings is amazing as well as the room that he leaves to the conductor. So, here is why a new "Dido": as an artist, as an artist in love with this opera, I want to deliver my reading; better: I want to translate Purcell's "sign" my own way, how much this opera is alive, lively, modern, contemporary. How Purcell's genius was able to convey Dido's despair and Aeneas' cowardice and how much Purcell himself had fun in depicting the plot.
And the choir! Probably it is really the main character of the opera, the sounding board for the most extreme feelings. The relatively scant material is what allows the conductor's imagination to take flight, to get touched, to devise how feelings can be described in music. Such 'creative' experience, to wake up the audience from the ruling emotional and intellectual numbness is what gives meaning to our job. "Dido" teaches there's no need of special effects: life itself is a special effect, is a wonderful journey made of tragedy and joy, love and hate.
ARTIST BACKGROUND Fabio Bonizzoni, one of the leading Italian harpsichordists and organists of his generation, graduated in organ, organ composition and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague in Ton Koopman's class.
After having played for several years with some of the most important orchestras specializing in early music (Amsterdam Baroque, Le Concert des Nations, Europa Galante), from 2004 he exclusively devotes himself to his activities as soloist and director, in particular of his own orchestra La Risonanza.
Furthermore, he is harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland) and in Italy at the Conservatory of Novara; he is founder and president of the Associazione Hendel, a society devoted to the studies of Handel's music in Italy.
As a soloist he has been recording for many years for the Spanish label Glossa. His discography includes works by Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Salvatore, Giovanni Picchi, Francesco Geminiani, Bernardo Storace, Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach (Goldberg Variations and the Art of Fugue).
In 2010 he has completed with La Risonanza the project of recording the complete Italian Cantatas with instruments by G.F. Handel: this project has been defined by Gramophone magazine as the most important of the decade, and 3 of the 7 CDs have been awarded the prestigious Handel Stanley Sadie Prize. The last disc of this series, Apollo e Dafne, won a Gramophone Award in 2011.
His activity is also enriched by commitments as guest conductor: in recent times he has been invited by Capella Cracoviensis and Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra in Poland, by the Holland Bach Society in The Netherlands and by the Orchestra Barroca de Sevilla. Furthermore, he has conducted the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milano in a new ballet called L'altro Casanova.