"Alberto Nones embarks on an almost impossible undertaking. Chopin's Mazurkas are the fruit of his most personal research, his intimate diary. The difficulty lies in rendering the rythmic and harmonic liberty of the dances, without overlooking their formal structure, which is perfect. Alberto Nones succeeds marvellously. The journey is thrilling, it allows us to enter into Chopin's workshop". Dino Villatico on ROBINSON, cultural weekly insert of LA REPUBBLICA (26/3/2017, p. 33)
"... The great Chopin interpreters are capable of making one hear, with their playing, not just Chopin's music, but Chopin himself... Nones's reading makes us understand that Chopin's Mazurkas embody a suffering that is softened. A revelation." Andrea Bedetti AUDIOPHILE SOUND 153 (p. 56, July-August 2016)
"... Mit einer Interpretation, die dem tänzerischen Gehalt und der den Mazurkas teilweise vorhandenen Leichtigkeit gerecht wird, ohne je in Oberflächlichkeit zu verfallen, mit hoher Anschlagskultur, perfekter Balance zwischen Melodie und Begleitung, fein ziselierter Ornamentik und stets wohl dosiertem Rubato-Spiel stellt Nones die klanglichen, rhythmischen und auch harmonischen Raffinessen trefflich heraus... Meisterhaft". Prof. Dr. Monika Fink (University of Innsbruck)
"Small but engaging, this book is different from any other publication on the Californian band because of the rigorous perspective of the author: Nones is not only a dedicated musician, but also a lecturer of political philosophy. Therefore, he provides a picture of the socio-cultural context which nourished the Doors, and takes on the theme of the ethical and aesthetical dimension of their art", Eugenio Tassitano on CLASSIC ROCK
"After the Titanic endeavour of recording the entire body of Chopin's Mazurkas with lucid mindfulness, Alberto Nones, together with violinist Franco Mezzena, faces the equally difficult and problematic Sonatas by Brahms. His liberty at phrasing and variety of touch is all there, as is the elegance of the violin" Dino Villatico on ROBINSON, cultural weekly insert of LA REPUBBLICA
"a book with a fitting syntethical style... Alberto Nones gives us a tale of Zandonai's life in a few essential steps, insisting with a thoroughness never seen elsewhere on the historical and political context that is its problematic background... With acute sensitivity Alberto Nones captures these various sensations, these sudden moves of the spirit", Diego Cescotti in the PREFACE
Professor Dorottya Fabian,The University of New South Wales, Sydney
Stemming from a stimulating conference, this volume provides well-researched new contributions to performance studies. It will be especially valuable to researchers of J.S. Bach's reception history and of new compositions and their performances. Importantly, the book fills a significant gap in our Anglo-centric world of knowledge as it largely focuses on events and artistic creativity in Italy and South America (esp. Colombia). Added value is the audio material that illuminates the discussions.
Dr. Ann DuHamel,
University of Minnesota, Morris
In this volume, the reader will find a rich diversity of scholarship all somehow linked to J. S. Bach and musical tradition. From Michael Maul's fascinating consideration of the text-painting craftsmanship in Bach's cantatas, to Alberto Nones's spell-binding discussion of the marriage of harmony and text in different settings of Leopardi's magical L'Infinito, we arrive full-circle with the demonstrated influence of Bach in Marco Alunno's challenging and exciting recently composed piano études.