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Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom

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The Gran Duo Italiano, formed by Mauro Tortorelli (violin) and Angela Meluso (piano), boasts a discography that includes world-premiere recordings of music by Gaetano Fusella, Camillo Sivori (Paganini's only pupil) and Rosario Scalerio (himself a pupil of Sivori) with Tactus Recording. Radio broadcasts of their music on Italy's Rai Radio 3 were enthusiastically received by audience and critics alike, and the releases were well reviewed in specialized music magazines such as Musica, Amadeus, Fanfare, Harmonia Mundi and Gramophone. In 2011 the Duo was awarded one of the European Union's highest accolades, the "Premio Mediterraneo", in recognition of their research, rediscovery and promotion of Italy's artistic and musical heritage.

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The unpublished works for violin and piano by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (Florence, 3 Aprile 1895 - Beverly Hills, 16 March 1968) is, at least in Italy, associated closely with his compositions for guitar and his relationship with Andrés Segovia for a period of over 30 years. However, a part of his significant output of chamber music is reserved to violin and piano and it is the result of more than 40 years of collaboration with the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. Many of these works remain handwritten and unpublished. They have been recorded for the first time by Gran Duo Italiano for the recording house Brilliant in a double CD that was released in September 2018.


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:

- Canto all'aria aperta n.1
- Notturno Adriatico
- Capitan Fracassa
- Rhytms
- "La Figlia del Reggimento" - a Fantasy for Violin and Piano on Themes by Donizetti
- "Figaro" - from the Barber of Seville by Rossini

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