A Tribute to Teresa de Rogatis Cinzia Milani

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  • Teresa de Rogatis (1893 - 1979):
  • 1Soirée madrilène03:56
  • 2Divertimento02:07
  • 3L' oasi incantata03:47
  • 4Fuochi fatui02:07
  • 5Mormorio della foresta04:34
  • 6Tarantella diabolica02:37
  • 7Balletto06:12
  • 8Fantasia araba03:01
  • 9Studio per la mano sinistra 1'3401:35
  • 10Alba sul mare02:26
  • 11Recuerdos de España02:59
  • 12Bagdad01:54
  • 13Studio sul tremolo01:55
  • Sonatina:
  • 14I. Andantino05:28
  • 15II. Largo05:33
  • 16III. Tempo di minuetto01:26
  • 17IV. A capriccio01:37
  • Total Runtime53:14

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Born in Naples in 1893, Teresa de Rogatis was a child prodigy who gave her first recital at the age of seven. She studied piano, composition, counterpoint, harmony, conducting and voice at the Conservatorio San Pietro in Naples. While in Egypt on a concert tour, she met and soon married a Swiss man of means living in Cairo, Paolo Feninger. Settling there in the 1920s, Rogatis helped to found the National Conservatory of Egypt, where she also taught piano and guitar for over 40 years. Her husband’s death prompted her retirement in 1963 back to Naples, where she lived quietly until her death in 1979.

Her career as a teacher allowed little time for composition, but de Rogatis took a selfless attitude to her own work. ‘If teaching hundreds of young people about the poetry and beauty of music, instead of composing works and symphonies, means giving one’s life up, then that’s what I’ve done. But if some of these young people, who are now adults, can understand a Beethoven symphony or sonata and find in it solace and a guide for their own lives, then I will live in their memories just as I would have done in my works, and my life will have been equally useful.’

Her relatively slender output – 60 acknowledged works – is dominated by piano music, but de Rogatis also wrote instrumental songs and dances for the guitar, and a four-movement Sonatina of no less ready melodic appeal, all presented here by her modern-day counterpart, the Italian guitarist Cinzia Milani. In a personal introduction to the scholarly booklet note, Milani observes how de Rogatis ‘reconciled brilliant virtuoso flair with an elegantly feminine touch, even when the overall tone is jocular or ironic.’ Milani’s decision to record this music on on a distinctly modern instrument is part of ‘an imaginary dialogue between different periods and the changes they heralded: like glancing backwards while walking towards the future.’

Italian guitarist Cinzia Milano continues her series of Tributes to female guitarists with a beautiful program of guitar works by Teresa de Rogatis.

Teresa de Rogatis (1893-1979) was born in Naples. A child prodigy, she gave her first recital at the age of 7. She studied piano, composition, counterpoint, voice and conducting in her home town. While in Egypt on a concert tour she married and settled in Cairo, where she helped founding the National Conservatory in the late 50ties. In 1963 she returned to Italy where she continued to compose and teach. She left over 60 works, for both for piano and the guitar.

Cinzia Milani, one of the foremost female guitarists of today, has already issued a Tribute to Ida Presti, issued on Brilliant Classics BC95528.

Cinzia Milami, guitar

Cinzia Milani
Begins studying the classical guitar at a very young age and consequently, after private study, is able to graduate from the Conservatorio "A. Boito", in Parma, at 18.

Cinzia studied with several teachers, and develops her sophisticated guitar technique with the famous and highly-regarded guitar master Mauro Storti; she later studies interpretative analysis with argentinian composer Oscar Roberto Casares.

When only 5 years old she wins first prize at the International Competition of Milan, and at 7 years old she is awarded the "Ambrogino d’oro" by the Municipality of Milan for its extraordinary and precocious musical ability; at 10 she wins the "Trofeo Beniamino Gigli", in Recanati, is marked 100/100. By the age of 14 she has already won sixteen first prizes in International and National Competitions.

In 1991, in Parma, she is awarded the "Premio F. Margola" for best execution and interpretation.

By the age of 12, she begins her concert career in Italy finding acclaim in critics and audiences alike, leading her to perform all over the world. The most influential British and American press devote the important reportage in which it is defined as "a rare combination of beauty, grace, natural elegance and a deep sense of music with a brilliant technique and a powerful sound and expressive, considered among the best exponents of the concert artists in the world."

Cinzia has already amassed an impressive discography: in addition to recording for Rai Radio 2 and Antenna 3, in 1994 she collaborates with composer A. Prandi to catalogue previously unpublished music for the guitar. Meanwhile, tracks from her CD “Ritratto di Donna”, recorded for the Jump Musical Edition label, are aired by RAI in Italy as well as by French, German and Japanese national television stations and films.

She performed as a guitarist and also as a dancer and singer in the argentinian show “Sonatango” and recorded the CD “Sonatango”.

Cinzia has performed around Canada and the United States and also she taught guitar master classes at Royal Conservatory of Toronto.

In the latest years she performed in Mexico and she was a part of jury at “Concurso Internacional de Guitarra de Sinaloa”.

She created the show "Venere" of music composed and performed live by her, in collaboration with the dance company "Performing Dance": the feminine universe told through music and dance.

Further to her work as a guitarist, are her activities as a violinist; graduate in violin, she plays in various orchestras and, with them, performs both in Italy, Spain and France.

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