Teodoro Baù, winner of MA Competition 2021, shares his favorite music with the audience of MA Festival. In his playlist he also wants to include the music that inspired and influenced him throughout his musical career.
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In this playlist I wanted to collect not only the music I like the most, but especially everything that has had a strong impact on my musical growth. All the pieces and artists in this list have a strong and deep meaning for me.
The lute was my first instrument and I started playing it as a child. I still remember when my parents took me to a Hopkinson Smith concert in Vicenza, perhaps one of the first professional concerts I attended. It was a revelatory experience. At the end of the concert, my parents gave me the record in which Hopkinson Smith plays Kapsberger, and I even managed to get his autograph. I listened to this record countless times, and I still keep it as something very precious.
The next piece is a tribute to my lute teacher, the teacher who accompanied me for the longest time, Massimo Lonardi. I included the listening of a fantasy by Francesco da Milano, his favourite author.
After a few years playing the lute, I started playing the viola da gamba, an instrument with which I found an immediate affinity. As always in life, luck plays a very important role, and one of my fortunes was to have found extraordinary teachers, all very different. I am grateful to each of them and want to dedicate a piece in this playlist to them: Claudia Pasetto and Alberto Rasi (Cima), Paolo Pandolfo (Abel), Vittorio Ghielmi (Marais).
Next, I want to add to this collection four other musical figures that have been touchstones for me: Sophie Watillon, for her grace, so light and bright. Pedro Memelsdorff, for the fine chisel work he puts into every note. The Giardino Armonico, an incomparable sound model, and Giuliano Carmignola, master of cantabile and legato.
I always had a fascination for a certain type of voices. It was difficult to choose two examples but here they are: Sara Mingardo and Fritz Wunderlich.
Finally, I would like to end this playlist with four pieces that can tell the story of my current activity: first, La Fonte Musica. Exactly 10 years ago, Michele Pasotti put a fiddle in my hands to play that very bizarre music. I am very grateful to this group, with whom we have lived moments of great intensity in the last 10 years. Here is a small excerpt from the monumental work we completed in 2018, the recording of the complete Zacara da Teramo, a work that took us half a year, between rehearsals, concerts and recording.
Next, another group with whom we do far too few concerts, Le Girandole Armoniche. The work with Esther Crazzolara and Federica Bianchi starts from a wonderful synergy that brought us to work together since 2012, the same year in which I started working with the music source, and in which I also met Andrea Buccarella (so many things happened in 2012!), with whom I play regularly in duo. No recordings of the two of us are available yet (they will be coming soon 😉), but I want to add to this playlist a piece from his album “Toccata”. Andrea is a musician like few others, with an incredible musical awareness that you can hear clearly in this piece.
Finally, a recording in which I play double bass. It has been an important part of my education and I have learned a lot since I started studying it around 2014 (and, I must say, it has also been important for my economic survival in the past years). Here you can find an aria that I particularly enjoyed recording, together with my friends from the ensemble Los Elementos.