A work of great clarity and simplicity, Carrara’s music reached the audience with its suggestive, rhythmically intense writing, where one can easily find echoes of jazz and film music style. The piece was agreeably performed and the pianist Michelangelo Carbonara and the orchestra finely conveyed all the evocative character of the score.
The musical season started very well in Sao Paulo. In early February I got to listen to four formidable concerts. At any rate, once again, on Sunday 8 at the Municipal Theater of St. Paul, John Neschling conducted the Mahler’s Ninth. Before, he had the excellent idea to conduct an opera (short, 13 minutes) of a young Italian composer, Cristian Carrara, 38, titled Tales from the Underground. I found online some informations about the composer: some critics have associated with Arvo Pärt, and it is true that he develops phrases long and slow over which sometimes lies a dust of delicate sounds. However the similarity ends there. Carrara proves in his music an Italian quality, a lyrical expression full of good feelings. This beautiful composition has something of ‘pucciniano’: it could be easily inserted such an interlude of La Rondine.