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Giuseppe Rossi, Faust in the sky, «Musica», October 2017

Giuseppe Rossi, Faust in the sky, «Musica», October 2017

In terms of the language, Carrara’s music could be signed up in the neoromantic trend of which composers that, refusing the experimentalisms of twentieth’s century vanguards, aim for recovery an immediate communicativeness trough attitudes of traditional writing, from a taste of a well- defined melody to the tonal harmony with modalisms, until the regularity of […]

Nicola Sbisà, A Cinderella that could like it to the adults too. At Petruzzelli the fairy tale reread by Carrara and Pani, «Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno», October 1st, 2016

Nicola Sbisà, A Cinderella that could like it to the adults too. At Petruzzelli the fairy tale reread by Carrara and Pani, «Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno», October 1st, 2016

[…] The Cristian Carrara’s music is inspired, with fruitful creative vision, to this theatrical narration: soothing music, simple and sincerely aimed to an instinctive involvement of the young audience (“between Puccini and Bernstein” says the composer himself, but sincerely original, we add, and magnificently linked to the story). At the end of the show we […]

Massimo Marino,  Two shows in Ravenna: Via Crucis for Slot Machine and the fanta insane theater of Operazione Atarax, «Il corriere di Bologna»,  17 febbraio 2016

Massimo Marino, Two shows in Ravenna: Via Crucis for Slot Machine and the fanta insane theater of Operazione Atarax, «Il corriere di Bologna», 17 febbraio 2016

“We have already seen Slot machine in Spoleto during September 2014 in the form of experimental opera, with the beautiful music of Cristian Carrara. […] The music remains the one incisive, slipping, fluid of Cristian Carrara, without singers’s arias, in the mysterious stage space, mirror of the fractured self of the character, that for a […]

Daniel Kepl, Christian Carrara’s Machpelah: Dialog for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, «Casa Magazine», January 8th, 2016

Daniel Kepl, Christian Carrara’s Machpelah: Dialog for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, «Casa Magazine», January 8th, 2016

The recurrent theme throughout this rich program is dialog, musical and otherwise, explained Maestro Nir Kabaretti, who will conduct the premiere, together with works by Handel (Water Music), Gabrieli (Symphoniae sacrae), and Bartok (Concerto for Orchestra).We have the privilege of premiering a work by one of Italy’s leading composers that is in essence a dialog […]

Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Symphony. Bartók, Carrara, Haendel, Gabrieli, «Santa Barbara Indipendent», January 23th, 2016

Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Symphony. Bartók, Carrara, Haendel, Gabrieli, «Santa Barbara Indipendent», January 23th, 2016

This outstanding concert by the Santa Barbara Symphony demonstrated the organization’s international reach and commitment to developing new music. It also displayed the realistic, aspirational side of modernism as practiced by the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, and how it has been reinterpreted by the young Italian Christian Carrara. […] Christian Carrara’s Machpelah: Dialogue for Violin, […]

Nir Kabaretti conducts Carrara’s Machpelah, «Santa Barbara Sentinel», Montecito Journal – The Voice of the Village, Vol. 22, Issue 2, January 2016

Nir Kabaretti conducts Carrara’s Machpelah, «Santa Barbara Sentinel», Montecito Journal – The Voice of the Village, Vol. 22, Issue 2, January 2016

Kabaretti, who was already a fan of Carrara’s musicbefore they met when the former was conducting The Nutcracker in Rome over Christmas 2013, was intrigued by the composer’s concept of the piece. It seemed like a very interesting idea, especially in time like this where the tensions between the cultures are arriving and increasing every […]

Andrea Milanesi, Carrara: “Silences of the war”, «Avvenire», March 2nd, 2016

Andrea Milanesi, Carrara: “Silences of the war”, «Avvenire», March 2nd, 2016

[…] Cristian Carrara is surely one of the most prolific and original composers of his generation, whose talent – and you don’t have much of that these days – is recognized by everyone in Italy and abroad and it clearly emerges also in War Silence. […] Maestro Carrara, silence is a theme often applied in […]

Laura Gaspari, Make music not war – A magnificent  Strausser at the Fenice in Venezia

Laura Gaspari, Make music not war – A magnificent Strausser at the Fenice in Venezia

The great unveiling has been Carrara’s War Silence. The work of the friulan composer consists of three parts: “Trenches”, “Solitudes” (solitudes), and “Fruts” (children) and can be bipolar as much as contradictory and oxymoronic of his title. Impossible to be impassive to the claustrophobic performance of Trenches, able to inspire fear and awe in the […]

Jorge Coli, Festa com música, «Concerto», February 5th, 2016

Jorge Coli, Festa com música, «Concerto», February 5th, 2016

[…] A primeira composição foi de Cristian Carrara, compositor italiano, hoje com 39 anos, de quem John Neschling havia programado há um ano a obra Tales from the Underground. Para mim, foi uma descoberta, e ela me havia surpreendido pelo lirismo, pelo encanto delicado, pelo poder poético. A obra apresentada no concerto de agora se […]

Charles Donelan, S.B. Symphony Premieres Double Concerto. Carrara’s ‘Machpelah’ Puts Violin and Cello in Dialogue, «Santa Barbara Indipendent», January 14th, 2016

Charles Donelan, S.B. Symphony Premieres Double Concerto. Carrara’s ‘Machpelah’ Puts Violin and Cello in Dialogue, «Santa Barbara Indipendent», January 14th, 2016

This Saturday and Sunday, Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre will become, for a weekend at least, the center of the world for contemporary Italian classical music, as that country’s foremost young composer, Cristian Carrara, will be here to attend the world premiere of his latest composition, Machpelah: Dialogue for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra. Carrara’s double concerto […]

Tim Dougherty, Santa Barbara Symphony to Perform World Premiere of Cristian Carrara’s ‘Machpelah’, «Noozhawk», December 16th , 2015

Tim Dougherty, Santa Barbara Symphony to Perform World Premiere of Cristian Carrara’s ‘Machpelah’, «Noozhawk», December 16th , 2015

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will present the world premiere of Machpelah, the newest work by brilliant young Italian composer Cristian Carrara, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at The Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. […] “The recurrent theme throughout this rich program is dialog, musical and otherwise,” said Maestro Kabaretti, now in […]

Maria Dolores Pesce, Slot machine, «Dramma.it»

Maria Dolores Pesce, Slot machine, «Dramma.it»

Opera director Marco Martinelli preserves the beautiful music by Cristian Carrara, that surrounds and transforms the pit almost in a warm bed, and introduces short and intense stretch of writing the earth, the fertile black earth of Romagna, converted into money by bourgeois conventions, but preserved as last treasure in the pockets of the defeated […]

Stefano Ragni, At Spoleto’s theatre sings the voice of the heart, «Giornale dell’Umbria.it», September 12th, 2014

Stefano Ragni, At Spoleto’s theatre sings the voice of the heart, «Giornale dell’Umbria.it», September 12th, 2014

“The player” and “The commonplace’s song” are the two narrative episodes on which spreads the music of Carrara, something viscous, of densely sweetened, very refined in the tastes and in the colors, changing as a ‘pucciniana’ harmonization, but supported by a subtle and transparent geometry, perfectly Euclidean, then as elusive in perception.

Mauro Mariani, The game. Hell and Paradise. Carrara’s  Song of the commonplace, «Il Giornale della Musica», September 12th, 2014

Mauro Mariani, The game. Hell and Paradise. Carrara’s Song of the commonplace, «Il Giornale della Musica», September 12th, 2014

The music of Cristian Carrara doesn’t mix it to the words but inserts itself in the pause with measured and shiny interventions, far from psychopathy and deliriums of the protagonist, yet totally tuned in mysterious ways to what happens on stage. Carrara also carves out spaces for brief interventions in a mysterious language of two […]

Lorenzo Fiorito, Waiting for daybreak at Ravello Festival: an amazing dawn in concert, «Bachtrack» August 13th, 2015

Lorenzo Fiorito, Waiting for daybreak at Ravello Festival: an amazing dawn in concert, «Bachtrack» August 13th, 2015

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. Read more…

ANDREA MILANESI, Liber Mundi di Cristian Carrara today’s music talk to everyone «Avvenire», p. 33, April 15th, 2012

ANDREA MILANESI, Liber Mundi di Cristian Carrara today’s music talk to everyone «Avvenire», p. 33, April 15th, 2012

[Andrea Milanesi, Liber Mundi by Cristian Carrara contemporary music that speaks to everyone, 15 April 2012] Cristian Carrara’s music has an extremely precious quality, ever-rarer among contemporary composers: he speaks directly to the heart of the listener, bypassing barriers erected by years of intellectual ponderings and cultural dogmas imposed by sterile divisory logic.

Liber Mundi by Cristian Carrara, «Città Nuova», April 3rd 2012

Liber Mundi by Cristian Carrara, «Città Nuova», April 3rd 2012

[Liber Mundi by Cristian Carrara, 3 April 2012] Carrara’s most recent work is original, not only in terms of its themes – personal, profound – but also because of the brilliant clarity of the music. It moves from the sweet “Mater”, to the bright “Face to Face”, from the great “Liber Mundi” to’“A Peace Overture”, […]

PAOLA PARRI, A Piano Diary, www.pianosolo.it, April 20th, 2011

PAOLA PARRI, A Piano Diary, www.pianosolo.it, April 20th, 2011

[From the portal: pianosolo.it: review of A Piano Diary, by Paola Parri, 20 April 2011] A record which is not anchored to a genre, but which proceeds along an exclusively musical discourse, in which music knows no classificatory limiters and can transform mundane observations into treasures.

ELIDE BERGAMASCHI,Christian travel  «Il cittadino», March 31th, 2010

ELIDE BERGAMASCHI,Christian travel «Il cittadino», March 31th, 2010

[Elide Bergamaschi, Il viaggio di Christian [Christian’s Journey], 31 March 2010] Narrative and choral, epic in its broad gesture of dividing the scene between one and all, between I and not I, the double articulation of Tracce [Traces] – Destinazione del sangue [Destination of Blood] first and Icone [Icon] second, concluding the listening experience – […]

MARIO DAL BELLO, Blood Destination. Icons, «Città Nuova online», November 20th, 2009

MARIO DAL BELLO, Blood Destination. Icons, «Città Nuova online», November 20th, 2009

[MARIO DAL BELLO, Destinazione del sangue [Destination of blood]. Icone, 20 november 2009] The CD presents 8 pieces by the young composer. Pleasant music which is not, however, superficial, the composition demonstrates the author’s undoubted capacity to accurately identify persuasive tones and combine them with an original description of the various moments: Destinazione del sangue, Se […]

FEDERICO CAPITONI, Cristian Carrara and Clarity Virtue [From the CD booklet Liber Mundi, ed. Arts, 2012, p. 13]

FEDERICO CAPITONI, Cristian Carrara and Clarity Virtue [From the CD booklet Liber Mundi, ed. Arts, 2012, p. 13]

From the CD booklet: Liber Mundi, ARTS …the regular heartbeat of the violoncellos underpins the prayer in Mater, a composition for string orchestra that recalls the atmospheres evoked by Arvo Part, but that is interspersed with that typically Italian melodic impulse that Baltic minimalism lacks.The most obvious influence is English symphonism in the style of […]

TIZIANA AFFORTUNATO, Crossroads, [From the CD booklet ed. VDM Records, 2007]

TIZIANA AFFORTUNATO, Crossroads, [From the CD booklet ed. VDM Records, 2007]

From the CD booklet: Crossroads, VDM Records (2007) Pavel Florenskij’s words are considered by the composer to be absolutely comprehensive on the matter of the meaning of Luce: “(…) but Light is beautiful in and of itself, transcending any composition and its form, and by itself it renders all that is visible beautiful. A nearly […]

MICHELE MANZOTTI, High on pedals, when classic music tells  sports, «Il Corriere Musicale», September  10th, 2013

MICHELE MANZOTTI, High on pedals, when classic music tells sports, «Il Corriere Musicale», September 10th, 2013

[Michele Manzotti, Alto sui pedali [High on the pedals], when classical music describes sport, 10 September 2013] …In terms of the music, Battistelli explained how Carrara, the 36-year-old Friulian composer, was chosen: “He is an author who writes with great ease. At the same time, he is associated with minimalist language, particularly John Adams, but […]

ANDREA MILANESI, Infinite melodies, «Tracce», n. 6,  June 2012

ANDREA MILANESI, Infinite melodies, «Tracce», n. 6, June 2012

[Andrea Milanesi, Melodie infinite [Infinite melodies], Tracce no. 6,  June 2012] Among the sources of inspiration for the pieces featured on Cristian Carrara’s new disc are the novels of Dostoevskij and the Holy Bible (the Liber Mundi to which the title refers), but these are not all; the anthology also dedicates space to pages such […]