Edizioni Panastudio, a partner of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Music Director (composer) Salvatore Di Vittorio have signed with the preeminent Italian publisher CASA RICORDI (Universal Music). Ricordi will act as exclusive manager and distributor for the boutique Palermo-based publisher Panastudio, and represent Di Vittorio’s published compositions and completions/critical editions of Ottorino Respighi’s early orchestral works under the Respighi Publications series.
The Respighi publications have been championed by the orchestra through world premieres in New York and recordings on Naxos Records. Di Vittorio, who is currently realizing works for the San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Teatro Massimo Opera Orchestra of Palermo, began the Respighi editions in 2008 after permission and support from the Bolognese composer’s great nieces and archive curator.
Following meetings in Milan and New York, Di Vittorio stated “It is such an honor, and very humbling for me, and my great colleague and dear friend Francesco Panasci (General Manager, Panastudio), to work with the publishing house that represents Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi. The affiliation with Ricordi will help advance the Chamber Orchestra of New York’s legacy for its own contribution to the orchestral repertoire.”
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Di Vittorio completes Castelli for Ensemble Alberto Burri in celebration of the artist Alberto Burri centennial in Citta di Castello – Perugia, Italy. Castelli is one of six works commissioned from Italian composers that will receive their world premiere in March 2015 at the Burri Foundation, and then be part of a recording on the Limenmusic label.
The thematic material of Castelli was derived from the second movement (pavane) of Di Vittorio’s Sinfonia N. 4 “Metamorfosi” (in progress) entitled Venere e Adone, inspired by Titian’s painting. Venere e Adone will be premiered jointly by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Chamber Orchestra of New York in coming seasons.
In the Spring 2014 issue of the League of American Orchestras’ Symphony Magazine, the Italian publisher Gruppo Editoriale Panastudio announces the international launch of their works catalog featuring the Ottorino Respighi Publications and Di Vittorio’s published orchestral works. The launch coincides with the upcoming centennial of Respighi’s Fountains of Rome in 2016, in advance of the 2015/2016 season. The advertisement was made in agreement with Casa Ricordi which handles Respighi’s mature works (and their U.S. agent Boosey & Hawkes), Naxos Records, and David Daniels’ Orchestral Music catalog for orchestras/conductors – which now lists all of Di Vittorio’s published orchestral scores and critical editions of Respighi’s early works.