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 Tiziana Scandaletti 
 Riccardo Piacentini 
 compositore e pianista



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The DUO ALTERNO, defined “the duo that gives voice (and piano) to the Italian 20th century” by “la Repubblica” in Rome, “the inventive Duo” by the Globe and Mail in Toronto and “an electric experience” by “The Indu” in Chennai, was born in Torino (Italy). The DUO is considered one of the most significant reference points in the vocal-piano repertorio of works by composers ranging from the early 20th century to today. Since its debut in Vancouver in 1997 it has kept concert and master-classes in over thirty countries. Many composers (including Giacomo Manzoni and Ennio Morricone) have written pieces for soprano Tiziana Scandaletti, professor of Vocal Chamber Music at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and pianist-composer Riccardo Piacentini, professor of Composition at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, both of whom are graduated with top marks in History of Music as well as in their respective fields of performance.

The DUO made its debut in February 1997 at Vancouver Festival of Italian Contemporary Music, where they were invited to hold concerts and master classes at Simon Fraser University, at University of British Columbia and Vancouver Academy of Music. Since then they have undertaken regular foreign tours:

Finland in 1998 (Sibelius Akatemia in Helsinki), Uzbekistan (Tashkent Festival of contemporary music, first Italian artists to be invited) and Argentina (Centro Cultural San Martin in Buenos Aires and Teatro Colon in Mar del Plata);

in 1999 they returned to Uzbekistan and visited the four Scandinavian countries (Festival "Memorie Sonore" in Stockholm, Cinemateket in Oslo, Cable Factory in Helsinki);

in 2000 they were in USA (Ethical Society of Philadelphia, Levine School of Washington, Rutgers State University);

in 2001 in France (Festival Musique Italienne du XXme siècle in Strasburg, Festival Transphotographique of Lille, Centre Noroit in Arras), Kazakhstan (Almaty State Conservatory), Great Britain (Festival Roussel in London), south-east Asia (Gedung Kesenian Theater in Jakarta, Chongdong Theater and Joong Ang University in Seoul, Jubilee Hall in Singapore);

in 2002 in Belgium (Flanders Festival), Norway, China (Bejing Central Conservatory of Music), Singapore;

in 2003 again in USA, Canada (Los Angeles, San Francisco, NUMUS Concerts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo-Toronto and second time at University of British Columbia in Vancouver) and Macedonia;

in 2004 in India (New Delhi Indian International Centre, Madras Musical Association in Chennai, ITC Windsor Mannor in Bangalore), Indonesia (Erasmus Huis in Jakarta) Australia (Melbourne Chapel off Chapel and University of New England) and Argentina (San Paolo Auditorium and Museum Fernandez Blanco in Buenos Aires);

in 2005 in Holland, Belgium, Turkey (Gerere Theater in Istanbul), USA (Mannes College of New York and, again, Rutgers State University), Russia (St. Petersburg Composers' Union - Spring Music Festival);

in 2006 in Japan (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and Tokyo IIC) and USA (Haverford College and Philadelphia Ethical Society);

in 2007 again in USA (Stanford, Berkeley and Portland Universities, Fine Arts Building of Chicago, Four Oaks Auditorium of Houston, Modern Works of New York and Ethical Society of Philadelphia), in Germany (Gasteig in Munich), Japan (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and Kyoto University for Foreign Studies), Austria (Meranpalast in Graz , Justizpalast in Wien for Creatives Centrum), China (Xinghai Concert Hall in Canton, Liaoning Grand Theater in Shenyang, Settimana Internazionale della Lingua Italiana in Pechino) and Mongolia (Opera Theater in Ulaan Baatar);

in 2008 in Germany (Unerhörte Musik at BKA Theater in Berlin, Wolfsburg Castle, Munich IIC), Sweden, (Ars Nova Malmö, Kulturveket Halmstad), Denmark (Copenaghen IIC), USA (ensemble in residence at Albuquerque UNM Composers' Symposium), Canada (SoundaXis Festival at the Music Gallery in Toronto in cooperation with Penderecki String Quartet)), Serbia (ArtLink Festival in Belgrado and Novi Sad), Australia (Sydney Conservatorium, Canberra Wesley Uniting Music Centre, Melbourne Federation Hall, Perth Modern School), China (Shenyang Conservatory);

in 2009 in Germany (Neue Musik Köln - Festival all'Italiana and Dresden Jazz Tonne Club), Canada and USA (Toronto Bata Shoe Museum and, again, Haverford College), Russia (Czars Village in St. Petersburg, Ciaikovskij Conservatory in Moscow), Czech Republic (Janacek Academy in Brno), Lithuania and Latvia (University Theaters of Vilnius and Riga), Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev);

in 2010 in USA (Levine School of Washington, St. Mary's College and University of Baltimore in Maryland County), China and Mongolia (Beijing Modern Music Festival and Opera Theater of Ulaan Baatar), Czech Republic (Prague Vila Portheimka), France (Les Floraisons Musicales), Finland (International Brinkhall Summer Concerts), Serbia (Gradska kuca in Novi Sad and Knjazevsko Serbski Teatar in Kragujevac), Singapore (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), Australia (MELMI Project and IIC in Melbourne), Ethiopia (Addis Abeba IIC);

in 2011 in Spain (VII Temporada de Concerts Internacionals in Ametlla del Vallès – Barcelona), Poland (Krakow Music Academy), Hungary (Budapest Spring Festival), Malta (La Valletta Hall), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts);

in 2012 in Germany (Unerhörte Musik at BKA Theater in Berlin), Peru (Teatro Pirandello in Lima, Universidad Catolica San Paolo in Arequipa), Brazil (Escola de Musica – Conservatorium in Rio de Janeiro, Circolo Italiano in San Paolo), Spain (Palacio de Abrantes and IIC), Poland (Music Gardens Festival and IIC), Serbia (Knjazevsko Serbski Teatar of Kragujevac and Stankovic Conservatorium in Belgrade), etc.

As well as dozens of performances in Italy, from Alba Music Festival to Fondazione Toscana Musica e Arte in Arezzo, Kandinsky Academy and Irpinia Festival in Avellino, Musica Aperta in Bergamo, Perosi International Academy in Biella, Accademia Filarmonica, Cultural Centre “La Soffitta” and Teatro Comunale – MICO in Bologna, Spazio Musica in Cagliari, Spazio Novecento in Cremona, Carlo Zauli Museum in Faenza, GAMO in Florence, Amici del Carlo Felice in Genua, Amici della Musica in LancianoMaratea Musica Festival, Dal Verme Theater and I Pomeriggi Musicali, Contemporary Music Center, Asteria Theater and Società dei Concerti in Milan, City Theater in Modena, International Summer Festival in Montepulciano, Millemondi Festival in Naples, Bibiena Art Festival in Piacenza, Amici della Musica in Pistoia, I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Musica d'oggi, Incontri con la Musica, PentArte and Nuova Consonanza in Rome, Antidogma, Torino Settembre Musica, Camerata Casella, Accademia Stefano Tempia and Festival MI.TO in Turin, Trieste Prima, Amici della Musica in Udine, Teatro La Fenice, Ateneo Veneto, Levi Foundation and Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice... besides several master-classes in Academies, Conservatories and Universities (Biella, Bologna, Padua, Turin, Trento...).

The DUO has made recordings for Curci (first recording of Giacomo Manzoni’s “Du Dunkelheit”, dedicated to the Duo Alterno, Milan 1998), for Nuova Era label (four CDs with first-ever recordings of works by Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Turin 2000 and 2001, Alfredo Casella, Turin 2002, Franco Alfano, Turin 2003) and the CDs of “foto-musica con foto-suoni”© with enviromental sounds for the 8th and 9th Biennial International of Photography in Turin (Musiche dell'aurora , Shahar and Arie condizionate), for the Train Museum in Bussoleno (Treni persi), for the mines in Traversella (Mina miniera mia) and the Royal Castle in Venaria Reale (Musiche della Reggia di Venaria Reale). For Stradivarius label the DUO has recorded the series La voce contemporanea in Italia - 1st CD, 2nd CD, 3rd CD, 4th CD, 5th CD and La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e Serenate del '900. They also collaborated together for the book + DVD I suoni delle cose - Poetica del foto-suono tra Filosofia, E(ste)tica e Musica (Curci, Milan 2011), that they are presenting through workshops and live performances all over the world.

Among the artists who collaborated with the DUO ALTERNO: dancer and coreographer Katja Erfurth, guitarist from Portland (Oregon) Bryan Johanson, trombonist Michele Lomuto, violinist Massimo Marin, flutist Massimo Mercelli, flutist Anna Maria Morini, Rocco Parisi, Quirino Principe, cellist from New York Madeleine Shapiro. Among the ensembles and the orchestras: Gruppo Fiati Musica Aperta Bergamo, Nuovo Contrappunto – Florence, Penderecki String Quartet Toronto, Studio for New Music Moscow, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan.

They have taken part in broadcasts on national radio and television stations, including Radio Italian Switzerland, Uzbek National Radio as well as Kazak, Indian and Chinese National Televisions, Australian SBS, etc.

Photo by Stefano Bonafé © 2010

        (See also reviews on Tiziana Scandaletti
        e reviews on Riccardo Piacentini)

FromIl Giornale della Musica– November 2012: The Italian voice, as it is today

The Duo Alterno's project on one of the most karst ensemble in the contemporary compositional thought [...] lands to its fifth episode, themed around love, that does not fear eclipse nowadays but accepts many stylistic disguises: starting from the Canzoni d'amore [Love Songs] by Ferrero, a compilation of 1985, dated but not aged [...] excellently supported by the fine performers. They also manage brilliantly in the other recent works, from the two theatrical-musical extracts by Battistelli and Vacchi [...] to the four Divertissements that involve [...] other instrumental soloists (Carla Savoldi and Virginia Arancio), the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali conducted by Roberto Gianola, and the process of sampling-layering of sound slides (the 'foto-suoni') dear to the composer Piacentini. (Alessandro Mastropietro)

FromL'Italo AmericanoOctober 11th 2012: Duo Alterno – The Sound of Things in Los Angeles

Surreal, anarchic, original, ‘décalée’, entertaining [...] Duo Alterno is this and much more. Formed by pianist Riccardo Piacentini (professor of Composition at the Alessandria Conservatory) and vocalist Tiziana Scandaletti (professor of Vocal Chamber Music at Santa Cecilia Conservatory), the Italian artists performed in Los Angeles for the second time, guest of the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater (REDCAT), surprising the audience with their show ‘The Sound of Things’. The interdisciplinary contemporary arts center in Downtown LA is known for encouraging experimentation in all the art fields, and no better place could in fact host Duo Alterno for this rare US appearance supported by the local Italin Cultural Institute. Considered one of the most interesting projects of the last years, Duo Alterno presented the results of its experimental research. Their art is a mix of philosophy, esthetic, and music [...] Sounds, objects and movements we would never expect can create something beautiful, like the closed piano that Piacentini ‘plays’ by touching its surface, while the vocalisms of Scandaletti ‘fill in’ the space. The message is: every little sound is important in music, as well as every little brushstroke is important in painting. Music meets words then. Piacentini and Scandaletti accompany their music with lyrics taken from John Cage [...], Carlo Alessandro Landini [...], and alternate them with their own compositions, like Jazz motetus VI and Rataplànplanplan. This last one is the perfect synthesis of Duo Alterno's theories: a mix of sounds and pictures taken in California, Hong Kong and Italy. The Pacific Ocean is no longer an element of separation, but a connection between parts of the same reality. The show goes on with Ophelia Fragmente by Luca Lombardi [...], traces of Italy in Epitaffi sparsi by Ennio Morricone [...]. Come passa la giornata Betty Boop is the climax and closing act of the show, a funny, crazy performance that perfectly reflects the paradox of Duo Alterno... A duo that seems to have found some harmony between order and chaos. [...] (Charlotte Raniero)

FromLos Angeles TimesOctober 3rd 2012: Duo Alterno in adventurous musical form at REDCAT
The high theatrics of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini, who perform as Duo Alterno, captivate at a REDCAT performance

When singers are accompanied by pianists, they tend to be just that: singers… and their second bananas. No matter how much importance a composer puts into the piano part, no matter how significant the pianist, the voice feels primary. By its name, the Duo Alterno, which specializes in modern Italian music and which appeared at REDCAT on Tuesday night, makes an effort toward parity. [...] Scandaletti has a strong personality. She can seem a little on the strident side vocally, but she is an avid actress. She wore three outfits for this recital and took on different personae for different pieces. She had no hesitation kicking off her high heels and coquettishly lying on the piano, displaying some leg and flirting with the pianist and audience in a crazy piece by Ennio Morricone. She proved equally game at alternating the role playing. For another number, she took out a dog leash, yanked her accompanist off his piano bench and walked him about on the stage on all fours. That was an avant-garde Italian take on Betty Boop by Ada Gentile. But, in fact, Scandaletti turned out to be no attention-getting match for Piacentini. He is a pianist, composer, collector of environmental sounds, music theorist and professore. And ham. A flashy dresser himself — tight, shiny suit, burgundy shirt, glitzy bow tie and shoes — he offered lengthy, good-natured philosophical introductions in heavily accented English to every piece, two of which were solos for piano and electronics. [...] The concert opened with Cage's A Flower and The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs for voice and pianist tapping percussively on a closed keyboard. Tapping here became foreground rather than background, as Piacentini practically danced with his Yamaha grand. Piacentini's saving grace is that he happens to be a terrific pianist and, once you get past the impossible ego, a lot of fun to watch. But his own compositions — Rataplánplanplan and Jazz Motetus VI (Cricket Play) — were surprisingly without excessive flair. They included a rather tame piano part and mixtures of the sounds Piacentini likes to collect on the duo's travels and which he calls "foto-suoni" (photographic sounds). In the bluesy jazz piece, crickets recorded in Baltimore chirped behind traditional Chinese instruments heard in Beijing. The Modernist Italian works came from the past three decades. Luca Lombardi's 1982 Ophelia-Fragmente is a setting of a violent German text by Heiner Müller, translated into English. The aggressive piano part doled out abuse. The soprano conveyed powerful angst. Excerpts from Morricone's "Epitaffi Sparsi" (Scattered Epitaphs) from the early '90s, trucked in absurdity. The text by Sergio Miceli begins with the line I couldn't give a damn about Spoon River. The style of Morricone's many concert works can be considerably more avant-garde than that of his film scores, and for all the seductive playfulness he afforded Scandaletti, he paid just as much mind to Piacentini. The last scattered epitaph was a parody of a pianist playing his scales, flamboyantly attempting to master the pianoforte, but struck down before he could become a mezzofortist’. Introducing Gentile's La Giornata di Betty Boop, written six years ago for the duo, Piacentini described the piece as an imagined day in the life of the cartoon character. And also as a joke on him. He then went off stage and returned without his suit coat and with a tail pasted onto his trousers. Sandro Cappelletto's text is full of nonsense. Betty studies and takes Boby for a walk. Her pouty lesson in solfeggio is a parody of musician names — A-a-abbado! Mu-u-ti-iiiii!’ ‘Zu-u-bi-bin!’ ‘No-no-nono!’ A waltz turns into rock music. And Piacentini/Boby prances, no second banana but proud pooch. (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic)

From “Musica” – September 2012: The Italian contemporary voice vol. 5 (artistic score ****)

“[...] The Duo Alterno was able to convince to its strong narrative vein. The works recorded here are genuine songs of love and, except the explosive Lorenzo Ferrero's Love Songs [...] composed in 1985, are compositions licensed in these past few years and devoted expressly to this duo. The CD is completed by a rich and in-depth essay signed by Guido Barbieri which is worth reading. (Massimo Viazzo)

From “Classic Voice” – June 2012: Contemporary. The Italian chamber lyric vol. 5

“Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini since 1996 are musically associated as Duo Alterno and, in this role, they give life to one of the most interesting recording projects of recent years, not counting the countless concerts kept in all the world. This is a precise and intelligent field choice: instead of swelling the ranks of artists who do always the same things, the two musicians have decided to devote themselves - thanks also to the composer activity of the same Piacentini - to the Italian contemporary chamber lyric, starting their exploration since the dawn of the twentieth century (magnificent their recordings of Ghedini, Casella, Malipiero, Tosti), right up to the present day. [...] The couple Scandaletti-Piacentini performs the interesting Canzoni d'amore by Lorenzo Ferrero [...] two transcriptions by Vacchi and Battistelli, expressly created for the Duo [...] pieces by Pieralberto Cattaneo, Victor Andrini and the same Piacentini, here facing, in Canson Piemontéisa, with his now-classic foto-suoni’, this time accompanied by the orchestra of I Pomeriggi Musicali, well directed by Roberto Gianola. (Carmelo Di Gennaro)

From “Il Sole 24 Ore” – May 20th 2012: Noteworthy. The cosmos in the ‘foto-suono’

Riccardo Piacentini is a composer who reflects on music, and with particular knowledge of what it's risky to theorize; he reflects on his own music, without complacency (and for this we're happy to talk about him) but with a strong desire to communicate. What impresses a trademark of his work as a musician, which expands conceptually but also in the external image his activity as a composer, is his fidelity to an absolute moment: that one in which the sound reaches the listener and causes a change in him, even small, even infinitesimal, but irreversible. For helping himself in this Kunstwollen (because Piacentini is entirely a man of music, and his intent is to make music to the bitter end, theorizing, when he does this, not by strategy but by maieutic will, that is for trying to give birth to the music inside the soul and possibly inside the fisical body of everyone), he put, in what he does, his own face, his own figure. Not only his. As well known even in remote countries of the planet and we say this without hyperbole since that's exact – Riccardo Piacentini is linked to Tiziana Scandaletti, singer and woman show of inimitable style, in a couple of life lived together and of theatrical and musical art designed in rare harmony [...] The background of thought and experience that always appears in this book [I suoni delle cose], even backlight, is an aim as it were cognitive: recognizing and make possible recognizing that the musician, in the center of his music radiation, is the point of intersection of infinite realities of the external and internal world, of time and space, intelligence and emotions, empathy and abstraction. The concept whose formulation is due to Piacentini, the 'foto-suono', contains a nucleus that reminds us the origins of our cosmos [...] In the enclosed CD, the concept of ‘foto-suono’ is designed and defined, among other things, by the unlimited malleable voice of Tiziana Scandaletti [...] (Quirino Principe)

From “Il Corriere della Sera”, insert “Corriere del Veneto” – April 12th 2012: «Catching the sounds of things. A journey through the music»

“A journey inside the sound, or better a journey translated in sound [... The voice is] the most complete ‘foto-suono’ that has ever existed, the most human [...] expressivity goes beyond the fine craftmanship of a work, and the voice represents one hundred percent this idea. From the experience alongside masters such as Ennio Morricone, Franco Donatoni and Carlo Pinelli, Piacentini gives us a new experience. And together with him Tiziana Scandaletti made it clear interpretating the suggestive Cathy Berberian's ‘Stripsody’.” (Orsola Bollettini)

From “Suono” – February 2011: The Italian contemporary voice vol. 5

“Ferrero, Battistelli, Vacchi, Cattaneo, Andrini, Piacentini are the composers [...] Doubt, betrayal, pain are realized from the voice with a variety of accents, without artifices. The piano emphasizes phrasing and enhances feelings [...]” (Paola Raschi)

From “Amadeus” – November 2011: The Italian contemporary voice vol. 5 (artistic score ****, technical score *****)

“[...] the Duo Alterno [...] is the leading actor of the recording. Around the voice of Tiziana Scandaletti and the piano of Riccardo Piacentini there are however other valid performers: Carla Savoldi (flute), Virginia Aranciio (elecrtic guitar) and, for the elaborations of popular songs by the same Piacentini, the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali conducted by Roberto Gianola. These last pages, Canson piemontèisa and Canzóne napulitane (2010), form with the cycle Canzoni d'amore (1985) of Lorenzo Ferrero the backbone of the recording, dotted with the brief pieces by Giorgio Battistelli (Lettera di Angela, 2008-10), Fabio Vacchi (Aria di Nadia, 2009), Pieralberto Cattaneo (Se..., 2009), Victor Andrini (Marcello's Divertissement, 2008). Pleasant to listen, the program is performed with the appropriate energy and spirit (therefore often playful and overtly ironic), but also with an high accuracy for the interpretation that we can appreciate from the beginning to the end allowing to capture delicious shades, unexpected details and other pleasantness that are revealed.” (Cesare Fertonani)

From “Blog Chitarra e Dintorni” – November 1st 2011: New Music

Fifth CD dedicated by Stradivarius label to singing and use of the voice in the Italian contemporary music [...] well performed pieces from the Duo Alterno [...] the voice here becomes a pretext to activate a link with the tradition [...] mediating towards ‘melody’. What's better than doing this through the sweetness and the tradition of the voice? [...] The Duo is not alone in this path [...] it is accompanied from the flute of Carla Savoldi, the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali directed by Roberto Gianola and the electric guitar of Virginia Arancio [...]” (Andrea Aguzzi)

From “La Stampa” – September 30th 2011: Contemporary voices. Seven love songs and strophes from Piedmont for the Duo Alterno

As convinced and assiduous supporter of the recent songs, the Duo Alterno [...] proposes for Stradivarius label the fifth CD dedicated to the ‘Italian contemporary voice’. Here there are Lorenzo Ferrero [...] Giorgio Battistelli [...] Fabio Vacchi [...] and a look to the past is in Se... [If...] by Pieralberto Cattaneo and Marcello's Divertissement by Victor Andrini [...] Then the same Piacentini takes the field using those ‘foto-suoni’ that he likes so much [...] with the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali directed by Roberto Gianola. Tiziana Scandaletti shows, as always, an extrahordinary interpretative ductility, relying on her clear and communicative voice. The feeling with Riccardo Piacentini [...] is total. So this is the fifth CD of the series and the fifth goal optimally achieved.” (Leonardo Osella)

From “Centro Valle” – September 3rd 2011: Altre Note [other sounds] wrap

Refined sounds thanks to the proposal of Le Altre Note Festival [with the Duo Alterno protagonist in Bormio - Italy of a] singular performance of pure and fine contemporary chamber music [...] seasoned with dialect poems in music [...] with a remarkable ‘vis comica in a contagion of emotions [...]”

From “Rockerilla” – September 2011: Duo Alterno. The Italian contemporary voice vol. 5

“Duo Alterno's path through the history of the Italian ‘contemporary’ vocal music goes on [...] The fifth chapter of this very precious work is all focused on love contemporary songs, concentrating on compositions almost written in the last three years [...] Among the composers, Ferrero, Battistelli, Vacchi, Cattaneo, Andrini [...] Piacentini, who exhibits all the necessary requirements in the role of composer, as well as being an excellent pianist.” (Daniele Follero)

From “” – July 2011: New CDs by Milano Dischi

“[...] this is the fifth CD of the series La voce contemporanea in Italia [The Italian contemporary voice] and presents the Duo Alterno as protagonist of contemporary pieces by Italian composers like Ferrero, Battistelli, Vacchi, Cattaneo, Andrini and Piacentini. The Duo [...] in some works of the CD perform together with flutist Claudia Savoldi, Virginia Arancio at the electric guitar, and in Riccardo Piacentini's pieces as composers with the Orchestra ‘I Pomeriggi Musicali’ conducted by the excellent Roberto Gianola. [...] The works are all recent except the first one by Lorenzo Ferrero, Canzoni d'amore, written in 1985 [...] with a tonal scripture easy to understand that, starting from an ancient compositional mode, finds a valid expression in the voice of Scandaletti and in the precise accompaniment of Piacentini. Giorgio Battistelli's piece Lettera di Angela [Angela's letter] (2008-2010) is from the recent opera Divorzio all'italiana [Divorce in Italian style] [...] The excellent reduction [for voice and piano] written for the Duo Alterno highlights the valid compositional writing that emphasizes the dramatic nature of the letter through the incisive voice of the soprano. Also the piece Aria di Nadia [Nadia's aria] by Fabio Vacchi from Bologna is from a recent opera [...] Lo stesso mare [The same sea] of Amoz Oz is in fact recently staged at Petruzzelli Theater in Bari gaining a big success [...] The aria extracted by Vacchi for the valid Duo has a dramatic intensity that well underlines the genuine theatricality and the in-depth musical scripture of the composer. An evocation to the 18th Italian century music is in the two following pieces: Se... [If] (2009) [...] by Pieralberto Cattaneo [... and, by Victor Andrini,] Marcello's Divertissement (2008) [...] Both these piece are dedicated to the Duo Alterno and the colour and the Rock style is interesting in the last one [...] The last two pieces of the CD are by Piacentini. They are the live recording of the concert kept in Milan at the Teatro Dal Verme on Novembre 2010. Canson piemontèisa [Piedmont song] on anonymous text is an original and lucky orchestral trascript by Piacentini of a popular melody by Piedmont. The melancholic atmosphere at the beginning is then invigorated through an orchestral writing with many Mahler's suggestions and also references to Berio's transcripts. The three following pieces too, from Quattro canzóne napulitane [Four Neapolitan songs] (2010) on Donizetti's songs show the good skills in orchestration by Piacentini that joins to his piano cleverness timbric choices that are meaningful and expressive. Always fine Scandaletti. A various and organic CD because of the optimum choice in the music material [...] A CD to buy.” (Cesare Guzzardella)

From “L'Eco di Bergamo” – February 9th 2011: Duo Alterno in Piatti Hall between piano and «foto-suoni»

“[...] The opening of the thirtieth anniversary of the 'European Encounters with Music' [...] occurred in the sign of Donizetti and his chamber songs, prototype of a successful genre, as then heard in the lyrics of Tosti: pages where, in addition to the fine fellowship between the two artists, we appreciated the verve and the significant expressive phrasing of the singer [...] (B. Z.)

From “Il Resto del Carlino” – January 21st 2011: Discovering the contemporary repertoire for voice and piano

[...] the Duo Alterno [...] undisputed excellence of Italian art, as well as a happy example of how you can join a long tradition of experimentation and artistic path that shines for its originality and coherence in the international scene. Significantly entitled 'Voice and gesture', the concert provides a strong, multifaceted contemporary repertoire for voice and piano, with music by Berio, Festa, Piacentini, Morricone, Berberian, and Battistelli and Lombardi [...]

From “The Sub-Saharan Informer” – December 17th 2010: The Wonderous Duo of Riccardo Piacentini and Tiziana Scandaletti

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – This week at the Italian Cultural Institute an event was held for more than two hours [...] the concert of the Duo Alterno [...] Italian journey is a brilliant musical trip of the Duo Alterno across Italy, from Turin to Venice, to Genua, Rome, Naples and Palermo. The guiding idea of this program is to discover the most beautiful Italian dialectal texts set to music by the best composers of 20th century. The Italian language is so rich of musical nuances especially by using the numerous dialect, and music cannot forget this! Particularly the voice-piano repertorie has dozens of masterworks where popular and culture are mixed together with an impressive variety of colours. [...] Leone Sinigaglia [...] Francesco Paolo Tosti [...] Ghedini [...] Berio [...] The program also includes two piano pieces by the living composer and pianist Riccardo Piacentini (1958) respectively inspired to Venice and Rome [...] a lovely and lyrical evocation of wonders [...] When opportunities like these come to our city we should all jump for joy and revel in the mastery of artists that love entertaining their audience. The Italian Cultura Institute should be commended for bringing event that broaden, enlighten, entertain, and bring joy to the the people of Addis Ababa. The duo will be in town for three performances to a sold out audience that doesn't seem to get enough of the talents they have been lucky to witness.” (Bineyam G. Michael)

From “il Giornale della Musica” – November 2010: Voices of today

“[...] two excellent performers, especially in the contemporary repertoire, in which they allege an extraordinary flexibility in dealing with very different works by aesthetic and compositional technique, demonstrating how much this organic keeps still now enormous potentialities. (Alessandro Mastropietro)

From “Amadeus” – October 2010: La voce crepuscolare (artistic score ****)

The precious work on the modern and contemporary voice-piano repertoire that the Duo Alterno since several years carries forward with quality and laudable constance enriches by a new element. La voce crepuscolare. Notturni e serenate del '900 [The crepuscolar voice. Nocturnes and serenades of 20th century] is appreciated for the musical interest as much as the originality of the cultural proposal, that offers a declination in music of the crepuscolarism, literary movement whose the cd celebrates the centenary [...]” (Luigi Abbate)

From “Arte e Arti Magazine” – August 1st 2010: La voce crepuscolare

“[...] especially human, and polite [,,,] finely committed in intimate atmospheres [...] The search of the Duo Alterno cleanly proposes the other face of the Futurism through the music by Tosti, Malipiero, Ghedini, Casella, Bucchi and Alfano, with a confrontation on the topic of the night according to D'Annunzio, Pascoli, Verlaine, Palazzeschi [...] The high relevance of these poets does not require comments or attributes. ‘La voce crepuscolare’, that is a really complex and undoubtedly rare work, allows new forms of perception on a so roaring and extravagant period [...]” (Francesca Vinci)

From Rokerilla” – July 15th 2010: Duo Alterno. La voce crepuscolare

“[...] great intensity [...] great interpretative mastery and wide artistic perspective.” (Daniele Follero)

From Musica” – July-August 2010: La voce crepuscolare. Notturni e serenate del Novecento

A cd built with great intelligence [...] indubitable passion, diligence, intelligence [...] that never gives in to easy sentimentality, prefering a clean reading, but not detached, with admirable precision [...] In conclusion a cd that affects favorably.” (Nicola Cattò)

From” – June 15th 2010:

“[...] a cd Stradivarius with two major performers specialized in 20th century and contemporary music: soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini [...] The cd titled ‘La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e serenate del '900’ is a collection of pieces written in the first half of the last century with Italian composers, many of them seldom listened. Tosti, Malipiero, Ghedini, Casella, Bucchi and Alfano are here performed [...] with expressivity and interpretative rigor [...] To buy.

From Cd Classico” – June 2010: CD Stradivarius, La voce crepuscolare, Duo Alterno (artistic score *****)

The Duo Alterno [...] is famous almost since 1997 as performer of the voice-piano repertoire from 20th century to today. This Cd can only confirm the value of these interpreters [...] The fans of the genre will appreciate the vocal technic, the beautiful color, and the delicate interpretative sensibility of Scandaletti as the elegance and skillness in piano accompaniment of Piacentini, that make so good these [...] little music jewels, like the intimate Van li effluvi delle rose by Tosti, the master in the genre, the hyronic Bucchi's Rio Bò, the dreaming Alfano's Melodia. (Davide Dettore)

From “Classic Voice” – April 29th 2010: La voce crepuscolare

After the four cds ‘La voce contemporanea in Italia’ (Stradivarius, 2005-2009), defined on la Repubblica ‘a beautiful anthology [...] a wide landscape that honours the 20th century Italian Art’, the Duo Alterno [...] comes out with a new production [...] that finds in the Crepuscolarism of the first 20th century the sources of some of the most significant aspects of the contemporary vocality. Research work aimed to exploring the other face of the Futurism exactly one hundred years later as the expression ‘poesia crepuscolare’ [crepuscolary poetry] was invented, this collection contains three decades of compositions with a timeless charm, like the unpublished ‘Tre liriche di Pascoli’ by Giorgio Federico Ghedini [...] and the worrying as well as extraordinary ‘Ninna-nanna di mezzanotte’ [Midnight lullaby] by Franco Alfano, compositions at their first world recording. But we do not have to forget ‘Due piccoli notturni’ [Two little nocturnes] by Francesco Paolo Tosti that open the cd, two authentic jewels here presented in a very intimate and refined version [...]”

From Extra! Music Magazine” – April 14th 2010: Duo Alterno: La voce contemporanea in Italia Vol. 4

Interpretation that is partecipation to the creation of an art work [...] this seems to be the aim of the Duo Alterno. With Riccardo Piacentini at the piano and the voice of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti the Duo proposes eight pieces by contemporary authors [... where] the sound is intended as time of a resonant happening, when it comes out of the instrument and spreads itself across the environment, influencing both the performer and the user. So the soul motions of these works by Bussotti, Bortolotti, Abbado, Donatoni, Berberian, Bosco and the same Piacentini become sound pictures, very imaginative, functional to create various feelings [...] a cd for everyone able to let himself go and live the music as moment of an intimate sharing [...] (Valentina Gianfermo)

FromThe Washington Post” – March 31st 2010: In performance: Duo Alterno [...] offers fine contemporary Italian program

Songs and Gestures in a Musical Space was the supremely apt title of the program that Duo Alterno [...] brought to the Levine School of Music's intimate Sallie Mae Hall under the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute [...] Songs filled the first half – a group of four popular tunes in graceful and trasparent settings by Luciano Berio, three atmospheric and colorful love songs by David Froom in their first Washington performances and, by Piacentini himself, a lovely and lyrical evocation of the wonders of Galileo's contemplation of the universe, for piano and computerized sound. And ‘Gestures’, or perhaps theater or even sound effects, best describes the rest of the program. Marcello Abbado's erotic Vocalizzo had Scandaletti singing into the raised lid of the piano [...] Two volunteers from the audience were enlisted to hold out the 12 feet or so of the pictorially notated score of Cathy Berberian's Stripsody, while Scandaletti, moving from stage left to stage right, made popping, grunting and sneezing sounds and myriad other noises that might be suggested by the comic strips. She did this magnificently, even managing to sound like a Brooklyn babe for a snide comment or two. Sylvano Bussotti's Lachrimae (‘Tears’) had Scandaletti again singing into the piano, but this time [...] evoking sympathetic vibrations from its strings [...] This was a well-rehearsed, smoothly executed program, and both Piacentini and Scandaletti are pros, both as musicians and as actors. Scandaletti has a big voice [...] she projected both humour and theatricality vividly. Piacentini played with restraint, close attention to balance and, where needed, with a fine sense of comedic timing. (Joan Reinthaler)

From “4Arts” – March 18th 2010: Leading actors: the Duo Alterno presents his new CD

“[...] They are at the last step of their next CD that will be titled ‘La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e Serenate del '900’ [‘The crepuscolar voice - Nocturnes and Serenades of 20th century’], while they are also preparing baggages to USA, where they will land at the end of March. Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini, well known as Duo Alterno, are a duo from Turin, one of the best in the landscape of contemporary music. ‘Turin is our creative base, I was born there and Tiziana is also living therePiacentini explains. Neverthless the Duo was born in Canada [...] The overseas success was so great that the Duo Alterno, born for a lucky coincidence, started moving their walks [...] till the collaborations with great composers. In primis Ennio Morricone [...] Tiziana says that to understand and touch with our own hands how each composer approaches the music is really a unic experience’. Samely it is a unic and very particular experience to listen to live the Duo Alterno. The contemporary music is accompained by theatrical performances of rare beauty. And, if at the end of March they will leave to USA, in May they are waited in Beijing and Toulouse [...]” (Sabina Prestipino)

From “Classic Voice” – February 2010: La voce contemporanea in Italia nr. 4

“[...] The idea is simple and important at the same time; the two artists [of the Duo Alterno] are devoting themselves to the recording of works for voice and piano by Italian composers, many of which - like s here in the case of Marcello Abbado (Vocalizzo sopra ‘Ma se mi toccano’ dal Barbierre di Siviglia) and Gilberto Bosco (... im Traume) - are dedicated to them. The skill of the two interpreters, as obvious, is not limited to their indubitable technical cleverness, but is properly extended to the very more important capacity to stylistically adhere to so various works, always putting their art at composers' disposal (and not of their own ego). Apart the wonderful and and well known pieces of Franco Donatoni (... ed insieme bussarono) and Sylvano Bussotti (Lachrimae), it is remarkable an intriguing version of Stripsody by Cathy Berberian [...] an out and out ‘sixth degree’ of the voice, magisterially performed by Scandaletti. Next to the amusing and ironic piece by Marcello Abbado [...] remarmable the compositions of Gilberto Bosco (inspired to the greatly famous Lied Ich grolle nicht by Schumann) and of the same Piacentini, An Mozart, who - thanks to the complicity of the Penderecki Quartet - works on the musical base of two Lied by Mozart, utilizing their melodic materials, but transforming them according to modern contrapuntal codes.” (Elvio Giudici)

From “La Stampa – Torino Sette” – February 12nd 2010: Duo Alterno: if the timid Rosina from “Il Barbiere” jokes to act sexy

“Among the most assiduous promoters of contemporary music there is the Duo Alterno from Turin [...] The two performers becomes to the forth recording of the CD series La voce contemporanea in Italia [The Italian contemporary voice] by Stradivarius label (in the previous three CDs, authors such as Dallapiccola, Petrassi, Berio, Manzoni, Maderna, Nono, Vacchi, Mosso, Colla, Pinelli and others). In this forth CD the Duo Alterno joins, in a page of the same Piacentini, the Penderecki String Quartet: the piece is titled An Mozart [...] where the so-called ‘foto-suoni’ play a decisive role [...] In Lachrimae Piacentini's voice intervenes with frames in different languages [...] Franco Donatoni is remembered through an ermetic page over the mysteries of the life and the death. Remarkable the Vocalizzo that Marcello Abbado has dedicated to the Duo Alterno [...] the melody is widely de-structured, often reduced to simple vowels, that Tiziana tranformes in a sympathetic erotic page [...] Gilberto Bosco shows off his skill to get deep meaning of the words leaning on a famous Lied by Schumann. Amidst these pages, Tiziana Scandaletti hurls herself in the solo voice ‘Stripsody’ [...] genial [...] linking noises, bubblings, grunts, onomatopoeic words as in the comics.” (Leonardo Osella)

From “Vesti Segodnya” Riga (Lathvia) – October 26th 2009: Close to the Music of the Spheres

“[...] the father of the great Galileo Galilei was a composer! [...] The composer and pianist Riccardo Piacentini pointed me this fact after a concert titled From telescope to telegraph to foto-musica’ at the Festival of the Italian Language in Riga. The Duo Alterno – Riccardo and his wife the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti – presented a really unusual program, dedicated to their famous compatriots [Galilei and Marconi]. In 2009 there is the quadricentennial of the invention of the telescope by Galileo [...] And one hundred years ago Guglielmo Marconi got the Nobel Price for the invention of the wireless telegraph. In 1999, ten years ago, the first ‘foto-musica (with constant screen projections behind the musicians). The metaphor is double: [in the foto-musica] sounds amplify and make better the acoustic qualities of the ambient where they vibrate, like Galileo's telescope enlarges and makes more close and clear the distant stars; and ‘wireless’ sounds like those ones transmitted by the telegraph through waves in the space by person to person, by continent to continent. The new piece by Riccardo Piacentini Foto-suoni delle Nuove Scienze established an alliance among sounds, flavors, colors and smells. It is just what Galileo wanted in his Dialoghi delle Nuove Scienze [...] At the moment the Music of the Spheres is unachievable! But Riccardo utilized the music of Galileo's father, in the name of Jupiter and combining it with sounds produced by a marble [rubbed on the piano strings] of his son sixteen years old and with the screen projection of color images from the telescope of Galileo, with Tiziana who was bringing fragrant flowers on the stage (smell!) and an apple to bite (flavor!) [...] Tiziana rose above the piano, was crouched on his knees, then turned into a respectable woman who put the leash to her husband while he played the piano, lauched a ball to train Boby's invisible puppies [...] Very funny Ada Gentile's piece, written in 2006 espressly for the duo, and people perfectly appreciated these two artists coming from Turin.” (Natalija Lebedeva)

From “Amadeus” – October 2009: La voce contemporanea in Italia, Vol. 4 (artistic score ****, technical score ****)

“This is the forth volume of the CD series of the duo formed by the pianist and composer Riccardo Piacentini and the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti dedicated to the contemporary voice [...] repertoire inscribed in the rut of the nobil tradition of Lieder [...] That world is in fact evocated by Mauro Bortolotti's dyptich in German language Schatten (1995) and Ein Spiel (1995), and also in Gilberto Bosco's Lied Traume (2007) [...] Same discour about same Piacentini's An Mozart (2008), that elaborates Mozart Lied materials, extending the organic to five instrumental parts joining Penderecki String Quartet. Marcello Abbado's Vocalizzo [...] (1997) fingers the world of the lyric opera with a renewed sensuality that makes this page of the best of the CD. Donatoni's and Bussotti's compositions, both of 1978, look at the fashinating Seventies: respectively ...ed insieme bussarono [...] and Lachrimae (in the version for voices and piano licensed by the author we can appreciate a theatrical-gestural [Duo Alterno's] performance on YouTube). At last Cathy Berberian's Stripsody (1966) [...] very aspired field of comparison for today singers.” (Michele Coralli)

From “Musica e Scuola”  – September 15th 2009: La voce contemporanea in Italia, Vol. 4

“On the international stage by several years, the Duo Alterno, composed of two talented specialists, Tiziana Scandaletti (voice) and Riccardo Piacentini (piano), with this forth cd dedicated to contemporary composers [...] presents a different landscape devoted to voice and piano [...] A great approval to the Duo Alterno that with a huge Carthusian work is successful in communicating and leaving through recordings the musical patrimony of our time.” (Michele Gioiosa)

From “Io Donna – Corriere della Sera”  – September 12th 2009: La voce contemporanea in Italia, Vol. 4

“The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist Riccardo Piacentini, that is Duo Alterno, [...] in this fourth stage face very various pages by Bussotti, Bortolotti, Abbado, Donatoni, Berberian, Bosco and the same Piacentini. They do this with their usual stylistic ductility and interpretative intelligence, revealing also forgotten flavors.” (Enrico Girardi)

From “allmusic” – September 1st 2009: La voce contemporanea in Italia, Vol. 4

“Stradivarius' series La voce contemporanea in Italia is a comprehensive survey of new vocal music from Italy [...] The artist on all volumes of the series, of which this is the fourth, is Duo Alterno [...] Scandaletti is a very gifted ‘new music soprano’ [...] especially well-versed in avant-garde techniques; more like Cathy Berberian, Jan De Gaetani, Esperanza Abad and other new music sopranos of a bigone generation. Piacentini appears to be as expert inside the piano and in handling external sound sources as he is at the keyboard. On the Riccardo Piacentini work, An Mozart (2008), they are joined by the Penderecki String Quartet [...] a very strong program that seems to have the legacy of opera at its heart [...] Sylvano Bussotti's Lachrimae [...] comes off like a twelve-tone vampire intermezzo, with wicked laughter and a high sense of campy drama. Macello Abbado [...] is represented by Vocalizzo sopra ‘Ma se mi toccano dov'è il mio debole’ dal Barbiere di Siviglia (1997); the familiar Rossini aria is transformed into erotic moaning with atmospherics courtesy of Piacentini's dexterous handling of the piano strings. The pièce de reistance, however, is Scandaletti's solo take on Cathy Berberian's Stripsody (1966) [...] a tour de force for an operatic soprano looking to stretch out. Scandaletti performs it with considerable enthusiasm and it's a great deal of fun.” (Uncle Dave Lewis)

From “La Gazzetta di Parma” – August 24th 2009: Disco-Classic. Music and Poetry. Contemporary voices of the two “sisters” [...]

“[...] this is a very interesting CD devoted to the ‘Italian Contemporary Voice’, forth step of a journey that the Duo Alterno, formed by soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist/composer Riccardo Piacentini, has drawn for Stradivarius label with the aim to rebuild the various attitudes that in 20th century marked the relationship between the ‘two sisters’ [music and poetry]. That is not exactly an idyllic relationship, and the historic reasons are exlplained by Quirino Principe [author of the booklet presentation] with his penetrating intelligence, dwelling on the Italian isolation among the lucky convergences offered by other civilizations, from the Flemish refinements to the enveloping introspections of the Romantic Lieder. Just in order to this brackdrop, the profile of this proposal seems to put itself backlight, through the alternate joke of the two musicians that, not without nagging thought [‘rovelli’] and even utopianly, leave emerging this past and others that seem instead to face the relation between poetry and music after having reset the table. As Donatoni looks to do in his brief page ...ed insieme bussarono signed by that priceless happiness with which he used to give life to the deconstructivist bending [‘ripiegamento decostruttivista’]; and also the more demanding work by Bussotti, Lachrimae, with its restless melting pot in four different languages, screwing them in his congenial choreographic vocation. In this fascinating trip the memory of the resounding vocal vocation of Cathy Berberian could not be lacking, of whom Tiziana Scandaletti renews the fascination with ‘bravura’ and intelligence recomposing one the most famous sortie, Stripsody. And always on the wave of a subtle parody Marcello Abbado jokes among phonemas and gestures in Vocalizzo on a famed page of the Barbiere by Rossini. The past re-emerges without insisting regret, but as an anxious panicky speedwell [‘trepida, allarmata veronica’], from two tender pages by Mauro Bortolotti as well as  Schumann's Lieder evocation Ich grolle nicht becomes extremely inciting from Gilberto Bosco. At last a stimulating joke of the same Piacentini, An Mozart, amusing both for the listeners and the performers, become six as the Penderecki String Quartet joins the Duo Alterno.” (Gian Paolo Minardi)

From “Il Cittadino” – July 15th 2009: The contemporary stage

“Fourth powerful brick of an architecture that, especially in these slim times (‘tempi di magra’), sounds heroic, the last stubborn volume that Stradivarius label dedicates to the contemporary voice in Italy. Really superb in this all Italian ‘restoration’ the Duo Alterno of Riccardo Piacentini and Tiziana Scandaletti, respectively piano and voice of an infinite palette of colors and humours joked in total adherence to the scores and the ensemble. This is a contemporary based on the ancient, on never renegaded univers of the possible order and the lucky word, that is the univers of the liric opera and the dead languages, that emerge as marmoreal busts in a leafy path. An entire compass circle by the time and the space, a personal as universal anthology [...] the highest maestro Bussotti, the scientist Donatoni, the omnivorous Cathy Berberian, the melancholic Gilberto Bosco. One hour of listening that rewinds and clots an handful of feverish years for the national music, at now unreapeatable. Just to seal all, an intense Piacentini, composer bred at Bussotti's school, with a very personal look ‘An Mozart’.” (Elide Bergamaschi)

From “Musica e dischi” - July 2009

“[...] the beautiful fourth volume La voce contemporanea in Italia: pages by Bussotti, M. Abbado, Donatoni, Bortolotti, Cathy Berberian and Bosco [...]” (Diana Leva)

From “Blow Up” - July 2009

“The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti, with the subsidy of Riccardo Piacentini at the piano and in one case of the Penderecki String Quartet, compiles an anthology of pieces [... where] we find Lachrimae by Bussotti, ...ed insieme bussarono by Donatoni, Stripsody by Cathy Berberian together with works by Bortolotti, Abbado, Bosco and the same Piacentini. Many and different irons in the fire but well burned through an high level performance.” (Piercarlo Poggio)

From the newspaper “Culture” of Moscow – June 18-24th 2009: Magician titivates piano

In the Rakhmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory we listened to a concert of Italian music from Forties to today […] This concert was very exceptional thanks to the participation of Italian artists, with music of their own homeland in its natural habitat. It could be that Russians love Italy or that there was the opportunity to free the Italian vocal style, the fact is that the hall was completely crowded. This happens infrequently in the Moscow concerts of contemporary music, and among them this is surely one of the best in several years. Singer Tiziana Scandaletti (soprano) and pianist Riccardo Piacentini formed the Duo Alterno in 1997. Since then, they tour the world and record a great number of CDs, including a series dedicated to the new vocal music in Italy. Their repertoire includes works by dozens of composers, many of whom wrote specifically for the Duo Alterno. Scandaletti and Piacentini can hold the public attention throughout the evening, both in academic or gestural-theater manner of performance. But the most successful numbers were the last two where our musicians of Studio for New Music Ensemble together with the guests were involved in a purely Italian Gambling. The vocal cycle Folk Songs by Luciano Berio is performed all over the world and rarely in Russia […] Tiziana Scandaletti and Studio for New Music were in “shocking love at first sight” and people crowned them. Another author also appears in an unusual perspective: Ennio Morricone. Everybody knows his film-music, but in this case we listened to a fragment of his cycle Epitaffi sparsi  and it was beautiful, even without movie. Morricone writes as a professional for the ensemble of contemporary music as well as for his orchestra. In this case he skillfully uses an ensemble of six instruments plus singer, joking on the pitches related to the name BACH and introducing theatrical elements: at the beginning Tiziana appears down the stage, then she goes on the stage, then removes her shoes and climb the piano! Even more striking example of musical theater was Sylvano Bussotti’s Lachrimae, where Riccardo, as a kind of magician, rolls out grand colorful ribbons and hang them on the piano strings. The two artists briefly switched roles too – she sat at the piano keyboard, and he suddenly sang and then continued dragging ribbons, talking and singing in several languages simultaneously. More close to the tradition, in the spirit of the best songs of Schönberg and Berg, were the vocal works by Goffredo Petrassi [Due liriche di Saffo] and Luigi Dallapiccola [Tre Poemi] […] (Ilya Ovchinnikov)

From SentireAscoltare” – June 19th 2009: La voce contemporanea in Italia vol. 4, Duo Alterno, Stradivarius

“Ambitious project of the Duo Alterno [...] Single volumes, published beginning from 2005 with quite annual term, that starts from an unifying idea, from a ‘leit-motiv’, as Scandaletti defines it. The first volume is built on the relations between some Italian composers and their contemporary great poets (we can remember, among many others, the artistic links between Petrassi and Quasimodo or between Corghi and Ungaretti); the second one (2006) reflects on the ‘contaminazione’ of different genres and languages (represented by authors such as Morricone, Maderna, Sciarrino) while the third volume deepens the linguistic discour focusing composers that worked on German texts (ClementiManzoni and the younger Alberto Colla and Luca Lombardi). The new ring of the chain, that seems not yet closed as the same performers said us (we have interviewed them for the rubric ‘I cosiddetti Contemporanei’), put together a series of composers inspired, in some their works, to the classics of the past. Among these there is Piacentini too, who presents, together with the Penderecki String Quartet, his An Mozart, a score originally conceived for string quartet and “foto-suoni” (an interesting idea [...] that foresees the interection between sound and photograhic imagine) and elaborated starting from two Mozart's Lieder. A special place is due to Lachrimae by Sylvano Busotti (Riccardo defined it ‘a masterwork of anarchic structuralism’) and to the beautiful interpretation by Scandaletti of the text-no-text of Cathy Berberian, Stripsody, a ‘score’ that requires high skillness in reciting and freedom in performing [...]” (Daniele Follero)

From” – June 12th 2009: Vocal pieces of contemporary musicians for Stradivarius

“[...] Leading actors of this interesting work the Duo Alterno and, in one of the eight pieces presented, the Penderecki String Quartet too. The Duo, internationally acclaimed, is formed by the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist-composer Riccardo Piacentini. In the cd La voce contemporanea in Italia [The Italian Contemporary Voice] - vol. 4 we can listen to pieces composed between 1966 and 2008 from Bussotti, Bortolotti, Abbado, Donatoni, Berberian, Bosco and the same Piacentini. The female voice has always a central role in all the compositions. The “historic’ pieces by Bussotti and Donatoni, Lachrimae and ...ed insieme bussarono, are both of 1978 [...] a strong gestural and theatrical component is highlighted in the first one and a need of structural freedom, well defined from the first timbric beginnings of the female voice, in the second one. This need of expressive thatricality is even more evident in the solo voice piece Stripsody of 1966 [...] by the great Cathy Berberian. Excellent interpretation of Scandaletti. [...] Vocalizzo sopra ‘Ma se mi toccano dov'è il mio debole’ from Rossini's Barbiere by Marcello Abbado, composed for the Duo Alterno, is a nice example of musical divertissement written in 1997, that is a joke on the infinite possibilities of the vocal timbric variations. Traume, piece of 2007 by Gilberto Bosco, also dedicated to the Duo, has the text in German language: it starts from Schumann to arrive to a passionate transformation in modern way [...] An Mozart, written by Piacentini in 2008, joins the voice and the piano to a string quartet and presents musical qualities where the influences of the German tradition of the first 20th century are mixed, in the final, to a musical past easy to recognize. The search on the text is mediated by a visionary language rich of suggestive images. A very well interpretated cd that we recommend to all lovers of the voice.”

From ESZ News– June 2009: A postmodern night

“[...] Traume for voice and piano on Heine's text, interpretated by the Duo Alterno [...], is in the miscellaneous CD La voce contemporanea in Italia [The Italian Contemporary Voice] - vol. 4 (Stradivarius 33833), a «beautiful anthology [...] a wide landscape that honours the 20th century Italian Art» (Claudio Strinati on la Repubblica) with which Bosco comes in the important series of contemporary composers presented from the two artists, «spokespersons of absolut reference for sensibility and competence and of laudable coherence in choising the repertoire and the interpretation» (Claudio Bolzan su Hortus Musicus).”

FromTandem(Toronto, Canada) – April 5th 2009: Music meets technology. Event celebrates visionaries Galileo and Marconi

The Bata Shoe Museum and the Italian Cultural Institute invite the public to a free concert [...] by Duo Alterno [...] returning to Toronto after a previous successful concert last year at the Music Gallery. The Duo proposes a dialogue between technology and music through time and it unites situations of the past with the present: an important 400 year anniversay – the invention of the telescope by Galileo Galilei in 1609; another important centenary – the Nobel Prize in Physics for Guglielmo Marconi and his research on ‘wireless’ communication, in 1909; today's photomusic by Riccardo Piacentini – 2009 – which could be interpreted as a metaphor both of Galileo's telescope (music which virtually infitely enlarges the acoustic particles of the musical landscape) and Marconi's wireless telegraph (music that ‘communicates without wire’, from one continent to another, from one context to another, transporting the ‘waves’ of photo-sounds to different places and cultures) [...] The program is accompanied by screenings of images [...] that refer to Marconi and Galileo.

FromThe Globe and Mail(Toronto, Canada) – April 3rd 2009: From the telescope to the telegraph to photomusic  

The inventive Duo Alterno presents a multimedia concert dedicated to Galileo and Marconi [...] Bata Shoe Museum [...]

From “Neue Wesfälische Zeitung” (Bielefeld, Germany) – March 11th 2009: Inspired Italian

“Inspire. Expire. Make vibrating your vocal cords. It is a common practice. But in the Italian evening at the Süsterkirche this happened even more perfect. The Duo Alterno presented an exacting program of XXth century popular compositions. The two musicians from Tori proposed just Italian composers and their own compositions too. Remarkable since the first note the full voice of Scandaletti. Also without any amplification it was able to fill all the church. The piano accompainment was very controlled to perfectly highlight the voice. The Duo Alterno [...] was professional and gallant [“professionel und galant”]. Riccardo Piacentini explained the single points of the program. Scandaletti was very concentrated and, together, they created an atmosphere of great partnership. Soprano gave proof of an extrahordinary vocal technique. She sang, among other works, Ghedini's Four Songs on Ancient Neapolitan with inimitable security as well as with much flexibility in high passages. Considering such a vocal art [“Sagenkunst”] it is not strange that Duo Alterno's repertoire includes many pieces expressly written for them.” (Alexandra Limont)

From the Letter of Thanks by the President of the Shenyang Music Conservatory, M.o Liu Hui – December 28th 2008

Dear Duo Alterno, [...] you've taken the most beautiful Italian music and the perfect technique to us, and this kind of activities will definitely further strengthen our understanding about Italian music culture [...]” (Liu Hui)

From “Il Globo” (Melbourne, Australia) – October 22nd 2008: Duo Alterno: two fascinating voices

“[...] at the Melbourne Federation Hall [...] the fascinating voice of Tiziana Scandaletti weaved a magic atmosphere substeined by the music at athe piano of Riccardo Piacentini. The texts of the popular songs acquired a clear and cristallyne sound quality that enchanted people. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes passional or very sweet, like in the encore, the Lullaby by Alfredo Casella, the pieces revealed themselves in their beauty [,,,]” (Gabriella G. Hubbard)

From “La Stampa” – September 29th 2008: Scandaletti-Piacentini, a couple between Dallapiccola and Morricone

“Among the most worthy of approvals musicians by Turin, among those ones that promotes the contemporary repertoire, there are Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini [...] Joint in the life through marriage, they are joint also artisticly with the name Duo Alterno, and together they became well known all over the world as refined interpreters. They signed also some suggetive ‘sonorizzazioni’, such as for the 8th and 9th International Biennial of Photography in Turin, the Train Museum in Bussoleno, the mines in Traversella, the Royal Castle in Venaria. MiTo Festival has invited them to perform [... with] a series of pages that are converged into their CDs dedicated to composers of today [...] A pleasant tracking shot through 20th century music(L. O.)

From Musica e Scuola – July-August 2008: Flash from Toronto

[...] the 3rd edition of ‘SoundaXis Festival 2008’ has happened in Toronto with conferences, symposiums, screenings and concerts dedicated to the new music. A wide space was devoted also to Italy with three concerts, two of which dedicated to Giacinto Scelsi [...] ed the third one, titled Intra/Introspections: Piacentini & Gentile, just dedicated to the composer from Turin Riccardo Piacentini and the woman composer from Rome Ada Gentile. By Piacentini were performed two works: For four for string quartet and, in world premiere, An Mozart for voice[, piano] and string quartet. [...] The excellent interpreters of this third concert were the Duo Alterno [...] and the Penderecki String Quartet [...] The appreciation of the thick public was optimum [...] (M&S)

From "Show Time Magazine" (Toronto, Canada) – June 8th 2008: Intra/Introspections reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

On a hot summer night, a concert of ‘new’ music with a breeze of mischief and humour blowing through it is cool news. We begin with pair of offerings for voice and piano by John Cage. Formally mocking form, composer/pianist Riccardo Piacentini and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti first adorn the silence with gestures and then perform strongly around a text of “Finnegan’s Wake” by James Joyce. The Penderecki String Quartet brought their exciting intensity to an important work by Riccardo Piacentini, his For Four (Part IV) for String Quartet (1994). The piece is a texture of horizontal and vertical elements, highly coloured and strongly contrasted in their details, as if irreconcilable differences were searching for agreeable combinations. Thus the music mixes pizzicato with discordant unison drone bowings, relaxed tempi churning into states of alarm, powerfully intense passages that dissolve into squeaking, gibbering, ghostly tones that fade away. One feels somehow involved in a personal confession and struggle against restraint, a journey towards unfetteredness. [...] Gentile’s La giornata di Betty Boop for voice and piano (2006) in five sections, has Piacentini at the piano wearing a tail, a dog collar and leash while Scandaletti outfitted like the cartoon character prances and sings to ‘Boby’ her doggie six funny texts by Sandra Cappelleto [sic], leaving the audience in high spirits. [Stanley Fefferman]

From "Libertà" May 26th 2008: A 20th century of fables and songs. The Duo Alterno closed with success the Bibiena Art Festival

Fables, ballads and songs [...] gave us an intense trip through the chamber repertoire of the first and second 20th century, discovering those authors that were mostly fashinated by the popular melody: Leone Sinigaglia, Alfredo Casella, Franco Alfano, Giorgio Federico Ghedini and, at the end, Luciano Berio [...] Performer, as well as inventor of this original and captivating program [...] the Duo Alterno, sturdy chamber ensemble born in 1997 thanks to the union of the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist and composer Riccardo Piacentini, both professor at the conservatory [...] Encouraged by the success of their frequent tours in Italy and abroad, the two artists also proposed pieces expressly compoded for the duo, such as Due canti brevi [Two brief songs] of the American composer Curt Cacioppo, that was present for the Italian première of his work [...] Worthy example of modern ‘Lied’, Cacioppo's piece takes form as a long sequence of broken phrases, strongly and painfully intense in the expression. Of remarkable interest is also the piano piece written and interpretated by Piacentini as a pleasant interlude, just instrumental, between the vocal performances: freely inspired, as the same title Venexiàn suggests, to a popular Venetian melody, this Piacentini's composition explores the last frontiers of the della piano colors, putting objects on the strings of the instrument so as obtaining sounds close to the metallic vibrations of an harpsichord. The soprano Scandaletti, ductile voice, sharp and agile, particularly suited to a chamber repertoire, immediately captured the public, chiselling with refinement and partecipation four songs from the Vecchie canzoni popolari del Piemonte [Ancient popular songs from Piedmont] elaborated and arranged by Sinigaglia. Then, at the end of the vibrant interpretation of Cacioppo's Canti brevi, the duo performed Ghedini's Quattro canti su antichi testi napoletani [Four songs on ancient Neapolitan texts], where the composer, brought the melody at the highest point of the dramatic intensity, melts it in suspended phrases, evoking dreamlike and restless atmospheres. From Alfano, instead, the duo performed the song Mamma il giovane principe [Mum, the young prince] (1919), one of the first exemples of the intense work in composition, flowed two years after in the opera La leggenda di Sakuntala [Sakuntala's legend], on Tagore's poetic textes. As completion of the brilliant performance, Piacentini and Scandaletti interpretated the Quattro canzoni popolari di Berio [Four popular songs] (embryonal idea of the more famous Folk Songs), work that, in the past, they were honoured to play just in presence of the composer [...] (Alessandra Gregori)

From “ – Personne's review” – March 27th 2008: More than you asked for

“It's always nice to get more than you asked for. In my case, I ordered this CD for the performance of Dallapiccola's Tre Poemi. I was nicely rewarded in that regard, but was also delighted with performances of Nono, Petrassi and more. Duo Alterno is comprised of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini (who also contributes one of the pieces on the CD) [...] She's a first-rate soprano, with a timbre that at times reminds me of the much-missed Jan de Gaetani. And (this is very high praise in my book) she has guts. Not content to sit back and make pretty sound, she explores her range and expressive capabilities in significant ways. He's also a fine accompanist, knowing when to challenge and when to support. [...] Nono is fabulous, quiet and withdrawn. The piece by Piacentini deserves special note: it's an electronic piece, calling on some extendend techniques from the soprano. It's deftly done. Duo Alterno is a very good pair of musicians, and are convincing advocates for some worthy music. [...] Fine CD.” (Personne)

From “Hallandsposten-Sweden” – March 4th 2008: Entertaining Italian duo [...] Works of Morricone, Berio, Corghi and Piacentini

Modern tones wrapped in several layers of humour started the springseason in Kulturverket [Halmstad, Sweden]. It was last Sunday that Duo Alterno from Torino in Italy, consisting of the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini, alternately challenged and entertained with mostly italian music from 1900 and forward. To be able to really fascinate and engage this kind of music demands a lot from the executors. In this case not only the musicians great technical ability convinced but also the richness of variation  in expression permeated both vocal- and  pianoefforts. No detail in the demanding pianoparts escaped Piacentini’s sensitive fingers and no mood or intonation was foreign to Scandaletti which she with her expressive soprano explored and exposed. Fine presentations and crazy humorous ideas (whims) also helped to lift the entirety. Names like Luciano Berio, Ennio Morricone, Azio Corghi and Ada Gentile were in the programme. Morricone who is known to most of  us for original and creative filmmusic has also composed traditional music. During his nervy humorous Epitaffi the singer took place halflying on the grandpiano, as if the aim was to sell a used car. Were it not for these acrobatic escapades the grandpiano could have been open as the risk of drowning Scandaletti’s powerful and strong voice was non-existant. We also heard an example of Piacentini as composer where a taped American song of crickets was a foundation to his own pianomusic. When he to the audience's great delight imitated a dog while playing was only one of many examples of the duo's incomparable rampage. Summarizing all, the concert was varied, entertaining, challenging, and perfect in time. Praise also for the genial ending with a shockingly tonal folksong from their region. (Per Björk)

From “Wolfsburger Nachrichten” – February 2nd 2008: Shouting of happiness. Tiziana Scandaletti sings sentiments. The Italian Duo Alterno performs German poets from Goethe to Rilke at Wolfsburg Castle

The Alterno with soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist [...] Riccardo Piacentini kidnapped one hundred fifty people joined at Gartensaal of Wosfsburg Castle into the world of sounds of 20th and 21th century. The Italian Cultural Institute could book the two artists, requested all over the world, for this invitation evening. The Duo presented a choice of Lieder on texts of famous German poets, realized in music by Italian contemporary composers. So through relations of friendship the ‘New Lieder from Italy’ were born. The start was with ‘Hölderlin-Lieder – Linien by Alessandro Solbiati. Then ‘... im Traume (Heinrich  Heine) by Gilberto Bosco and ‘Due liriche da Rainer Maria Rilke in the musical translation of Alberto Colla. The artists were animated by a thrilling fervour. Tiziana Scaldaletti gave jform to the poetic language clearly and intelligiblely and realized the different atmospheres and sentiments of these Lieder with a vocal emission (“Stimmgebung”) characterized by manifold and changing colours. She master with experience the various ranges of the voice, developes the sound in the high region (“in grosser Höhe”) with power and brilliance. Shouting of happiness expand or gush in a sonorous reciting voice in the low region (“in der Tiefe”). She fills the huge intervals with intense expressive energy and with tension; soft and elegant, instead, the colorations fit to the melodic situations. Often a single word is interpretated in an expressive manner. The singer is inspired and give form to the contents with and intensity rich of nuances, like in a kind of talk with herself. Moments of great emotional implication derive from this. The pianist listen to the sing both as partner and performer. The agreement between the two artists is made by a subtle tuning, contained inside the piano part, rich of changes and colours, continuous source of stimulus for the singer, acoustic base that substains and eviscerates all the expressed sentiments. Piacentini played some his composition with partially prepared piano. Lieder of Fabio Vacchi, ‘Mignonlied Sehnsucht by Goethe, and the ‘Opheliafragmente of Luca Lombardi by Heiner Müller were the content of the second part of the evening, that ended with a popular song from Piedmont and a modern lullaby.” (Angelika Kannenberg) 

From “Unitrè Informa” – January-February 2008: Great music in Turin

“[...] beautiful concert that the glorious Accademia Sinfonico Corale ‘Stefano Tempia’ [...] committed to the Duo Alterno [...] A concert, in Conservatory, almost all on the French versant, with the nice Debussy's «Chansons de Bilitis» that Scandaletti sang with proper accents and beautiful, fluted sonorities, seconded by Piacentini's elegant piano plots. Really emotional. Then Piacentini alone performed in the double role of pianist-composer interpreting his own composition with the provocative title «Jardins sur la pluie», clear reference to Debussy's «Jardins sous la pluie», genial and fashinating page hybridized by one thousand timbric refractions thanks to Guido Boselli's cello and Annamaria Morini's diaphanous sonorities on the flute, and thanks also to the ‘foto-suoni’ (sounds reportages on tape) whose Piacentini is inventor and tireless finisher. Then Chausson, and his unforgettable «Chanson perpetuelle» [...] In the second part Casella's «Adieu à la vie»: an artist born in  Turin, Alfredo Casella, but formed in Paris at the beginning of 20th century, and the voice of Scandaletti was able to give back us at the top the modernity of that page, still upsettingly actual with its sharp profiles, pointed like stalactites, wonderful, such as wonderful and imbued by subtil erotism are Ravel's «Chanson madècasses» that the Duo Alterno magnificently performed, still giving emotions [...]” (Attilio Piovano).

From  “Musica e scuola” – January 15th 2008: The Italian contemporary voice [...] A day of studies and music

“[...] the composers Alberto Colla, Ada Gentile, Riccardo Piacentini and Alessandro Solbiati, with their remarkable curriculum vitae, took part [to the meeting] coordinated by the musicologist Sandro Cappelletto [...] The confirmation how much the voice is alive and vital, how much it is possible, also today, to write Lieder and at the same time ironic and biting pages, was in the evening, with the nice concert kept, as conlusion of the meeting, by the Duo Alterno [...] The concert was opened by Solbiati's Die Linien (second of the Hölderlin Lieder composed in 2000 with dedication to the Duo Alterno). Another time we could appreciate Tiziana Scandaletti's meticulous care in phrasing, the clear pitches, the attention in making palpable the recondite meanings of each fragment; besides this people could admire the perfect melting of the ensemble, thanks to the exquisite qualities of ‘accompanistof the composer and pianist Piacentini. These peculiar strokes were present also in the performance of Due liriche da Rilke (2005) by Colla, samely dedicated to the Duo Alterno, suche as in the performance of a brief collection of pages by Corghi. Then Piacentini set down alone at the piano, leaving a bit to the voice, and performed Jazz motetus VI (Cricket play) that he same composed in 2003, for piano and tape: captivating and fashinating page, with its polychromatic variety. At the end of the evening the nice and difficult lyrics by Casella under the title Adieu à la vie, written in 1914 but impressively modern, well realized by the warm voice of Tiziana Scandaletti. Last La giornata di Betty Boop by Ada Gentile (2005), page full of effects, somewhere dramaturgic, somewhere dreamlike, somewhere exhilarating, true and concise comical sketches (dedicated to the Duo Alterno e and maybe not unmindful of the unforgettable Cathy Berberian) with mix of languages and dialects, and an agreable combination of various vocal emissions: from the simple ‘parlato’ to the pure lyricism and much other more. The irony seems the main attitude [...] a very amusing joke [...] Really irrestible. Plitenessly realized by the protean voice of Scandaletti to whome interweaved also that one of the multi-performer Piacentini, ‘forcedto perform with an explicitly gestural attitudes because of needs of... copycat [...]” (Attilio Piovano)

From “La Stampa” – January 6th 2008: Italian music for singing German poets

“A strong idea feeds the third CD that the Duo Alterno from Torino - Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini [...] - dedicate to the ‘Italian contemporary voice’. The first one privileged the relation among poets and musicians in the XXth century, the second one the relations of the the art music with the popular tradition; the last one has as leading actors German poets and Italian composers. The poetries by Goethe, Heine, Rilke, Müller inspire the fantasy of masters such as Aldo Clementi and Giacomo Manzoni, successful artists like Luca Lombardi, Alessandro Solbiati, Fabio Vacchi, Alberto Colla. Se un giorno tu by Heine is the last work of the disappeared Carlo Pinelli. The different sensibilities are well picked by the interpreters, appreciated specialists in music chamber lyric. Vacchi confers to Goethe's Mignon an disquiet sensuality, Lombardi perfectly snatches the violence of Ophelia and Electra rewritten by Müller and invents a passionated piano part. Clementi frezees Rilke, Colla ignites him (and Scandaletti enkindles him) [...]” (Sandro Cappelletto)

From “il Venerdì di Repubblica” – November 30th 2007: The duo that give voice (and piano) to the Italian XXth century

“[...] The three recent cds titled La voce contemporanea in Italia [The Italian contemporary voice] represent a beautiful anthology of many tendences retraceable in the XXth century and give a very precise idea of some our maximum composers. The first cd is historicly remarkable. It includes pieces by great and ‘grandissimi’ composers. A true discovery is Tre canti di primavera [Three Spring Songs] by Giacinto Scelsi [...] so sweet and animated from a dimension of celestial and ecstatic harmony [...] Masterworks of the following decade are Due liriche di Saffo [Two Saffo Lyrics] [...] by Goffredo Petrassi. Two marvellous songs in which the idea of a di una classical style that prescinds by the commonplace of the harmonic solution of any disagreement is formulated in a perspective that makes overlapping what is far and what is near [...] And also Dallapiccola's Tre poemi [Three Poems] are wonderful [...] free and structured at the same time, the dreamy Liriche written in 1951 by Domenico Guaccero [...] the strong pieces, written in the first Sixties, by Azio Corghi and Luigi Nono. By this one Mrs. Scandaletti perform Finale for solo voice from La fabbrica illuminata [The illuminate factory] in an acrobatic lightening of archaic trillings. And very interesting is Piacentini's piece on texts of Sandro Cappelletto, 2001, a kind of post-modern evocation of an hypothetical and humorous futurism. Important the other two cds too, where some cospicuouses things appear by Maderna, Morricone, Berio, Sciarrino, Clementi, Manzoni, Vacchi and others, in a musical landscape that does honor to the Italian art of XXth century.” (Claudio Strinati)

From “Life of Guangzhou” (Canton, China) – October 16th 2007: Duo Alterno, soprano-pianist from the hometown of Pavarotti

In response to a tact smile from his wife, Mr. Riccardo Piacentini fingered the piano's keys. Ms. Tiziana Scandaletti, the Italian soprano, stood besides the piano under the spotlight at Xinghai Concert Hall on Sunday night. In the dim lighting her voice began to permeate thrughout the Chamber Hall and seep into everyone's ears. From the hometown of the renowed tenor Pavarotti, the vocal-piano assembly undoubtedly prepared an Italian repertoire for Guangzhou audiences. I could not help holding my breath, afraid of missing any note from the elegant lady. With agile and quiet melodies, music is the best language for people with different backgrounds. Don't worry about understanding the deeper meaning of Italian lyric, an eligible audience could simply admire the performance. As composer and pianist, Mr. Riccardo's recital after the intermission [...] still gained high applause. For encores they performed a Chinese traditional ditty ‘Jasmine’, tending to get closer to the local audiences. Interval meritorious laughter from audiences seemed to be an affirmation to sincerity and articulation. The Duo Alterno came together in 1997 and founded thier name on their apparent differences in personality. While Riccardo is sad, Tiziana is happy, and vice versa. They decided to name theirselves ‘The Duo Alterno’ and began their regular performance tours.(Jesse Hwang, Kimberly Barteau)

From “Biblio-net Musica Classica” – October 15th 2007

“[...] two very lucky series: Dulcimer, dedicated to the ancient music and Times future, dedicated to the contemporary music. For the last one, the Duo Alterno proposes the third volume of a journey intended to investigate the most interesting tendences of the the new Lieds in italy. The chosen approach is very functional, presenting various themes and relative composers that are clearly connected [...] now it is time of those composers that recuperate the German tradition [...] It concerns compositions that generally are characterized by a pretty intimate dimension, the brief duration of which (with the exception of the two pieces by Luca Lombardi titled Ophelia-Fragmente) makes closer the form of this ‘Lieder’ to the dimension typical of the aphorism. But this does not have to mislead, since, as the Duo writes in the beautiful booklet attached, more the piece is short, essential, and more it is important to work on the detail [...] it is a unic musical trip, that reveals, especially to the fans of music not particularly attracted by the contemporary artistic tendences, very particular musical atmospheres, made even more unic through the skillness of a Duo that is one of the most acclamed and active in this field. With Tiziana Scandaletti's charming, warm and theatrical (if it needs) voice, always perfectly calibrated on the phonetics of the German language, the presence of the clever Riccardo Piacentini is constantly in agreement, never invasive and even better sympathetic with the musical conversation thanks to a particular care and concentration on the sound that sometimes becomes crystalline, almost impalpable in the moments of more intimate concentration, but capable of great energy and technical determination in the not rare moments in which the piano stops the simple accompainment and becomes the protagonist [...] To the presentation of the CD is dedicated the same care that is used for the autors and their wroks and it is made even more precious by the brief but significative interviews of Paolo Petazzi, musicologist among the most attentive [...] An interesting and fascinating discovery, that we suggest also to get used in a genre that is surely not easy but that finds in this beautiful product a moment of captivating beginning.” (Gabriele Formenti)

From “Musica e Scuola” – September 15th 2007

“The Duo Alterno with this third CD voted to the Italian contemporary music con questo terzo CD dedicato alla musica contemporanea italiana earns a great applause [...] Due Poesie [Two Poetries] by Aldo Clementi, Due Liriche [Two Lyrichs] by Alberto Colla, Ophelia-Fragmente [Ophelia-Frames] by Luca Lombardi, Du Dunkelheit by Giacomo Manzoni, Se un giorno tu [If one day you] by Carlo Pinelli, Holderlin Lieder by Alessandro Solbiati, Mignon by Fabio Vacchi, will remain in the memory just because realized by the ‘bravissimi’ musicians that are able to make agreable listening to so arduous pages. Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini, almost successful all over the world, are clever at bringing contemporary music with simplicity but above all musically and professionally. Excellent recording.” (Michele Gioiosa)

From il Giornale della Musica – September 2007: Voice and piano of today

“Third volume of a CD series that investigates non only the range of the vocal writing in Italy in the main composers of the second XXth century, but mostly its marriage with the piano (renovate, reconceived marriage, though always tied with the German Lieder tradition or with the precious manifacture of some French chansons francesi between XIXth and XXth centuries), this CD explores just this last aspect, through a poetic anthologythat is almost all in German language. It is surprising – though they are two ‘iuvenilia’ – the maturity with which Clementi takes and reformulates expressionist and dodecaphonic peculiarities in the first one of Due poesie [Two poetries ...] the harmonic skill of Colla seduces; the power of the expressive gesture of Lombardi shakes [...] the articulated but clean plot of the the first Hölderlin Lieder of Solbiati captures; the kaleidoscope in which the refined texture of Vacchi's Mignon charms. The various gems of this recording, after those ones included in the other volumes (the first, around Italian poets of the XXth century; the second, crossing the regions of the popular song, gestures and contaminations) would not appear such as this without the cleverness and passion of the performers, often dedicatee of many pieces, and living examples of the vitality and valorizzabilità of a new vocal repertoire with piano: Scandaletti valorizes a medium range particularly warm, and Piacentini an immersion and total mastery in the articulated dialogue with the voice.” (Alessandro Mastropietro)

From an official letter of the Secretary of Pontificium Consilium de Cultura, Padre Bernard Ardura – May 18th 2007

“[... The CD La voce contemporanea in Italia - vol. III is the] lucky crown of the trypthic devoted to the XXth century's vocal music by the Duo Alterno. One listens to the work without distractions, concentrated in catching the most thin nuances. In each interpretation the text lights the music with quick sparkling, so that the listener is induced to penetrate into the preciosity of minimun details, enriched by a constant care about the ‘breath of the voice’ [...]” (Bernard Ardura)

From “Musica e Scuola” – May 2007: [...] an announced success

“[...] Title: Pagine cantate. Cross-fade tra letteratura e musica del Novecento [Sung pages. Cross-fade between Literature and XXth Century's Music]. Performers: the cellist from New York Madeleine Shapiro in trio with the very harmonious [“affiatatissimo”] Duo Alterno, accompained by Oliviero Corbetta's readings wtih background of Daniela Vassallo's suggestive photographic projections. The program, very appreciated by a visiblely amused audience, was focused on some of the principal XXth Century's Italian autors (both for music and texts), from Scelsi-Aleramo to Petrassi-Quasimodo, from Nono-Pavese to Corghi-Bertolucci-Ungaretti, to Guaccero-Montale, to Panni e Gentile-Cappelletto, with a very interesting “raid” into the American contemporary repertoire (Earle Brown's Special events), of which Madeleine Shapiro is excellent performer. Particularly Ada Gentile's piece (La giornata di Betty Boop [Betty Boop's daytime], dedicated to the Duo Alterno on the humorous texts by Sandro Cappelletto, requested a remarkable cleverness in vocal and scenic gestures, realized with great charm by the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti [...] In short, a musical performance of high impact and level, based on the interactions of the worlds of music, literature and images.” (Mario Gioiosa)

From written declaration of the General Italian Consul in Houston, April 19th 2007

“[...] The Duo Alterno [...] got a remarkable success of audience and excited general interest [...] through its technical and interpretative skill and originality.(Cristiano Maggipinto)

From written declaration of the Chair of Department of Music in Portland State University, January 30th 2007

“[...] Your concert was sensational. Everyone I talked to afterwartd said that they enjoyed the range of music performed as well as the artistic mastery you both displayed. Your musicianship and expressive range were very inspiring to both students and faculty as well. Thank you so much for coming to our city and enriching our cultuarl life by sharig your own. You have made many new freinds and fans in Portland.(Bryan Johanson)

From  “Rinascita” Ottobre 31th 2006: Betty Boop & C. - 27 years of Festival “Nuovi Spazi Musicali” celebrated with large and amused audience

“[...] full house even for standing places [...] The opening of the performance was with two pieces for voice and piano by ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’, texts by Adalbert von Chamisso and music by Robert Schumann, fil rouge’ of the programmation in hommage to 150 years from Schumann's death. Soprano a ductile Tiziana Scandaletti in this in this chamber work performed with such a gracefulness. Scandaletti with the pianist Riccardo Piacentini in 1997 gave life to the Duo Alterno [...] many well known composers wrote for them and their partecipations to international festivals are really numerous. The program [...] has got its point of strength in a curious piece by Ada Gentile, woman composer of exquisite sensibility [...] The work, in world premiere, is ‘La giornata di Betty Boop’ (Betty Boop's daytime) [...] on texts of Sandro Cappelletto [...] Turn into a girl of Thirties with a short striped skirt and Parisian socks on high heels Tiziana Scandaletti acts and sings among whistle sounds and playful notes, governing through a leash the little dog (pianist) wagging tail and adoring. Music gets shape, becomes an onomatopoeic barking, then a strange solfeggio and frames from Mozart [...] The program goes on with a composition of Mario Bortolotti titled ‘Ein Spiel’ (A joke) on texts by Michael von Bibernstein, all bet on high registers with delicious lulling charme [...] Here Fabio Cifariello Ciardi comes on with ‘Altre distrazioni’ (Other distracions) for solo voice on texts of F. T. Marinetti, P. Handke and Evergreens. A very theatrical piece of pure amusement with her trying the patience and asking: ‘Is he arriving or not?’, fixing a point in front of herself. Then a rigmarole on her freedom of staying alone. Modulated words, rap poetry, reciting voice holding out of the song prepare to weave a futuristic canvas with pieces like Amado mio, Toreador, Besame mucho, while delirious words and also crumbled, crashed, assonantic, homophonic, chosen for resonating in the air, are mixed together American songs and stretch out the end with classical vocalisms. Many applause from the people [...] Closing the performance, piano and cello [Madeleine Shapiro from New York] recount together with the singer (here reciting voice) some moments of the life of San Francesco. A little mystic shiver, gentle and solemn, written in a simple language where the word becomes the third instrument conversing with the humanoid voice of the cello.” (F. A.)

From “Corriere della Sera” – July 9th 2006: Scandaletti and Piacentini, direct line with the composers of 20th century

“Duo Alterno, that is the voice of Tiziana Scandaletti and the piano of Riccardo Piacentini, is an ensemble which exists since ten years and devotes itself to a tireless work of apostleship in the music of 20th century, mostly Italian. The Duo realized four CDs, dedicated to personalities such as Maderna, Ghedini and Casella, and now it adds other two anthological CDs. So now the two harmonious artists record works by Nono and Petrassi, Corghi and Sciarrino, Morricone and Berio and many others with the clear purpose to show not only the various technics in writing music, but also the manifold cultural and expressive horizons of the ‘patrol’ of composers that have made the history of the vocal music in the last one-hundred years. To their merit is to add the philological trustworthiness that comes from the scrupulous search and study through which they perform the scores and from having a continuous direct line with the same composers, really happy to give to Duo Alterno their new creations.” (Enrico Girardi)

From “Studi piemontesi” – June 2006

Hyperactive on the side of performing [...] the Duo Alterno from Torino [...] goes on also in recording CDs and giving in large amounts its energies and engagements to promote the music of 20th century and today [... now] two important CDs dedicated to «The Italian contemporary voice» for Stradivarius [...] We liked much the first one (2005), with music by Corghi, Dallapiccola, Guaccero, Nono, Petrassi, the same Piacentini and Scelsi. In this CD we appreciated - in respect to the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti - the meticulous treatment in phrasing, the clear intonation of the pitches, the carefullness in doing tangible the hide meanings of each fragment, as well as the perfect fusion of the ensemble, thanks to the exquisite qualities of accompanistof the the composer and pianist Piacentini. Now - Spring 2006 - come out «The Italian contemporary voice - vol. 2»; going through titles and names [...] two beautiful «Twelve Songs from Piedmont» (1968/70) by Carlo Mosso [...] that Scandaletti interprets with spicy irony [...] the «Four Popular Songs» by Berio [... with the] vocal line greatly impressing [...] In «Avendo gran disio» [...] the piano range - gracefully realized and with such timbric finesse by Piacentini - jokes on a modal setting made modern through rhythmic wits scattered with great intelligence. Really agreeable also the «Ballo» on a text by Sicily, an authentic tour de force for voice and piano, like a tongue twister full of acuminate and delirious rhythmic figures that make the page so irresistible (excellent the vocal interpretation and admirable the piano virtuosity). The fine CD starts indeed with a full bodied collection from the «Epitaffi sparsi» by Morricone (1992/93), bristly and humorous pages that request a not common vocal flexibility. Scandaletti second very well their stimmung declining her voice now with decision and emphasized accents («Epitaffio degli epitaffi»), now becoming painful and nearly imperceptible in the mysterious, worrying «Tu che passando osservi». These are pages [...] full of timbric fascination and reach of inventiveness [...] musically performed with great charme and effectiveness by the excellent Duo Alterno. Irresistible the epitaph «Per anni studiò da pianista» all done on the ironic caricature of the piano study made acidulous from a double-tonality, like a crooked and cubist pseudo-Clementi. All to admire. Other scenery for the «Two Songs on Verlaine» by Maderna (1946/47) [...] with their nice allusions to the habanera rhytm, their rearings in the high positions got with sureness and decisionMore than one simple mention we have to deserve to the «Little funny scenes» by Ada Gentile (2005) or «Betty Boop's daytime», reach of effects that are now dramatical, now unreal and fantastic, really concise comic scenes (dedicated to the Duo Alterno and maybe not oblivious of the unforgettable Cathy Berberian) with linguistic and dialectal mixtures, and with a pleasant mix of various vocal emissions: from a simple speech to the pure lyricism and much other more. [...] And the collection is a true very amusing joke. It includes also quotations for instance from the little Papageno's song in the Mozart's «Flute» [...] Really compelling. Elegantly performed by the protean voice of Scandaletti to whome the multi-performer Piacentini interwines his plot. The texts, so nicely fluent, are by Sandro Cappelletto. The CD ends with a arduous and hypnotic page of Sciarrino («Ultime rose» da «Vanitas») shared by the cellist Madeleine Shapiro [...] a really precious, enjoyable and rare CD.” (Attilio Piovano)

From “Specchio” - “La Stampa” – May 16th 2006

“Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini (voice and piano), since First 20th Century to today, recount the vitality of the scripture for the voice by our composers. And they know perfectly what «theatre of sound» means (Sandro Cappelletto)

From the reviews of the students of the Haverford College (Philadelphia) for the concert of the Duo Alterno on Aprile 27th 2006

“This is the best performance I have ever heard in my life [...] Piacentini, a virtuoso pianist, has a superb and secured technique [...] Scandaletti, a diva, has a voice that reminds me of Maria Callas [...]” (see the page with all the reviews of the students of the Haverford College)

From “L'Eco di Bergamo” – 24th March 2006: The «Duo» alternates tradition and modernity

“Magic mix between popular ancient tradition and cultured contemporary music [...] Pratically known at every latitude specially for the courageus dedication to the rediscovery and valorization of the Italian vocal repertoire in 19th Century as well as in contemporary music, the clever ensemble was able to lead a docile public inside the meanders of a program fomed by so rare and unquestionably interesting pages [...] With great concord and dramatic verve the Duo Alterno coped well with the Alfredo Casella's “Favole romanesche” op. 38 [...] the caustic Ennio Morricone's “Epitaffi sparsi” [...] the intensive Giorgio Federico Ghedini's “Quattro canti su antichi testi napoletani” till the “Quattro canzoni popolari” of Ghedini's pupil Berio. Nice parenthesis also “Madrileño”, warm piano piece by the same Piacentini, and the sweet and dreamlike “Ninnananna” by Pieralberto Cattaneo from Bergamo first time performed. If Piacentini impressed for his exquisite timbrical research, Scandaletti was brilliant performer with her flexible voice [...] really soft in climbing expressively the rich timbrical and tonal range [...]” (Filippo Manini)

From “Hortus Musicus” – October-December 2005

“[... in the CD “The Italian contemporary voice - vol. I] the two perfomers of the Duo Alterno goes on their fundamental exploration of the vocality in 20th century through this very interesting selection of chamber lyrics con signed by some leading composer of the Italian avant garde: Corghi, Dallapiccola, Guaccero, Nono, Petrassi, Piacentini and Scelsi, present in the CD with a collection that reveals absolutely aesthetic qualities and variety of languages. It is, substantially, the first volume of a triptych which is entirely dedicated to the Italian contemporary repertoire, «from Dallapiccola and Petrassi upward, not forgetting the last generations and discovering a young and unknown Scelsi as well as an ‘ante litteram’ Guaccero or Corghi»: a project [...] totally indispensable just because of the absence of systhematic initiatives aimed to valorize an entire artistic civilization which found in Scandaletti and Piacentini two ‘spokespersons’ (also on the didactic side) of absolut reference for sensibility and competence and of laudable coherence in choising the repertoire and the interpretation [,,,] So we give an unconditional approval to a musicological laying able to reveal authentic precious jewells till now really little diffused [...] Authoritative the global setting up of the performance, characterized by a great elegance (sometimes with a necessary humour), by an absolut stylistic pertinence and by an inexhaustible energy of both the performers [...] the singer was totally up to the situation also thanks to the colouristic choices, fairly controlled from an extrahordinarily wide palette extended among arcane pearly sonorities (in the wonderful Nono), dense brush strokes (“Remembering you, farby Corghi) and livid and biting chiaroscuros (“Three Poemsby Dallapiccola), thanks to the wideness of the vocal spectrum (very well valorized from the high level of the recording) and the complete domination of technical means. Similarly efficacious the deep excavation, such as to approach effectively dramatic results (listen to, among the other ones, the Corghi's  lyric My hands”, or Guaccero's Gained happiness”) and also psicologically adequately defined, always supported by a research in timbre (both vocal and piano) of particular charm and suggestion, research which we think culminates in the performance of the two pieces by Nono and Piacentini, highly more complex and varicoloured in their radical sperimental conception. The CD is accompained with a rich bilingual booklet including a presentation signed by the Duo Alterno, two interviews, the texts of the performed works, an exhaustive profile of the authors.” (Claudio Bolzan)

From “Suono” – September 2005

“The CD “La voce contemporanea in Italia vol. 1” [“The Italian Contemporary Voice vol. 1”] is the first of three CDs of a wider work project intended to a proper triad  on the contemporary vocal repertoire [...] As the same performers intelligently remark, this project gives us a thoughtful journey among the great composers of our chamber lyric, from Dallapiccola to Petrassi an over, not forgetting the last generations and discouvering a young and unknown Scelsi so as an “ante litteram”  Guaccero and Corghi [...] We perfectly agree with the “bravissimi” performers on the necessity to fill the guilty gaps of a chamber vocal repertoire which, in the Italy of singing, has so precious jewels [...]” (Rocco Mancinelli)

From “Musica e Scuola” – 15th June 2005

“Duo Alterno's activity, both in concerts and CDs, goes on [...] The chances are the intense “Liriche da Tagore [Songs from Tagore]” by Franco Alfano or the beautiful “Songs” by Alfredo Casella [...] or the “Canti e Strambotti [Songs and Strambotti]” by the refined Giorgio Federico Ghedini. Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini are two interpreters specialized in this sort of repertoire [...] The Duo Alterno, sure point of reference in the view of modern and contemporary music, brings [...] all over the world [...] a literature of XXth Century which otherwise remains in the drawer.” (Michele Gioiosa)

From “La Stampa” – 19th May 2005: [...] Saffo's voice

“[...] The composer and pianist Riccardo Piacentini and the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti [...] keep on their useful rediscovery of the “Italian contemporary voice”. After the homages to Ghedini, Casella and Alfano, now the journey meets authors of the second XXth Century inspired by extrahordinary verses of Aleramo, Bertolucci, Montale, Pavese, Ungaretti, while Goffredo Petrassi yields to Saffo. Voice and piano: a repertoire dotted of masterworks, not finished, always to propose, like the quality of this CD confirms.” (Sandro Cappelletto)

From “Ópera Actual” – May 2005

“[...] great and logic ["poderosa y logica"] stylistic coherence [...] The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti offers a solid vocal line which [...] transmits all the sensuality of a extremely personal and expressive language. Riccardo Piacentini follows her lucky interpretation with an impeccable piano accompaniment which, though the evident difficulty, concentrates a great idiomatic difference and variety of registers. The good interpenetration of the two interpreters allows to know extensively a chamber language which sometimes is a bit disconcerting and unforeseeable but always extraordinarily attractive of a composer who deserves to be discovered.” (Vladimir Junyent)

From “Ópera Actual” – May 2005

“[...] great and logic [“poderosa y logica”] stylistic coherence [...] The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti offers a solid vocal line which [...] transmits all the sensuality of a extremely personal and expressive language. Riccardo Piacentini follows her lucky interpretation with an impeccable piano accompaniment which, though the evident difficulty, concentrates a great idiomatic difference and variety of registers [...]” (Vladimir Junyent)

From “la Nuova Sardegna” – 3rd May 2005: The Duo Alterno relaunches [...] the potentialities of the Italian chamber songs

“[...] nice program with songs by Italian XXth century music's leading characters, such as Alfano, Malipiero and Casella [...] and also Corghi and Berio: program which represents the result of a precious and intelligent research work [...] The Duo Alterno approached the program [...] with great sensibility, elegance and remarkable stylistic propriety [...] perfect diction and wide range of colours and inflexions gave to the interpretation a high artistic level, also thanks to the perfect harmony achieved with the pianist [...]” (Antonio Ligios)

From “Hortus Musicus” – April-June 2005

“After having approached Ghedini's and Casella's chamber vocal repertoire, the two interpreters of the Duo Alterno offer in this CD a precious “dowel” to their researches, presenting a sylloge of Alfano's songs (included two inedited pages) on Tagore's texts [...] It is beyond doubt that this proposal is of great cultural interest [...] The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist Riccardo Piacentini face this unusual repertoire with the well reknown skill and stylistical adhesion: each work is translated focalizing perfeclty the expressive potentiality of the single pieces through a dynamical care which is absolutely praiseworthy (besides a cohesion reached with the same coherence and rigorousness) [...] Piacentini [...] gives a proof of advanced elegance, sensibility and refinement. An artistic result [...] of so high level to do justice to a creative corpus which would deserve much more attentions by studiouses and performers, contributing to make less repetitive and monotonous the concert programs of our seasons [...]” (Claudio Bolzan)

From “l'Opera” – March 2005

“Well reknown for the care and philological seriousness through which since many years it devotes itself to discovering and revalueing our chamber repertoire in XXth Century, the Duo Alterno from Torino proposes a new musical path to reveal a composer which is unfortunately reknown to most people for having completed the last Puccini's masterwork. After the CDs devoted to Casella and Ghedini, now it is turn of Alfano with the proposal of fourteen chamber songs [...] Everything is made more precious through the proposal of two pieces recorded thanks to recovering inedited manuscripts [...] Describing within few lines such as a complex and sophisticated relation between Alfano's music and Tagore's texts is quite impossible [... neverthless] we can say this CD gives us an intimate Alfano, courageous and great never banal experimenter. From the voice, here warmed through the beautiful timbre of Tiziana Scandaletti, the Neapolitan composers demands a clear telling, always pressing [...] So it is not easy duty for the piano closing in upon these tails with the softness of a veil of refined sounds and exotic atmospheres: target perfectly hit by the pianist Riccardo Piacentini [...]” (Enrico Ercole)

From la Repubblica – 14th March 2005: The new Italian Lieder proposed from Duo Alterno

"[...] leading character duo, the Duo Alterno, for many years and with deserved success on the stage of contemporary music (and not only) [...] an excellent brotherhood, which is able in reviving and renewing Lieder repertoire [...]" (F. F.)

From Corriere del Teatro – December 2004

"[...] With great elegance the duo from Turin approaches Alfano’s music [...] There is an admirable timbral refinement [...] in ‘Parlami amor mio’ [Talk me, my love], which Tiziana Scandaletti highlights with real taste and appropriateness of musical accents, or in the serenade "Giorno per giorno" [Day by day] with its singing in high range and its silvery pianistic carillon realized with remarkable charm by Riccardo Piacentini. A nice CD which gives 50 minutes of intense emotion thanks to Scandaletti’s flexible voice, careful in making so expressive every secret value of the texts, so skillful in changing colors from the dramatic fiery blaze of ‘Mamma il giovane principe’ [Mother, the young prince] to the delicate rarefactions of many other pages, from the effusive passion of ‘T’amo diletto mio’ [I love you, my darling], full of quick excursions to high pitches sustained by a dense pianistic texture, to the traces of melancholy of ‘Sì, lo so’ [Yes, I know]. It is worth remarking Piacentini’s beautiful touch, diaphanous and iridescent when it is needed, but also capable of ponderous sonorities in those moments (they are many) where the instrument is perfectly and expressively symbiotic with the voice. [...] one CD that we warmly recommend to everyone loves the voice in all its energetic expressions and to everyone who likes to explore the endless universe of vocal expression [...] one CD that presupposes culture and intelligence [...]" (Attilio Piovano)

From Suono – November 2004

"[...] exceptional performers who inspired Giacomo Manzoni and Ennio Morricone among others. Tiziana Scandaletti interprets with such a musicality Alfano’s songs. The voice is soft, unfailing in her own expressive technique. The phrasing is elegant; the interpretation is particularly careful and rich in color. Riccardo Piacentini accompanies her voice at the piano respecting the melodic line and underlining all expressive shadings. [...] a refined performance that gives us one hour of emotions [...]" (Paola Raschi)

From ©arnet – November 2004

"[...] Nuova Era label [...] adds to its catalogue of CDs this Alfano’s world premiere, committed to the voice of Tiziana Scandaletti and the piano of Riccardo Piacentini, very smart duo devoted to Italian XXth Century’s repertoire [...]" (Luciana Fusi)

From Armidale News of New England, Australia – 18th October 2004

"[...] Armidale was treated to a most interesting musical feast from Duo Alterno [...] They began with the beautiful "Mamma, il giovane principe" by Franco Alfano (1919), text by Tagore. It immediately revealed Scandaletti’s capacity for dramatic intensity, the outstanding musicality of both artists and their excellent rapport. A piano solo – "Madrileno" by Piacentini (1998) was fascinating – the piano’s strings were plucked and stroked to produce delicious harmonies and a meditative mood [...] a very well-balanced program." (Inge Southcott)

From Il Globo (Italian newspaper of Australia) – 11th October 2004

"[...] maestro Riccardo Piacentini and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti [... are] refined performers of XXth Century and contemporary Italian chamber music [...] The Duo recorded a series of CDs, among which one dedicated to Franco Alfano and two to Ghedini, and a series of CDs with original compositions based on environmental sounds [...] utilizing the beautiful and expressive voice of Tiziana Scandaletti [...]"

From Suara Pembaruan of Jakarta – 7th October 2004: Duo Alterno’s musical Romance

"Duo Alterno in English means ‘alternate pair’ or ‘couple of different elements.’ This name fits perfectly to the Duo formed by the pianist Riccardo Piacentini and the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti. The mix of piano and soprano creates something very interesting, especially if you think to works written by Italian composers in 20th Century [...] The high level of maestro Riccardo’s piano performance was harmoniously molded on the extraordinary voice of Tiziana, which was skill to adapt the expression of her face to each piece she was singing [...] very fascinating Madrileño, composed and performed by the same Riccardo. In this piece inspired by Spain, which he performed alone without the voice of Tiziana, maestro was able to make something unique, continuously alternating normal sounds on the keyboard to direct sounds on the strings [...] with "Four popular Songs" the atmosphere became lighter and full of enthusiasm, the sound of Riccardo became more complicated and more dynamic as well as Tiziana’s voice, which sang opening and closing her mouth alternately, with a unique resonant effect." (ID / U-5)

From written declaration of the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi – 8th September 2004

"[...] great success of audience and press. The Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi emphasizes the great professionality and talent which the artists of Duo Alterno [Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini] showed on the occasion of their Indian tour." (Patrizia Raveggi)

From The Hindu of India – 7th September 2004: An electric experience

"[...] This recital sponsored by the Madras Musical Association [...] makes me say: "May we hear more concerts like this!". The soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist/composer Riccardo Piacentini are quite a pair. Scandaletti’s voice is light, expressive and flexible. She also has a commanding stage presence, delivers meaning, both of text and of music, with her subtle use of physical gesture. She has remarkable control throughout the vocal spectrum: an impressively commanding sound when power is needed, and a haunting intensity at the lowest possible volume levels. Riccardo Piacentini has a remarkable piano technique; and worked wonders with MMA’s new piano. [...] Four Popular Songs [by Luciano Berio...] ended the program. The last of these, a Tarantella, was a rousing finish to a very fine program. Sung in English, a Russian Lullaby by Casella was the Duo’s encore, and turned out to be a sort of lullaby for cabaret singer. Here we got our best chance of the evening to hear how singing quietly with great control can be an electric experience for the listener in the hands of a fine artist." (Randall Giles)

From The Times of India – 5th September 2004: Italians discover Tagore in music

"[...] the recent Italian concert surprised the Bangalore audience [...] The Italian musicians score for sensitively merging Tagore’s texts with the Italian format of music. It is done so effortlessly that it’s difficult to differentiate when one listens to the music [...]" (Kavitha Srinivasa)

From Asian Age of India – 4th September 2004: From Italy with love

"[...] Music-loving Bangaloreans were in for a wonderful treat on Wednesday evening. A concert [...] saw fine performances by the Italian Duo Alterno – Italian pianist Riccardo Piacentini and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti. Tiziana with her clear voice and lovely apple green ensemble, held everyone’s attention as she and maestro Riccardo took the select audience through collections from the early 20th century to the works of living composers [...]" (R.)

From Il Gazzettino – 21th April 2004: Love and death in music and poetry

"[...] an interesting trip among the experiences of the vocal art which start from Venice and touch also other shores with significant mirrors [...] The first concert [....] has been introduced by a splendid testimony of Andrea Zanzotto [...] program with many faces, built through contrasts more than affinities, was performed from Duo Alterno – Tiziana Scandaletti soprano, Riccardo Piacentini piano – two cultured artists, to whom we owe many explorations on rarely performed 20th Century music, besides to a versatile availability in interpretation [...] warm consent by the public." (Mario Messinis)

From "Torino Village" – 7th February 2004: Lost trains

"[...] Lost trains [...] Riccardo Piacentini’s music performed in a masterly manner by Milano Classica Orchestra, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi, and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti [...] CD that is a metaphor of the exhausted traveller which misses all the connections [...] the Train Museum in Bussoleno is not seen and visited as a static space but a pulsating heart of a ‘trip on musical staff’ [...]" (Cristina Chenda)

From Suono – January 2004

"[...] two very good and very launched [...] Tiziana Scandaletti and [...] Riccardo Piacentini can program a very rare chamber repertoire with music by Alfredo Casella, almost the unabridged edition for voice and piano, even with unpublished pages, and record it on a CD bound to fill a gap [...] elegant atmosphere [...] unmistakable colors [...] very delicate to find a right balance [...] among the two leading characters. In this case the aim has been well achieved plus a presence-effect that seems to throw out the event directly in our environment." (Umberto Padroni)

From Il Gazzettino – 5th November 2003: Lighting stylistic contrasts

"The third appointment of "Rovigomusica 2003" got a warm welcome [...] [In] Riccardo Piacentini’s "Rayna possentissima" for soprano and orchestra the solo voice of Tiziana Scandaletti interpreted difficult passages with rare malleability and agility, making them precious through timbrally expressed jokes. Nice effect that is created in the soft instrumental opening, developed and then played again in the whispered finale [...]" (S. T. B.)

From Il Gazzettino – 29th October 2003: Contemporary music with prestigious soloists

"The 2003 concert season at Social Theater [in Rovigo] goes on with the contemporary music to characterize a high level performance [...] [In program] the prayer "Rayna possentissima" for soprano and orchestra by Riccardo Piacentini, pianist, teacher and composer world renowned [...] two first class performers among the international view of performing and enhancing new music: flutist Roberto Fabbriciani and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti, professor of Vocal Chamber Music at "Venezze" Conservatory [...] flattering consents and appreciations [...]" (S. T. B.)

From Amadeus – August 2003:

"[...] The Duo Alterno, formed by Tiziana Scandaletti soprano and Riccardo Piacentini piano, dedicates itself to the not easy interpretative work with lucid presence and with an enthusiasm which is here necessary more than ever." (C. F.)

From The Record of Waterloo-Toronto – 27th September 2003: Italian duo offers stunning program of modern works

"[...] on Thursday at Maureen Forrester Hall the Italian composer and pianist Riccardo Piacentini and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti performed a stunning program of works by Piacentini and other notable contemporary Italian composers. Scandaletti demonstrated her totally controlled yet highly expressive vocal techniques. With her silent-film star eyes, she communicated coyness, mock shock, hints of defensive phoniness and moments of genuine sensuality in a selection called "Mano mobile clic". Written in 2001 by Piacentini, it dramatizes an Internet conversation [...] a highly witty yet sweet work [...] Factoring in the concept of a woman chatting over the ‘net allowed listeners to experience Scandaletti’s remarkable ability to pull a very high note out of the air, hit it bang-on, and do it very softly. Scandaletti can also make her voice sound like an electronic instrument, with sharp attacks and quick fade-outs [...] Pianist Piacentini and Scandaletti came into intimate contact with the audience with crystalline, mournful settings of German poets (Goethe, Rilke, Hoelderlin) by Milanese Italians [...] such as Alessandro Solbiati, Giacomo Manzoni and Fabio Vacchi. Rarely does one hear the matching of tone, color, dynamic and range which this pair has so finely honed. Piacentini’s photo-music, like that of Canadian R. Murray Schafer, creates new aural landscapes [...] his 1999 Musiche dell’aurora (Dawn Music) [...] is a wonderful, peaceful, reverent work. The astonishing duo of Piacentini and Scandaletti will be performing tomorrow [...] at the Guelph Youth Music Centre." (Colleen Johnston)

From Studi Piemontesi – June 2003: Alfredo Casella’s Songs. The new CD by Duo Alterno

"[...] The excellent CD makes it possible to appreciate in the best manner Casella’s stylistic evolution [...] One hour of music which you can listen to without pause, seduced by elegant phrasing, the play of colors and timbral reverberations obtained from the two interpreters [...] Scandaletti, encouraged from Riccardo Piacentini’s piano, careful to realize every nuance always without hanging over the melodic line, can take out a variegated and multifarious vocalism which well suits these songs [...] in the exacting cycle, "L’Adieu à la vie" written in 1915, the climax of this graceful anthology, Scandaletti reveals a rare cleverness in going through different expressions, where Casella’s writing becomes sharp, sometimes livid: her voice gets into the high regions with sureness, but without sourness, and changes itself to softness like velvet in the middle register, while the piano now intervenes with fast fragments, now with distant bell-like sounds, now with punctuations like thin stalactites, in a phantasmagoric kaleidoscope of images. Also very appreciable is the idea to insert the "Tre canzoni trecentesche op. 36" [...] The CD concludes with the cycle composed in the same year "Quattro favole romanesche op. 38" [...] The agreement between the two performers is total in this case too; so you can find a tasty "divertissement", made precious [...] through a vocal emission where charm and malicious underlinings are mixed with a practically perfect symbiosis, stylistically close to the "esprit" of Casella’s music [...]" (Attilio Piovano)

From l’Opera – July-August 2003: Alfredo Casella. Songs for soprano and piano

"[...] a very interesting CD [...] a «necklace» of little pearls threaded with intelligence and philological fairness [...] which takes us among the details of the production of a composer that made the continue stylistic search the principal characteristic of his own music. And it is just this force going across various stylistic stages that makes even more appreciable the malleability of the two performers of Duo Alterno. Riccardo Piacentini, at the piano, accompanies with total precision and with ccoloristic attention that is very rare in piano accompanists. Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano with an appreciable musicality, performs the different songs with a remarkable interpretative transport [...]" (Enrico Ercole)

From "La Stampa" – 22th June 2003: Piacentini sings to the Lost Trains

"[...] soprano Tiziana Scandaletti confirms her distinct qualities of contemporary performer and smart actress [...]" (Leonardo Osella)

From written declaration of the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles – 30th April 2003

"[...] maestro Riccardo Piacentini and soprano Tiziana Scandaletti presented an excellent program with 20th Century’s and contemporary music, choosen and performed with admirable professionalism and remarkable intelligence, exciting great interest in people and, at the end, an authentic enthusiam." (Guido Fink)

From "La Stampa" – 26th April 2003: Casella, a way to modernity. The Duo Alterno reads again the composer from La Cloche to L’adieu à la vie to Favole romanesche

"[...] Piacentini and Scandaletti have a double merit: to continue in project of making us known a rare and significant repertory and to propose it through a well measured passion, that appears to be the rightest interpretation." (Sandro Cappelletto)

From "Il Giornale" – 22th April 2003: Voice and piano for Casella’s lyrichs

"[...] One hour of music which you can listened to without pause, seduced by an elegant phrasing, a precious joke of middle dyes and timbrical reverberations obtained from the two interpreters [...] Scandaletti, encouraged from Riccardo Piacentini’s piano, careful to realize every slightest nuance always without hanging over the melodic line, can take out a variegated and multiform vocality that well suits these pages [...] Scandaletti reveals a rare cleverness in going through different expressions, where Casella’s writing becomes sharp, sometimes livid: her voice gets on the high regions with sureness, but without sourness, and changes itself to softness like velvet in the mid register, while the piano now intervents with sharpness now with far pealing, now with punctuations like thin stalactites, in a phantasmagoric kaleidoscope of imagines [...] the agreement between the two performers is perfect [...] charme and malicious underlinings are mixed with a perfect symbiosis." (Attilio Piovano)

From e-mail of the musicologist Fiamma Nicolodi on 10th April 2003

"[...] beautiful CD with Casella’s lyrichs! It is a meritorious work of which we felt the absence [...]" (Fiamma Nicolodi)

From e-mail of the musicologist Enrico Fubini on 4th April 2003

"[...] wonderful CD [...] really important also from the cultural point of view (Casella was always forgotten by the discography!) [...] very good pianist [...] very good singer [...]" (Enrico Fubini)

From "National Youth Achievement Award" of Singapore – 8th January 2003: An evening with Duo Alterno of Italy

"[...] an excellent and unusual concert of contemporary Italian music, offered by Ms. Tiziana Scandaletti and Mr. Riccardo Piacentini. Mr. Mah Bow Tan, Mininster for National Development and Chairman of the National Youth Achievement Award Advisory Board, was pleased with the turnout at the event. The residents [...] and guests clearly enjoyed the evening [...]" (James Soh)

From La Stampa – 12th September 2002: Impressionism for voice and piano

"Strange and very interesting program that one proposed from Settembre Musica at the Piccolo Regio Theater in Turin. The Duo Alterno, made up of Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini, performed four Alfredo Casella’s cycles of songs with strong intensity and passion [...] "Favole romanesche" on texts by Trilussa and "Deux chansons anciennes" show Casella’s sensibility in miniatures inspired from popular songs, while "L’adieu à la vie" written in 1915, on texts by Tagore, reveals impressive tragic sensibility [...] one of the most precious things in the 20th Century Italian chamber music which the Duo Alterno since many years cultivates with success through CDs and live performances [...] Concert full of people and smart success." (Paolo Gallarati)

From Musica e Scuola – December 2001: XXth Century and Contemporary Music

"Riccardo Piacentini, Tiziana Scandaletti [...] sacred monsters in contemporary music. Don’t you believe it? Insert the CD "Arie condizionate" ["Conditioning Air"] in the player, provide yourselves with the Sandro Cappelletto’s libretto, sit down and listen to it ... you will be able to get up only at the end of the CD. [...] performers and music capable of ravishing you. [...] Extraordinary is the voice of Tiziana Scandaletti [...] The fantasy and cleverness of the composer Piacentini is extraordinary. Tiziana Scandaletti’s voice is not only singing but drama, acting, color [...]" (Michele Gioiosa)

From il Giornale della Musica – November 2001: Photo-musics

"[...] Tiziana Scandaletti’s agile voice [...] introduces into the tissues of the well-made texts by Sandro Cappelletto an unexpected, energetic lyricism, fully merged in musical writing of today and well modulated with everything ironic and estranged that the texts suggest, as well as [...] a precious piano fragment that reveals [...] the authentic linguistic direction of the composer [Riccardo Piacentini]." (A. M.)

From “Il Piccolo” – 30 novembre 2001: Duo Alterno makes discovered the Italian Lied

“[...] the two musicians, with cleverness and passion, went through an interesting anthology of pieces composed during sixty years of Italian music [...] In the triple role of presenter, pianist and composer too, Riccardo Piacentini explained with distinguished manner the whole performance, started with neoclassic pahos and Stravinsky’s evocations of Petrassi’s ‘Two Lyrichs by Saffo’ written in 1942 to which followed Dallapiccolas’ ‘Three Poems’ written in 1949 on texts by Joyce, Michelangelo, translated with strong and incisive vocal attitude from Tiziana Scandaletti, who che ha interpreted with efficaciousness colours and dynamichs of a dodecaphonic piece. Then, with sensibility that only a deep harmony can product, the Duo performed Manzoni’s ‘Du Dunkelheit’ on Rilke’s texts and Solbiati’s ‘Hölderlin Lieder’, both dedicated to the Duo Alterno; from these pieces emerges, near to the ability of well solving the difficult vocal plot expressed from the sooprano, also Piacentini’s skill in helping the voice and lighting the accompainment through unusual pianistic flares.” (Patrizia Ferialdi)

From e-mail of the composer Azio Corghi on 5th October 2001

“[...] congratulations for “Arie condizionate”! When four excellent artists come to work together, a great CD will born: amusing and well harmonized in the various elements [...]” (Azio Corghi)

From “Novosti Nedeli” (Almaty, Kazakhstan) – September 2001: Joke of voice and music

“The first project of the cultural agreement [...] between Italy and Kazakhstan has been the concert of the Duo Alterno [...] The first concert of the Duo Alterno has been placed in the Great Hall of the Conservatory on September 20th. People has appreciated the courage of Riccardo Piacentini who put in the program [...] his compositions too. We also has believed in this. His “Madrileño” fashinates, simultaneously, for the expression and for the melody [...] The voice of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti perfectly expresses the dramatic character of Tosti's and Morricone's songs.” (Y. M.)

From “L’Eco di Bergamo” – 5th March 2001: Musical gestures and jokes of words

“[...] the well harmonized and professional Duo Alterno [...] efficacious and winning [...] the unforgettable Cathy Berberian’s “Stripsody”, carefully performed and recited by Tiziana Scandaletti [...]” (Bernardino Zappa)

From “Il Venerdì” in “la Repubblica” – 2nd March 2001: [...] the paths of the Great Music

“[...] a courageus attitude of the Duo Alterno (Tiziana Scandaletti soprano and Riccardo Piacentini pianist [...]) realizing a project with the CD recording of [all] the Sacred Works by Giorgio Federico Ghedini. In the first CD there is a beautiful and impressive “Pianto della Madonna” [...]” (Enzo Siciliano)

From “La Stampa” – 17th February 2001: «Sacred» Ghedini for voice and piano

“[...] artist of first level [...] all Ghedini’s sacred compositions for voice and piano [...] in a CD Nuova Era which proposes three unpublished works [...] The pianistic style is essential but keen on, tense, inventive [...] with the interpretation of Riccardo Piacentini, multiform “homo musicalis”: pianist, composer, organizer. Very flexible also the use of the voice that [...] goes through a continuous declamation, with sudden harshnesses, metaphisical abstractions [...] A hard vocality, very binding for the interpreters Tiziana Scandaletti [...]” (Sandro Cappelletto)

From the review “Corrente Alternata” (Turin) – January 2001: Duo Alterno at the Festival Settembre Musica 2000

“[...] wonderful concert. Performers [...] the composer Riccardo Piacentini (here in the role of pianist) and Tiziana Scandaletti, a soprano with a beautiful and unmistakable voice. [...] The Church was so full of people which underlined each piece with great applause and, finally, many times called the performers [...]” (L. T.)

From “The Sun” (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) – 15th September 2000

“A vocal recital devoted to contemporary Italian composers seems positively radical. [...] the 16 attentive folks who checked out Duo Alterno’s concert Wednesday evening at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Fine Arts Studio, opening the 17th annual “End of the Edge Performance Series”, were rewarded with dynamic performances of fascinating music. Soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist/composer Riccardo Piacentini explored the current Italian scene and vintage pieces by two giants of modern music [Luigi Dallapiccola e Luciano Berio] [...] Ennio Morricone [...] was represented by excerpts from his 1992 “Epitaffi sparsi” [...] packed with wit and kinetic energy, which the performers relished. One of the most interesting offerings was Piacentini’s “Fugitives” for voice alone, with texts by Baudelaire. The words flow in riveting, unpredictable bursts of speech, song, whispering and humming. Scandaletti revealed quite a flair in this sort of thing. It came through even more theatrically in a wild a cappella piece by Cathy Berberian [“Stripsody”...] Great fun.” (Tim Smith)

From “La Stampa” – 12th September 2000

“[... the prestigious Italian Festival] Settembre Musica opened one of its secundary chapters of the 2000 edition [...] inside a large project [...] connected to the revival of the XXth Century music from Turin [...] who, in the case of [the composer] Giorgio Federico Ghedini, finds an apostle in the clever pianist and composer Riccardo Piacentini, member of the Duo Alterno with the generous soprano Tiziana Scandaletti [...]” (Giangiorgio Satragni)

From “La Stampa” – 25th March 2000

“Riccardo Piacentini is a very active composer-pianist-performer-essayist-organizer. The Curci Editions dedicate to him a number of its new series “Campi sonori”: score and CD togheter. “Shahar” for bass flute, soprano (Tiziana Scandaletti) and digital support, is the piece written for the enviromental sounds of the Turin International Biennial of Photography. He is an eclectic and feverish talent, as it is evident in “Mal’akhim” (Angels), spiritual drama born in 1997 and realized by Rive-Gauche Concerti in cooperation with the local Institutions of Piedmont: many instrumental inventions are combined with minimal solutions, and firstly narrative and vocal solutions.” (Sandro Cappelletto)

From the daily newspaper “Otto pagine” – 12th January 2000: The Duo Alterno lights up «Music in Irpinia» - Great success for the second appointment of the International Concerts Serie

“[...] Excellent the performance of the Duo Alterno [...] Riccardo Piacentini and Tiziana Scandaletti livened a glittering concert [...] inside a path through the best works of the 20th Century [...] continuous suggestions wraped the numerous public come to the Arts Hall of the Kandinsky Academy in Avellino. Guided by clear the explanations of the maestro Piacentini, pianist and talking voice, the listeners were taken across the conceptual lines of the music of Giorgio Federico Ghedini to that one of Goffredo Petrassi, from Riccardo Giavina to Aldo Brizzi, from the same Piacentini to Maurice Ravel. With a well accepted out-of-program [...] of Luciano Berio, “Armenian Song”, from the “Folk Songs” [...] And, finally, the appointment was really enjoyable [...] for a great number of fans and not only specialists, that enthusiasticly partecipated to the seventy minutes of the intense performance. True jewels, in a stilisticly perfect performance of both the artists, [...] the performances of the “Two Lyrichs by Saffo” of Petrassi [... and] full of emotions the listening of the “Five Greek Popular Songs” of Ravel, interpreted in faultless manner. [...] The Duo Alterno awoke unanimous consents. [...]” (ca. pi.)

From the written report of the Director of The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland on 5th January 2000

“The Duo Alterno, Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini, kept a great concert at The Finnish Museum of Photography [...] The performance “Dawn Musics” and the concert were played inside the photograhic exhibition “Light” [...] The people [...] was enthusiatic of the music and the new meanings given to the photograph exhibition.” (Pirkko Siitari)

From the written report by the Director of the Department of Musicology at the University in Aarhus, Denmark, 9th November 1999

“[...] The program was Italian Contemporary Music - a very interesting program performed most convincingly in a musically competent and expressive way by the two artists. The audience was thrilled by their skill and the sympathetic and knowledgable manner in which Mr. Piacentini introduced the program. On the day after [...] the two artists lectured and performed at a 2-hours guest lecture for students and staff at the Department of Musicology. During this they analyzed charactteristic trends of the Italian Vocal Music in this century. Again it was a most interesting and impressive exprerience with several well chosen examples performed live and on CD.” (Karen Juul-Olsen)

From the written report by the Director of the IIC in Oslo, Norway, 26th October 1999

“[...] a concert of the Duo Alterno [...] to celebrate the beginning of the Italian Film Week at the Oslo's Cinemateket. In the large repertoire of the two well-known italian musicians a particular attention is [...] dedicated to the artistic search of Ennio Morricone, like composer of very famous film musics as well of refined sperimental works, which the Duo Alterno performed with cleverness and originality. The concert, in two parts, was developed through the original musics of the maestro Piacentini and the vocal interpretation of the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti, exciting in the present people a live emotion. [...] extraordinary performance [...] evident proof of the great italian musical tradition in the 20th century.” (Carlo Chiesa)

From “Il Manifesto” – 12th June 1999

“[…] with “Du Dunkelheit” (by Giacomo Manzoni), a sort of dry, post-modern Lied with Tiziana Scandaletti as the voice and Riccardo Piacentini at the piano, the concert became more intense and complex. The two musicians came back on stage at the end of the concert with a piece for solo voice, “Fugitives” on a text by Baudelaire composed over a long period by Piacentini, all based on the upper register of the singer’s full, measured voice.” (Simona Frasca)

From the daily newspaper “Roma” – 3rd  June 1999

“[…]  It is by these beautiful verses by Rainer Maria Rilke that the composer Giacomo Manzoni was inspired for his “Du Dunkelheit”, an elaborate musical score “for voice and sporadic piano sounds” written especially for Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini […] Indeed it was the performance of this duo that lent a positive connotation to part of the programme […] which closed the third edition of the festival […] “Musica Mille Mondi”. […] Manzoni’s composition, splendidly performed by Riccardo Piacentini and Tiziana Scandaletti, whose voice is the most captivating we have heard in recent times. The two artists were also the protagonists of the piece which closed the concert, “Fugitives”, […] where even the subtlest shades of the human voice and relative physiological problems are transformed into sheer emotion.” (Francesco Urbano)

 From “Vecerny Tashkent” (Uzbekistan) – 10th May 1999

“The IV International Festival of Modern Music and Theatre Ilkhom XX which has just concluded in Tashkent offered a very interesting series of concerts. Among the guests there were artists on their first visit to Tashkent and there were also […] “old friends”. The singer Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist Riccardo Piacentini of DUO ALTERNO are undoubtedly in the latter category. As they did last year, once again the artists have come to Tashkent with a programme of fine, stimulating music. […] The audience particularly appreciated their musical fable for children “7x7+7”. This piece struck listeners particularly for its extraordinary character […]” (Pietro An, translated from the Russian by Rosanna Piani Moore)

From the written report by the Chargé D’Affaires of the Italian Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 27th April 1999

"The DUO ALTERNO has performed concerts of outstanding artistic merit and has reaped great success at every appearance. The professional skills of the artists, combined with their most friendly and open manner, represent the best of Italy on every occasion.” (Giovanni Colella, Chargé D’Affaires at the Embassy)

From “Il Messaggero” - 22nd February 1999: Evenings of great music for young listeners

“[…] 7x7+7, a delightful collage of nursery rhymes, images and magnetic tape skilfully created by the composer Riccardo Piacentini and well performed by Tiziana Scandaletti.” (Luca Della Libera)

From “La Stampa” – 8th February 1999: The Duo Scandaletti-Piacentini – “Exoticism and Music” a tribute to Petrassi and Ravel’s Hebraism

“[…] different vocal manners, solutions of sound qualities, contrasting emotions. We need only recall how Scandaletti rendered the essentiality attained by the first of the “Three Poems” by Dallapiccola with those traces of sounds on the piano, or how a single line, “Ogni cosa a morte arriva” from the second Poem on a text by Michelangelo, suddenly distances itself from a sound mood passing through the air with lapidary gravity. In the “Chanson perpétuelle” by Chausson, the Duo measured up finely to the sweetness held in “Tu m’aimeras” with such a meaningful final vocal outburst. […] Scandaletti and Piacentini chose the “Cinq mélodies populaires grecques” by Ravel. With strong stage presence the soprano rendered the nuances of varied states of emotion, among which especially noteworthy was her refined performance of “Laggiù verso la chiesa”. Before the enticing “Armenian song” as an encore, warm applause greeted “Kaddisch”, the  first of the “Deux mélodies hébraiques” by Ravel, where the concentration of the Aramaic text unfolds into the diversity of the two “Amens”, the first suspended in rarefied eternity, the second set in the worldly folds of a prayer.” (Aurora Blardone)

From “La Stampa” – 7th February 1999: Soprano, piano, exoticism

“[…] two specialist performers: the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and, at the piano, Riccardo Piacentini.” (Leonardo Osella)

From the report by the Italian Consul in La Plata, Argentina, 13th January 1999

“The Duo Alterno, respecting the aims for which it was created, proposed an image-concert to a select audience, focusing on musical creations of the twentieth century. The performance was markedly innovative, a worthwhile, striking experience.” (The Italian Consul Giulio Alaimo)

From an article by the Argentinean pianist and musicologist Alicia Correas, 26th October 1998

“A few days ago, on Tuesday 6th October, at the Club Italiano, the people of  Rosario had the chance to listen to an excellent, and unusual, concert of contemporary Italian music, offered by the “Duo Alterno”: the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and the pianist-composer Riccardo Piacentini […] The artistic quality of the evening was clear from the very first notes, rendered with stylistic precision and deep feeling in the piece by Goffredo Petrassi […] followed by Mario Bortolotti, Franco Oppo, Aurelio Samorì, Cathy Berberian, Luca Lombardi and then the work of Riccardo Piacentini himself. This young composer, born in 1958, delighted us with his expressivity, the quality of his piano playing […] and informed us with warm simplicity about the features of the different works. As a composer “Fugitivas” […] and indeed “Madrileño” were a revelation of his musical talent. Scandaletti gave proof of a beautiful voice and ample range, displaying uncommon scenic presence as she moved from the intimate tone of “Como en los Sueños” by Franco Oppo […] to the dramatic mood of  “Ophelia” by Luca Lombardi, expressing a clear, though controlled, thespianism in both “Stripsody” by Cathy Berberian and in “Wow” by Morricone. In a word, delightful performers in a delightful performance.” (Alicia Correas)

From the report by the Italian Consul of Mar del Plata, Argentina

“On 5th October 1998 […]the Duo Alterno, with […] Riccardo Piacentini and […] Tiziana Scandaletti, performed at the Teatro Colón in Mar del Plata – the most prestigious in the city. The Duo Alterno presented a significant selection of works and vocal pieces from the classical repertoire of this century. The programme, characterised by the coherence of its choices, offered a type of music – contemporary works – that is quite complex for a non-specialist audience. However, thanks to the Duo’s great professionalism and uncompromising rigour, the attention of the large audience was held, stimulating their interest in cultural events of the twentieth century, which are at one and the same time contemporary and unknown, such that the listeners were led to reflect upon musical research in our time. For the city of Mar del Plata it was the first musical experience of this type and was met with truly commendable concentration and curiosity.” (Italian Consul Fabrizio Marcelli)

From “La Stampa” – 18th September 1998: Riccardo Piacentini

“Riccardo Piacentini is one of the most promising young Italian composers. He already has an impressive list of successes in Italy and abroad to his credit, especially in Australia, in Argentina, in Canada, where he has also staged his spiritual drama “Mal’akhim”, which will be performed in Turin Cathedral in December. Riccardo Piacentini is also well-known as a Piedmont artist born and bred: he is the performer – and of some pieces the composer – of an interesting compact disc of Piedmontese classical music revisited in a modern key. Piacentini at the piano is often partnered by the soprano Tiziana Scandaletti, who boasts another most worthy artistic curriculum. Their duo is called the “Duo Alterno”.” (Dada Rosso)

From “Anteprima Torino” – September 1998: All the sounds of Turin

“Riccardo Piacentini, whose teachers have included Donatoni, belongs in the grand Italian classical tradition but with a special interest in vocal music […] an untiring promoter of concerts and festivals of contemporary music, including the “Rive-Gauche” series […] In Turin there are three great singing schools […] And moreover […] Tiziana Scandaletti, who has specialised mainly in chamber music.” (Alberto Jona)

From “Manager” (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) - 8th May 1998

“… the high spot of the festival was the participation of superb performers like the Duo Alterno, made up of Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini […]”

From “The Sun” (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) – 5th May 1998

“Duo Alterno” […] soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini […], pleasant voice […]”

From a report written on headed notepaper by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Italian Embassy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan – 22nd April 1998

“Maestro Piacentini and Tiziana Scandaletti have received a warm welcome and met with great success at all their appearances.” (Giovanni Colella)

From “Il Mercoledì” – 10th December 1997: “Crava mangia ‘l muri” CD in Piedmont dialect

“An unusual, curious concert […] two musicians with a solid classical training, like Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini.” (Walter Baldasso)

From “L’Eco d’Italia” (Vancouver, Canada) – March 1997

“The 28th February saw the première of the opera “Mal’akhim” (Angels), music by Riccardo Piacentini, libretto by Gabriella Bianco, with the singer Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano […] The composer Riccardo Piacentini has a wealth of artistic successes to his credit. His works have been performed throughout Europe, in Australia and the United States […] The singers have wide, interesting experience. Tiziana Scandaletti has sung in such roles as Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Angelica in the rare edition of the baroque opera “Il Medoro” by Francesco Luzio […] Finally, an admiring thought goes to the composer, who, with commendable sense of measure, has held the action of the opera within about an hour, thus leaving the audience with the desire to return to this type of music rather than overwhelming their appetite […]” (Anna Foschi Ciampolini)

 From “Il Gazzettino” of 3rd March 1997: In Vancouver an opera about the figure of Lucifer

“The young pianist and composer Piacentini, well known in Italy and Europe, teaches Harmony and Counterpoint at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria […] Among the main performers of the opera the young soprano Tiziana Scandaletti.” (A. M. Z.)

From “Le Soleil” (Vancouver, Canada) – 2nd March 1997: A world première

“… a dazzling evening of beauty and drama […] a play of light of astonishing originality and dramatic vigour […] The music, especially of computer origin, was as fascinating as the subject of the opera […] Piacentini has talent to spare; his work is rich […] in felicitous ideas of sound and harmony […] M.lle Tiziana Scandaletti has an enchanting soprano voice, of absolute purity, guided by a strong, sensitive spirit. She truly suffered before us; she even succeeded in making us believe in the legend […]” (Nigel Barbour)


  DUO ALTERNO's activity in 2011 and next appointments.


DUO ALTERNO all over the world:

Argentina (1998),
Australia (2004, 2008, 2010),
Austria (2007),
Belgium (2002, 2005),

Brazil (2012),
Canada (1997, 2003, 2008, 2009),
China (2002, 2007, 2008, 2010),
Corea (2001),
Czech Republic (2009, 2010),

Denmark (1999, 2008),
Ethiopia (2010),
Finland (1998, 1999, 2010),

France (2001, 2010),
Germany (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012),
Holland (2005),
Hong Kong (2011),
India (2004),
Indonesia (2001, 2004),

Japan (2006, 2007),
Kazakhstan (2001),
Latvia (2009),
Lituania (2009),

Macedonia (2003),
Malta (2011),
Mongolia (2007, 2010),

Norway (1999, 2002),
Peru (2012),
Poland (2011),
Russia (2005, 2009),
Serbia (2008, 2010),
Singapore (2001, 2002, 2003, 2010),
Spain (2011, 2012)

Sweden (1999, 2008),
Turkey (2005),
Ukraine (2009),
United Kingdom (2001),

USA (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010),
Uzbekistan (1998, 1999).

You will find a whole catalogue in the following pdf file linked to the animated gif.


The DUO ALTERNO has made recordings on:

Curci label, Milan (1 CD with the world première of Du Dunkelheit by Giacomo Manzoni, dedicated to DUO ALTERNO, Milan 1998);

Nuova Era label, Turin (4 CDs with Giorgio Federico Ghedini • Sacred works, Torino 2000; Giorgio Federico Ghedini - Canti e strambotti, Torino2001; Alfredo Casella - Liriche, Torino 2002; Franco Alfano - Liriche da Tagore, Torino 2003);

Stradivarius label, Milan (4 CDs with Duo Alterno - La voce contemporanea in Italia - 1st CD, 2nd CD, 3rd CD, 4th CD, 5th CD, Milan 2005-2006-2007-2009-2011).

Stradivarius label, Milan (La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e serenate del '900, Milan 2010).

Other CDs (1999-2004) with “foto-musica con foto-suoni”®: enviromental sounds for the 8th and 9th Biennial International of Photography in Turin (Musiche dell'aurora , Shahar and Arie condizionate), for the Train Museum in Bussoleno (Treni persi), for the mines in Traversella (Mina miniera mia) and the Royal Castle in Venaria Reale (Musiche della Reggia di Venaria Reale).

You will find a whole catalogue, including numerous collaborations with other artists, in the following pdf file linked to the animated gif.


• American beauty (Songs of last hundred of years, from Ives to Cage, to today)

• Besides Futurism (from Futurism to Cathy and over)

Ennio Morricone: Epitaffi sparsi (the complete work with preludes and postludes dedicated to the Duo Alterno)

French melody and Italian chamber lyric (great French and Italian composers between XIXth and XX Century)

• From Cabaret to Musical (Schoenberg's Brettlieder and Weill's and Gerchwin's Songs)

From telescope to telegraph, to fotomusica (1609 – 1909 – 2009: concert performance with video-projections, set in Guglielmo Marconi's lounge)

Italian dialects at concert (popular and cultured together)

• Italian journey (from Turin to Venice, Bologna, Florence, Pescara, Rome, Naples, Palermo...)

Love songs from Italy (the best love songs by Donizetti, Tosti, Berio, Ferrero, Vacchi, Battistelli)

• Lyrics and songs of the first Italian XXth Century (Puccini, Tosti, Alfano, Ghedini, Casella...)

Musica fabulosa (from Mahler to Busoni, Respighi, Malipiero...)

• New Lieder from Italy (recent Italian contemporary music in German language)

• “Photo-music with photo-sounds": multimedial appointment (poetics for the environment)

• Songs and Gestures in a musical space (from Berio's Quattro canzoni popolari to Bussotti's Lachrimae)

• The Crepuscolar Voice (XXth century Nocturnes and Serenades)

• The Italian Contemporary Voice (Italian vocal contemporaneities, from Berio, Dallapiccola, Maderna, Manzoni, Morricone, Petrassi... to the last generations)

• 7x7+7. Eight nursery rhymes fro voice of mummy (interactive performance for children)

the program The Italian Contemporary Voice was often performed together with the homonymous master-class (as you can read in Concerts and master-classes).

You will find a whole catalogue of works in Duo Alterno's repertoire inside the following pdf file linked to the animated gif.

Photo by Elio Sivera © 2008

Rive-Gauche Concerti

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