Fano - Piano Sonata, 4 Fantasies
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95353
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th May 2016
The works on this album date from over 60 years earlier, and they overflow with intense Lisztian expression. The four Fantasies of 1896 begin with a dreamy rhapsody, marked Adagio con intimo sentimento. A lovely song without words in the Mendelssohn style is followed by a richly chromatic intermezzo, well worthy of his teacher Busoni and infused with fin‐de-siècle nostalgia. There is a final, impetuously driven Capriccio to conclude the set. Dating from three years later, the Sonata is more ambitious in form and harmony, containing much dense polyphony which again calls to mind Busoni’s example; so do the myriad effects of timbre and colour which are remarkably advanced for a composer still in his 20s.
Pietro De Maria is rapidly making a name for himself in his native Italy, with a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Ligeti and including the complete works of Chopin in concert. Recent recordings include not only this Brilliant Classics recording but the second book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and Beethoven’s cello sonatas with Enrico.
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