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GHEDINI, G.F.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 2 (Bianchi)

Composer(s):Ghedini, Giorgio Federico
Artist(s) Bianchi, Massimo Giuseppe, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572330
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


This second of Naxos’s two-disc survey of Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s complete piano music includes his largest-scale work for solo piano, the 1922 Sonata, an intimate and harmonically complex piece which emphasizes pianistic colour. The Fantasia, Divertimento contrappuntistico and Capriccio are dazzling virtuoso showpieces while the Ricercare, a work of sorrowful and contemplative mystery that the composer began during Word War II, is notable for its spare, lean textures. The composer’s daughter, Maria Grazia Ghedini, writes of these recordings: “As I listened to these pieces being played by Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, I was reminded of something my father once said: ‘This is my credo: music is not a passing everlasting…As society becomes ever more technical, there is a great need for genuine sentiment, which is why music too must be animated, at its core, by a dramatic, romantic impulse…only thus can all its magic be conveyed.’” Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8.572329.

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Review By Robert R. Reilly,Catholic News Agency,July 2011

At the end of last year, I was happy to announce the release of Vol. 1 [8.572329] in the Naxos survey of the complete piano music of Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892&–1965), beautifully played by Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi. Ghedini is one of the unsung geniuses of Italian 20th-century music. Naxos has now issued the second and final volume of the piano music. All the works on this CD are from Ghedini’s maturity and therefore even richer than the youthful, charming pieces in Vol. 1. Five of the eight works presented here are world-premiere recordings, including the substantial Sonata in A flat major. The music is instantly appealing and full of character. Buy this CD for its own sake, but also to

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Review By Barry Brenesal ,Fanfare,May 2011

Listeners who have heard Ghedini’s best-known composition, Concerto dell’Albatro, will have some sense of what to expect: an unpredictability of melodic and harmonic direction, a use of contrapuntal procedures as binding and rhythmic elements in place of development, and an intensity in which all elements of the music contribute to a raptly visionary expressiveness. These pieces both embrace and flesh out that impression.

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