- Roberto Cappello (Piano)
Notes & Reviews:
Busoni's monumental Piano Concerto was completed in 1904 and remains the longest piano concerto to have been heard in public. He thought of the work as his 'Italian Symphony' but this Concerto for piano, orchestra and male chorus is an unclassifiable product, and an extraordinary synthesis of Austro-German and Italian impulses. In its virtuosity and lyricism it is one of the most remarkable works in the repertoire, making use in its final movement of the 'Hymn to Allah', from Adam Oehlenschläger's play Aladdin. Roberto Cappello triumphed at the Premio Busoni competition in 1976 and is a leading international soloist.
"It takes a while to come into focus, and only really gets into its stride in the gigantic central movement. From then on, though, it begins to exert a real spell; Busoni's music often seems lacking a flavour of its own, but the final 20 minutes of the concerto are really unlike anything else I know." -The Guardian
Dohnßnyi (Telarc), better sound and a less pretentious intentions, which is the true enemy of this magnificent work. Of Cappello and La Vecchia is, for now, the most paladeada of tempi, which recreates more details (great in the Prologue, with Wagner in the shade, and the imaginative direction of La Vecchia in both Pezzo) and spare you a point of impact, but this music seems to take it as a quality more If you do not know this music, this is a good opportunity to spend an afternoon listening to a single concert for piano.
The present disc features the rarely recorded Italian pianist Roberto Cappello in a truly spectacular display of the challenging amalgam of power, energy and nobility the score demands. Balances in this production are straightforward, emphasizing the elaborate piano writing with a judicious mixing of the orchestra. The Rome Symphony Orchestra proves itself a proficient partner ... at this price one need not be too picky and the soloist is indeed truly magnificent. Thank you Naxos for making this awesome leviathan of a concerto more widely available.
... very fine by any criteria, from the intensity of its opening (in which the piano is not introduced) to the affirmative conviction of its triumphant conclusion. The best thing about this performance is the interplay between soloist and orchestra: Cappello and La Vecchia have excellent rapport and a fine sense of the times when the piano should be front-and-center, those when it should be relegated to the background, and those in which it and the orchestra should be as much in balance as possible. Listeners will find much to enjoy in this impressive recording...
Recording information: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (03/08/2009-03/09/2009).
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Works DetailsBusoni, Ferruccio : Piano Concerto, for piano & orchestra with male chorus in C major, Op. 39, KiV 247
- Performer: Roberto Cappello (Piano)
- Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
- Ensemble: Marenzio Chorale
- Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (03/08/2009-03/09/2009)
- Running Time: 79 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Concerto