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Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973): Piano Works, incl. Poemetti Lunari; Preludi autunnali (1909-1921) / Rira Lim, piano

Album Summary

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Cavalcate (Rides), for piano
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Poemetti lunari for piano
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Preludi autunnali, for piano
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Danze antiche (3) (Three Old Dances), for piano
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Risonanze, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero, despite considering the piano his 'strange enemy', created a highly individual body of works for the instrument, exploring its most beautiful sonorities. These five contrasting early collections range from the deliberately archaic idiom of the Tre danze antiche to the quirky humor of the Cavalcate ('Rides' on a donkey, a camel and a fiery charger), via the resonating bell-sounds of Risonanze and the gentle autumnal melancholy of the Preludi autunnali. The powerful Poemetti lunari, a struggle between a world of radiant beauty and forces bent on its destruction, are regarded as Malipiero's first truly personal creation.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
On Rira Lim's nicely-played recital are two minor first recordings, Calvalcate (Rides) and Tre Danze Antiche (Three Ancient Dances); also included are Poemetti Lunari (Lunar Poems), Risonanze (Resonances), and Prelude Autunnali (Autumn Preludes). One highpoint is the third movement of the last-named set, marked "Lento Triste". Here Malipiero's aching, gorgeous chords shimmer with a kind of magical poignancy, reverberating deep into the darkness like moonlight on still waters. It's for moments like these that I return to this music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012).



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Works Details

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Cavalcate (Rides), for piano
  • Performer: Rira Lim (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Poemetti lunari for piano
  • Performer: Rira Lim (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Preludi autunnali, for piano
  • Performer: Rira Lim (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Danze antiche (3) (Three Old Dances), for piano
  • Performer: Rira Lim (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Risonanze, for piano
  • Performer: Rira Lim (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA (10/09/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918