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Opera Session: Piano Transcriptions from Italian Opera - Donizetti, Puccini, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi et al. / Giacomo di Tollo, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Giacomo di Tollo's new CD, released on Andromeda, is a paean to both Italian opera of the 19th c. and to the glorious romantic tradition of piano transcription and virtuosity that grew up simultaneously with the technological advancements in piano construction across the century. Mr. di Tollo's choice of repertoire, obscure works or otherwise, intrigues and delights in its insistence on broadening and deepening our contemporary knowledge and listening enjoyment of a nearly lost yet proud and insightful art form.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Di Tollo was born in Italy in 1981 and earned both his Bachelor and Master Degree cum laude in Computer Science Economics at University G. D'Annunzio. He has also written extensively on the subject and, from what is heard here, is a fairly competent pianist.


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