Two Piano Discoveries of the Day.


First is by Marco Stroppa from Traiettoria (for piano and electronics) – I found Part I (below), but the whole piece is quite interesting (from this record). Second is an obscure 18th century Venetian composer of opera buffa Baldassare Galuppi whose piano piece I also found strangely encouraging.

2 thoughts on “Two Piano Discoveries of the Day.

  1. The Stroppa is a ravishingly gorgeous piece, and the sense of the rests is stronger than I’ve ever experienced before in a piece–which doesn’t mean the sounds are ever ugly either, when they become more dense. But the miracle is that you really can literally rest in those rests in the first long part of the piece, and the sounds are all very lisse and glinting.

    The Galuppi is perfectly pleasant, but primarily because of whose playing it–there’s never been a more ‘raffinement’ pianist than Michelangeli. The first movement begins to languish even in those hands, as it is like an endless music box. The second and third are briefer and crisper, but he makes it all sound good. OTOH, I’d prefer to hear him play stronger music, and do love his Chopin and Debussy. This piece, though, ought never to be played again, as it can’t mean anything after you’ve heard the exquisite miracles he performs with each phrase here. He totally exhausted the piece in this performance. The guy was really something.

    • Agreed on both counts.

      Galuppi’s not anything exciting, of course – I hate these sorts of essays/people that always begin their arguments with “Today no one ever heard of Galuppi, but in his time he was very popular etc etc” – composers become obscure for a reason (unless it’s Meyerbeer, that was all Wagner’s fault), but this performance was really something. You’re right, I’d even say if Michelangeli was doing scales for 10 mins, it would still be worth my time on some level.

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