Petrassi, Dallapiccola: Complete Piano Works Andrea Molteni

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Label: Piano Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Andrea Molteni

Composer: Goffedro Petrassi (1904–2003), Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Goffedro Petrassi (1904 - 2003): Partita:
  • 1Partita: I. Preludio. Allegro02:26
  • 2Partita: II. Aria. Calmo con dolcezza02:53
  • 3Partita: III. Gavotta. Moderato01:23
  • 4Partita: IV. Giga. Vivace01:45
  • Toccata:
  • 5Toccata: I. Adagio - Più mosso - Più lento - Presto - Adagio - Lento06:53
  • Piccola invenzione:
  • 6Piccola invenzione: I. Andantino00:53
  • Invenzioni:
  • 7Invenzioni: I. Presto volante - Poco meno - Presto01:18
  • 8Invenzioni: II. Moderato - Più presto, quasi allegro02:47
  • 9Invenzioni: III. Presto, leggero01:43
  • 10Invenzioni: IV. Moderatamente mosso, scorrevole - Moderato02:46
  • 11Invenzioni: V. Andantino, non molto mosso e sereno - Calmo - Mosso04:00
  • 12Invenzioni: VI. Tranquillo02:36
  • 13Invenzioni: VII. Scorrevole02:40
  • 14Invenzioni: VIII. Allegretto e grazioso02:18
  • Petit piece:
  • 15Petit piece: I. Allegretto e grazioso, con spirito01:46
  • Oh les beaux jours!:
  • 16Oh les beaux jours!: I. Bagatelle. Andantino, un poco mosso - Allegretto pesante03:21
  • Le petit chat:
  • 17Le petit chat: I. Allegro - Vivace leggerissimo - Presto03:26
  • Luigi Dallapiccola (1904 - 1975): Sonatina canonica su "capricci" di Niccolò Paganini:
  • 18Sonatina canonica su "capricci" di Niccolò Paganini: I. Allegro Comodo - Allegro molto misurato - I. Tempo03:41
  • 19Sonatina canonica su "capricci" di Niccolò Paganini: II. Largo - Vivacissimo - Largo01:57
  • 20Sonatina canonica su "capricci" di Niccolò Paganini: III. Andante sostenuto02:26
  • 21Sonatina canonica su "capricci" di Niccolò Paganini: IV. Alla marcia. Moderato02:12
  • Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia:
  • 22Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia: I. Angoscioso04:29
  • 23Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia: II. Ostinato03:51
  • 24Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia: III. Sereno04:59
  • Quaderno musicale di Annalibera:
  • 25Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: I. Simbolo03:23
  • 26Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: II. Accenti00:33
  • 27Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: III. Contrapunctus primus01:09
  • 28Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: IV. Linee00:44
  • 29Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: V. Contrapunctus secundus00:23
  • 30Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: VI. Fregi01:18
  • 31Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: VII. Andantino amoroso e contrapunctus tertius00:58
  • 32Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: VIII. Ritmi01:14
  • 33Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: IX. Colore00:59
  • 34Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: X. Ombre01:49
  • 35Quaderno musicale di Annalibera: XI. Quartina01:37
  • Total Runtime01:22:36

Info for Petrassi, Dallapiccola: Complete Piano Works

An unusual perspective on two luminaries of the Italian avant-garde, full of high spirits and neoclassical elegance.

The strident conviction of Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003) his seven postwar Concertos for Orchestra could hardly be anticipated from the fluent pastiche of his piano Partita, composed in 1926. The Baroque titles of the four movements introduce a disarming simplicity of expression, whose dominant strains are the Classicism of Mozart and Beethoven. Even the more exploratory harmonies of the Toccata (1933) are couched in an idiom of gentle introspection – a far cry from the contemporary toccatas of Bartok and Prokofiev, for example – and an escapist, playful spirit courses through the seven Inventions of 1944.

Extant surveys of Petrassi’s piano music end there, whereas Andrea Molteni adds three further, attractive miniatures: a mischievous Petit Piece of 1950 and then the two movements of Oh Les Beaux Jours! (1976), which rework material from the early 1940s including an unfinished Divertimento Scarlattiano. Unexpected this may be, for all but the most devoted student of Petrassi, but Andrea Molteni brings out the most attractive and witty features of his piano writing.

Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975) was, if anything, an even keener student of Baroque music than Petrassi, and blessed with a more subversive wit: in one of his most famous works, the Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1951-2) he fashions a dodecaphonic sequence on Bach’s name (B.A.C.H). Twelve-tone counterpoint should be a contradiction in terms, but that would underestimate Dallapiccola’s powers of technique and invention, which create a genuine homage in the spirit of his own time.

Before that, Andrea Molteni presents two further works in a haunting neoclassical vein: a ‘Canonic Sonata’ based on Paganini’s Capricci for solo violin, and a set of three ‘Episodes’ drawn from his ballet Marsia, by turns anguished and serene in mood. The coupling of these works is unique on record, but perfectly natural; Andrea Molteni’s performances enjoy the ring of authenticity; he was taught by William Grant Naborè, who was himself a student of Petrassi, and the booklet features an engaging interview between pupil and teacher.

Goffredo Petrassi was an Italian composer and pedagogue. After his graduation he joined the composition faculty for advanced studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, a post he held from 1960 to 1978. His numerous students include Peter Maxwell Davies and Ennio Morricone.

Petrassi’s early works have a neoclassical bias, similar to the neoclassical style of composers like Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, and Paul Hindemith. However, he later set off on a completely independent path that led him to remarkable experiments in atonal abstractionism.

Luigi Dallapiccola was an Italian composer and pianist, whose works have an intense lyricism and spiritual idealism. He was the first composer in Italy to use dodecaphony in his compositions. Today, Dallapiccola’s music is widely recognized as one of the milestones of the Italian 20th century music. His dodecaphonic journey, derived from a profound spiritual research, is evident in his two one-act operas, “Volo di Notte” and “Il Prigioniero”.

Luigi Dallapiccola dedicated a modest share of his compositions to the piano; his constant quest for perfection and his extreme attention to the smallest details limited him from writing more than three pieces for this instrument.

This double album set marks the debut of Andrea Molteni, one of the most talented young Italian pianists of his generation. Molteni enjoys the artistic guidance of William Grant Naboré and Stanislav Ioudenitch under the auspices of the prestigious International Lake Como Piano Academy. Molteni’s mentors also include Arie Vardi, Pavel Gililov, Piotr Paleczny, Vladimir Feltsman, Christopher O’Riley, Vovka Ashkenazy, Mario Patuzzi and Vincenzo Balzani. He is prize winner of several international competitions and gave concerts in the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Scriabin Museum in Moscow, Concert Hall of Chopin Music University in Warsaw and many more.

Andrea Molteni, piano

Andrea Molteni
An exciting young Italian piano talent, the 22-year-old Andrea Molteni is developing his international profile with regular appearances in the US, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, China, and Singapore.

As a student at the prestigious International Lake Como Piano Academy, Mr. Molteni enjoys the artistic guidance of William Grant Naboré. In 2020, he was awarded a Master's degree Magna cum Laude in Advanced Performance Studies by the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and became a Como Fellow at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with world famous professors such as Stanislav Ioudenitch and Dang Thai Son. After he graduated with top marks, honors and honorable mention with Mario Patuzzi, Mr. Molteni took part in various masterclass with Arie Vardi, Pavel Gililov, Piotr Paleczny, Vladimir Feltsman, Christopher O’Riley, Peter Frankl, Katherine Chi, Vovka Ashkenazy and Vincenzo Balzani.

At the age of 15, Mr. Molteni received a special scholarship of Cercle Wagner Association in France, which allowed him to participate at the Bayreuth Festival celebrating the 200thanniversary of Richard Wagner, as well as to perform a series of concerts in Nice, Menton, Cannes, and Monte Carlo. In the same year, Mr. Molteni formed a youth orchestra, “L’Orchestra del Lago”, which he conducted and played with.

Since then he has played at the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Scriabin Museum in Moscow, Concert Hall of Chopin Music University in Warsaw, Chinese Cultural Center in Singapore, National Opera Center in New York, Werner Recital Hall of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and other venues around the world.

Mr. Molteni regularly performs with orchestras, such as Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi, Orchestra Filarmonica Mihail Johra di Bacau in Romania, and Orchestra of the Costa Rica University.

For his upcoming projects, Mr. Molteni focuses on works by Bach, Scarlatti, as well as of lesser known baroque, classical and 20th century Italian composers.

Prizewinner of numerous national and international competitions, he is particularly proud to have received the Grand Prix of the Piano Talents International Competition in Milan (2018) and the second prize at the International Piano Competition “Cesar Franck” in Brussels (2016).

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