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Francesco Piemontesi|Liszt: Années de pèlerinage I "Suisse", Légende No. 2

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage I "Suisse", Légende No. 2

Francesco Piemontesi

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The church bells that he heard aged four, walking in the streets of Zurich with his parents, were the point of departure for the young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi who still remembers this moment as a shock that violently brought home the power of music. The sonic beauty and harmonic richness in the tolling of the bells set something off in his unconscious, sparking a lifelong quest for the timbres and sonorities that he is so deft at bringing to life on his piano. At the age of five, he tried to reproduce the sound of the bells on a little toy piano; at twelve, he played Grieg's Concerto in A Minor and started to perform in public. But two years later he became aware of the limits of his technical abilities and also of the strange tensions wracking his body. His encounter with the pianist Cécile Ousset was decisive. He re-learned his entire technique and turned to face his career with renewed confidence. Just like in a fairy tale, one day he received a letter from Alfred Brendel who had heard him by chance on the radio, and asked to work with him. After spending a whole hour on the first lines of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto, the young man would work on his whole repertoire with the great master, whom he would regularly visit in London. Later Murray Perahia would teach him the structures of a work, so he could build his own interpretations. Today, Francesco Piemontesi has become a master in his own right, playing all over the world with the greatest orchestras; he was also the musical director of the Ascona Music Weeks, where he heard all the greatest pianists of his youth. The Ticinese worked for a long time with Brendel to bring his Liszt to maturity, which allowed him to offer up this fine recording of the Première Année de pèlerinage, dedicated to his native Switzerland, which he knows so well. This new recording doesn't conjure up an image of Piemontesi as the superficial virtuoso, but rather of Liszt as a great creator of innovative harmonies, who would have so much influence on the generations that followed him. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 "Suisse" (Franz Liszt)

1
No. 1. La chapelle de Guillaume Tell (The Chapel of William Tell)
00:05:39

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

2
No. 2. Au lac de Wallenstadt (At the Lake of Wallenstadt)
00:03:24

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

3
No. 3. Pastorale (Pastoral)
00:01:29

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

4
No. 4. Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring)
00:03:48

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

5
No. 5. Orage (Storm)
00:04:12

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

6
No. 6. Vallée d'Obermann (Valley of Obermann)
00:12:42

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

7
No. 7. Eglogue (Eclogue)
00:03:13

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

8
No. 8. Le mal du pays (Homesickness)
00:05:55

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

9
No. 9. Les cloches de Genève (The Bells of Geneva)
00:06:38

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

2 Légendes, S. 175 (Franz Liszt)

10
2 Légendes, S175/R17: No. 2. St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots
00:08:13

Franz Liszt, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

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The church bells that he heard aged four, walking in the streets of Zurich with his parents, were the point of departure for the young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi who still remembers this moment as a shock that violently brought home the power of music. The sonic beauty and harmonic richness in the tolling of the bells set something off in his unconscious, sparking a lifelong quest for the timbres and sonorities that he is so deft at bringing to life on his piano. At the age of five, he tried to reproduce the sound of the bells on a little toy piano; at twelve, he played Grieg's Concerto in A Minor and started to perform in public. But two years later he became aware of the limits of his technical abilities and also of the strange tensions wracking his body. His encounter with the pianist Cécile Ousset was decisive. He re-learned his entire technique and turned to face his career with renewed confidence. Just like in a fairy tale, one day he received a letter from Alfred Brendel who had heard him by chance on the radio, and asked to work with him. After spending a whole hour on the first lines of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto, the young man would work on his whole repertoire with the great master, whom he would regularly visit in London. Later Murray Perahia would teach him the structures of a work, so he could build his own interpretations. Today, Francesco Piemontesi has become a master in his own right, playing all over the world with the greatest orchestras; he was also the musical director of the Ascona Music Weeks, where he heard all the greatest pianists of his youth. The Ticinese worked for a long time with Brendel to bring his Liszt to maturity, which allowed him to offer up this fine recording of the Première Année de pèlerinage, dedicated to his native Switzerland, which he knows so well. This new recording doesn't conjure up an image of Piemontesi as the superficial virtuoso, but rather of Liszt as a great creator of innovative harmonies, who would have so much influence on the generations that followed him. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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