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Sara Mingardo (contralto), Aldo Orvieto (piano) & Carlo Lazari (violin)
Sara Mingardo is that rare bird, the true contralto, and has just won the prestigious Premio Abbiati 2010 as best Italian singer.
Here she interprets works by Respighi that date from 1869 and 1914, and as such are often underestimated by critics and audiences, as pieces that anticipate Respighi’s successful creative period. The first nine pieces are very short, with lyrics by Ada Negri and Carlo Zangarini. In addition, ‘Pietà ti prenda, mio Dio’, is a transcription for voice, violin and piano from St Matthew Passion, a paraphrase of Psalm 51.
Sara Mingardo studied in her hometown Venice at the Academy Benedetto Marcello and first came to prominence by winning the Giulietta Simionato Prize at the 23rd Vienna Competition and the first prize at the Competition Toti dal Monte in 1987. Today Sara is an established figure in concert halls and opera houses in repertoire from Vivaldi to Britten. Her recent appearances at Covent Garden in Tamerlano, production by Graham Vick, marked her debut with The Royal Opera. She has already performed in the Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls and has established a relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearing on their recordings of Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C, The Trojans and Beatrice & Benedict.
“Sara Mingardo is a shining exception, and the Venetian demonstrates with every performance the contralto beauties that the musical world is missing. Her voice is velvety smooth and beguilingly sensual, and she has a technique capable of tackling the most florid Baroque arias with grace.” The Times
“In these songs we get the full measure of [Mingardo's fluency and upper reaches] and also the dramatic quality inherent in voices of such depth when guided, as this is, by a strongly emotional imagination.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010
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Wild About Liszt
Scherzo in F Sharp Major, Op. 16, No. 2
Grande Polonaise Op. 22
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16
Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)
Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)
Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)
Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Fantasy & Fugue in G minor (J S Bach BWV542) for piano, S463
Symphony No. 1 (after Beethoven): excerpt
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera
Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)
Mes joies – Nocturne d'après un chant polonais de Fr. Chopin, S480/5bis
Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer S440
Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 5 'La Chasse'
Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'
Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 2
Polonaise No. 2 in E major, S223 No. 2
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144
Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3
Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2
Etude de concert No. 2 in F minor
Transcendental Study, S139 No. 3 'Paysage'
Transcendental Study, S139 No. 2 in A minor
Transcendental Study, S139 No. 9 'Ricordanza'
Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'
Larghetto from the Piano Concerto No. 2 (after Chopin)
- 'Liszt the Poet' July 26, 1986
- 'Liszt the Transcriber' July 28, 1986
- Documentary on 'Wynyard' and Liszt July 24 - 28, 1986
- 'Liszt the Virtuoso' July 30, 1986
- 'An Evening with Earl Wild' BBC-TV September 21, 1974
- CBS-TV Sunday Morning with Earl Wild 198
- Dutch TV interview with Earl Wild on the occasion of his 90th Birthday Concert in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw September 25, 2005
- Earl Wild speaking to the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, November 6, 2003
- Mannes School International Keyboard Festival interview with Earl Wild - moderator Donald Manildi July 20, 2003 NYC
- John Amis on BBC's 'Talking About Music' with guest Earl Wild 1986
- Sharon Eisenhour interviews Earl Wild on WUHY Philadelphia July, 1982
“Wild is a major pianist whose modesty has partly concealed what these two DVDs reveal: he is a staggering Liszt interpreter, and here we have many hours of his playing and talking. Unfortunately the discs are extraordinarily confusingly laid out.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008 ***
“Earl Wild (born 1915) is the last great representative of those pianists directly influenced by the playing of Rachmaninov and Hoffman: he has an all-encompassing repertoire; he composes; he transcribes; he has one of the finest mechanisms in history; he produces some of the most beautiful sounds you will ever hear from the piano (as he says himself, he was brought up to play as though every member of the audience were blind).
Among history's very greatest Liszt pianists, he is heard here in no fewer than three fulllength Liszt recitals. They were recorded before an audience over three evenings in July 1986 at Wynyard, the ancestral home of the Ninth Marquess of Londonderry, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Liszt.
'Liszt the Poet' includes the Ballade No 2, a wonderfully proportioned Dante Sonata, Funérailles and Mephisto Waltz No 1 with Wild's own and (in my opinion) much improved ending; 'Liszt the Transcriber' has 'hyphenated' Bach, Verdi, Schumann, Chopin, Paganini (stunning) and the Beethoven-Liszt Symphony No 1; 'Liszt the Virtuoso' is dominated by the B minor Sonata. Though not professionally filmed, the sound recording is quite acceptable while the picture quality is second generation video. There is also an enjoyable, homespun documentary of Wild's visit to Wynyard, the tour of the jaw-dropping estate and its immense house (boasting its own organ and played briefly by the pianist) conducted by the piano-loving Marquess himself.
On the second DVD is a 1974 BBC recital/ interview with the much-missed Robin Ray who elicits the memorable quote that 'the difference between playing a piece like the d'Albert Scherzo and, say, Beethoven Op 111 is that in the d'Albert you are a decorator; in the Beethoven you are an architect. A pianist should be able to be both.' There's an interview on the occasion of Wild's 90th birthday concert at the Concertgebouw and an additional 124 minutes of audio features: Wild lecturing (with some wickedly funny anecdotes) in 2003, interviewed by John Amis for the BBC in 1986 and Sharon Eisenhour for Philadelphia's WUHY station in 1982. What a cornucopia!” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Nelly Miricioiu: Live at Wigmore Hall
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