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Compared

Giacometti released his latest CD called Compared. It is a double CD that contains two times the exact same pieces. One played a modern Steinway grandpiano, the other one on a historical Erard. This Channel Classics CD is a unique product where the listener gets the chance two compare two different 'soundworlds'. 


Giacometti: "This recording raised the same questrion as all previuos ones: should I use an authentic or a modern piano? At home I have a Steinway, on which I learnt to play, and it is a wondeful instrument. When I was about twenty I was fortunate enough to get to know authentic instruments: romantic grand pianos by Érard and Pleyel and older ones by Graf, Streicher etc.

This was a new world of timbres and expressive potential. Naturally, I took the inspiration and revelations provided by these instruments to the modern grans piano. A stimulating cross-fertilisation of expressive and interpretative possibilities was the result. In this way it became increasingly natural for me to play the same repertoire on both old en new instruments.

In my desire to share this fascinating cross-fertilisation  with others, I found the answer to the above question: a double CD with the same works on authentic and new instruments. This is particularly interesting in the case of Ravel, since the two types of instrument not only existed, but were actually used by him."

 

02 November 2014 15:00
Duo Recital Pieter Wispelwey & Paolo Giacometti
Ruinekerk in Bergen (NH)

Pieter Wispelwey behoort tot de eerste generatie cellisten die zowel de moderne als de barokcello meester is. Met zijn gevoel voor stijl, gecombineerd met zijn eigen authentieke interpretatie en een fenomenale techniek won hij de harten van vele recensenten en publiek. Zijn repertoire reikt van Bach tot Schnittke, Elliot Carter en speciaal voor hem geschreven composities.

De in Haarlem geboren Wispelwey werd bij de ontwikkeling van zijn muzikale persoonlijkheid begeleid door verschillende grootheden: in zijn jeugdige jaren in Amsterdam door Dicky Boeke en Anner Bijlsma, en later door Paul Katz in de Verenigde Staten en William Pleeth in Groot-Brittanië. In 1992 ontving hij als enige cellist ooit in de geschiedenis de Nederlandse Muziek Prijs.

26 November 2014 20:15
Paolo Giacometti & Symfonieorkest Bellitoni
Geertekerk, Utrecht

S. Rachmaninov - Pianoconcert no. 4