VOIX DES ARTS AND TEXTURA REVIEWS OF PUCCINI’S PIANO MUSIC

Two more rave reviews have come in covering Mr Bartoli’s recent Puccini album. Mr Joseph Andrew Newsome on Voix des Arts wrote that (Bartoli’s performances) “celebrate the beauties of Puccini’s music with a blaze of passion that no pseudo-academic disapprobation can wholly extinguish”, while Ron Schepper on Textura commented: “Of the fourteen selections, four will be the most familiar to Puccini devotees, “Vissi d’arte,” “Un bel di vedremi,” “Coro a boccia chiusa” (the well-known “Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly), and “Piccolo Valzer,” an early piano setting that eventually became “Musetta’s Waltz” from La bohème. The latter serves as a representative illustration of the recording in the elegance with which Bartoli voices its tender melodies, and how expertly he effects the tempo modulations and realizes the song’s entrancing lilt”. Read the full reviews here (Voix-des-Arts): http://www.voix-des-arts.com/2018/01/personal-perspectives-sandro-ivo.html and here (Textura): http://www.textura.org/archives/b/bartoli_puccini.htm

Impressive reviews of new Solaire’s CDs on the international press.

Mr Bartoli’s two recent releases on Solaire Records continue to reap rave reviews on the international press. The Bach album was highly praised by Aart van der Wal on Opus klassiek.nl (“Bartoli’s Bach represents the highest form of narrative art […] The momentum is consistent, the presentation overwhelming, the persuasive force impressing. Bartoli’s playing is just incredibly beautiful, to be honest”. Full review, in Dutch, here: https://www.opusklassiek.nl/cd-recensies/cd-aw/bach79.htm  The same notable reviewer also enjoyed Mr Bartoli’s recording of Giacomo Puccini complete piano music and opera transcriptions, writing “…Master pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli makes great moments of these miniatures, and it may be regretted that this great Italian opera composer did not write more for the piano”. Full review, in Dutch, here:  https://www.opusklassiek.nl/cd-recensies/cd-aw/puccini03.htm Another excellent appraisal of Mr Bartoli’s Puccini recording came from France, where Monsieur Thierry Vagne published a sensitive and well informed account of the recording on Musique classique & Co: “A great artist! […] It is incomprehensible that a a pianist of this level is almost never invited to play in France”. Full review, in French, here: http://vagnethierry.fr/giacomo-puccini-sandro-ivo-bartoli/

NEW BACH CD GETS RAVE REVIEWS

Mr Bartoli’s Bach CD, released this month by Solaire Records, has been received with rave reviews in the international press. Read Mr Dominy Clements’s account on MusicWeb International here: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2017/Nov/Bach_keyboard_SOL1006.htm, Mr Thierry Vagne’s superb appraisal on Musique Classique & Co here: http://vagnethierry.fr/bach-sandro-ivo-bartoli/ and IClassical wonderful review here: https://iclassical.co.uk/?p=664 You can sample some of Mr Bartoli’s Bach interpretations on Solaire Records’ website here: http://solairerecords.com/product/johann-sebastian-bach-preludes-fantasias-and-minuets/

WORLD PREMIERES

Beginning on Wednesday night, Mr. Bartoli will engage in a series of world premiere performances in two continents. On August 16th, for the last concert of his Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest Tuscany, Bartoli will feature in his own theatrical adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s culinary letters. “At dinner with Puccini” is a monologue extracted from Giacomo Puccini’s original correspondence: “every word is by the Maestro himself – says Bartoli – and it shows a lesser-known facet of this opera giant, that is to say his love for good food and fine wines”. Actor Iacopo Bertoni will recite the text, while Bartoli will provide the musical context with transcriptions of Puccini’s operas by Carlo Carignani, a hefty portion of which are represented in Bartoli’s last CD release for Solaire Records (Puccini: Compete piano works and selected opera transcriptions).

In September, on the occasion of his Japan tour, Mr. Bartoli will include in his programmes David Plylar’s transcription for the left hand alone of Chopin’s Etude in c sharp minor Op.25 N0.7, which will receive its world premiere performance in Tokyo on September 15th. “It is a fantastic work – says the pianist – in some ways reminiscent of Godowski’s magical efforts in the same direction. Despite the loss of five fingers, the Etude in Plylar’s transcription loses none of its original beauty and fluency, a sure sign of masterful piano writing. I find it wonderful that a composer such as David Plylar can deliver a concert piece of this caliber: it is a rare occurence these days, and I am honoured to be the first to play it”. In the same concert, Bartoli will give the world premiere of Luciano Damarati’s Fantasy for violin and piano “Memories of Japan” with Canadian violinist Debra Fast: “When we got the invitation to go to Japan, Debra had the idea of asking Luciano Damarati for a new piece. The Maestro gladly agreed to write a peice for us, and since March we have been working on it together. It is an important composition, very well written and articulated in several sections. The style is friendly, and I am sure that the Japanese audience will appreciate it”. Both works by Plylar and Damarati will feature also in Mr. Bartoli’s other Japan dates, in Yugawara on September 17th and in Mishima on September 18th.