LEONCAVALLO: POUR PIANO | DaVinci Publishing

TRACKLIST:

CD 1

  • Notturno
  • Papillon (Scherzo)
  • Spanish Album: III. Playeras ancienne
  • Nights of Italy (Intermezzo)
  • Au bord du lac (Rêverie)
  • Barcarola veneziana
  • Bohémienne
  • Dolce notte (Romance)
  • Flirt-Walzer (Valse passionnée)
  • Cortège de Pulcinella (Petite marche humoristique)
  • Menuet d’Arlequin
  • Primo bacio
  • Valse à la lune (Sérénade française)
  • Valse mélancolique
  • Chanson d’amour
  • Tema di Marcia Trionfale per l’eroica armata italiana di Tripoli
  • Marche Yankée (Viva l’America)
  • Brise de mer (Impromptu)

CD 2

  • Pantins vivants (Danse de caractère)
  • Invocation à la Muse
  • Sérénade-Valse (Sérénade napolitaine)
  • Marcia nuziale
  • Sous les palmiers (Rêverie arabe)
  • Menuet
  • Romanesca (Un Morceau de style ancien)
  • Sarabande (Danse ancienne)
  • Gavotte
  • Gagliarda (Danse ancienne)
  • Gondola
  • Tarantella
  • Spanish Album: I. Sevillana
  • Spanish Album: II. Gitano-Tango
  • Spanish Album: IV. Granadinas
  • Valse coquette
  • Valse mignonne
  • Sérénade

REVIEWS

Music Voice, October 2022

CD Review – Andrea Bedetti

Artistical 4,5/5
Technical 4,5/5

“The validity of this testimony, of this sound diary, is essentially given by the reading made by Ingrid Carbone.
[…] the interpreter is able to carry out a process of executive identification in which the spirit of the past, and not just musical, always shines through faithfully.
Ingrid Carbone is careful not to tread the hand […] giving us, through this interpretive postcard, the visions, images, memories, gracefully opening and closing the album of these photographs, now yellowed by time. “

 

Musica Magazine, October 2022

★★★

CD Review – Luca Segalla

“This double CD represents an important document and is configured as a sort of sound archeology operation which opens a large glimpse into the musical everyday life of Italian salons between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

Pizzicato, September 2022

★★★

CD Review – Norbert Tischer

“Ingrid Carbone has recorded Leoncavallo’s piano works with a sure feeling for this music”

Opus Klassiek, September 2022

CD Review – Aart van der Wal

“These piano pieces [by Leoncavallo] […] are definitely worth listening to carefully, […] played in a technically flawless and committed manner by Ingrid Carbone.”

Corrierebit, September 2022

CD Review – Cesare Guzzardella

“Un raro Ruggiero Leoncavallo al pianoforte di Ingrid Carbone”

RADIO

Primo Movimento, Rai Radio 3, November 22, 2022

Primo Movimento, Rai Radio 3, November 22, 2022

Venice Classic Radio, Podcast, September 15, 2022
[Podcast: Le Prime Note] Leoncavallo: Pour piano
Piazza Verdi, Rai Radio 3, October 8, 2022
Piazza Verdi, Rai Radio 3, October 8, 2022
Radio Romania, October 3, 2022

Radio Romania, October 3, 2022

Pieces for piano by Ruggiero Leoncavallo performed by Ingrid Carbone – CD Review, 3 October 2022
Ruggiero Leoncavallo is one of the Italian composers from the second part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century who remained known for their lyrical creations. These composers, however, had a lot to say in the music of that time and were extraordinarily successful during their lifetime as creators of operettas, symphonic poems and chamber music. Ruggiero Leoncavallo, the initiator of verism in music, wrote the opera “Pagliacci” in Milan in 1892 on his own libretto, an opera that brought him fame, being included in today’s repertoire of the great opera theaters in the world. In addition, he composed several operettas and piano pieces. Moreover, the keyboard instrument has been part of Leoncavallo’s life and concerns since childhood, when he studied with his mother. Later he studied piano at the Naples Conservatory with Professor Beniamino Cesi. Attached, therefore, to the sonorities of the piano, the composer created at different stages of his career scores for this instrument, which are almost unknown nowadays, constituting an interesting repertoire for performers to explore for the public.
 

The piano pieces by Ruggiero Leoncavallo were recorded in their entirety in May 2022, in the Classica Viva studios in Italy, by Ingrid Carbone, an acclaimed pianist and president of the Clara Schumann association, initiator of the Calabria International Piano Festival. Ingrid Carbone studied at the Conservatory of Cosenza, her hometown, then trained at prestigious academies in Italy with the pianists Sergio Cafaro, Hector Pell, Ronan O’Hora and Lazar Berman. She gave recitals and concerts in Europe and Asia both as a soloist and as a chamber music performer, she was also part of the juries of the international competitions Città di Barletta and Mauro Paolo Monopoli Award. In 2018, she founded the musical association Clara Schumann, and from 2020 she became an artist in residence at maison Bechstein. Ingrid Carbone has a wide repertoire, particularly focused on romantic compositions, and has so far released four albums – all with the Da Vinci Classics record label: two CDs with music by Franz Liszt and one with works by Franz Schubert, the most recent being the album that includes the complete pieces for piano by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, released on June 27, 2022.

Ruggiero Leoncavallo composed about 40 opuses for piano – serenades, nocturnes, minuets, scores inspired by Italian and Spanish folklore, works in baroque style, waltzes and other miniatures that share the romantic essence, a nostalgic and dancing atmosphere specific to salons aristocratic musicals from the end of the 19th century. These scores are difficult to find and study because they were not published in their entirety. All the more praiseworthy are the initiatives of the pianists who recorded them: a version published in 2019 belongs to Marco Sollini, before the release this year of the pianist Ingrid Carbone’s album, which offers us a convincing, lyrical and elegant interpretation, in tone with the spirit of Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s music.