Pietro Scarpini

Scarpini plays Bach (6CD-box)

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Label: Rhine Classics
UPC: 4713106280172
Catnr: RH 017
Release date: 05 March 2021
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RH 017
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The Italian pianist Pietro Scarpini, born in Rome on 6 April 1911, first studied piano with his mother before going to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at twelve. There his teachers were Alfredo Casella for piano, Bernardino Molinari for conducting, Alessandro Bustini and Ottorino Respighi for composition and Fernando Germani for organ. Starting from his Italian debut (2.XI.1936), playing Mozart Concerto K.271, Mario Medici Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody under Bernardino Molinari with the Orchestra Stabile della Regia Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Teatro Adriano in Rome, immediately followed by appeareances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, he has been heard all over Europe. In the 1930’s he collaborated also with Paul Hindemith during his Italian tournées. He was keenly interested in chamber music and in 1947 founded the “Pierrot Lunaire ensemble” which gave thirty concerts of Schoenberg’s work in Salzburg, Milan, Rome, Florence and in other musical centres in Europe. During World War II he refused to play under the Fascist and Nazi regimes, and in 1954 he made his first trip to America to appear with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, under Dimitri Mitropoulos playing Prokofiev 2nd Concerto, followed by a second tour in 1955 where he played Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 K.482 (Rhine Classics RH-010). He gave many first performances of works by modern composers, including Ghedini, Dallapiccola, Sessions, R. Malipiero, Peragallo and Petrassi, and in 1948 the first Italian performance of Schoenberg Piano Concerto in Turin. Scarpini’s versatility defies any classification: audiences who have heard him playing Beethoven Concerto No.4 under Furtwängler have seen in him the true interpreter of the classics; those who have attended his performances of contemporary music believed that he was perhaps the only pianist able to do full justice to the moderns. He has mastered works such as Bach “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, “The Art of Fugue” and the “Goldberg Variations” (in Busoni’s version) or Beethoven “Diabelli Variations” and at the same time devoted full recitals to the work of Busoni and Scriabin.
Der italienische Pianist Pietro Scarpini, geboren am 6. April 1911 in Rom, erhielt zunächst Klavierunterricht bei seiner Mutter, bevor er mit zwölf Jahren an die Accademia di Santa Cecilia ging. Dort waren seine Lehrer Alfredo Casella für Klavier, Bernardino Molinari fürs Dirigieren, Alessandro Bustini und Ottorino Respighi für Komposition und Fernando Germani für Orgel. Seit seinem Italien-Debüt (2.XI.1936), bei dem er unter Bernardino Molinari mit dem Orchestra Stabile della Regia Accademia di Santa Cecilia im Teatro Adriano in Rom das Mozart-Konzert KV 271, das Mario Medici-Klavierkonzert und die Rachmaninoff-Paganini-Rhapsodie spielte, folgten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern, die ihn in ganz Europa bekannt machten. In den 1930er Jahren arbeitete er auch mit Paul Hindemith während dessen Italien-Tournées zusammen. Er interessierte sich sehr für Kammermusik und gründete 1947 das "Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble", das dreißig Konzerte mit Werken Schönbergs in Salzburg, Mailand, Rom, Florenz und in anderen musikalischen Zentren Europas gab. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs weigerte er sich, unter dem faschistischen und nationalsozialistischen Regime zu spielen. 1954 unternahm er seine erste Reise nach Amerika, um mit dem New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra unter Dimitri Mitropoulos aufzutreten und das 2. Konzert von Prokofjew zu spielen, gefolgt von einer zweiten Tournee im Jahr 1955, auf der er Mozarts Klavierkonzert Nr. 22 KV 482 spielte (Rhine Classics RH-010). Er gab viele Uraufführungen von Werken moderner Komponisten, darunter Ghedini, Dallapiccola, Sessions, R. Malipiero, Peragallo und Petrassi, und 1948 die erste italienische Aufführung von Schönbergs Klavierkonzert in Turin. Scarpinis Vielseitigkeit entzieht sich jeder Klassifizierung: Zuhörer, die ihn das Beethoven-Konzert Nr. 4 unter Furtwängler spielen hörten, sahen in ihm den wahren Interpreten der Klassiker; diejenigen, die seinen Aufführungen zeitgenössischer Musik beiwohnten, glaubten, dass er vielleicht der einzige Pianist war, der den Modernen voll gerecht werden konnte. Er hat Werke wie Bachs "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier", "Die Kunst der Fuge" und die "Goldberg-Variationen" (in Busonis Fassung) oder Beethovens "Diabelli-Variationen" gemeistert und gleichzeitig dem Werk von Busoni und Skrjabin ganze Liederabende gewidmet.

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The Italian pianist Pietro Scarpini, born in Rome on 6 April 1911, first studied piano with his mother before going to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at twelve. There his teachers were Alfredo Casella for piano, Bernardino Molinari for conducting, Alessandro Bustini and Ottorino Respighi for composition and Fernando Germani for organ. Starting from his Italian debut (2.XI.1936), playing Mozart Concerto K.271, Mario Medici Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody under Bernardino Molinari with the Orchestra Stabile della Regia Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Teatro Adriano in Rome, immediately followed by appeareances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, he has been heard all over Europe. In the 1930’s he collaborated also with Paul Hindemith during his Italian tournées. He was keenly interested in chamber music and in 1947 founded the “Pierrot Lunaire ensemble” which gave thirty concerts of Schoenberg’s work in Salzburg, Milan, Rome, Florence and in other musical centres in Europe. During World War II he refused to play under the Fascist and Nazi regimes, and in 1954 he made his first trip to America to appear with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, under Dimitri Mitropoulos playing Prokofiev 2nd Concerto, followed by a second tour in 1955 where he played Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 K.482 (Rhine Classics RH-010). He gave many first performances of works by modern composers, including Ghedini, Dallapiccola, Sessions, R. Malipiero, Peragallo and Petrassi, and in 1948 the first Italian performance of Schoenberg Piano Concerto in Turin. Scarpini’s versatility defies any classification: audiences who have heard him playing Beethoven Concerto No.4 under Furtwängler have seen in him the true interpreter of the classics; those who have attended his performances of contemporary music believed that he was perhaps the only pianist able to do full justice to the moderns. He has mastered works such as Bach “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, “The Art of Fugue” and the “Goldberg Variations” (in Busoni’s version) or Beethoven “Diabelli Variations” and at the same time devoted full recitals to the work of Busoni and Scriabin.

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