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The Genius Of Dino Ciani

Ciani
Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94069   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókClaude DebussyRobert SchumannCarl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dino Ciani
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described as 'miraculously gifted' by Alfred Cortot, Dino Ciani was a contemporary of Maurizio Pollini. Born in Croatia in 1941, he died aged just 32 in a car crash in Rome in 1974, robbing the world of one of the great pianists of the late 20th century. He had a remarkable rise to fame, and was offered a Deutsche Grammophon contract.

His repertoire centred on Beethoven, Bartók , Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert and Weber. He also explored lesser-known areas of the repertoire, making pioneering recordings of Hummel and Kozeluch.

As a pianist he divided opinions, but with supporter such as Cortot, and the support of conductors of the calibre of Abbado, Muti, Barbirolli, Guilini
Read more and Gui, his reputation is assured. Like many artists who die young he became a cult figure for some. He can now be judged for what he was -- in the words of Cortot 'one of the most remarkable examples of the rarest talents one could hope to find'.

Other information
- Booklet notes
- 'Ciani commands a very fine technique and impressive musicality. ...there are many virtues, such as Ciani's beautiful handling of the Intermezzo of this work, or of the latter part of the second Trio of No.8. Note also how well he manages No.4 where so many pianists would lose control, or the whole of No.5 which with its piano-and-orchestra overtones, is in several respects the most demanding of the set.' Gramophone, Schumann Novelletten, 1969
- 'Dino Ciani, although not a Frenchman, was a pupil of Cortot and the first thing to be said about his Debussy is that it is absolutely idiomatic. I admire him particularly because his view is sane and steady and because it has been formed from a conscientious interpretation of every detail of Debussy's text.' Gramophone, Debussy Preludes, 1973
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Works on This Recording

1.
Out of Doors, Sz 81: no 4, Night music by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Out of Doors, Sz 81: no 5, The Chase by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
3.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
4.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
5.
Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A flat major, J 199/Op. 39 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in D minor, J 206/Op. 49 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dino Ciani (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 

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