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American pianist Joseph Villa (1948-1995) was one of the major talents emerging from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sasha Gorodnitzky. Later he studied with Claudio Arrau, who greatly supported him. He enjoyed an international career as a soloist and accompanist of A.O. Jessey Norman and Mstislav Rostropovich, until his life was tragically cut short as a victim of AIDS. His Liszt recordings won him the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque Liszt of Budapest. His Scriabin recordings for the label Dante enjoy a near legendary status: the sizzling passion, tenderness and fury of this music in Villa’s performance are still memorable. These recordings have been unavailable for a long time, and Piano Classics plans further reissues of
Villa’s unique recordings.
Recording: 1986 (CD 1) 1989 (CD 2), Studio RCA, New York
Producer: Andre? Gauthier
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