Domenico Codispoti - LISZT, GRANDADOS
- 1 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – I Lento assai- Allegro energico- Grandioso- (Allegro)
- 2 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – II (Development Part I)
- 3 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – III Andante sostenuto- Quasi adagio
- 4 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – IV (Development Part II: Allegro energico (Fugue)
- 5 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – V Recapitulation
- 6 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179) (1852-3) – VI Coda: Presto- Prestissimo- Andante sostenuto- Allegro moderato- Lento assai
- 7 Liszt – Tre sonetti del Petrarca S.161 (LW A55) (1859) – I Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
- 8 Liszt – Tre sonetti del Petrarca S.161 (LW A55) (1859) – II Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
- 9 Liszt – Tre sonetti del Petrarca S.161 (LW A55) (1859) – III Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
- 10 Granados – from Goyescas (1909-1912) – El Amor y la Muerte: Balada
LISZT: Sonata in B minor, Petrarch Sonnets – GRANDADOS: El Amor y la Muerte
Odradek’s fourth: Liszt’s famous B minor Sonata, his Petrarch Sonnets, and Granados El Amor y la Muerte from Goyescas – a romantic program, passionately performed by Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti, making of the disc a musical polaroid of his own emotional journey through their themes of love and death.
Booklet in English and Italian.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.
“Domenico Codispoti is a sophisticated and poetic pianist who gives imaginative and refined performances… Codispoti consistently produces a beautiful singing tone, with every note carefully weighted and voiced…”
Clavier Companion – Stephen Pierce / November 2012
“Domenico Codispoti is a sophisticated and poetic pianist who gives imaginative and refined performances of Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, the Petrarch Sonnets, and Granados’ El Amor y la Muerte. Codispoti consistently produces a beautiful singing tone, with every note carefully weighted and voiced... [T]he playing is wholly convincing throughout. Codispoti's conception of the sonata is enormous and majestic; the three sonnets are more languid than impassioned, but exhibit an exquisite lyricism. The Granados ballade, perhaps a slightly odd inclusion, is given a thoroughly polished and thoughtful performance. The CD is released by the Odradek label, a non-profit endeavour that features outstanding artists who typically might not be represented by a larger label. This ambitious concept is a worthy project, particularly if the recordings that follow are as outstanding as this one.”
“Domenico Codispoti is tailor-made for Odradek – a distinguished performer with a formidable technique…”
International Piano Magazine – Guy Rickards / September 2012
“Domenico Codispoti is tailor-made for Odradek – a distinguished performer with a formidable technique in what appears to be his second recording. His account of Liszt's Sonata is gripping from start to finish, measured in tempo but with a palpable understanding of the overall structure and relish of the work's bigger moments. The benchmarks lie with Argerich, Arrau, Brendel, Pollini, Richter and, of more recent recordings, Paul Lewis. Codispoti may not surpass those, but he nestles in close behind them and his supporting programme will appeal to many. The Tre sonetti del Petrarca in their 1859 guise, S161 – not the earlier 1846 set, S158 – are beautifully rendered, as is Granados' Lisztian El Amor y la Muerte from Goyescas, which shares Tre sonetti's visual impetus.”
“… very fine indeed… The recording quality is excellent… Codispoti is clearly an excellent pianist.”
Music Web International – Paul Corfield Godfrey / 13 February 2013
“Codispoti has an excellent technique, which is an absolute requisite in this music... [He] phrases the tunes with affection and certainly does not lack feeling. The climactic statement of the tune in Sonnet No 104... is very fine indeed, and he is nicely veiled in the Sonnet No 123... The recording quality is excellent... Codispoti is clearly an excellent pianist.”
“… polished and technically adept… with a lovely sound. It is nice to see the three Sonnets done exquisitely…”
American Record Guide / May-June 2013
“Codispoti's Liszt is deliberate and expansive, polished and technically adept. His sonata is steady and mature. His tone is broad, with a lovely sound. It is nice to see the three Sonnets done exquisitely... Like his approach to the sonata, they are understated, and his lyrical approach is convincing.”
“In the hands of the Calabrian pianist, such lyricism is never artificial nor exaggerated… it has to be heard in its entirety because of the deeply moving ending…”
Falcinelli.org / February 2015
“Planning to record the hundred millionth version of the Liszt Sonata? Then make sure to have solid arguments in your fingers! Those of Domenico Codispoti reside in a cantabilità befitting Lisztian melodic outpourings. What's more normal than for an Italian to express natural lyricism! In the hands of the Calabrian pianist, such lyricism is never artificial nor exaggerated.
The Three Sonnets of Petrarch having seen a first version for tenor and piano, Domenico Codispoti’s melodic expressiveness unfolds in no. 47, while he finds the color of mystery in 123.
The interpretation of El Amor y la Muerte appears to stem from the lyrical declamation Domenico Codispoti applied to Liszt’s pianism, but with an intimacy that disconcerts, because we did not recognise in it the Hispanic idiom to which the most important Spanish pianists have accustomed us. Yet, it has to be heard in its entirety because of the deeply moving ending, dominated by the bell ringing the death of the lover killed in a duel.”