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Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi

Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD378
UPC: 855317003783
Release Date : 17 / Jul / 2020
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  1. 01 – Carter – Night Fantasies
  2. 02 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
  3. 03 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – II. Allegro molto
  4. 04 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – III. Adagio ma non troppo
  5. 05 – Carter – Two Thoughts about the Piano – I. Intermittences
  6. 06 – Carter – Two Thoughts about the Piano – II. Catenaires
  7. 07 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 – I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
  8. 08 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 – II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile
  9. 09 – Jeffrey Mumford – two Elliott Carter tributes – I. for Elliott
  10. 10 – Jeffrey Mumford – two Elliott Carter tributes – II. a celebration of Elliott

Tempo e Tempi


Pina Napolitano

In Tempo e Tempi, Pina Napolitano traces connections between Carter and Beethoven, composers whose music exhibits both power and playfulness, combining taut structures with the freedom of fantasia. Tempo e Tempi (Time and Times) takes its name from a poem by Eugenio Montale, set by Carter, that encapsulates two central aspects of the album: the relationships between different superimposed musical times, and the relationship between historical times, which makes possible the musical ‘meeting’ between these two composers from different epochs. Napolitano plays Carter’s Night Fantasies and Two Thoughts about the Piano alongside Beethoven’s Sonatas Opp. 110 and 111, as well as Jeffrey Mumford’s two Elliott Carter tributes.

To listen and download Pina Napolitano’s recording of Jeffrey Mumford’s second Elliott Carter Tribute,
“a celebration of Elliott”, please visit odra.dk/elliott

Reviews

“… brilliantly executed … Vividly recorded … vigorous yet precisely pointed…”
The Times - Paul Driver / July 2020

“… captivating … Napolitano shines…”
Wiener Zeitung - Christoph Irrgeher / August 2020

PERFORMANCE *****
RECORDING ****
“Pina Napolitano is an intellectual … as well as a formidable pianist… Some effects on the canvas are painted with the finest brush, others come with massive force: the playing has both driving energy and fastidious precision, and everything has a bright and bracing freshness.”
BBC Music Magazine - Michael Church / August 2020

“… the Italian Pina Napolitano (2020), who recorded this sonata [Beethoven Op. 110] together with parched-dry modernities by the American Elliott Carter, has possibly the most glistening piano sound of any in this selection. It is, to my considerable surprise, a standard Steinway.”
Slipped Disc - Norman Lebrecht / July 2020

“… I am hugely impressed by … Pina Napolitano.” [On Beethoven Op. 111]
Slipped Disc - Norman Lebrecht / July 2020

“… varied and abundant … More than interesting; a fascinating record.”
Thierry Vagne / July 2020

“Between delicate shades and stormy atmospheres, Napolitano packs a disc full of exciting sound contrasts, always maintaining a rigorous technique and a meticulous reading attentive to the melodic progress of the score.”
OperaClick - Emiliano Michelon / July 2020

“Beautifully presented, miraculously recorded and with a programme to die for, this, surely, is what recordings should be all about.”
Classical Explorer - Colin Clarke / August 2020

Disc of the Month – Five Stars
“Pina Napolitano seems to want to remove the filters from our ears with which we identify styles, eras, composers, to make us tackle, rather than sound, the thought that generates a certain way of processing sounds. In this way, unsuspected affinities are revealed, which are not stylistic similarities, but approaches to musical thought.”
Classic Voice - Dino Villatico / October 2020

“In Tempo e Tempi, we are also given intelligence, elegance in the playing and a subtle understanding of the scores – Pina Napolitano was a student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli! She considers this so-called intellectual music to be loaded with emotion and very expressive. Five stars!”
Veille Carne – Stéphane Loison / October 2020

“A cleverly arranged programme: not to be missed.”
L’Organiste – Edith Weber / October 2020

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“Titled after a Carter song cycle, this sequence of piano pieces recognises that the ‘time dimension’ is key to all his work. His fearsomely virtuosic Night Fantasies and the late diptych of his Two Thoughts About the Piano are interleaved with Beethoven’s last two sonatas.”
The Sunday Times / December 2020

01 – Carter – Night Fantasies // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  1. 01 – Carter – Night Fantasies // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  2. 02 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  3. 03 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – II. Allegro molto // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  4. 04 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110 – III. Adagio ma non troppo // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  5. 05 – Carter – Two Thoughts about the Piano – I. Intermittences // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  6. 06 – Carter – Two Thoughts about the Piano – II. Catenaires // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  7. 07 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 – I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  8. 08 – Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 – II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  9. 09 – Jeffrey Mumford – two Elliott Carter tributes – I. for Elliott // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi
  10. 10 – Jeffrey Mumford – two Elliott Carter tributes – II. a celebration of Elliott // Pina Napolitano - Tempo e Tempi