Debussy and Pizzetti at LSO St Luke's
Fiona Talkington presents a series of concerts from LSO St Luke's in London featuring the music of two anniversary composers - Claude Debussy and Ildebrando Pizzetti.
Fiona Talkington presents a series of concerts from LSO St Luke's in London featuring the music of two anniversary composers - Claude Debussy, the centenary of whose death falls at the end of this week, and the younger Italian Ildebrando Pizzetti, who died 50 years ago and greatly admired the music of his French colleague.
French pianist Cédric Tiberghien features in three of the concerts, and to launch the series he's joined today by Belgian violinist Lorenzo Gatto.
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Debussy: Étude No 9, pour les notes répétées
Debussy: Des pas sur la neige; Ce qu'a vu le Vent d'Ouest (from Preludes, Book 1)
Pizzetti: Violin Sonata
Lorenzo Gatto (violin)
Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
Here's a little quiz for you:
1. Which composer was described by a top Italian critic in 1921 (three years before Puccini's death) as 'without doubt the greatest musician in Italy today'?
2. Which composer's 'sensibility for the chorus' was rated 'comparable to that of Chopin for the piano or Ravel for the orchestra' by an Italian critic in 1942?
3. Which Italian composer apart from Puccini wrote one of the top five operas of the twentieth century, according to a poll of Italian critics in 1956?
The answer to all three questions is: Ildebrando Pizzetti.
This series offers a chance to discover some of Pizzetti's beautiful chamber and choral music alongside that of one of the composers he most admired: Claude Debussy.
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