Italian pianist, prize winner at international competitions: Cleveland, Bachauer, Van Cliburn. Records for Teldec, Arts, BMG and Harmonia Mundi labels, Diapason d’Or for Schumann CD. LMMC debut.
BENEDETTO LUPOFeb. 8, 2015
Internationally renowned pianist Benedetto Lupo has been praised for his “keen musical intelligence and probing intellect” (Miami Herald), and for combining “meticulous technique with romantic sensitivity” (Birmingham News). After winning the bronze medal in the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition, Lupo made acclaimed debuts with various major American orchestras and collaborated with the Tokyo String Quartet. His New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall followed in 1992, the same year he won the Terence Judd International Award, which in turn led to his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. He teaches at the Nino Rota Conservatory in his native Italy, gives master classes around the world and serves on juries at prestigious competitions. He is featured on the Emmy-award winning documentary Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the seven-part series Encore! The Final Round of Performances of the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, both for PBS. With Peter Maag and the RSI Symphony Orchestra he has recorded Schumann’s complete works for piano and orchestra, including the first CD recording of the piano version of Konzertstück, Op. 86, for the Arts label.

PROGRAMME:

SCHUMANN      Blumenstück, in D flat major, Opus 19 (1839)
                                   Leise bewegt - Ein wenig langsamer - Lebhaft

SCHUMANN      Three Romances, Opus 28 (1839)

                                   I.   in B flat minor: Sehr markiert
                                   II.  in F Sharp major: Einfach
                                   III. in B major: Sehr markiert

SCHUMANN       Sonata in G minor, Opus 22 (1838)
                                   So rasch wie möglich - Schneller - Noch schneller
                                   Andantino - Getragen
                                   Scherzo: Sehr rasch und markiert
                                   Rondo: Presto - Etwas langsamer -
                                   Quasi cadenza

TCHAIKOVSKY   Grand Sonata in G major, Opus 37 (1878)
                                   Moderato e risoluto
                                   Andante non troppo, quasi moderato
                                   Scherzo: Allegro giocoso
                                   Finale: Allegro vivace

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