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Music Cleveland! Message Board › FREE CONCERT ALERT - Pianist Emanuela Friscioni Chagrin Valley Chamber Music

FREE CONCERT ALERT - Pianist Emanuela Friscioni Chagrin Valley Chamber Music

Bill J.
Group Organizer
Chagrin Falls, OH
Hi Music Lovers,

I just learned about this FREE (freewill donation) concert on Sunday afternoon.  It is too late to schedule this as an official event but I wanted to let you know.  The performer - Emanuela Friscioni - has been quite supportive of Music Cleveland in her role as Director of Tri-C's Concert Series.

If you do attend, please comment on the group page.



Emanuela Friscioni

Chagrin Valley Chamber Music

to present pianist Emanuela Friscioni

by Daniel Hathaway

Pianist Emanuela Friscioni will be the next featured performer on the Chagrin Valley Chamber Music Series on Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 pm at Valley Lutheran Church in Chagrin Falls.

Most recently heard as soloist in Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand with the Suburban Symphony at Severance Hall last November, Friscioni plans a program of Mozart, Bach as arranged by Busoni, and Schumann next Sunday.

“Mozart's Sonata in A, K. 331 is a theme with variations, Bach's Chaconne is a theme and variations and Schumann'sSymphonic Etudes are a theme and variations”, the pianist said in a recent telephone conversation. “It's fascinating to see how a composer can start with a small idea and create nuances on the same theme — looking at it through a microscope from different angles.”

Asked whether the Bach-Busoni arrangement is more Busoni than Bach, Friscioni defended the Italian composer's adaptation of Bach's Chaconne from the unaccompanied partita for violin. “Busoni's transcription can't have the same intimacy as the violin piece, but the Chaconne has a profound maestoso feeling that Busoni transferred to the piano. It could be played on the organ. The way he writes is interesting. It's very close to Bach but he adds one extra variation for balance. It's unbelievable to see how the same idea gets a different feeling on the piano. I like that piece a lot. What's the point in trying to imitate without making a transformation? The whole history of the piano is to be able to communicate feelings in different ways using different colors, and Busoni does just that.”

Emanuela Friscioni will play a late version of Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, a work that was written at different times and which went through several editions. “It's based on a theme by an amateur musician, an austere chorale, but one that Schumann transforms into fugatos, free romanticism, the spiccato of the violin, and finally ends with a finale using his usual dotted rhythms. That's like Kreisleriana — there are dotted rhythms everywhere!

When Emanuela Friscioni isn't otherwise occupied with playing the piano and family activities (her husband is the pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and their 7 ½ daughter is involved in cello, piano and ballet lessons), she's active as an impressaria, heading up the Tri-C Classical Piano Series recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art. As a Clevelander transplanted from her sunny, native Italy, she's become sanguine about when to schedule those concerts. “In the Spring or the beginning of the Fall, the weather can be too gorgeous and there's too short a time to enjoy it. We decided to hold our programs on Sunday afternoons in the Winter!” The final concert this season will feature Angelin Chang on March 24 in a multimedia performance of Messiaen “—and traditional repertory,” she quickly adds. “A little bit for every taste!”

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Published on February 12, 2013
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