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George Frederick Pinto : Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano. Toporowski.
Format : 2 CD
Total Time : 02:32:23

Recording : 2017-2019
Location : Katowice/Zabrze
Country : Pologne
Sound : Stereo

Label : Piano Classics
Catalog No. : PCL10177
EAN : 5029365101776
Price Code : DM025A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 27/11/2019

Genre : Classical
George Frederick Pinto (1786-1806)
Grande Sonate pour piano-forte en do mineur
Grande Sonate pour piano-forte en la majeur, op. 3 n° 2
Sonate en mi bémol mineur, op. 3 n° 1
Minuetto en la bémol majeur
Cory Owen, Air irlandais arrangé en rondo
Rondo pour piano-forte
3 Airs favoris, avec variations pour piano-forte
I. Mamma Mia..., op. 2 n° 1
I. ... and a French Air, from the Opera "Richard Coeur de Lion", op. 2 n° 2
III. Variations sur un thème original, op. 2 n° 3
Nouvelle Valse
3 Sonatines pour piano-forte
Sonatine n° 1 en sol majeur, op. 4 n° 1
Sonatine n° 2 en si bémol majeur, op. 4 n° 2
Sonatine n° 3 en do majeur, op. 4 n° 3

Marek Toporowski, piano-forte

The only complete survey on record of the piano music by a prodigal English contemporary of Mozart. According to the impresario Salomon, had George Frederick Pinto not died at the age of 21, ‘England would have had the honour of producing a second Mozart.’ Early in 1806 he probably succumbed to the effects of tuberculosis, much exacerbated by a dissolute lifestyle; Pinto’s ‘very questionable character, his habits of intemperance, and his somewhat lax principles,’ were notorious to his contemporaries. And yet despite the praise of Salomon and Samuel Wesley, who remarked that ‘a greater musical Genius has not been known’, Pinto’s music fell into obscurity, only to be revived in the 1960s. Within the two or three years before his death he produced an astonishingly mature body of work centred on the instruments with which he was also a celebrated performer, the violin and the piano. Perhaps his most remarkable music is to be found in the piano sonatas recorded here by Marek Toporowski:, more particularly the two sonatas op.3 and the Grand Sonata in C minor ‘Inscribed to his Friend John Field’ (1803). A Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, left unfinished and completed by Wesley and Wölfl; and three sets of Variations also match up to Pinto’s best standards. These works are blessed with beautiful and original ideas; although the influences of Mozart, Dussek and Cramer are clearly discernible, there are many original touches, as well as astonishing anticipations of Beethoven, Schubert and even Chopin. Anyone with even a passing interest in Classical-era piano music will find Pinto’s highly inventive music worth further investigation. This new recording is the first complete survey undertaken on instruments of Pinto’s own time. Marek Toporowski plays three fortepianos, all of them modern copies of distinguished German models from the end of the 18th century. He also contributes a detailed booklet essay on Pinto’s life and works, informed by both practical and scholarly experience as one of the Polish historical performance movement’s most renowned musicians.

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