De Meglio 1826
Ludwig van Beethoven - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Muzio Clementi - Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari

De Meglio 1826

Antonio Piricone

Label: Ayros
Format: CD
Barcode: 5902768283051
Catalog number: AYRA 03
Releasedate: 07-07-17

- A rare fortepiano built in Naples by Carlo de Meglio in 1826.

- First studio recording of Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari's Sonata op. 10 nr. 3.

- Introduction by Andreas Staier

An imaginary trip, once again, on what is Early Music today, on how it could manifests, its meanings, and the issues related to "text and context" integrated to an informed performance practice. We give chance to our imagination to explore, rebuilt paths and disclose them, as we cannot necessarily index what exactly happened with the most [extensive and] accurate modern microscopic precision.

It surely was an interesting journey on being aware of the need to take into account compromises and variables; to realise how each of us has an inner voice and, likewise, the composers, the interpreters, the instruments. Last but not least the instrument builders at that time who had to deal with the progressive and unceasing tasks demanded by the society and users of the time.

One thing seems still to have credit: Variety rules many aspects of musical life, in the late 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Together with a profound transformation of the social and cultural structure of the time, this would probably lead to the individualism which we like to recall as Romanticism. Variety is found in instrument making, in conceptual performing approaches, defining in the specific case different “piano schools”, in compositional forms and within the same accustomed stylistic form; in sound production concepts between instrument families and within the same instrument itself. One could probably go on and on to a such a degree, trying to define and list peculiarities which might make us loose the sense of perspective.
Understanding the relation and the interrelation of all of these issues, validating heritage and legacy in the historical frame, may give us the mindfulness and make us realise how crucial is at some point to zoom out and harmonise contents and containers, utensils and matter in order to gain back the unity of the overall topic.

All these ingredients, and more, form and give dimension to the final result which in its single segmentation would not serve otherwise a purpose - if any, nor any aim to make Early Music today. With this perspective I wish the listener would approach this audio work, as a never-ending process rather than a dogmatic statement. I wish you all a good listening journey.
[Antonio Piricone]

Antonio was born in Bingen am Rhein, Germany in 1977. After his initial studies in Catania - Italy, on modern piano, Antonio continued his musical education at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands. There he specialised in Early Music, Performance Practice and Historical Keyboard instruments. Most recently Antonio furthered his musical education with Andreas Staier in Cologne and with Sally Sargent in Vienna.

Antonio is an Italian musician of the younger generation whose personal approach, both as a pianist and an exponent on historical keyboard instruments, is commanding increasing attention internationally. In 2009 he was awarded the First Prize at the Van Wassenaer Concours - Amsterdam, the most prestigious competition of early chamber music in the industry; followed in 2011 by the Clementi Award in England, the coveted prize for researching original repertoire on historical keyboards. His interpretative skills, versatility, sense of style and technical qualities distinguish him both as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.

Antonio appears at major international music venues, festivals and concert series in Europe, Japan, the United States and Middle East: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Muziekgebouw & Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festival of La Roque d'Antheron, Opera National de Bordeaux, La Folle Journée in Bilbao, Essen Philharmonie, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Bach Festival Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo Opera City Hall, and in partnership with internationally renowned orchestras and artists such as Collegium 1704, Concerto Köln, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Staier.

Antonio Piricone has recorded for RAI Italian Radio & Television network, the Czech Radio & Television, Radio4 in the Netherlands, Radio France. His recordings have been broadcast by Italian BBC Radio3, Radio Vaticana and Britains' Classic FM, RadioTre Suite, Bavarian Radio.

Antonio is also active in the educational field since 2006, currently teaching at the State Conservatory of Music in Trapani where he holds the positions of Head of Keyboards Dpt. and Coordinator for Academic Research, Development and Internationalisation. His international acumen and recognition are further exemplified by his appointments as a Lecturer at Yasar University in Izmir - Turkey and masterclasses given at Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg - Russia.