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Live in Taiwan 1998
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Live in Taiwan 1998

Sergio Fiorentino

Label: Rhine Classics
Format: CD
Barcode: 4713106280097
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Catalog number: RH 009
Releasedate: 02-08-19
- Live recording of one of Fiorentino's latest concerts: in Taiwan in May 1998
- Fiorentino is one of those great pianists who only connaisseurs actually know but who deserve to be discovered by all piano lovers.
The Italian pianists who have made the history of interpretation are well known, starting from Busoni through Zecchi, Benedetti Michelangeli, up to Pollini and others…
But there are many other very great Italian pianists, who due to a series of more or less clear circumstances, slipped away unnoticed, without the deserved recognition. In particular, Sergio Fiorentino stands out above all of them, an incomparable pianist and musician, who had a discontinuous career and that only post-mortem began to be universally ranked as one of the greatest pianist of the 20th Century.
He was, above all, a soulful musician, who always avoided virtuosity for its own sake, and could thus return profound interpretations of Bach, Schubert, Franck or of the last Beethoven’s sonatas. He was a balanced pianist, faithful to the score, but, at the same time, still tied to certain freedom of expression, typical of the pianists of the late 19th century but always with great taste, elegance, musicality and respect of the musical style.
Fiorentino, for his perfect technique, clear sonority, vast musical culture and broad repertoire (from Bach to Stravinsky, including also the main compositions for orchestra and chamber music) represents in many aspects the archetype of the “perfect pianist”.

The Italian pianists who have made the history of interpretation are well known, starting from Busoni through Zecchi, Benedetti Michelangeli, up to Pollini and others...

But there are many other very great Italian pianists, who due to a series of more or less clear circumstances, slipped away unnoticed, without the deserved recognition. In particular, Sergio Fiorentino stands out above all of them, an incomparable pianist and musician, who had a discontinuous career and that only post-mortem began to be universally ranked as one of the greatest pianist of the 20th Century.

As it is known, Michelangeli referred to him as “the only other pianist”, and also Horowitz was very much impressed by some recordings of the Neapolitan pianist that he listened on the radio.

Sergio Fiorentino was born in 1927 in Naples, where he studied at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella with Luigi Finizio and Paolo Denza. Later he attended the master classes held by Carlo Zecchi at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

He graduated at the age of twenty, started an intense concert activity, being

awarded at the same time important prizes in the following competitions
1947
- Concorso Pianistico Nazionale di Monza: 2nd (no 1st awarded)

- Concorso Pianistico Nazionale di Monza: 1st (Piano Trio section)
- Geneva International Competition: 2nd 1948

- Concorso Rossomandi di Napoli: 1st
- Concorso Internazionale di Genova: 1st 1950, 1951 & 1952
- Concorso Nazionale Accademia Musicale Napoletana: 1st.

At that time, his referring models and inspiration are pianists such as Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Between the end of the ‘40s and the beginning of the ‘50s he gives many concerts in Europe and America, always with great success among audiences and critics.

In 1953 he makes his debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York. But his incipient bright career is suddenly interrupted by a serious injury suffered in a plane crush in South America, which forces him to reduce his concert activity.