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ALBANESI, CARLO (1858–1926)

Piano Works • 1


  • Julia Severus, piano

Born in Naples, Carlo Albanesi settled in London in 1882 where he successfully balanced a career as a piano soloist with that of professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. His playing was distinguished by delicacy and this is a notable feature of his compositions, of which the sonatas are eloquent examples of his art, large in scale and Classical in form. The Sonata in D minor marries serenity with grandiosity, while the Sonata in B flat minor is wide-ranging and romantic. Renowned for her ‘beautiful tone and deep emotion’ (American Record Guide), acclaimed pianist Julia Severus performs works by an unjustly forgotten composer-pianist who was held in the highest esteem by colleagues, students and audiences alike.

Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata No. 2 (No. 3) in D Minor (1897) (00:33:00 )
1
I. Allegro giusto (00:14:38)
2
II. Scherzo: Presto ma con ritmo (00:04:37)
3
III. Andante cantabile (00:05:44)
4
IV. Finale: Molto allegro e agitato (00:05:56)
5
Souhait, Romance () (00:03:20)
 
Piano Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Minor () (00:28:00 )
6
I. Allegro maestoso (00:14:58)
7
II. Andante (00:07:19)
8
III. Finale: Allegro risoluto ed energico (00:05:50)
Total Time: 01:02:22

The Artist(s)

Julia Severus Julia Severus began playing the piano at the age of four. She graduated from the Berlin University of Arts and from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied piano with Mikhail Voskresensky and Lev Naumov. Wishing to explore piano ensemble repertoire, she founded the Aurora Duo and Quartet, performing numerous premieres and world premieres, among them Rodion Shchedrin’s Hommage à Chopin in the presence of the composer, followed by a recording for two pianos, eight hands, of Russian Romantic Piano Transcriptions (Naxos 8.557717). Her solo recordings, including Tchaikovsky’s opera and song transcriptions (GP795), have been highly praised. Julia Severus lives and works in Paris and Berlin.

The Composer(s)

Carlo Albanesi Born in Naples, Carlo Albanesi settled in London in 1882 where he successfully balanced a career as a piano soloist with that of professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. His playing was distinguished by delicacy and this is a notable feature of his compositions, of which the sonatas are eloquent examples of his art, large in scale and Classical in form. The Sonata in D minor marries serenity with grandiosity, while the Sonata in B flat minor is wide-ranging and romantic. Renowned for her ‘beautiful tone and deep emotion’ (American Record Guide), acclaimed pianist Julia Severus performs works by an unjustly forgotten composer-pianist who was held in the highest esteem by colleagues, students and audiences alike.