Giuseppe Bruno, piano
July 22 h 9.15PM
Piazza Santa Croce - La Serra di Lerici
Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata in A minor D784
Allegro giusto – Andante – Allegro vivace
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Three heroines of Wagner: Dream of Elsa (Lohengrin), Ballad of Senta (Flying Dutchman), Death of Isolde (Tristan und Isolde)
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Polonaise fantasia in A-flat major op. 61
We expect to be struck and moved by romantic music, and that is precisely what happens with this program. Fanny Mendelssohn demonstrates in a short composition her great ability in writing, so similar (even in the idea of the piano lied) yet different from that of the great Felix. Schubert opens with the dramatic Sonata in A minor, written shortly after the famous Unfinished Symphony, marking the season of his (all too brief) artistic maturity, with a composition that stylistically projects far ahead, characterized by a decidedly symphonic pianism. Chopin, in his final piano works, explores sounds and forms that can no longer be defined as before, inventing with the Polonaise-Fantasia a great heroic poem imbued with melancholy. In the same years, Wagner flees Dresden, and shortly after Liszt conducts the premiere of Lohengrin in Weimar, becoming Wagner’s apostle during his Swiss exile. In his extraordinary work as a popularizer of the music of the future genre, Liszt writes numerous transcriptions and paraphrases of his operatic works, characterized by a respect for the original that Liszt does not always show in other cases. The three proposed female visions are, in the case of Elsa and Senta, almost prophetic images of the hero who can save them (or kill them…), while the grandiose epilogue of Tristan und Isolde sees the latter speaking to her beloved, now dead, in a moment of artistic catharsis perhaps unmatched.
Giuseppe Bruno graduated with honors in Piano, Composition and Conducting with Professors Specchi, Zangelmi and Taverna. He also studied piano with Paolo Bordoni, conducting with Leopold Hager at Mozarteum Salzburg and attended a seminar in composition at the IRCAM in Paris.
Performing in many different chamber ensembles and as a soloist, Bruno has played with important orchestras throughout the world and conducted prestigious ensembles such as Archi della Scala, Orchestra della Toscana, Ukraine National Orchestra.
He has collaborated with great conductors such as Spiros Argiris, Alkis Baltas, Roberto Abbado, Pasquale Valerio and participated in the “Festival of Two Worlds” in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina. Bruno was a prize winner at the International Piano Contest in Rome in 1991 and in 1992 at the “Viotti” competition in Vercelli, in a duo with violinist Alberto Bologni. He has recorded for many labels, as well as for European Broadcasters. In 2018 he premiered Liszt’s forgotten opera “Sardanapalo” at Lerici Music Festival.
He has collaborated with numerous conductors, instrumentalists and singers, with actress Milena Vukotič and the Berlin Philharmonic Octet; as a piano duo with Paolo Valcepina he has held two tours in China.
Also active as a conductor (he conducted, among other things, the first Italian revival of Liszt’s rediscovered opera “Sardanapalo”), he is also the author of chamber and theater compositions. Universal Edition in Vienna published his transcription of “Purgatorio” from Mahler’s 10th Symphony.
Giuseppe Bruno is currently the Director of the Giacomo Puccini State Conservatory in La Spezia.