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Sergio Fiorentino Piano Ramblings #2824057 03/08/19 12:55 AM
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Please tell me some of you here are familiar with this. I've seen other pianists noodle around like Horowitz and Earl Wild, but still not quite at the quality that Fiorentino does. Maybe I'm just over reacting to how good this seems? The playing just seems so fantastic to me.


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Re: Sergio Fiorentino Piano Ramblings [Re: MikeN] #2824086 03/08/19 02:56 AM
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He was spectacular. Probably the most underknown and under appreciated pianist of the 20th Century. Horowitz was totally impressed with him when he heard him on the radio in the 80s and Michelangeli said something along the lines of “he is the only pianist besides me.”

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It's interesting. This isn't the first I'd seen of him, but I was initially underwhelmed. Quotes like the ones you mentioned prepared me for a very different type of artist. This video and a couple other recordings I've heard tonight have really made me realize how incredible he really was. He certainty had the physical abilities of a Zimerman or Argerich, but he also had the Italian restraint I associate with pianists like Michelangeli and Busoni. Yet, he seemed also to have a certain "humanity" to his playing that I often find lacking in the other aforementioned Italians, no disrespect to them of course.

He's really quite a staggering find now that I've connected with him, so to speak. Though he seems to have gone rather unnoticed by the world at large due to his reluctance to have a big career, I'm grateful that he's left many recordings. He recordings of the Russian romantics in particular give a certain perspective that one rarely hears.

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I found this video particularly interesting. Besides the obviously impressive technical side, I loved how he interacted with the crowd, particularly with another person from Napoli, in quite an heavy accent from the city: sounds extremely friendly and easygoing, somehow I was expecting a concert pianist of that level to have a much more sofisticated attitude.

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Originally Posted by Kalos Piano
I found this video particularly interesting. Besides the obviously impressive technical side, I loved how he interacted with the crowd, particularly with another person from Napoli, in quite an heavy accent from the city: sounds extremely friendly and easygoing, somehow I was expecting a concert pianist of that level to have a much more sofisticated attitude.


Yes, at least here he seems really down to earth.



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Another video where he just sits down and plays what he's in the mood for:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZLwmHYrLa4

Re: Sergio Fiorentino Piano Ramblings [Re: MikeN] #2824270 03/08/19 12:35 PM
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I would say he is the part of the pinnacle of the Neapolitan school of piano playing, together with Michelangeli. Everything is extremely clean and very clear layers in the music, which is some of the main ideas of this school. I was brought up completely differently, but can really appreciate and respect his playing. Not something I strive for myself, but he is clearly very good at what he does.

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Originally Posted by Pianoman53
I would say he is the part of the pinnacle of the Neapolitan school of piano playing, together with Michelangeli. Everything is extremely clean and very clear layers in the music, which is some of the main ideas of this school. I was brought up completely differently, but can really appreciate and respect his playing. Not something I strive for myself, but he is clearly very good at what he does.


Ahh, what were the aesthetic you were brought up on? I was taught more in line with the aesthetics of these gentleman, which is likely why I like the playing so much.

Re: Sergio Fiorentino Piano Ramblings [Re: MikeN] #2824302 03/08/19 01:36 PM
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My main role models were more the very early pianism - von Sauer, Lamond... Later got into Sofronitsky and Richter. So cleanliness never spoke to me.

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It seems fantastic because it is fantastic. You aren't overreacting in the least. I went crazy when I first learned of him a few years ago.


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Re: Sergio Fiorentino Piano Ramblings [Re: Pianoman53] #2825519 03/11/19 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Pianoman53
My main role models were more the very early pianism - von Sauer, Lamond... Later got into Sofronitsky and Richter. So cleanliness never spoke to me.

Ahh, I see. I don't blame you. The Italians are a bit extreme in their cleanliness for my tastes as well.


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