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Fiorentino has magic in his fingers

Postby elvenpianist » 04 Apr 2006, 23:12

Seriously. He must've been an elf.

I'm sitting here just like.. totally in awe. And I've listened to these recs a hundred million times.

Ah.

To play like that...

A dream worth pursuing, lol. And one I DEF will pursue, though I doubt I will succeed! :P
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Postby elvenpianist » 25 Jun 2006, 20:55

And he plays the BEST Kinderscenen ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby PianistSk8er » 25 Jun 2006, 23:53

Ah, I lost all of those great recordings that were on the Ampcast website.

Someone should send them to me. ;)

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Postby lol_nl » 26 Jun 2006, 08:43

He died in a car crash, right? I've never heard a recording of him, only his colleague Aldo Ciccolini who comes from about the same school, but I've heard many great things about him.
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Postby elvenpianist » 27 Jun 2006, 18:06

I don't actually know the cause of his death.

I do know that the last piece he played in public was Beethoven's Sonata Op. 26, prophetically containing the "Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe."

Weird. Kapell also with the 2nd Sonata of Chopin...

:?

Actually all my favorite pianists died tragically, with maybe 2 exceptions. :(


Listening to Fior's carnaval now- it's insane! SO GOOD! The best I've heard, I think... and I've heard 5 or so now.
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Postby Thracozaag » 28 Jun 2006, 08:13

I believe he died of a heart attack (was playing strong up until the end); but did suffer from a car crash earlier in his life which no doubt put his entire career on hold for a significant period of time.

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Postby Brewtality » 29 Jun 2006, 08:55

Thracozaag wrote: but did suffer from a car crash earlier in his life which no doubt put his entire career on hold for a significant period of time.

koji


Wasn't it a plane crash? (or crash-landing rather). Fiorentino has become an obsession of mine, and I hope to gather all of his recordings (there are sooo many!) eventual. Also check out the Fiorentino yahoo group:
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/sfiorentino/
it is rather quiet, but the guy who runs it is a real Fiorentino freak and is also extremely generous and will send you recordings for free. Also the more people who join and participate in the discussions the better I feel.

Btw here is some of his Schumann: http://www.ravinia.org/onescore/2006/english/index.html
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Postby elvenpianist » 29 Jun 2006, 09:44

oooooo... more.. recordings...

*gleeful smile*

I love his Bach, too. He plays like absolutely awesome Bach. I saw on his discography that he actually recorded the Chromatic Fantasy, though I think it's yet to be released on CD. I WANT THAT REC!!!!

*ahem*

I'll join the group! Thanks for the link!
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Postby lol_nl » 29 Jun 2006, 10:17

BTW, this is his repetoire:

http://www.people.freenet.de/elumpe/sfrepert.htm


BTW, he had a plane crash once, but didn't die:


"This recital was taped, live, only a year before Fiorentino's untimely death in 1998 at the age of 70. The story of the pianist's interrupted career (due to a plane crash) may be dramatic, but this kind of playing doesn't need any boosts from such irrelevant factors. Fiorentino was a complete Chopin player. (...)


The booklet reveals the story of Fiorentino who many years ago suffered a spine injury in a plane crash, but (...)


(...) In 1954, on tour in South America, he was involved in a serious plane crash. Aged only 27, he suffered severe spinal injuries and temporary paralysis. Returning to piano-playing thereafter involved a slow and arduous process of relearning. It must have taken its toll on a man of sensitive and introverted nature, not naturally given to the demanding life generally associated with that of a travelling virtuoso. (...)


His death came at home, without pain and unexpectedly
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Postby Brewtality » 29 Jun 2006, 11:10

elvenpianist wrote:oooooo... more.. recordings...

*gleeful smile*

I love his Bach, too. He plays like absolutely awesome Bach. I saw on his discography that he actually recorded the Chromatic Fantasy, though I think it's yet to be released on CD. I WANT THAT REC!!!!


Enjoy! http://www.sendspace.com/file/smiyru
er looks like I didn't relabel the rar, it contains both the fantasy and fugue.
I agree, his Bach is fantastic, basically he plays everything well. His Bach-Busoni Chaconne is right up there with Michelangeli.
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Postby elvenpianist » 29 Jun 2006, 11:25

NO WAY

*flips*

Duuudeeee you're awesome thanks sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D:D:D:D:D
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Postby Brewtality » 30 Jun 2006, 02:54

No worries. I'm glad that you love Fiorentino so much.
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