Ponchielli: Piano Music / Ester Poli

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Charming salon miniatures and a grand funeral march by the verismo composer of La Gioconda.Most of the pieces issued here were published in the 1870s...

Charming salon miniatures and a grand funeral march by the verismo composer of La Gioconda.

Most of the pieces issued here were published in the 1870s and 1880s, and some of them are far more substantial than mere album-leaves. Yet they are hardly known at all; Riccardo Muti recorded an orchestration of the sombre and touching Elegia funebre from 1881, but Ester Fusar Poli’s new recording is the only available version of the piano original. Even more imposing in scale is the 16-minute Funeral March which Ponchielli wrote late in 1872 to honor the passing of the publisher Francesco Lucca. However, no Ponchielli album would be complete without a version of the ‘Dance of the Hours’ immortalized by Walt Disney’s hippos in Fantasia.

Ester Fusar Poli presents a beguiling sequence of elegies, nocturnes, polkas and tone-poems, demonstrating the composer’s expressive range and deft piano writing. An extensive essay by Gabriele Galleggiante Crisafulli considers Ponchielli’s piano output in the context of his career as a whole, making this album an important contribution to our understanding of a figure who was much more than a ‘one-hit wonder’.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 25, 2023


  • UPC: 5028421969695


  • Catalog Number: BRI96969


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli


  • Conductor: Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano), Ester Poli (Piano)


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Amilcare Ponchielli


  • Performer: Ester Fusar Poli



Works:


  1. La Gioconda, Act III: Danza delle ore

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  2. Il primo affetto, Op. 94

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  3. Amicizia in B-flat Major, Op. 95

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  4. T'amerò sempre in D-Flat Major, Op. 87

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  5. Tutti ebbri in D Major, Op. 90

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  6. Elegia, Add 9

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  7. Improvviso in A Major

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  8. Notturno in A-Flat Major, Op. 93

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  9. Gavotte poudrée in F Major, Op. 91

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  10. Elegia, Op. 92

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  11. Saltellina-polka in E-Flat Major, Op. 98

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  12. Elegia funebre in onore di Felice Frasi in B-Flat Minor, Op. 89

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  13. La staffetta di Gambolo, Op. 88

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)


  14. Marcia funebre per i funerali diFrancesco Lucca in G Minor, Op. 112

    Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli

    Performer: Ester Poli (Piano)