Paola Borganti & Giulio Giurato
Four-Hands Piano Duo


photo by Mario Lega

Photo Duo

Pre-listening Tactus CD
"Marco Enrico Bossi - Complete Piano Four Hands Works"


From "Suite de Walses op 93"
n. 1  -   n. 3  -   n. 6  -  Finale

From "Suite per Grande Orchestra op 123"
Praeludium    -    Fatum    -    Kermesse

Capriccetto    -    Marcia Nuziale Savoia Petrovich

From Orchestral "Scena Pastorale" by A. Ponchielli - Piano Four Hands Transcription  by M.E. Bossi
I movement (Vento lontano)    -    III movement (Festa campestre)

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 Paola Borganti and Giulio Giurato got their piano degree in 1986 at the Conservatories of Music in Ferrara and Bologna.
They had the opportunity to specialize with great musicians such as Jörg Demus, Alexander Lonquich and Sergio Perticaroli in outstanding foundations. They trained as a piano duet with Giovanna Musiani and Boris Bekhterev and attended specialized classes held by Bruno Canino and Antonio Ballista.
They got several prizes both as solist and in many chamber music ensembles and in 1995 they got prize at National Piano Competition “Riviera della Versilia” and at International Competition “Citta' di Lodi”.
The claimed “Schubertiadi”, performed at Quartet Society of Vicenza, Bologna University and at the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Bologna, is a successful example of the cooperation, started in 1996 between Giulio Giurato and Jörg Demus, that inspired the duo Borganti – Giurato.
Appreciated teachers at music secondary school and at music academy, Paola Borganti and Giulio Giurato have successful been playing together for almost 25 years, performing in the most known Italian towns, and particularly playing French composers and classical Austrian/German piano four-hands repertoire (such as Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms), masterpieces such as Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye, Rachmaninov’s Six Pieces op. 11, Gershwin’s Cuban Ouverture and Rhapsody in Blue.
This world premiere recording about four-hands original and transcribed music by Marco Enrico Bossi uses printed first editions and unpublished manuscripts, reviewed by the interpreters, who have used orchestral original scores too.
 


Programme examples:

"Fantaisies"

J.  Brahms
"Souvenir de la Russie"
Six Fantaisies for piano four-hand
1. Russian National Anthem  2. The branch. Little song
3. Don't wake her at dawn. Romance  4. The nightingale
5. There's a big village on the road. Bohemian folk-song
6. The plait. Bohemian folk-song

F. Schubert
Fantasy in F minor op. 103
Allegro molto moderato/Largo/Allegro vivace/Tempo primo

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M. Ravel
Ma Mere l'Oye
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Petit Poucet
Laideronette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
Le jardin féerique

S. Rachmaninov
Six Pieces op. 11
1. Barcarolle in G minor. Moderato
2. Scherzo in D major. Allegro il più possibile
3. Russian Theme in B minor. Andantino cantabile
4. Valzer in A major. Tempo di Valse
5. Romance in C minor. Andante con anima
6. Slava (Gloria) in C major. Allegro moderato
 

"Russia and America"

J.  Brahms
"Souvenir de la Russie"
Six Fantaisies for piano four-hand
1. Russian National Anthem  2. The branch. Little song
3. Don't wake her at dawn. Romance  4. The nightingale
5. There's a big village on the road. Bohemian folk-song
6. The plait. Bohemian folk-song

S. Rachmaninov
Six Pieces op. 11
1. Barcarolle in G minor. Moderato
2. Scherzo in D major. Allegro il più possibile
3. Russian Theme in B minor. Andantino cantabile
4. Valzer in A major. Tempo di Valse
5. Romance in C minor. Andante con anima
6. Slava (Gloria) in C major. Allegro moderato

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G. Gershwin
I got rhythm - Impromptu variations
Allegro con bravura e ben ritmato

Three Preludes
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Rhapsody in Blue
Molto Moderato / Scherzando / Tempo Giusto
Andantino moderato, con espressione /
Agitato e misterioso / Grandioso
 

Dedicated to George Gershwin

Amazing and inexhaustible pianist, clever composer (self-taught man from experience) influenced by the kaleidoscope of cultures and races in New York in early ‘900, George Gershwin is without dubt one of the most important musicians of America and of all musical learned outline of the XXth century.
The sweeping success who made him a multi-millionaire at not even thirthy years old didn’t stop him to search a personal style that walks across symphonic music (the half-jazz little orchestra of Rhapsody in Blue and the big orchestra of Concert in F and An American in Paris), through the many inspired and famous Songs (annualy performed in historical musicals) til his masterpiece Porgy and Bess, the folk-opera that opened a new and unique way of writing music, soon interrupted by the serious disease that prematurely broke off his life at only 39. George Gershwin is one of the most loved musicians still today, in smoky pubs and in Concert Halls, one of the very few who approaches both jazz and classical music lovers.
This contamination probably is the fascination of his art.
 

George Gershwin
(1898 – 1937)

Three Preludes
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

I Got Rhythm Variations
Allegro con bravura e ben ritmato

Rhapsody in Blue
Molto Moderato / Scherzando / Tempo Giusto
Andantino moderato, con espressione /
Agitato e misterioso / Grandioso

Paola Borganti - Giulio Giurato
Four Hands Piano Duo

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“Songs”
But not for me, Lady be good,
Embraceable you,
They can’t take that away from me,
Someone to watch over me,
The man I love, I got Rhythm,
Summertime.

Luisa Cottifogli, voice
Giulio Giurato, piano
Paola Borganti, piano


Photo by Mario Lega

“Sergeij Rachmaninov: Clever and Tradition”
Paola Borganti - Giulio Giurato
Four Hands Piano Duo
Listening guide
by Pier Paolo Bellini/Giulio Giurato
 

"Walzer and  from Orchestra to Piano (and viceversa)"
Music by J. Brahms, M.E. Bossi, G. Gershwin
Paola Borganti - Giulio Giurato
Four Hands Piano Duo
 


 

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