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GUIDO AGOSTI (1901-1989)
Italian pianist




Guido Agosti was a student of Busoni and the teacher of many well known pianists, Maria Tipo the greatest of all.  Agosti was one of those performers whose stage fright never left him causing him to concentrate on teaching.  Among his students were Yonty Solomon, Peter Bithell, Leslie Howard, Barbara Lister-Sink, Martin Jones, Donna Amato, Vladimir Krpan, Hamish Milne, Dag Achatz, Sergio Calligaris, Raymond Lewenthal, Kun-Woo Paik, Jean-Pierre Ferey, Daniel Pollack, William Corbett Jones, Angela Brownridge, Ian Munro, Geneviève Calame, and Eric van Griensven, some of whose names you surely know.

I have only found a few recordings by this important pianist, but the Debussy preludes he recorded at the age of seventy are indeed wonderful, and somewhat reminiscent of Debussy's own playing.

Guido Agosti was also an exceptional chamber musician and accompanist.  Among those with whom he performed was the great Belgian soprano, Suzanne Danco.  Another was the Hungarian violinist Ferenc de Vecsey. Here are several of their collaborations.

Finally, I offer Guido Agosti's excellent transcription of the Firebird Suite which I consider to be one of the finest transcriptions of an orchestral work for solo piano that I know.  I do not know if Agosti ever recorded it himself, but we havea masterful performance by the young Swiss pianist, Francesco Piemontesi.



Debussy  from Préludes, Book I

recorded in 1971


II Voiles: Modéré



V Les collines d'Anacapri: Très modéré



IX La sérénade interrompue: Modérément animé



X La cathédrale engloutie: Profondément calme
VII Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest: Animé et tumultueux



XII Minstrels: Modéré




Debussy  from Préludes, Book II

recorded in 1971


III La puerta del Vino: Mouvement de Habanera



VII La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune: Lent




Schubert  "Gretchen am Spinnrade"
with Suzanne Danco, soprano
(from 1:59 to 5:19 on this video)




Bellini  "Il fervido desiderio"
with Suzanne Danco, soprano




Schumann  "Dichterliebe", Op 48

1 Im wunderschönen Monat Mai - 2 Aus meinen Tränen sprießen
3 Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne - 4 Wenn ich in deine Augen seh
5 Ich will meine Seele tauchen  - 6 Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome - 7 Ich grolle nicht
8 Und wüßten's die Blumen, die - 9 Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen - 10 Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
11 Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen - 12 Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
13 Ich hab' im Traum geweinet - 14 Allnächtlich im Traume
15 Aus alten Märchen winkt es - 16 Die alten, bösen Lieder

recorded in 1949 with Suzanne Danco, soprano




Fauré  "Prison"
with Suzanne Danco, soprano
recorded in 1949

[followed by Charles Bordes (1863-1909)  "O triste, triste était mon âme" with Suzanne Danco, soprano and Roger Boutry, piano - recorded in 1955]




Fauré  "La Lune blanche luit"
with Suzanne Danco, soprano




Debussy  En Bateau
from the Petite Suite, transcribed for violin and piano
with Ferenc de Vecsey, violin

recorded in the early 1930s




Stravinsky-Agosti  The Firebird Suite
Danse infernale - Berceuse - Finale

Francesco Piemontesi, piano










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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