Sofia Gubaidulina, Appen 2014
It might be said to be the sign of fate, when composers and interpreters have the opportunity to happily interact. Such a unique and rare occurrence usually brings to a rich creative collaboration.
I met the renowed Italian pianist, Alice Di Piazza, on the occasion of her concert performance of my « Introitus », and soon realised that was one of those rare occurrences. Because of its instrumental arrangement, « Introitus » requests an uncommon aptitude on the part of the soloist and Alice was clearly able to display it. The piece is not intended to primarily solicit virtuosity from the orchestra and the soloist; I aimed, instead, at a deeply contemplative composition, to be arranged within a distinctive acoustic texture to be shared by the pianist and the orchestra.
Alice succeded in expressing this piece’s musical singularity in a way that I found extremely convincing. She was able to grasp both the form and the content of my piece, and performed it with an unusual expressive intensity and spotless execution, taking on and overcoming the challenging construction of my « Introitus ».
Alice’s unique, creative, and original talent was to combine technical perfection and artistic virtuosity with meaning and willpower.
After « Introiutus », Alice played another piece of mine, « La Chaconne » for solo piano. To me that was a revelation! The incredible power of her technical mastery fully revealed her ability to develop tragic expressiveness.
Thus we might say, without exaggerating, that Alice is a highly talented pianist with a strong personality and a genuine relation with life and art. I am sure that an artist of such profundity and calibre will be received by the public as a true gift.