Outstanding Piano Music
Gianluca Luisi, the Italian master pianist, played Bach, Chopin, Liszt and eine Rigoletti paraphrase for an enthusiastic audience on Feb. 9 in Bösendorfer Hall.
After the third "demanded" encore, the applause didn't want to stop. Italian pianist Luisi interpreted the C major Prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 846, with great feeling to close his piano recital in Bösendorfer's historical concert hall.
Gianluca Luisi greets the audience with "heart"
On this winter evening in February, music could be heard that deeply touched all concertgoers. All listeners felt transported back to the time of the great composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Bach, through Gianluca Luisi's piano playing.
The outstanding Italian pianist at Bösendorfer Hall
Shortly before Gianluca Luisi stepped onstage in the concert hall -- his joy at being able to play in Bösendorfer Hall could be gather from his facial expression -- he commenced his unusual piano playing after a brief period of concentration. The French Suite No. 5 in G major by J. S. Bach, BWV 816, was at the start of the program. The pianist plays a large repertoire of piano music by the most important composers of all stylistic periods, including the complete keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Gianluca Luisi impressively demonstrated his musicality to the numerous audience members in attendance in Bösendorfer Hall. Franz Liszt glanced at the Italian artist from the background painting during the Paganini Etudes.
Following the French Suite by the German virtuoso composer, organist and keyboard performer of the Baroque was the Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20, a work by one of the most influential and beloved piano composers of the nineteenth century -- Frédéric Chopin, whose 200th birthday is celebrated this year. With his unmistakable musical "handwriting," the Italian pianist played the work by the Polish composer, pianist and pedagogue with an ease that captivated all listeners present.
The final works on the evening's piano recital were by Franz Liszt, starting with his 6 Paganini Etudes. A musical experience for the listeners!
The regular program ended with Liszt's "Rigoletto" paraphrase. The exceptional pianist left the stage after three encores, and thus ended an unforgettable piano recital in Bösendorfer Hall.
A visibly moved Gianluca Luisi, after he played the final note for the evening.
Recensions of his Liszt recording (Naxos):
(Photo credits: Rupert Löschnauer, Dieter Autengruber)