Toccata TO 0129
Malipiero: Complete music for solo piano – José Raúl López
The Italian composer Riccardo Malipiero (1914 – 2003), nephew of the better-known Gian Francesco Malipiero, was one of the pioneers of twelve-tone technique in Italy. His six published piano works – recorded here for the first time – encapsulate half a century of development, from the post-Respighian 14 Variazioni of 1938, via the Bachian Invenzioni and the virtuosic Costellazioni, to the classicism of the Diario secondo of 1985. But the concern of Malipiero was more with individuality of expression than with modernist dogma, and he was happy to break the rules in pursuit of colour and variety.
"... These pices are austere but not especially forbiding. The earlier Variations, Piccola Musica, and Inventions are more neoclassical and accessible. All the pieces, whether serial or not, have classical symmetries and striking ideas. Jose Raul Lopez plays this challenging, unfamiliar music with clarity and commeitment."
Jack Sullivan - American Record Guide - September/October 2013