Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
musical society OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Saturday Evening, July 7, 1984, at 8:00 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
A Program of Music by French Composers
Miroirs (1905)......................................................Maurice Ravel
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Oiseaux tristes Une Barque sur l'ocean Alborada del gracioso La Vallee des cloches
Three Gnossiennes (1890) Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (1913) Embryons desseches (1913)
Erik Satie (18661925)
Suite Bergamasque (1890)..........................................Claude Debussy
Menuet Clair de lune Passepied
From Pieces pittoresques (1880):.................................Emmanuel Chabrier
Boure'e fantasque (1891)..................................................Chabrier
About the Artist
After an absence of 17 years, Aldo Ciccolini returned to North America in 1974, astound?ing audiences and the Washington press at the University of Maryland's International Piano Festival. He has been in constant demand ever since, touring throughout North America and Europe, and in Japan, Australia, and the Philippines. In North America, his recital engagements include appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C, in Montreal, Los Angeles, Dallas, Cincinnati, Louisville, San Francisco, and Chicago. His ap?pearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of Denver, Dallas, Syracuse, Vancouver, Montreal, and the Edmonton Symphony and the National Arts Center, Ottawa, briefly list some of his orchestral successes. He performed in Mexico City with orchestra and in recital, by invitation from the wife of the President of Mexico. Mr. Cic?colini has played with most of the great conductors of recent times, including Cluytens, Monteux, Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, Kleiber, Ansermet, Maazel, Friihbeck de Burgos, Akiyama, and Giulini.
Aldo Ciccolini's several New York concerts have shown him to be more than a master pianist. His versatility and wit brought him to the rather unusual venue of New York's leading pop music cabaret, The Bottom Line, where he gave two soldout performances of his Cafe Concert, an allSatie program. On television, he has made a special for the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Mr. Ciccolini's six volumes of the piano music of Erik Satie, for Angel records, awakened a new generation to his talents and skyrocketed him to bestseller position on both the American and European record charts. He continues to rank amoug the bestselling pianists in America. He was the first pianist in 25 years to record all five of the SaintSaens piano concerti, winning his second Grand Prix du Disque. Mr. Ciccolini has also recorded D'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Franck's Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns, Albeniz' Iberia, Granados' Goyescos, and both concerti of Maurice Ravel, with Jean Martinon conducting. Ravel's first concerto won for him his third Grand Prix du Disque. Mr. Ciccolini has also recorded piano music by Chabrier, Chopin, Debussy, Massenet, and Deodat de Severac. Angel Records has released his first allLiszt disc and his Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas, and the pianist recently recorded de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Albeniz' Concerto with Enrique Batiz conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. A current project is several recordings of The Operatic Transcriptions of Liszt.
Aldo Ciccolini made his American debut at Carnegie Hall with Dimitri Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic, and he performed that same season with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He studied at the Conservatory in his native city of Naples and gained international attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long--Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, where he now lives.
Tonight's recital marks the pianist's second Ann Arbor appearance.