& Beatrice Playing
Music of George Gershwin - Fazil Say -
& Beatrice Puiu, piano
[SferMusic, DDD, LBP 00108]
Track 2 (8.53): Sergio Calligaris (1941)
Parafrasi da concerto Op.16
sul valzer del 1° atto del balletto "Il Lago dei
Cigni" di Tchaikovsky
Hugs and kisses of embarrassing generosity
Piano to four hands: exquisite performance in nineteenth-century, parlour expression as
well as concerted-music, family affections that meet often - characterized - in repeated
and expected educational essay, where admiration, emotion tears and the consents are above
all if not exclusively by their parents and grandparents sitting in the first row. To whom
the whole appears as a due intimate offer, as an embrace. Likeable homely.
Nevertheless, only for the naives, the "four-handed" is a kind of poor relative
of the stately and authoritative ones "two pianos" (yet, here the fingers don't
multiply themselves: they remain always no more than twenty) that the great institutions
have proposed and still propose with the brothers Kontarski, Canino-Ballista , the sisters
Also in the pentagram shops, seldom if ever, they extend to four-handed". So
that the CD's outbound by the twins Laura & Beatrice Puiu comes out again as an
exception: a golden occasion to enjoy an itinerary on a piano solo. Which flies above the
"usual" (with all respect) performances of Dances and Waltz along fortunate, as
well as the traditions which took advantage in the Central Europe, among the revered
Brahms and Dvorák.
[...] the CD holds one of the most fascinating performance of the Argentinian Sergio
Calligaris: the concert Paraphrase op. 16 on the Waltz from the 1° act of the Swan Lake
by Tchaikovsky, given the first time in 1981 in the TV program "Voglia di
musica" (Music desire) conceived and managed at Accademia Chigiana in Siena, by who
writes this same note. Yes, exactly by Luigi Fait.
Enjoying now, here a collection of beats, full of enchanting theatricality, such to
envision the two interpreters directly catapulted out of the black and severe Steinway,
towards a coloured, fantastic stage, on which they are dancing, playing a part, smiling,
even greeting us and kissing us with embarrassing generosity [...]
About the passages
The Paraphrase of Tchaikovskys Waltz from the Swan Lake has been discovered by us
a short time ago and we have been attracted immediately by Calligaris piano writing
, for its freshness and the inciting distribution of the two parts on the whole keyboard.
It is always exciting to live again the different "scenes" of the ballet,
"to see them to flow under our hands as true ballet dancers, with those smooth
and flowing passages and the virtuosity, that give so much satisfaction to the fingers!
Laura e Beatrice Puiu
Twins Laura and Beatrice Puiu are one of the most important Piano Duo of the
International Musical panorama. They are very talented and expressive with a special gift
for creative interpretation.
Born in Bucarest, now Italian citizens, they started learning piano at 4 at the Arts
High School G.Enescu", under the supervision of Master Alexandru Dumitrescu.
They were 9 years old when they win the International Competition Città di
Stresa, continue the studies at the Conservatoire G.Verdi of Milan,
where they graduated in 1999 under the supervision of Master Carlo Levi Minzi.
While studying at the Conservatoire they attended the International Piano Accademy
Incontri col Maestro in Imola, where in 1997 they brilliantly graduated in
Chamber Music under the supervision of Master Pier Narciso Masi. They awards at many
National and International Contests, effect radio and television recording for Rumania,
Czech Republic, Poland and Japan.
Since they were yung, besides an intense concert activity, they attend an important
didactic activity, that sees her inventors of new and revolutionary methods of teaching,
turned towards the first years of study and the preliminary studies of the Piano.
From 1999 to 2007, further to have been piano teachers, they were in charge of also the
Responsible of Artistic Events and Responsible of Didactis at Academy of arts Discanto in
Verona. They promote, realize and organize numerous and important didactic, artistic and
cultural activities as Festival, reviews, shows, conferences, meeting, work-shops of
examination and formation, etc., turns to the cultural development of the territory.
From 2007 they are regular teachers of principal Piano at the Civic School in Verona -
Sommacampagna. In 2008 they founded the International Cultural Association of Music and
Art SferMusic, that aims at developing, diffusing and increasing the knowledge of the
classic music and generally of the culture, also through innovative and experimental
Laura and Beatrice are engaged in the search, in the extension and in the diffusion of
the repertoire for piano duo, also through their own adaptations for 4 hands and 2 pianos,
constantly collaborating with artists of international fame.