Pinto: Complete Piano Music

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The only complete survey on record of the piano music by a prodigal English contemporary of Mozart.

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Composer: George Frederick Pinto
Artist: Marek Toporowski (fortepiano)

This album contains the complete piano music by Pinto, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics.

According to the impresario Salomon, had George Frederick Pinto not died at the age of 21, ‘England would have had the honour of producing a second Mozart’. Early in 1806 he probably succumbed to the effects of tuberculosis, much exacerbated by a dissolute lifestyle; Pinto’s ‘very questionable character, his habits of intemperance, and his somewhat lax principles,’ were notorious to his contemporaries.

And yet despite the praise of Salomon and Samuel Wesley, who remarked that ‘a greater musical Genius has not been known’, Pinto’s music fell into obscurity, only to be revived in the 1960s. Within the two or three years before his death he produced an astonishingly mature body of work centred on the instruments with which he was also a celebrated performer, the violin and the piano. Perhaps his most remarkable music is to be found in the piano sonatas recorded here by Marek Toporowski:, more particularly the two sonatas op.3 and the Grand Sonata in C minor ‘Inscribed to his Friend John Field’ (1803).

A Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, left unfinished and completed by Wesley and Wölfl; and three sets of Variations also match up to Pinto’s best standards. These works are blessed with beautiful and original ideas; although the influences of Mozart, Dussek and Cramer are clearly discernible there are many original touches, as well as astonishing anticipations of Beethoven, Schubert and even Chopin. Anyone with even a passing interest in Classical-era piano music will find Pinto’s highly inventive music worth further investigation.

Marek Toporowski plays three fortepianos, all of them modern copies of distinguished German models from the end of the 18th century.

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Grand Sonata for the Piano Forte in C Minor:
0:00:00 I. Allegro espressivo con foco é risoluto
0:08:41 II. Poco adagio, tranquillo, legato è con espressione
0:13:42 III. Rondo allegro molto agitato con fuoco è con espressione

0:20:33 Minuetto in A-Flat Major
0:24:52 Cory Owen: I. Allegro moderato
0:30:49 Rondo for the Piano Forte in E-Flat Major

Grand Sonata for the Piano Forte in A Major, Op. 3 No. 2:
0:36:48 I. Allegro moderato
0:45:18 II. Poco adagio affettuoso
0:50:13 III. Rondo molto allegro con spirit

Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 3 No. 1:
0:54:42 I. Allegro moderato con espressione
1:03:44 II. Adagio con gusto
1:08:01 III. Allegro con brio

3 Favourite Airs with Variations for the Piano, Op. 2 No. 1:
1:12:28 I. Mamma Mia…
1:21:07 II. …and a French Air from the Opera
1:31:25 III. Variations on Original Theme

1:43:27 New Waltz Composed by G. Pinto

Sonatina I for the Piano Forte in G Major, Op. 4 No. 1:
1:44:32 I. Allegro moderato
1:51:45 II. A la ecopois
1:54:05 III. Quick March

Sonatina II for the Piano Forte in B-Flat Major, Op. 4 No. 2:
1:58:10 I. Allegro moderato
2:03:43 II. Romance
2:06:59 III. Rondo. Allegro

Sonatina III for the Piano Forte in C Major, Op. 4 No. 3:
2:09:43 I. Marcia maestoso
2:13:55 II. Irish Air
2:14:46 III. Waltz

Fantasia and Sonata for the Piano Forte from 4 Canzonets and Sonata:
2:17:29 I. Adagio con espressione e poco ad libitum
2:19:42 II. Allegro con spirito – Adagio
2:21:59 III. Fugato
2:23:50 IV. Sonata Grave con espressione
2:25:05 V. Allegro

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