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Review: PERRACHIO: New Poems; 25 Preludes, American Record Guide, September/October 2019
David Korevaar, piano; MSR 1710

Born in 1883, the Italian Luigi Perrachio often is best described as an Italian impressionist— as Grove Music Online says, “Debussy and Ravel are rarely left sight of for long”. And a lot of the music here does remind me very much of Ravel and Debussy. Other pieces, like the fifth of the New Poems, seem to have the harmonic simplicity of Copland’s American works. Still and all, they mostly remind me of Ravel, particularly the aphoristic 25 Preludes, which Grove identifies as his best known work. They require a pianist with virtuosic technique and an artist’s sensitivity for producing a wide spectrum of tone color. David Korevaar is the right pianist for these pieces. Previously lauded by Mr Becker for his Ravel program (Jan/Feb 2006), he excels here as well. We haven’t reviewed any of Perrachio’s music as far as I can tell, and he is scarcely represented in the current catalog. Knowing his music better certainly helps to flesh out the picture of early 20th Century Italian music. But I hope Korevaar will record more Ravel and also Debussy. I know the competition is keen, but I believe what he would do with those great compositions would contribute significantly to our experience of them.


Review: MahlerFest XXXII, Kelly Dean Hansen, 5/23/19

“In addition to playing the demanding piano part in the Elgar, (Korevaar) took on a challenge few pianists would dare: one of Franz Liszt’s legendary arrangements of the Beethoven symphonies for solo piano. These arrangements are notoriously difficult, among the most challenging things for any pianist to tackle. In Korevaar’s hands, the Fourth Symphony lost none of its identity despite the absence of the orchestra. This is a testament to both Liszt’s skill as a transcriber and Korevaar’s pianism. The perpetual motion finale—certainly not idiomatic for the piano—was breathtaking. In fact, this may rank as Korevaar’s finest Boulder performance in several years, and that is saying something.” | full review


Review: PERRACHIO 9 Poems – 25 Preludes • David Korevaar, Gramophone, May 2019

“Kudos to David Korevaar for bringing Perrachio’s inventive and pianistically resourceful piano music to light and playing it so wonderfully well. Excellent sound…” | full review


Review: PERRACHIO Piano Music • David Korevaar, MSR MS1710, Gramophone, March 2019

“The Italian composer and pianist Luigi Perrachio was born in Turin in 1883 and first learned music as a child from his father, an amateur pianist. After gaining a law degree in Turin he studied music in Bologna before travelling to Paris, where he first heard the music of Ravel and Debussy, who greatly influenced him. Perrachio then settled in Turin, where he taught at the Liceo Musicale from 1925 to 1955. As a writer, pianist and conductor, he was a propagandist for contemporary music and an educational reformer. Of his modest output, in the Debussy-Ravel tradition, the 25 Preludes (1927) for piano are best known. He was important in promoting new through his activities as a performer and organizer, especially with a group he put together, the ‘Double Quintet of Turin’. He was far from prolific as a composer, only as a consequence of significant arm-twisting from his friends. Innate shyness, combined with an aristocratic sense of composing, led him to publish only a small part of his works (especially those for piano and lyrics) and starting from the mid-twenties to confine himself to a sort of voluntary isolation. On this beautifully produced CD, the brilliant American musician David Korevaar gives intelligent, thoughtful and dynamic performances of piano pieces by Luigi Perrachio – bringing this deightful assured music to a much wider audience. ‘A musical epiphany.'”

 

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