With this disc, Maestro Ciccolini has produced the most varied programme of his entire recording career: thirteen works and thirteen composers. His recital is organised around two pillars, the most extended pieces on the programme, two waltzes that are extremely difficult and at the same time of great interest: Fauré’s third Valse-Caprice op.59, which propels us into the environment of a certain Parisian aristocracy, and Gabriel Pierné’s suite Viennoise, very different in character, which comes very close to the world of the Folies Bergère.
“One shouldn’t be impatient in life, certain things demand a gestation period. I’m not impatient to play something, I need the time to find myself”, says Aldo Ciccolini. More than just a CD, this new recording is testimony to the art of a living legend. Now 88 years of age, the master’s source of wonder and appetite for music remain intact!