I like to follow new artists as they emerge into the music scene. Ms. Pacini has excellent credentials and training, so let me tell you about her new recording which features the following music:
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’
Consolation, S. 172 No. 1 in E major
Consolation, S. 172 No. 2 in E major
Ouvertüre zu R Wagners Tannhäuser S442
Réminiscences de “Don Juan” (after Mozart), S. 418
Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major
All performed by Sophie Pacini (piano)
Gramophone wrote the following:
“Sophie Pacini is a protégée of Martha Argerich and it shows…There’s a similar air of in-the-moment rhapsodising and no fear of giving the performance a boot up the backside.”
Born in Munich in 1991, Pacini began her studies at the age of ten at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where she was accepted two years later by the newly founded Institute for Highly Gifted Students. From 2007 she continued her studies in master classes given by Pavel Gililov, completing her diploma in 2011 with honors.
In 2010 she met Martha Argerich, who invited her the following year to give a recital as part of the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, and who has since become an important figure in the young pianist’s career.
Here is Ms. Pacini in Liszt’s Liebestraum #3: