LAO SILESU (1883-1953): Piano Concerto in E Flat, Symphonic Suite Muse Champêtre, Feuilles éparses for Solo Piano.
Catalogue Number: 06I087
Reference: PI 2419
Description: A Sardinian who was educated at the Schola Cantorum under D'Indy and who spent most of the rest of his life in France, Silesu stuck throughout his career to the principles of his teachers so that, although piano-and-orchestra works by such cutting-edge composers as Gershwin, Ravel, Bartók, Stravinsky, Hindemith and Janacek all predate his 1929 concerto, this work inhabits the world of Saint-Saëns, Franck, D'Indy and Fauré. The attractive suite ("Dawn", "Harvest", "Merrymaking" and "Return from the Harvest") is, if anything, even more conservative than the concerto while the set of piano character pieces, from 1951, has touches of jazz and popular music which would have been cutting edge 40 years prior to its composition. A very attractive program for collectors of late French Romanticism. Roberto Piana (piano), Sassari Symphony Orchestra; Alberto Peyretti.