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Filippo Gorini

January 28, 2024
Hertz Hall

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The young Italian pianist Filippo Gorini brings equal parts exuberance and profundity to his performances of Bach’s The Art of Fugue. Rather than treating this enigmatic collection of works as a series of exercises, Gorini approaches the composition as a single unfolding narrative, and has said that he is intent on both uncovering the singing quality in the composer’s lines and connecting Bach’s counterpoint and canons to an emotional tension latent below the music’s complex surface. Gorini has the credentials to pull it off, having won the Diapason d’Or Award for his debut recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and as a recent selection as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust artist. “These beautifully understated accounts…beguile and charm in equal measure…wonderfully free from pianistic effects, elegantly understated and technically perfect” (Early Music Review).