Compact Discs


Groups or Compilations
by Various Artists

Rare Jewish music from
Piano Rolls: 1916-27

Brooklyn Baroque
Pleasures of the French
Northern Lights
J.S. Bach: Works for Flute

Wolf Trap Chamber Group
Wild, Shumsky, Curtis

Historic concert for
four pianos, presented
by the Van Cliburn Foundation

Masters of the Keyboard
Miami Int'l Piano Festival
of Discovery, Vol 1 & 2

Van Cliburn Competition
Retrospective Series

Vol. 1 - Groote - In Memoriam
Vol. 2 - 1977 Competition
Vol. 3 - 1969 Competition
Vol. 4 - 1962,1969 Competition
Vol. 5 - 1985 Competition
Vol. 6 -1989 Competition
Vol. 7 - 1973 Competition
Vol. 8 - 1981 Competition

Vol. 9 - 1993 Competition

The Catalan Piano Tradition

Liszt 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies
Played By 19 Great Pianists

Johann Strauss
- Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions

Greatest Hits of Christmas
Classics; greatest artists!

Artist By Last Name:

, Julius
Julius Baker In Recital
Julius Baker In Recital, Vol. 2

Flute Force: "Pastorale"
- featuring Julius Baker

Barere, Simon
My Father was Simon Barere

Bakamjian, David
Boismortier Sonatas for Cello
and Other Instruments

, Francesco
Music From America

, Jeanne-Marie
The Early Recordings

De Maria, Pietro
De Maria, Pietro

Fitz-Gerald, Kevin
Plays Liszt

Fliter, Ingrid
Plays Chopin
Plays Beethoven & Chopin

Frisardi, Nicola
Brahms Piano Cto. No. 1
& Four Ballades Op. 10

Fuchs, Joseph
Joseph Fuchs In Recital

Gabrilowitsch, Ossip
Issued and Unissued Recordings

Gavrylyuk, Alexander
Live in Recital, 2005
Live in Recital, 2007

Gekic, Kemal
In Concert

Gieseking, Walter
Walter Gieseking
Plays Beethoven
Gieseking Plays Debussy

Haendel, Ida
In Recital
Historic Return to Chelm

, Josef
Complete Josef Hofmann, v. 1
Complete Josef Hofmann, v. 2

Complete Josef Hofmann, v. 3

Complete Josef Hofmann, v. 4

, Ilya
In Recital

, Grant
Faure: Complete Piano Works, v.1

, William
William Kapell In Concert
William Kapell, Vol. 2

Kipnis, Igor
His First Solo Recordings

Korevaar, David
Brahms Variations

Goldberg Variations
Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Kuleshov, Valery
Plays Liszt

, Francesco
Presenting Francesco Libetta
Libetta in Lecce
Libetta Plays Beethoven
Piano Duos
The Art of Finger Dexterity
Mussorgsky & Balakirev
Pozzoli: Studies
Liszt: 12 Symphonic Poems for
Live in Fort Lauderdale
Piano Duos
d ’Avalos: Compositions
Scarlino: Compositions
Music of Bach and Battiato

Debut Recording

, Joseph
Duet for Voice and Violin

Moravec, Ivan
Plays Beethoven
Plays Mozart, Beethoven
& Brahms

Moskovitz, Marc
Cello Music Of David Popper
Alfredo Piatti - Siciliana

Neiman, Adam
In Recital
Early Mozart Concerti

, Ervin
At The Opera

Oldham, Kevin
Out Of The Depths
The Choral & Organ Music

Pechefsky, Rebecca
Krebs Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord
D'Agincour: Harpsichord Wks, v 1

D'Agincour: Harpsichord Wks, v 2
Bach and his Circle
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Perez, Vanessa

At Carnegie Hall

100th Anniversary Tribute

, Alberto
Plays Chopin
Plays Schumann

In Recital

, Aaron
In Norway

Saperton, David
Plays Chopin & Godowsky

Scarlino, Eriberto (and others)
Scarlino: Compositions

Stallman, Robert

Sultanov, Alexei
Live in Japan

Tureck, Rosalyn
Live At The Teatro Colón
Goldberg Variations
Partitas 1, 2, 6
Great Solo Works
Great Solo Works, v.2
The Young Firebrand
The Young Visionary
Tureck Première Performances
Bach Harpsichord Recital
Rosalyn Tureck Col., v. 5
Live in St. Petersburg

Votapek, Ralph

, Vita and Ishmael
Walter & Pfitzner
Sonatas for Violin & Piano

, Earl
In Concert, Vol. 1
Rachmaninoff Solo Works
Earl Wild: Living History
Earl Wild at 30
Earl Wild at 88!
Rachmaninoff: Song Transcr
Plays Chopin Ballads & Scherzos
Piano Music of Medtner
Plays Beethoven
Etudes Op. 10, 25 & Nouvelles Etudes
Mozart Music for 2 Pianos: Wild & Parkinson
In Concert
Legendary 1981 Baldwin Recs
Paderewski, Scharwenka Piano Cts
Earl Wild in Concert, Vol. 2 - Concertos 
Wild Performs His Own Works


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Presenting Franceso Libetta
VAI AUDIO, 1 CD: cat# 1196, $16.99

1. Gagliarda 3:22 Vincenzo Galilei
(transcription by Ottorino Respighi)

2. Siciliana 2:50 Anonymous
(transcription by Ottorino Respighi)

3. Canzon Francese 4:29 Carlo Gesualdo

Studies on the Chopin Études
Leopold Godowsky
4. Op. 10, No. 3 4:28
5. Op. 10, No. 5 & Op. 25, No. 9 (played simultaneously),

6. La Valse 12:20 Maurice Ravel
(transcribed for piano by the composer)

Estampes Claude Debussy
7. Pagodes 5:16
8. La soirée dans Grenade 5:52
9. Jardins sous la pluie 4:37

Two Operatic Transcriptions Franz Liszt
10. "O du mien holder Abendstern" from Tannhäuser (Wagner) 6:00
11. Valse from Faust (Gounod) 10:09

12. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2 3:14 Frédéric Chopin
13. Étude in D-flat, Op. 52, No. 6,
"Étude en form de valse"
5:50 Camille Saint-Saëns
14. Canción VI 2:22
Federico Mompou

Recorded live in concert on February 27, 2000,
at the Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach, Florida Concert

presented as part of the Miami International Piano Festival of Discovery
Chief Sound Engineer: Peter McGrath
Editing Engineer: Simon Soong

About the artist . . .

Every so often, news of a stunning new instrumentalist creates a buzz in the music business long before the public at large has had an opportunity to experience the latest discovery first-hand. Francesco Libetta's name began circulating among the piano cognoscenti after his astonishing traversal of Godowsky's fifty-three studies based on Chopin's Études. Only one pianist before had played these notoriously difficult pieces (described by one critic as a "monster corpus") in their entirety in concert; Libetta was the very first to play them all by memory. Though his performances of the work were confined to Italy, word spread quickly of a new pianist with a superhuman technique wedded to an innate, elegant musicality. Musicologist and Godowsky biographer Jeremy Nichols called Libetta's performances of the Chopin/Godowsky studies "Stunning! I never thought I'd hear such mesmerizing performances of these pieces in concert." Libetta's distinguished compatriot Aldo Ciccolini describes Libetta as "the most talented instrumentalist of his generation," while critic Eric Schoones has called him "the reincarnation of Dinu Lipatti."

The subject of these accolades was born in 1968 in Salento in the "heel" of Italy. Libetta's early studies were not confined to piano. He also excelled in composition and orchestration and has most recently taken up the baton to conduct performances with the Balleto del Sud in southern Italy. His range of interests led the noted Italian critic Alfredo Mandelli to credit Libetta with "a breadth of knowledge that extends far beyond the world of music and the piano repertoire."

Though Libetta's initial acclaim resulted from his seemingly effortless performances of "impossible" pyrotechnical works, his repertoire encompasses a wide scope, including all of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas, several concerti of Mozart and Beethoven, as well as major keyboard works by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, and Ravel.

Libetta's American debut took place in 2000 as part of the Miami International Piano Festival of Discovery. It is that concert which is presented here, the first of a series of recordings and videos of Libetta which will be released on the VAI label. In the words of critic John Ardoin, "Of the new generation of pianists, Francesco Libetta is the most inspired and creative. Definitely the one to watch." VAI is proud to be associated with this most distinguished young artist.






































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