A great Maurizio Baglini loves his Pisa – L’Arno.it

Guido Martinelli

On the day when in Pisa an attempt is made to restore another moment of post-pandemic normalcy by returning the Luminara to the glories of the news, just in the afternoon before the patron saint’s feast a beautiful ceremony was consumed in the Church of the Knights. The prestigious Accademia dei Disuniti, an emeritus association active for four centuries and a true citizen’s heritage, has in fact conferred merits on the merit with the title of San Ranieri, which has been awarded every year since 2005 to deserving people. also distinguished by their intellectual capacity. in terms of its connection to our city of Pisa in the classes of literature, science, arts and sport. This time, on the proposal of the Commission and hearing the opinion of Archbishop SE
Bishop Giovanni Paolo Benotto, who spoke during the ceremony, attended the Academy
decided to “honor” the internationally renowned pianist Maurizio Bagliniwhich has brought and has brought brilliance and honor to the name of the city of Pisa to the world for many years with its artistic talent.

The ceremony, masterfully conducted by the Consul of the Academy Ferdinando Ciampi in the presence of the Rector of the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri Francesco Barsotti and the Knight of Merit under the title of San Ranieri Gennaro Oliva, also saw the precise description of the figure and the work of the master awarded by the engineer Marco Pellegrini Filippeschi, president of the Titta Ruffo Association. The engineer clearly and precisely traced the artistic path of the award-winning master, both as a pianist and organizer of vintage music at the Amiata Piano Festival, which left the city of the tower to become a protagonist everywhere.

The master, after receiving the important recognition, later performed, with the usual touch, masterful, limpid, well-known pieces from the classical repertoire much appreciated by the large audience present. During its execution inside the splendid stage of the church where the flags taken from the Turks during the famous battle of Lepanto in 1571 are kept, the notes of “Jesus, joy of man’s desire” were initially sounded.
Bach (1685-1750) according to the performance of the great English pianist Myra Hesse (1890-1965). Later it was the turn of Num komm ‘der Heiden heiland, written by the great German musician together with the Tuscan Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924). The third composition was the Sonata in A major K 331 by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), created by the brilliant author of Salzburg, twenty years in the French capital, as explained by the master Baglini, and the rondo in the Which Turkish is fine. known. The magnificent performance ended, before an encore requested by the popular acclaim of Scarlatti’s Fandango, with two beloved pieces by the great Frederic Chopin (1810-1849): the Berceuse op. 57, a short and well-known musical composition inspired by French lullabies (lullaby), and the Polonaise Heroique op.53, one of the most powerful and heroic Polish compositions of this dual nationality music giant, the whose interpretation requires this remarkable virtuosity which is in the possession of the honorable musician from Pisa.

The morning after the exhibition I had the opportunity to talk to the master Maurizio Baglini, who gave this interview to L’Arno.it.

Good morning Master Baglini, thank you for your availability and in the meantime I offer you my best wishes for both the recognition and the wonderful concert, much appreciated by all the audience in the church. I think it can now be said, without a shadow of a doubt, that she is a “prophet in her own land.”
“Thank you, in the meantime I’m happy with the positive feedback from the concert you also gave me.
confirmation. As for the honor, I am very proud to have been remembered by my hometown, perhaps a little late, but always in a very welcome way. For this I sincerely thank the Accademia dei Disuniti. My roots, both human and artistic, are here, and wherever I go I always carry with me a piece of my land and the people who have helped me grow and be who I am ”.

How was your artistic vocation born?
“At the age of eight, attending the Buonamici school, under the direction of Francesca Costa, a student
by Giampiero Semeraro, who then took me under his wing and helped me become aware of my abilities. It was the mecca of the whole piano movement
Pisa. Our city does not have a conservatory like the nearby city of Livorno, however
he is lucky to have this great figure of pianist and music pedagogue who gives dozens of them
Over the years he has trained musicians of great value thanks to his very demanding, competent personality and with a strong critical spirit ”.

But his training continued outside his hometown …
“I first studied at the La Spezia Conservatory and later at the Imola Piano Academy conducted by Franco Scala. Deepening with Lazar Berman and graduating in 1999 with a master’s degree.

As I am seeing in San Google Martyr who always helps …
(He laughs) Precisely. Imola’s prestigious school was world class. To be admitted, in my day, there were 180 applications from around the world, but they caught us
only four. Among them, only one of my compatriots: Roberto Prosseda, a pianist who has them
he started a successful career at a high international level. “

As you can read on the Internet, after winning the prestigious “World Music Piano Master” in Monte Carlo at the age of 24, he continued to win important awards as well as playing in about one thousand two hundred solo concerts and so many in chamber music everywhere.
“Roughly. It was a good trip.”

What are the reasons for choosing the authors for the June 16 concert?
“Bach’s first two are pieces of sacred music that I thought fit the context; Mozart
pay homage to his genius with this well-known piece; Chopin because in his music and in his pieces the importance of the roots and the social identity are breathed ”.

Upcoming appointments?
Tomorrow at 3 pm I will perform with my wife, the cellist Silvia Chiesa, in a concert
which will be broadcast on Radio Tre. The 17th edition of the “Amiata Piano” will begin on June 30.
Festival ”, of which I am Artistic Director with my wife Silvia Chiesa, who will continue with
some breaks, until December. The festival’s headquarters are the futuristic “Auditori Bertarelli”, the foundation that finances it, in Poggi di Sasso, a village in Cinigiano, in the area of ​​Grosseto. It is a place of green architecture, perfectly integrated into the landscape and with acoustics ideal for chamber music. Concerts will begin on Thursday the 30th with my performance of Beethoven’s famous “New Symphony,” in a particular Liszt transcription for two pianos, along with the great Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. All the information can be found on the website www.amiatafestival.com ”.

More generally, how important is music in the world to you?
It is and has always been fundamental. To give an example, without Beethoven there is no
it would have been the Congress of Vienna. Twenty percent of the world’s population loves it
classical music but he doesn’t know it well and if there was more popularity we would all be
more lucid and prone to beauty because music is the only language that unites and renders
brotherly peoples “.

What should we do to promote musical knowledge?
“For example, doing one of the subjects that will be studied for high school. Authors like Bach,
Beethoven, Mozart and our Verdi are as worthy of attention and study as many others
artists considered worthy of school attention “.

Which classical musicians do you prefer?
“Robert Schumann because he is the first artist to think of total art by connecting music
with the other arts; Beethoven for being a composer of humanity; Mozart, the first
which I loved, because I was able to do everything in all the existing musical genres. “

Aside from classical music, what other genre of music do you enjoy?
“I am open to any genre of music and any piece of music, if composed wisely, deserves attention. For example, I am very grateful to David Bowie for playing the cello and saxophone. I also think that Italian composition music from the 70’s and 80’s reached very high levels. “

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of music in the world?
“I want to be optimistic because music is a meeting point in the world between all races
and combines different religious, political, and racial views. Even in the face of the ongoing war
Bloody Europe now, I think, is the only way to restore peace. “

I am very grateful to Master Maurizio Baglini for his time and I would like to do so
to meet again to resume and deepen these and other issues. Therefore, I cannot fail to conclude, as is my custom, with an aphorism, this time musical, of an author loved and quoted by Professor JS Bach, who said: “Music helps us not to listen to the silence that exists out ”. And again I agree.

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