Within these very small frames, Chopin captures a universe of feeling and mood. There is a prelude for each major and minor key; many of them demand high virtuosity. James Friskin writes: "Perhaps no other collection of piano pieces contains within such a small compass so much that is at the same time musically and technically valuable". Schumann thought them "eagle's feathers, all strangely intermingled. But in every piece we find his own hand-Frederic Chopin wrote it. One recognizes him in his pauses, in his impetuous respiration. He is the boldest, the proudest, poet-soul of his time". Finck feels that "if all piano music in the world were to be destroyed, excepting one collection, my vote should be cast for Chopin's Preludes. There are among Chopin's preludes a few which breathe the spirit of contentment and grace, or of religious grandeur, but most of them are outbreaks of the wildest anguish and heart-rending pathos. If tears could be heard, they would sound like these preludes".
Recorded at: Recording studio, Treviso,
Photo/paint on cover: Caspar David Friedrich: 'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog' (1818)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2002
Giampaolo Stuani graduated in piano at the Conservatorio L. Campiani
of Mantua under the guidance of Nando Salardi. Pupil of Bruno Mezzena in 1985, he
obtained the specialization diploma of the Accademia Musicale Pescarese "summa cum
He has competed successfully in numerous national and international competitions
and was awarded first prize at: Scottish International Piano Competition (Glasgow),
International Alfredo Casella Piano Competition (Naples), International
Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition (Monza), International V. Bellini
Piano Competition (Caltanissetta), National A. Speranza Piano Competition
Giampaolo Stuani has given numerous recitals in Italy (Auditorium Verdi, Milan;
Teatro Comunale, Ferrara; Teatro Regio, Parma; Teatro Ponchielli, Cremona; Teatro
Golden, Palermo; Teatro Bibiena, Mantua; Teatro delle Palme, Naples), England (Wigmore
Hall, London), France, Portugal, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, United States of America
and has also been invited to appear as soloist with leading orchestras, including:
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Sofia State
Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the EAOSS-Orchestra Sinfonica
Siciliana, Orchestra Scarlatti of Naples, Osaka Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra Sinfonica
Nazionale della RAI; with the last-named orchestra he recorded Strawinskj's Concerto
for piano and wind instruments.
He recorded for label such as Dynamic, Olympia, Fontec and OnClassical.