Pina Napolitano: Tempo e Tempi

July 18, 2020, 9:00 am

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In Tempo e Tempi, pianist Pina Napolitano traces connections between Elliott Carter and Ludwig van Beethoven, composers whose music exhibits both power and playfulness, combining taut structures with the freedom of fantasy. Tempo e Tempi (Time and Times) takes its name from a poem by Eugenio Montale, set by Carter, that encapsulates two central aspects of the album: the relationships between different superimposed musical times, and the relationship between historical times, which makes possible the musical “meeting” between these two composers from different epochs. Napolitano plays Carter’s Night Fantasies and Two Thoughts about the Piano alongside Beethoven’s Sonatas Opp. 110 and 111, as well as Jeffrey Mumford’s two Elliott Carter tributes.