Italian pianist Paola Del Negro Plano made her debut at the Teatro Juvarra in Turin at the age of nine taking part in the performance of the complete Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, a few months after she joined the pianistic school of Maria Golia ...
Wonderful review on American Record Guide,
one of the most prestigious classical music magazine in the USA!
“I have enjoyed this program many times. Plano and Del Negro play as one, and their musicality brings all 42 of these little pieces to life. Like much of Schumann’ solo piano music, these are groups of short pieces: 8 Polonaises, 12 Duets for Small and Large Children, 6 Pictures from the East, 9 Ball-Szenen, 6 Kinderball pieces, and one short isolated piece. Since this current release limits itself to music originally composed for piano duet, it is a perfect complement to the Eckerle Piano Duo series on Naxos, which is up to its fifth volume of Schumann music arranged for piano duet.
Brilliant’s recorded sound is excellent, as are the notes. That makes this release much more than a complete set for your library.
There are nuances and surprises at every turn. For anyone who enjoys Schumann’s piano music, this is an essential set of relatively unknown works in a very familiar style, but a slightly different medium.”
[…] Convincente l'interpretazione di Roberto Plano e Paola Del Negro, uniti nell'arte e nella vita. Il loro suono è molto bello, sempre sensibile al fascino della scrittura e della poetica schumanniana. Risolvono brillantemente i passaggi più rischiosi mantenendo costante la tensione narrativa e la qualità timbrica. Ben curata la dinamica e l'agogica. Il loro Schumann è luminoso e incredibilmente ricco di pathos e di colori, dettato da grande profondità interpretativa. Non mancano lirismo, virtuosismo, ricchezza, sfumature ed entusiasmo."
"The jubilant sense of teamwork is undeniable in this recording. Pianists Roberto Plano and Paola Del Negro are an unyielding force together, beautifully attuned to each other's ideas and expressions, and clearly ardent about Schumann's music. Here we hear it all: passion, precision, style, energy and, above all, joy.[…] They played with a combination of gusto and lyricism and an evident sense of style. With this album Plano and Del Negro pay tribute to all the intricacies and wonders of Schumann's piano music while bringing forward their own artistic perspectives."
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The new Brilliant Classics CD Robert Schumann, Complete Music for piano 4 hands is featured as one of the Recommended New Releases on MusicWeb International!
"[…] the married couple Roberto Plano and Paola Del Negro are admirable throughout these CDs […] To say that I found this music consistently engaging would be an understatement. To add to its virtues, this excellently performed and recorded collection is also an outstanding bargain.”
Great review on The Rehearsal Studio!
"ROBERT SCHUMANN'S DELIGHTFUL FOUR-HAND WORKS
[…] There is a freshness in the interpretations provided by the Planos that serves up a listening experience that is almost as much fun as playing these pieces."
Roberto Plano & Paola Del Negro double CD "Schumann, Complete Music for Piano 4-Hands" featured in the show "Primo Movimento" on RaiRadio3 (Italian National Radio)!
About the recent project "A Journey through the notes of Alfonso Rendano" recorded together with other 6 Italian pianists and produced by Villa Rendano (Cosenza, Italy) during the Coronavirus crisis:
Rachel Chan won 1st Prize at the
2020 Albenga International Piano Competition (Italy)
Rachel also received a special prize for the youngest, most deserving contestant of the competition!
SPECIAL ONLINE EDITION - PULCINI CATEGORY
Student of Paola Del Negro Plano
Anna Caterina won 2nd Prize at the
2nd Fujairah International
(United Arab Emirates)
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Student of Paola Del Negro Plano
"THREE ITALIANS IN AMERICA"
Mauro Bertoli, piano
Paola Del Negro, piano
Roberto Plano, piano
Three Italian Pianists teaming together for a unique show!
Paola Del Negro, Roberto Plano and Mauro Bertoli will astonish your audience with a repertoire that goes from solos to piano four/six hands. In one single event you'll be able to have a great variety of combinations, as well as repertoire, performed by three Italian pianists all currently living in North America. Individually they all received great acclamation from audiences and press. Knowing each other since they were living in Italy they form this unique ensemble that allows them to explore and present works not often known by music lovers pairing them up with gems of the piano repertoire.
"Three Italians in America" Management: MIT BRAVOUR - Artist Collective
Ottawa ON, CANADA