UNCOMMON ENCORES OF THE GREAT PIANISTS Presented by Donald Manildi
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The New York Chapter of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections presents their September 2016 program featuring speaker Donald Manildi, Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland, presenting on "Uncommon Encores of the Great Pianists."
Encores have been a major component of piano recitals for over a century. They provide the audience with eagerly-anticipated âextrasâ while giving performers a chance to show their gratitude to the listeners. There are numerous accounts of âgolden ageâ virtuosos adding 10 or 15 additional pieces to their formal programs in response to the enthusiasm of the public. Encores may range from familiar favorites to esoteric mystery piecesâand from lyrical vignettes to brilliant pyrotechnical displays.
âUncommon Encores of the Great Pianistsâ is a tantalizing, intriguing survey of infrequently-heard pieces that have served as encores for a variety of pianists from the âgolden ageâ to the present. The selections draw upon the resources of the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland (IPAM) and include unpublished live performances of actual encores played by such notables as Vladimir Horowitz, Wilhelm Backhaus, Sviatoslav Richter, Shura Cherkassky, Arthur Loesser, Van Cliburn, and others. In addition, IPAM Curator Donald Manildi plays several encore pieces selected from his private score collection of obscure gems from an earlier era. He also provides fascinating anecdotal commentary on the encore practices of many eminent virtuosos.
Donald Manildi has been Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) since 1993. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington (Seattle) and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has made many appearances as a pianist in a broad repertoire of over 200 works. His CD, âPianists as Composersâ was issued on the Elan label in 1999 to critical acclaim. He has published nearly 700 reviews, articles, and discographies in International Piano, International Record Review, American Record Guide, ARSC Journal, Music Library Association NOTES, Musical America, and elsewhere. He edited for publication by IPAM the essays of the late pianist/musicologist Jan Holcman (âPianists: On and Off the Recordâ), in addition to compiling the discographies of Arthur Rubinstein, Shura Cherkassky, and Earl Wild that appear in their published biographies. He is also the producer of over 30 CD reissues of historic piano recordings, on the APR, Marston, IPAM, and Pearl labels. At IPAM his responsibilities include the development and preservation of existing collections, obtaining significant new materials, attending to visits and inquiries of pianists and scholars from around the world, and serving as guest lecturer for various University of Maryland music classes.