The Consulate General of Brazil in New York Presents:
Felipe Scagliusi: Piano Recital
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
(Weill Hall Website)
Produced by Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 16, 2005
Felipe Scagliusi began his piano studies in São Paulo Brazil in 1989, and, by 2002, he was in Manhattan School of Music’s master program in piano. Mr. Scagliusi cooperates with The Brazilian Consulate in New York and is a student of Max Barros. He has performed in São Paulo and New York and is musical representative of Instituto Arruda Botelho as an outreach representative. In April 2005 Mr. Scagliusi was the only Latin American pianist for the Vladmir Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev, and soon he will perform throughout Brazil. (Program Notes).
Franz Schubert: Musical Moments Opus 94 No. 2, 3, 4.
Ludwig Beethoven: Sonata No. 21, Opus 53 in C major: Allegro con brio, Adagio molto, Allegretto moderato.
Frédéric Chopin: Andante Spiniato e Grande Polonaise Brillante Opus 22.
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Rudepoema
Tonight’s elegant reception in Carnegie Hall’s Felix Rohatyn Room, hosted by The Brazilian Consulate, was an opportunity for lively networking and socializing amongst the finest Brazilian wines and hors d’oeuvres. Felipe Scagliusi replaced another debut artist, a Brazilian guitarist, who had issues obtaining a visa for the engagement. Therefore, Stratta and Philips found this virtuoso pianist, who played in impressive fashion tonight, although the second half of the program was far more dynamic than the first.
The Schubert work had varying volume and repetitive themes. The different tonalities fell within highly structured rhythms, ending with whirling waltzes. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 included, in the Allegro movement, steady, passionate passages with lightning trills and echoing themes in varied configurations. The Adagio and Allegretto movements were flawless and dramatic, with a vibrant finale.
However, it was in the Chopin that Mr. Scagliusi found his genre, and the Andante Spiniato movement was performed with reverence and rapture. The Grande Polonaise Brillante movement shone with virtuosity and vibrancy. And, in the Villa-Lobos Rudepoema, racing, reflective passages turned to driven dissonance and dizzying trills. Mr. Scagliusi is an artist to watch, to the credit of his Producers, Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips.