Sergei Rachmaninoff: Two Pieces for Piano Pianist: Manlio Giordano

Manlio Giordano is an Italian-Swedish pianist who began his formal piano instruction at age three, started giving public performances at five, and performed on Swedish national radio at ten.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music from Lund University in Sweden, and has since performed throughout Scandinavia and other countries.

The two pieces that follow were both encores to a beautiful – and notably personal – interpretation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, also available on YouTube.  The first piece is Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful Prelude Op. 32 No. 10.

The next video is an absolutely splendid performance of one of Rachmaninoff’s most exciting piano works, his Etude Op. 39 No. 9.

Note: In a comment to a previous entry on this blog, Mr. Giordano mentions that he has been looking for a long time for a CD of Vladimir Sofronitsky playing the Etudes Op. 8 and Preludes Op. 11 by Scriabin.  Does anyone reading this know what album he is talking about and how one might find a copy of it?  If you do, please reply in a comment to this video.  Many thanks.

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  1. I am so touched by the person of Manlio Giordano. He’s a genius in every field that he put his hand and mind to, whether music, science, medicine, mathematics, etc. He had become a very dear friend to me. I was always so amazed, as a young man what inner goodness flowed from him. He was so courteous and appreciative of his friends and the truly important things of life. I am so glad God gave me the chance to meet him and have him in my life for the period of time that I did. I learned much from him; one of them is to truly be grateful for what some might call the smaller things in life, like a good cup of coffee and a pleasant conversation with a friend. I will very much miss our conversations, but I know it’s not good-bye, but see you later. Peace, Love, and Life and Light shine upon you forever my dear friend, Manlio, until we meet on Heaven’s shores!

    • Caroline, I think you speak for many people who knew Manlio. For them – and for myself – thank you.

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