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Mélodies: Verdi – Liszt – Debussy – Britten – Shostakovich – Graziela Valceva Fierro – Maciej Pikulsky (Live)


Giuseppe VERDI / Temistocle SOLERA: L’esule – Franz LISZT: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S. 434 (After Verdi’s Opera) – Claude DEBUSSY / Pierre LOUŸS: 3 Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: I. La flûte de Pan – II. La chevelure – III. Le Tombeau des Naïades – Franz LISZT: Miserere, S. 433 (After Verdi’s Trovatore) – Die drei Zigeuner, S. 320 – Benjamin BRITTEN / William BLAKE: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: I. A Cradle Song – Benjamin BRITTEN / Robert BURNS: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: II. A Highland Balou – Benjamin BRITTEN / Robert GREENE: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: III. Sephestia’s Lullaby – Benjamin BRITTEN / Thomas RANDOLPH: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: IV. A Charm – Benjamin BRITTEN / John PHILLIP: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41: V. The Nurse’s Song – Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH / Samuil BOLOTIN: Spanish Songs, Op. 100: I. Farewell, Granada! – Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH / Tatiana SIKORSKAYA: Spanish Songs, Op. 100: II. Little Stars – Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH / Samuil BOLOTIN: Spanish Songs, Op. 100: III. First Meeting – Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH / Tatiana SIKORSKAYA: Spanish Songs, Op. 100: IV. Round Dance (A Birth) – Spanish Songs, Op. 100: V. Black Eyes – Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH / Tatiana SIKORSKAYA / Samuil BOLOTIN: Spanish Songs, Op. 100: VI. Dream (Barcarolle) – Giuseppe VERDI / Jacopo VITTORELLI: 6 Romanze: No. 3 In solitaria stanza.

Graziela Valceva Fierro, Mezzo-soprano (Linkedin)
Maciej Pikulski, Piano (Website)

The original program of this recital reveals some rare nuggets of the repertoire for mezzo-soprano and piano: first, romantic pieces by Verdi and Liszt, then more modern cycles by Britten and Shostakovich, and at the center the admirable Trois Chansons de Bilitis by Debussy, who, on the path of Pelléas at the end of the 19th century, embarked on a refined search for the relationship between music and text.

Graziela Valceva Fierro

Born in Bulgaria, Graziela Valceva Fierro obtained a diploma in opera singing from the Sofia Musical Academy, a Master’s degree from the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and further training at the Boris Christoff Academy in Rome with bass Nicola Ghiuselev. At the age of 23, she made her Sofia debut in the role of Prince Orlofsky (Johann Strauss’s The Bat), directed by Plamen Kartalov and conducted by Jost Meier. She then joined the troupe of the Sofia Musical Theatre. In 1997, she made a remarkable entrance in the mythical role of the Widow in Zorba the Greek, notably at the Théâtre du Jorat. During the 2006-07 season, she joined the ensemble of soloists at the Opéra de Lausanne.

Graziela Valceva Fierro has performed leading roles from the operatic repertoire at the Lanaudière, Orange, Tibor Varga, Arènes de Béziers, Varna Summer, Sofia Musical Weeks, Einsiedeln and other festivals.

She is also an intimate singer. She regularly gives recitals at the Concerts de Montbenon in Lausanne. Her oratorio repertoire includes Baroque, Romantic and contemporary works. Graziela Valceva Fierro has won several competitions: “Voix Nouvelles“ in Sofia, the Istituto Europeo international competition in Florence, “Francisco Viñas“ in Barcelona, the Leenaards Foundation Cultural Grant and the Cercle Romand de Richard Wagner Grant.

Maciej Pikulski

Solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist to great voices, Maciej Pikulski has performed in nearly 30 countries on five continents. Born in Krakow, Poland, in 1969, he studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris, where he was unanimously awarded a First Prize for piano, a First Prize for chamber music and a Prize for vocal accompaniment. After studying piano with Dominique Merlet, Maciej Pikulski went on to perfect his skills with English pianist Clive Britton (a pupil of Claudio Arrau). As a soloist, Maciej Pikulski has recorded three CDs: Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, complemented by works by Liszt and Chopin, Schubert’s Lieder transcribed by Liszt, and a Tribute to Rachmaninov. He has been invited as soloist in Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Poland and La Réunion.

In France, he has performed at Radio France, the Bagatelle Chopin Festival, the Musée d’Orsay, Midem, Les Invalides, etc. In 2004, he was chosen by the Société Chopin to play the title role in the Concert – Reconstitution of Chopin’s Last Concert in Paris.

Since 1993, he has been the exclusive pianist of Belgian opera singer José van Dam, whom he accompanies in recital and on three recordings. He also regularly accompanies Felicity Lott, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Patricia Petibon, Thomas Hampson and Graziela Valceva Fierro, with whom he appeared at the ACM in early 2019.

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