Pianist Angelo Villani is not exactly a household name, though he was identified as a musical prodigy as a child growing up in his native Australia, and was selected to take part in the 1990 edition of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He never got to play: a trapped nerve in his right arm, the result of a sports injury, forced him to withdraw. The loss of sensation in his hand caused by the injury prevented him from performing, except only sporadically, while he sought a cure for his condition.
A quarter of a century on and Angelo is reigniting his performing career and planning his debut CD. Entitled Dante’s Inferno, the album will celebrate the 750th Anniversary of Italian poet Dante Alighieri with piano works by Liszt, Purcell and Wagner, all inspired by Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. The music selected recreates the world of Dante’s Inferno, depicting the burning desires, love and pain suffered by those condemned to inhabit the Underworld.
Dante Sonata by Franz Liszt
Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell (arr. by Villani)
Tristan & Isolde by Richard Wagner (concert etude paraphrase by Liszt/von Bülow/Villani)
Sunt Lacrimae Rerum by Franz Liszt
Dante’s Sonnet by Hans von Bülow (arr. by Liszt/Villani)
Angelo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his recording and the launch of the CD will be accompanied by a concert tour in Italy, tracing the footsteps of Dante Alighieri and the great composers Liszt and Wagner, playing in venues they once performed or were inspired by.
He has just three days left to achieve his target amount to enable the CD to go ahead. Please consider supporting Angelo Villani’s Kickstarter campaign