Respighi: The Young Genius
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra; Savia, Alfred; Pompa-Baldi, Antonio
This album features the wonderful but seldom-heard Respighi Piano Concerto in A minor, as well as the also underperformed Piano Sonata in F minor and Valse Caressante from Six Pieces for Piano. Antonio Pompa-Baldi is an award-winning concert pianist and a beloved professor of music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Maestro Pompa-Baldi’s talent is powered by boundless technical prowess and a genuine love of music. The Boston Globe writes: “Pompa-Baldi demonstrated both brilliance and structural insight… He also showed himself to be an ensemble player of considerable sensitivity, seeming to relish the partnership of other instruments.” Pompa-Baldi was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. After winning the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999, he embarked on a career that has extended across five continents. His extensive recording catalogue already features more than twenty albums, and is constantly growing.