Review of Giacomo Susani plays Petrassi Bach Tansman Weiss, Stradivarius, 2015
What can I say? Surprising. Giacomo Susani immediately convince in his debut album devoted to music by Petrassi, Bach, Tansman and Weiss with a sound immediately recognizable, warm and immediate. Listening to him is really impressive, he strikes with his absolute mastery in musical lexicon, the total technical ease and a sense of immediacy that is able to convey managing to put the spotlight on expressiveness and emotions. If we think that this guitar player is only 20 years old, one can only be further impressed by his artistic and musical maturity. His curriculum vitae is simply impressive: born in Padua in 1995 he began studying guitar at 7 years with Maestro Paolo Muggia. He continued his studie with Maestro Stefano Grondona at the Arrigo Pedrollo Conservatory of Vicenza, where he graduated in 2013 with honors and special mention. From the year. 2014-15 he is tudying at the Royal Academy of Music of London. He won the Julian Bream Trust Scholarship, Royal Academy of Music of London, in 2014, the first Italian to achieve this recognition.
With this record, he made his official entry into the world of professional music and he did it at the highest levels. Not everyone can move so easily between “objects” music as diverse as Nunc by Goffredo Petrassi, the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998 by Bach, the Variations sur un theme de Scriabine and Cavatina by Alexandre Tansman and the Tombeau sur la mort de M.Comte de Logy by Weiss.
Yet, despite the differences that exist between the different passage, Susani can always give an interesting interpretation and especially to stand out for a full, mature and expressive sound. This young musician succeeds in the difficult task of subduing his excellent technical skills in favor of a full and complete expression, he knows how to excite and even reach those who have no knowledge about classical guitar music.
This is an excellent recording and thanks to Stradivarius who added this young talent to its catalog. I can only wish him that this great start for him is only the first of a long series of satisfaction and the basis for a successful career. All of us, not just the classical guitar world we need to listen and look at young people of this level. We need new examples. Really good.