In Memory of Aldo Ciccolini
"I practise every day, and sometimes at night too. I'm hugely lucky - and horribly unlucky - to be an insomniac: for me, sleep is a purely theoretical concept. I await eternal rest; but while I'm waiting, I prefer to work."
The Italian-born French pianist Aldo Ciccolini, who died on Sunday February 1 at the age of eighty-nine, was a virtuoso renowned the world over. His career lasted more than sixty years of unexampled elegance and total lack of bluster. He became the French doyen of the great keyboard masters, and always regarded the pianist's art as an almost religious 'calling'.
Aldo Ciccolini entrusted his last three recordings to the microphones of La Dolce Volta. His confidence in us allowed the label to acquire an international reputation very quickly. We will always be grateful to him.
"Ciccolini's Mozart is elegant, relaxed, unencumbered"
"Playing of a notable depth and drama"
"Ciccolini weaves pure gold from all he touches."
American Record Guide