The name 'Appassionata" was given to this Sonata by one of Beethoven's publishers, and it is dead on accurate.
In her novel "The Vampire Armand" author Anne Rice has the protagonist of her book describe his reaction to hearing Beethoven's celebrated work. This "outside the box" description reawakens our senses yet again to Beethoven's masterpiece.
I knew the piano Sonata and had loved it in passing and now its fury paralyzed me. Appassionata. Up and down the notes rang in gorgeous throbbing arpeggios, thundering downward to rumble in a staccato drumming, only to rise and race again. On and on went the sprightly melody, eloquent, celebratory and utterly human, demanding to be felt as well as heard, demanding to be followed in every intricate twist and turn.
In the furious torrent of notes, I heard the resounding echo of the wood of the piano; I heard the vibration of its giant taunt bronze harp. I heard the the sizzling throb of its multitudinous strings. Oh, yes, on, and on, and on, and on, louder, harder, ever purer and ever perfect, ringing out and wrung back as if a note could be a whip. How can human hands make this enchantment, how can they pound out of these ivory keys this deluge, this thrashing, thundering beauty?
Ann Rice The Vampire Armand reprinted by permission.
Provincetown was the place where, for many weeks, I prepared the music for this CD. The spectacular natural beauty
of this little fishing village at the tip of Cape Cod has been the inpiration for many artists, musicians, painters and authors for countless decades.
In the back of my mind I also kept as a guidepost the astonishing concerts by Arthur Rubinstein .
I actually heard Rubinstein play the Chopin B-flat minor Scherzo at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the experience of such great music making is etched in my brain forever.
The great Provincetown author Michael Cunningham won a Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Hours". He mentions listening to the music of Phillip Glass as he writes his prose. The Academy Award winning screen version of "The Hours" has music by Glass. The final track on this CD is one of the works from that score.
Check out excerpts from Paul Bisaccia's PBS television shows on youtube.com
Critical acclaim for Bisaccia
"A magical evening which just got better and better... completely passionate in his performance."
The Barrie Examiner Ontario
'Delivered with power, poignancy, authority and aplomb"
Worcester Telegram Gazette
"His fabulous encore with plenty of scintillating, puckish fingerwork on the ivories." The Straits Times, Singapore
"Bisaccia brought the audience to their feet with genuine spontaneous cheers erupting out of sheer joy." Steinway Society of the Bay Area (CA)
"Bisaccia is a serious artist with a compelling presence at the piano."
"For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down." American Record Guide
"You really must hear him!" Brasilia Super Radio FM Brazil
"Earnest vivacity and sparkling virtuosity... infectious excitement." Union-News Springfield (MA)
"George Gershwin would have joined the audience in the standing ovation at the conclusion of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. " The Hartford Courant (CT)
"Prepare to be dazzled!" OnCenter Arts Quarterly,
Hilton Head SC
"It just proves that talent always prevails in these times of mediocrity.Consummate musicianship. " Michael Feinstein