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Marino Formenti in recital at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Music review: Marino Formenti tackles the ‘Diabelli’ Variations

by Mark Swed The Los Angeles Times

January 8, 2012

“The performance began with defiance, as Formenti wildly attacked Diabelli’s waltz even before completely sitting down on the piano bench. He embodied old Ludwig laughing like crazy — funny, exaggerated, full of irrepressible spirit. From there, ideas gleefully and preternaturally leapt left and right as the variations became the dances of neurons firing.”

Ligeti Piano Concerto with New York Philharmonic

Marino Formenti performs Ligeti Piano Concerto with New York Philharmonic

Seen and Heard International

March 12, 2011

“A ‘philosophical pugilist,’ said my friend about pianist Marino Formenti, whose dazzling reading of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto was the highlight the opening of the New York Philharmonic’s Hungarian Echoes at Avery Fisher Hall.”

Harrison Piano Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic

Harrison Piano Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic

by Alan Rich So I've Heard

December 6, 2009

“Lou’s Piano Concerto, out of which Marino and Gustavo whaled the daylights at Disney Hall last week, is strange, wonderful, spellbinding and gorgeous…Formenti heads now for San Francisco, to play Messaien’s vast devotional exercise Vingt Régards. Lucky San Francisco.”

Harrison Piano Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic

Harrison Piano Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic

by Mark Swed Los Angeles Times

November 29, 2009

“But Saturday magic arrived when the expansive Asian-Californian fusion opening tune found its sweep…the wondrous slow movement took my breath away. Formenti suspended chords in the air like bells in the clouds of lush string sonorities.”

"For Galina Ustvolskaya" at Monday Evening Concerts

Marino Formenti in Monday Evening Concerts

by Mark Swed Los Angeles Times

April 15, 2009

“Marino Formenti, the Italian keyboard phenom, was on hand as pianist and conductor, and he was entirely in his element. That Formenti makes everything he touches, whether new music or old, seem astonishing is well known in Los Angeles, and the hall was full.”

Messiaen‘s "Vingt regards"

Marino Formenti performs Messiaen

The Aspen Times

August 9, 2008

“With astonishing technical command of the instrument, he coaxed out sounds of surpassing beauty in the many quiet moments, able to sustain successions of soft chords in ‘Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jesus’ and ‘Regard de silence’ with such delicacy, tenderness and grace that a listener could not help but float along with it effortlessly…This was simply glorious music making.”

Kurtag‘s Ghosts

Marino Formenti performs Kurtag‘s Ghosts

by Joshua Kosman San Francisco Chronicle

April 17, 2007

“What James Joyce did for the novel, Formenti seems intent on doing for the piano recital. The results were unforgettable…He is a unique artist, whose presentations should not be missed.”