Even in a city like Milan that embraces style and fashion so eagerly, not many piano soloists would have the ballz to show up for their concerts with fashion-forward accessories. Italians also take their great composers and musical legacies quite seriously -- you just need to spend a particularly thorny night in La Scala's boo-heaving loggione to understand the passion and the blood-sport that classical music can quickly become. So only a pianist as cool, practiced, and prepared as Giuseppe Albanese could do it with such finesse -- the young Italian pianist took the stage on a sweltering Sunday night at Milan's Teatro degli Arcimboldi in bright red Versace shoes sourced at the Via Montenapoleone Versace boutique...we always melt at even the smallest sythesis of classical music and fashion.
Those red men's shoes (pianist's legs attached) made a good Hungry-Man tv dinner meal of Liszt's Concerto No.1 with Milan's l'Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali.
Read all about it here (in Italian, guys!) although OC will be adding Albanese's quotes in English when she gets back from Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's sweetly-campy L'Italiana in Algeri premiere tonight at Teatro alla Scala because what he said in an interview to OC for Grazia.it pretty much rocked -- like how only Liszt can rock a block party 'til our hair turns gray.