A renowned cellist in his own time, Carlo Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901) is known for composing his 12 Caprices, a set recognized for its technical difficulty and complexity, and widely used as developmental exercises for cellists. On his debut Navona Records release, PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO, Venezuelan/American cellist Carmine Miranda interprets Piatti’s virtuosic solo cello pieces, masterfully showing them as works that withstand treatment as significant concert repertoire.
Each of Piatti’s caprices has its own character with distinct writing style, musicality, and emotion, while illustrating the prominence of violin music on Piatti’s writing. As Miranda portrays, these pieces create a unity between the musician and his instrument, making the cello an extension of the player’s body. Not only does this collection expand the possibilities of the cello, it explores the potential for self-accomplishment. Miranda’s performance places these pieces among the esteemed body of concert repertoire that includes Niccolo Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
Carmine Miranda attended the University Of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he obtained undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, studying under the direction of cellist Yehuda Hanani. He has performed in concert venues such as the Aula Magna Hall in Caracas, Venezuela and Carnegie Hall.