Classical notes: ‘Piano pugilist’ Formenti set to rattle Drogheda’s classical cages

Italian pianist Marino Formenti is a provocative performer who likes to rattle the cages as often as he can. There’s an undeniable whiff of cordite about this tumultuous musician, who every now and again delights in lobbing a few hand grenades in the

22nd April, 2015
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Marino Formenti: provocative, turbulent and sometimes naked

In the past, these eruptions have included an attack on the overwhelming influence Beethoven has had – or more precisely, has been allowed to have – on classical music up to the present day.

Formenti has even performed naked, but people expect strange things from a sensational performer who has been termed “a Glenn Gould for the 21st century’’. He has also been headlined as a ‘Piano Pugilist’.

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