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Orazio Sciortino

Pianist and Composer


Pianist and composer Orazio Sciortino works with renowned musical institutions both in Italy and abroad.  He is currently recording for Sony Classical.  He has worked with editors Mazzotta and Skira on projects which examine the relationship between visual arts and music. He has a passion for cooking and lives in Milan. "We can 'listen' to a glass of Champagne in the same way that we listen to a piece of music. We can let our memory make associations between sound and smell as our mind dances from one suggestion to another, contemplating its infinite nuances.

Orazio Sciortino

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You & Krug Champagne?

I confess that I have known, and learnt to appreciate Krug champagnes only in recently times. Since the very start of our collaboration. It has been the beginning of a discovery, a trip to the perception of beauty through a glass of champagne.

When is your ideal Krug moment?

When I can distract myself from everything around me, focusing on my glass of Krug in complete silence. Creating silence within yourself, even if around you there is not silence, as you try to do when listening to music. Only a condition of interior silence and of concentration can lead you to fully appreciate the complexity of Krug Champagnes.   

Any favorite Krug Champagne?

"It's really hard to make a choice. Each type of Krug champagne contains an expressive world into itself, evoking unusual emotions, relating the olfactory sensation with very specific perception.

I was very impressed by the Rosé for its complexity and its ""seductive"" taste. Yet, in my opinion, the Grande Cuvée can perfectly synthesize the charm of Krug: pleasantness, complexity, harmony and contrast at the same time.

Krug  & music?

It’s very natural to compare the Krug champagne to music, perhaps even redundant. If we consider that each bottle is created and designed just like a musical composition, in the conception of the form, of the structure, of the emotion. Generally speaking, we could say that it is simply the realization of a thought.

Can you explain the music pairing you have chosen for each Krug Champagne?

I created my playlist for Krug champagne based upon the emotional reactions and the perceptions I had by that song or that glass of champagne. This is clearly a subjective choice. I choose those compositions that are close to my emotional memories and, after rebuilding the impressions of the last tasting.

For example, thinking about the Rosé, I thought at the first of my "Due valzer per aspettare la mezzanotte," because of its sharp character and the complexity of the structure. The Vintage 2003 brought me instead to a rather unique Italian climate, and for this reason I’ve chosen “Coro di Festa” from Don Carlo by Verdi, in a brilliant piano version adapted by Liszt. It is a virtuosistic and complex piece that contains diverse and multifaceted characteristics in itself, in a dancing rhythm.  A nocturnal atmosphere is the feeling I got when I tasted the Vintage 2002. Sinuous and intense, the quintet from Wagner's Meistersinger, is one of the most poetic pieces of the history of opera, a dense counterpoint of melodies and emotions. I chose my "cabaret music" from "Due valzer per aspettare la mezzanotte" for the Clos du Mesnil instead, as it is characterized by direct and sharp sounds, sometimes harsh and seductive at the same time

A tribute to Italy with the famous Franz Liszt’s “Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto” is peered with the Clos d'Ambonnay and that sense of feelings that remain in the memory like a long and fascinating melody.

Discover what piece each artist has selected for each cuvée.
  • Krug Grande Cuvee Krug Grande Cuvee

    Krug Grande Cuvée

    Orazio Sciortino - Life through a glass

    Orazio Sciortino

  • Krug Rosé Krug Rosé

    Krug Rosé

    Orazio Sciortino - Slow-Waltz N°1 "Kabaret Musik"

    Orazio Sciortino

  • Krug Vintage Year 2003 Krug Vintage Year 2003

    Krug 2003

    Orazio Sciortino - Don Carlos. Coro di festa e marcia funebre S 435

    Verdi / Orazio Sciortino

  • Krug Vintage 2002 Beautyshot Krug Vintage 2002 Beautyshot

    Krug 2002

    Orazio Sciortino - Quintetto da "Mestersinger von Nurnberg" di R. Wagner

    R. Wagner / Orazio Sciortino

  • Krug Clos du Mesnil Year 2000 Krug Clos du Mesnil Year 2000

    Krug Clos du Mesnil

    Orazio Sciortino - Miserere du Trovatore

    Verdi / Orazio Sciortino

  • Krug Clos D'Ambonnay Year 1998 Krug Clos D'Ambonnay Year 1998

    Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

    Orazio Sciortino - Rigoletto Paraphrase S434

    F. Liszt / Orazio Sciortino

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