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RESPIGHI, O.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Bernecoli, Bianchi)

Composer(s):Respighi, Ottorino
Artist(s) Bianchi, Massimo Giuseppe, piano • Bernecoli, Emy, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.573129
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Composed between 1897 and 1905, this collection of Respighi’s earliest music for violin and piano, some from his student days, is notable for its openness to influences as diverse as German Romanticism, Russian Nationalism and the French school, as if he were trying out different styles in the search for his own personal idiom. No less evident are Respighi’s technical mastery of instrumentation and form as well as his delight in vocally inflected melodic lines. This is the first of two volumes of Respighi’s complete works for violin and piano. Emy Bernecoli and Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi have been acclaimed for their “impassioned, technically polished and rhythmically rock-solid interpretations”. (Gramophone on / Ghedini)


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Review By Jordi Caturla González,Ritmo,June 2014

Más allá de los poemas sinfónicos y alguna otra música orquestal, Respighi no es especialmente conocido ni interpretado. Este compacto viene a recordarnos que hay vida más allá de los Pini di Roma, presentando varias obras tempranas para violín y piano que, si bien no poseen un sello original, sí apuntan rasgos distintivos de lo que será el lenguaje personal del compositor italiano. La infl uencia de Franck y Schumann es clara en la romántica Sonata en re, obra de bella factura que el dúo formado por Bernecoli y Bianchi lleva a sonido. La violinista tiene sus puntos fuertes en los registros bajos, donde extrae un sonido más redondo del instrumento, y en el Adagio, en el


Review By Simon Corley,,March 2014

De tous ces compositeurs italiens, Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936) est sans conteste le plus célèbre, mais que connaît-on de lui au-delà de sa Trilogie romaine (dont, au demeurant, le dernier volet, Fêtes romaines, demeure lui-même assez rare)? Sa musique de chambre comprend notamment cinq quatuors à cordes, mais c’est ici une intégrale de son œuvre pour violon et piano qu’entame, après un album Ghedini, le duo formé par Emy Bernecoli (née en 1983) et Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi. Si quelques interprètes ont mis sa Sonate en si mineur à leur répertoire, le programme de ce premier volume n’inclut que des pages écrites avant


Review By Lucy Jeffery,MusicWeb International,March 2014

As a duo Bernecoli and Bianchi…demonstrate individual flare along with joint integrity and unforced collaborative intuitiveness.

With the light and airy notes of the Giga and Allegretto vivace, Bernecoli gives a depth and definition which is matched by Bianchi’s crisp punctuation. Her full tone never becomes wispy or gravelly and her vibrato is noteworthy for its evenness and naturalness.

From Respighi’s Sei Pezzi (1901–2) Bianchi plays the melting figurations of the Berceuse in D minor and Leggenda in G minor from the Sei Pezzi with delicacy and grace.


Review By Stefano Pagliantini,Musica,March 2014

La ricchissima produzione musicale di Ottorino Respighi, che spazia dal balletto al teatro d’opera, dalla musica cameristica alla lirica vocale alla musica sinfonica, è conosciuta in maniera affatto parziale. Se i tre poemi sinfonici romani (Le fontane di Roma, I pini di Roma e le Feste romane) sono stabilmente in repertorio, di raro ascolto sono invece i lavori teatrali, ma ancor più le pagine cameristiche, un genere cui Respighi si dedicò lungo tutto l’arco della sua vita. A cominciare dagli anni di formazione al Liceo Musicale di Bologna sotto la guida di Federico Sarti, membro del Quartetto Bolognese. Del 1897 é il primo lavoro importante e di ampie dimensioni, la Sonata in Re minore in tre movimenti finita di comporre, come indicato in

Pagine di ben più modesto impegno, ma non per questo da sottovalutare, sono le due raccolte di fogli d’album, scritti originariamente come pezzi staccati. Respighi nel frattempo si era conquistato una notevole reputazione al punto che queste pagine trovarono rapida pubblicazione, già nel 1905 i Sei Pezzi per l’editore Bongiovanni e l’anno successivo addirittura a Lipsia per Hofmeister. Tra la giovanile Sonata e queste pagine vi era stata in mezzo la fondamentale esperienza russa, a San Pietroburgo prima e a Mosca poi, durante la quale Respighi aveva conosciuto e studiato per qualche tempo con Rimski-Korsakov. È qui che nascono almeno due pagine comprese nella raccolta dei Sei Pezzi, la Melodiamore....

Review By Stefano Pagliantini,Musica,March 2014

The violinist Emy Bernecoli, who has for several years been part of a close-knit duo with pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, to her credit has already received impressive reviews for the recording of Ghedini’s Sonatas for violin and pianoforte, also for Naxos.



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