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GIANNINI, V.: Symphony No. 4 / Piano Concerto (Imreh, Bournemouth Symphony, Spalding)

Composer(s):Giannini, Vittorio
Artist(s) Spalding, Daniel, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraImreh, Gabriela, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559352
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Motivated by a ‘quest for the beautiful, with the humble hope that I may be privileged to achieve this goal, if only for one precious moment and share this moment with my listeners’, Vittorio Giannini was an impeccable craftsman and masterful orchestrator with a gift for arching, expressive melodies that reflect his abiding love of European musical culture. His Piano Concerto is redolent of Rachmaninov, while the passionate Symphony No 4 , with its heartfelt central movement, places Giannini among America’s finest Neo-Romantic composers. Both works appear not to have been performed since their premières in 1937 and 1960.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,February 2009

…the whole of the 20th century has only slowly come into view after the demise of 12-tone hegemony allowed it to. The extent of the damage from the domination of serial music in the mid-20th century keeps popping up in the form of recently revived, heretofore neglected music from that era. Otherwise, how can one account for the fact that Vittorio Giannini’s full-blown, romantic Piano Concerto and his Symphony No. 4 are each receiving only their second performances for the purposes of a new Naxos recording (8.559352)? They were debuted in, respectively, 1937 and 1960. Anyone who loves Rachmaninoff will be swept away by the big-boned, gorgeously melodic Piano Concerto, dashingly played by Gabriela Imreh, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestral, under Daniel Spalding.


Review By Scott Morrison,,February 2009

Daniel Spalding and the Bournemouth Symphony do an outstanding job of presenting these works in a positive light…Once again we owe thanks for the highly informative booklet notes of Walter Simmons, the leading scholar-advocate for the valuable roster of neo-romantic American composers, whose book ‘Voices in the Wilderness: Six American Neo-Romantic Composers’ is a must-have for anyone interested in this sub-genre of American music.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2009

‘A quest for the beautiful, with the humble hope that I may be privileged to achieve this goal, if only for one precious moment and share this moment with my listeners’. So wrote Vittorio Giannini, the American composer of Italian parentage and born in Philadelphia in 1903. Educated in Milan and New York, he became a long-serving compositional teacher at major colleges including Juilliard, Curtis and Manhattan Schools of Music. He was a reactionary against the musical trends that surrounded him in the first half of the 20th century, remaining true to the romantic era. Though it appears in Naxos’s American Classics series, Giannini’s background was rooted in a West European culture and this is evident in the whole disc. If you are looking for a guide as



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