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MARTUCCI, G.: Orchestral Music (Complete), Vol. 1 (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) - Symphony No. 1 / Nocturne / Andante / Canzonetta / Giga

Composer(s):Martucci, Giuseppe
Artist(s) Noferini, Andrea, cello • La Vecchia, Francesco, Conductor • Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570929
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The foremost Italian orchestral composer of the late nineteenth century, as well as an accomplished pianist and conductor, Giuseppe Martucci was one of the first of a line of composers, which included Sgambati, Mancinelli and Faccio and, later, Casella, Malipiero, Respighi and Pizzetti, who were determined to break away from opera’s dominance in Italian musical life. If his First Symphony is stylistically indebted to Schumann and Brahms, these models are never slavishly imitated. This is an unusually wide-ranging Symphony for its time (1895), with its own individual voice, distinctive lyrical gift and keen sense of fantasy.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

This year marks the centenary of Giuseppe Martucci’s death, the most influential  musician working in Italy during the second-half of the 19th century. He had been touring as a successful concert pianist for a number of years when he formed the Orchestra Napolitana at the age of twenty-five, within three years honing it to a level that made it the finest in Italy. He was to spend most of his life in Naples, and dying there at the age of fifty-three. Under his baton Italy became aware of a whole swath of European music, particularly that from the German and French romantics, including Italian premieres of Wagner’s operas. As a composer his studies with Paolo Serrao passed on the Austro-German style that was to influence almost everything he was to



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