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MARTUCCI, G.: Orchestral Music (Complete), Vol. 3 (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) - Piano Concerto No. 1 / La canzone dei ricordi

Composer(s):Martucci, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosVocal
Catalogue 8.570931
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This third disc in Naxos’s Martucci Edition, comprising the complete orchestral works, continues with the First Piano Concerto which, while indebted to Chopin and Mendelssohn and prefiguring Rachmaninov, nonetheless has its own expressive immediacy. By turns sensuous and serene, nostalgic and intensely yearning, The Song of Remembrance is a rare example of a song cycle for voice and orchestra composed in nineteenth-century Italy. Volumes 1 and 2 of the Naxos Martucci Edition are available on 8.570929 and 8.570930.


Review By CG,Classic FM,August 2009

Naxos continues its championing of Martucci by coupling his Piano Concerto No.1 with the only major vocal work from his maturity. The Concerto is the most successful. Coggi plays with sonority, panache and conviction, accompanied by an orchestra which has just as effectively got under the music’s skin. In La canzone dei ricordi, Pasini’s vocal tone matches the music’s languorous beauty.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2009

You could well believe that the Italian composer, Giuseppe Martucci, was simply composing in the style of Rachmaninov, Mahler and Richard Strauss, but then you find his works predate theirs. A biography of Martucci will be found in my March review, so I will only remind that his early career was as a pianist, the substantial three-movement score for the First Concerto probably written for his own use. It is big and bold and dates from 1878, not long after Rachmaninov’s birth, and is full of those long sweeping passages virtuosos so enjoy. Apparently he thought little of it and it was only published long after his death. La canzone dei recordi (Songs of Remembrance) started life in 1887 before their sad reflective songs came from Strauss and Mahler.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2009

The third in this complete edition of Martucci’s orchestral works features a most likeable Piano Concerto and a song cycle that is a real discovery. In my March review of the previous volume [Martucci Orchestral Music Vol 2, 8.570930], you will find a composer biography which details his role as pianist and conductor, the concerto being written when he was just twenty-two and for his own premiere performance. The notes with the disc comment on the influence of Mendelssohn and Chopin, but here Martucci was very much in his own man, using a generalised Germanic style and arriving at a powerful and personable score.



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