Review By Scott Noriega,Fanfare,August 2010
Though Ludwig Thuille (1861–1907) is perhaps best remembered today for his association with Richard Strauss, he was an admirable pianist and composer in his own right. After having been orphaned at the age of 11—the deaths of both of his parents occurring in the short span of only five years—Thuille was fortunate enough to be taken in by family in Kremsmünster, in Upper Austria. It was here that he became a chorister in the Benedictine Abbey, which allowed him to study music: the piano, the organ, the violin, and composition. In 1876, through the generous support of the widow of the composer and conductor Matthäus Nagiller, he moved to Innsbruck, where he continued his studies in theory, piano, and organ with Joseph Pembauer, and where he made his first acquaintance with Richard more....
Review By Zach Carstensen,The Gathering Note,June 2010
Thuille’s Sextet suffers from the same convoluted style that makes the quintet such a difficult piece for audiences to enjoy or musicians to play. Both groups find their way through Thuille’s thicket of notes, making sense of the pieces in spite of the composer.
Review By Don O’Connor,American Record Guide,March 2010
The playing exhibits beauty of string tone, combined with elegance of balance from pianist Luisi. His tonal colors sound ideal, from the lightest background figurations to the deepest foundation parts. Thuille is a little known post-romantic who, like so many of that generation, deserves better. Here, at least, his music gets it.
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Review By Carsten Niemann,Rondo,February 2010
Review By Bart Verhaeghe,Fanfare,December 2009
Thuille was a contemporary and personal friend of Richard Strauss. The fact that it took him two years to complete his Sextet probably means he saw the work as his magnum opus…Both the Chantily Quintet and the Gigli String Quartet play tidily, and are well balanced and involved. Gianluca Luisi’s contributions at the piano in both works are intelligent and involved. It must be said that the recording engineers did a great job as well. The sound is full-bodied, clear, and focused.
Review By Luca Segalla,Musica,December 2009
Dita d’acciaio e tocco incisivo, Gianluca Luisi dispone di un grande volume di suono e offre un fraseggio scolpito con gesti robusti sulla tastiera del suo Bösendorfer Imperial, pianoforte che rappresenta sempre una gioia per le orecchie. Sotto questo aspetto i lisztiani tre Grandi Studi da Paganini affrontati nel primo dei due CD pubblicati dalla Naxos sono un’interpretazione esemplare, anche in virtù della buona qualità tecnica della registrazione. Certo, Luisi non è un virtuoso-monstre come Hamelin o come il Carlo Grante di qualche anno fa, però i suoi Studi da Paganini temono pochi confronti.
Review By Melody,Amazon.fr,November 2009
Des œuvres sensibles et délicates, très bien interprétées
Review By C. Vr.,Fono Forum,November 2009
Review By Andrea Bedetti,guide.supereva.it,September 2009
Un esponente della scuola di Monaco
Quando si pensa alla cosiddetta “scuola di Monaco”, il movimento musicale influenzato dall’opera di Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner e Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger, che operò tra la fine del XIX secolo e l’inizio di quello successivo, non può che venire in mente il nome di Richard Strauss.
Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2009
I recall being introduced to Thuille’s very Brahmsian-sounding Sextet for piano and winds by Vernon Duke, founder of the Society for Forgotten Music (SFM). The LP recording we made at the time (1972) was a ‘first’, and created quite a stir among critics. This new recording is excellent in every respect, and the companion work is no less impressive. Pianist Gianluca Luisi is a powerhouse pianist, and both chamber ensembles are finely attuned to the late-Romantic idiom.