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Martucci: Orchestral Music Vol.4 [CD]

Martucci , Coggi , Orch Sinfonia Di Roma , Vecchia , Francesco La Vecchia Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
  • Composer: Martucci
  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0027DQHIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 66
2. Momento musicale e Minuetto (arr. for string orchestra)
3. Novelletta, Op. 82, No. 2 (arr. for orchestra)
4. Serenata, Op. 57, No. 2 (arr. for orchestra)
5. Colore orientale, Op. 44, No. 3 (arr. for orchestra)

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Following the success of the previous three volumes in Naxos's Martucci Orchestral Edition, the fourth presents the Italian composer's Piano Concerto No. 2, a spaciously Romantic work whose sweeping opening movement reaches a dramatic climax, setting the scene for a poignant Larghetto and a highly virtuosic finale. The best known of Martucci's later works, it made a considerable impression internationally when conducted by Anton Rubinstein, Toscanini, Weingartner and Mahler, often with the pianist-composer as soloist

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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The big piece on this CD is the Second Piano Concerto by Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909), a late Romantic Italian composer who primarily wrote orchestral music rather than opera. I'd never heard any of these pieces before, although I know that it has all been recorded before in the series of performances of Martucci's orchestral works conducted by Francesco D'Avalos, who specialized in this composer's music. And I knew that Toscanini championed the work and once conducted it with Horszowski at the keyboard. Martucci was a virtuoso pianist and he wrote this concerto for himself premiering it in 1885. But he was primarily a composer and conductor, as well as being an important Italian pedagogue. He championed the works of Brahms in Italy and indeed conducted the Italian premiere of Brahms's Second Symphony. I mention this because the first movement of the Second Concerto was almost certainly modeled on the first movement of Brahms's First Piano Concerto. It is dramatic, and although the piano part is virtuosic, the piano is often part of the orchestral fabric. The movement's second theme is particularly attractive. A most satisfying movement. But even more so is the lovely Larghetto second movement which contains a limpid and lovely main theme and has a middle section with rich string chords accompanying the solo piano. The big surprise, though, is the finale which is Haydnesque in its humor. This is not to say it sounds like Haydn, but rather that is has an impish, winking humor that puts one in mind of the great Austrian. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The excellent pianist here is a very young Italian, Gesualdo Coggi, and the conductor, Francesco La Vecchia and his Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma give him marvelous support. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A World of Orchestral Colour! 20 Dec 2009
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Although it is always invidious to talk about a lost/overlooked genius,I think we can safely say that Gieuseppe Martucci ( 1856 ~ 1909) is such a composer.
Overshadowed (at the start) by Verdi and (at the latter end of his life) by Puccini,Martucci seems (till now) to have disappeared.
Hopefully these excellent 4 discs from Naxos will change his status.
Although the composers I have already mentione overshadowed him,his music was not generally like theirs.
If can imagine an Italian Debussy or Ravel, you will be nearer the sound of his music.
Lyrical and full of changing orchestral colours,impassioned as only an Italian composer can be his music speaks directly to you,it is not in the least obscure or esoteric.
If you want to discover a whole new landscape of sound and colour,then you cannot go wrong in this collection from Naxos,especially at their budget price.
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The first thing that struck me about this recording of Martucci's second concerto (in B-flat minor: why am I not surprised?) is how "barny" the piano sound is. This detracts and distracts from the beauties of a work which has some wonderfully gentler moments - at times it almost sounds as if the soloist is underwater! The approach is barnstorming, which merely adds to the muddied sound. The fill-ups are a delight, showing how varied Martucci's art was - yes, they're all transcriptions (otherwise unavailable on disc), but the melodic and rhythmic inventiveness is both fascinating and enchanting. The piano is absent, and the performances of these miniatures makes for far easier listening than the concerto. Martucci certainly deserves to be better known, and there used to be a couple of delightful performances available on disc of both of his piano concerti.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Full-Blooded and Gorgeous Romantic Piano Concerto, and More 27 July 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The big piece on this CD is the Second Piano Concerto by Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909), a late Romantic Italian composer who primarily wrote orchestral music rather than opera. I'd never heard any of these pieces before, although I know that it has all been recorded before in the series of performances of Martucci's orchestral works conducted by Francesco D'Avalos, who specialized in this composer's music. And I knew that Toscanini championed the work and once conducted it with Horszowski at the keyboard. Martucci was a virtuoso pianist and he wrote this concerto for himself premiering it in 1885. But he was primarily a composer and conductor, as well as being an important Italian pedagogue. He championed the works of Brahms in Italy and indeed conducted the Italian premiere of Brahms's Second Symphony. I mention this because the first movement of the Second Concerto was almost certainly modeled on the first movement of Brahms's First Piano Concerto. It is dramatic, and although the piano part is virtuosic, the piano is often part of the orchestral fabric. The movement's second theme is particularly attractive. A most satisfying movement. But even more so is the lovely Larghetto second movement which contains a limpid and lovely main theme and has a middle section with rich string chords accompanying the solo piano. The big surprise, though, is the finale which is Haydnesque in its humor. This is not to say it sounds like Haydn, but rather that is has an impish, winking humor that puts one in mind of the great Austrian. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The excellent pianist here is a very young Italian, Gesualdo Coggi, and the conductor, Francesco La Vecchia and his Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma give him marvelous support.

The rest of the CD comprises Martucci's orchestrations of a number of his piano pieces, one of them for string orchestra (Momento musicale e Minuetto), the rest (Novelletta, Serenata and Colore Orientale) for full orchestra. The string orchestra piece is lyrical and serene. The others sound Italian in their use of forms (siciliana, barcarolla, marcia) so often heard in music of that country. And although Colore Orientale is faux-Turkish, it sounds a little like Respighi's later 'oriental' music, i.e., Italian through and through.

A worthwhile issue.

Scott Morrison
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