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Giuseppe Martucci: Symphony No. 1; Notturno; Andante, and Others

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
To assert Francesco La Vecchia and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma's 2009 digital recording of Giuseppe Martucci's warmly romantic "Symphony No. 1" is the finest ever made is not to over praise it. After all, there have heretofore been only two other digital recordings of the bighearted romantic work: an unidiomatic 2000 Kees Bakels account with the Malaysian Philharmonic and an ardent 1997 Francesco d'Avalos performance with London's Philharmonia. Yet La Vecchia and the Rome orchestra go deeper into the score than d'Avalos, and find more in it of Martucci and less of Brahms, the Italian composer's obvious model. Plus, La Vecchia has the inestimable advantage of having an...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
To assert Francesco La Vecchia and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma's 2009 digital recording of Giuseppe Martucci's warmly romantic "Symphony No. 1" is the finest ever made is not to over praise it. After all, there have heretofore been only two other digital recordings of the bighearted romantic work: an unidiomatic 2000 Kees Bakels account with the Malaysian Philharmonic and an ardent 1997 Francesco d'Avalos performance with London's Philharmonia. Yet La Vecchia and the Rome orchestra go deeper into the score than d'Avalos, and find more in it of Martucci and less of Brahms, the Italian composer's obvious model. Plus, La Vecchia has the inestimable advantage of having an orchestra that understands Martucci's harmonic and melodic language and is wholeheartedly dedicated to turning in the best possible playing for their countryman. The combination is unbeatable and this may be the performance that finally makes Martucci's reputation. The four other pieces here are less imposing but no less lovely, especially the achingly beautiful "Nocturne." In short, anyone interested in fin de si├Ęcle European symphonies should by all means try this disc. It should be noted, however, that the finest recording of Martucci's "First" remains Arturo Toscanini's 1938 monaural recording with the NBC Symphony. Though the sound is antique and though the conductor is his usual aggressive self, the brilliance, energy, and depth he finds in the work have never been matched.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313092970
  • Catalog Number: 8570929
  • Sales rank: 135,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75 - Giuseppe Martucci & Symphony Orchestra of Rome (40:16)
  2. 2 Giga for small orchestra, Op. 61/3 - Giuseppe Martucci & Symphony Orchestra of Rome (4:08)
  3. 3 Canzonetta for orchestra, Op. 65/2 - Giuseppe Martucci & Symphony Orchestra of Rome (3:31)
  4. 4 Andante for cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 69/2 - Giuseppe Martucci & Andrea Noferini (12:20)
  5. 5 Notturno for piano (or orchestra) in G flat major, Op. 70/1 - Giuseppe Martucci & Symphony Orchestra of Rome (9:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Francesco La Vecchia Primary Artist
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