Started by Dundonnell, August 14, 2007, 02:54:04 PM
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Quote from: Dundonnell on August 14, 2007, 02:54:04 PMMany do tend to think of Italy-at least pre the Berio, Nono, Maderna era(of which I am totally incompetent to speak!!)-as a country of opera. It is worth taking some time perhaps to explore those composers who also wrote symphonic music.
Quote from: bhodges on August 15, 2007, 01:34:20 PMThe two works I've heard by Martucci I've enjoyed a lot: Notturno and the Piano Concerto No. 2, both conducted by Riccardo Muti (who seems to be a champion of this composer). Definitely worth checking out. Those symphonies sound quite interesting.--Bruce
Quote from: Dundonnell on August 14, 2007, 02:54:04 PMWhile applauding Marco Polo and de Almeida's enterprise however, I cannot but feel that the performances are not much better than "run-throughs" by the Moscow players.
Quote from: Earthlight on August 19, 2007, 05:35:40 PMI've heard three of them, and yeah, I've always felt that these symphonies wanted better performances, in a better sonic environment, with better engineering. (Outside of that, they're just great.) Usually when it comes to under-recorded and underappreciated composers, I take what I can get and try not to whinge too much, but the Marco Polo performances I've heard are pretty obviously lacking.
Quote from: Scriptavolant on August 15, 2007, 01:28:43 PMOf course. And I forgot to say that for what concerns 20th Century symphonic music I think we should mention Giuseppe Martucci, who wrote two symphonies, the First completed in 1895 (we're almost there ), and the Second in 1904.So far I've listened quite carefully only to the First, which is a very interesting work, some say of Brahmsian descent and I can figure out why. I would recommend these works too.
Quote from: Dundonnell on August 20, 2007, 11:23:14 AMThanks for reminding me about Martucci, Scriptavolant. I had another listen to his two symphonies today in the BIS version with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kees Bakels. Sadly, I found them a bit underwhelming-rather sub-Brahms/Tchaikovsky/early Sibelius. I am afraid that I am not a particularly great fan of late 19th century romantic music outside of the great masters of that period. I am delighted to hear however that you like Malipiero's music! Have you had the opportunity-since I think that you are in Italy-of hearing much Casella or Pizzetti? Hyperion brought out an album of Pizzetti's music a few years ago and I had hoped that the Symphony would follow but it has not so far done so.
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