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Title: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on April 03, 2021, 02:07:58 PM
There are threads for other nationalities, but not for this one, or at least this way.

Mine are:

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: vandermolen on April 03, 2021, 02:33:20 PM
Don't really have ten but I like these ones;

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Malipiero
Fanelli (French of Italian descent)
Pizzetti
Menotti
Brusa
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 03, 2021, 02:41:04 PM
There are threads for other nationalities, but not for this one, or at least this way.

Mine are:

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati
Interesting!  I thought that you weren't into Italian opera though (Puccini)? I don't know any of his non-operatic works.  Is that what you were referring to?  Sorry, confused here.

A few favorites of mine: 

Puccini (love his operas)
Verdi (love his operas!)
Donizetti
Rossini
Bellini
Respighi
Monteverdi
...will have to think of others...




Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Brewski on April 03, 2021, 03:44:58 PM
Berio
Dallapicolla
Donatoni
Nono
Respighi
Romitelli
Rota
Scelsi
Sciarrino
Verdi

Runners-up: Donaggio, Monteverdi.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Szykneij on April 03, 2021, 04:01:08 PM
Corelli
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: André on April 03, 2021, 04:40:58 PM
Composers I listen to regularly:

Bellini
Boccherini
Cherubini
Clementi
Petrassi
Puccini
Rossini
Scarlatti
Verdi
Vivaldi

I could have put Casella in the list, but his name doesn’t end with an i.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Uhor on April 03, 2021, 06:21:19 PM
Here's 9, Baroque and Modern:

Albinoni
Berio
Corelli
Dallapiccola
Donatoni
Maderna
Monteverdi
Nono
Pergolesi
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Daverz on April 03, 2021, 09:51:57 PM
Since I'm mostly into instrumental music, that limits the pickings somewhat.  In no particular order

Respighi
Casella
Sgambati
Corelli
Vivaldi
Rossini
Scarlatti
Cherubini
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Boccherini

Title: Re: Your top 10 favourite Italian composers
Post by: Wanderer on April 04, 2021, 12:17:26 AM
Not in order:

Respighi
Puccini
Vivaldi
Bellini
Rossini
Busoni
Donizetti
Salieri
Caldara
Monteverdi



More favourites:

Boccherini
Cherubini
Clementi
Leoncavallo
Locatelli
Boito
Paganini
Mascagni
Pergolesi
Scarlatti
Sgambati
Tartini
Corelli

And as far as he's considered Italian:
Lully
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Biffo on April 04, 2021, 01:14:40 AM
Fairly conventional selection -

Monteverdi
Palestrina
Verdi
Busoni
Boccherini
Vivaldi
Scarlatti, D
Corelli

I have recordings of numerous others, mainly baroque, but none are outright favourites


Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: ritter on April 04, 2021, 01:45:55 AM
My list would look like this:

Monteverdi
Pergolesi
Rossini
Casella
Malipiero
Dallapiccola
Petrassi
Maderna
Nono
Berio


I “appropriated” Boccherini to Spain in a list a favourite Spanish composers some years ago IIRC ;)
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: The new erato on April 04, 2021, 02:15:17 AM
Monteverdi
Cavalli
A Scarlatti
Vivaldi
Casella
Stradella
Caldara
Donizetti
Marenzio
Respighi
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: André on April 04, 2021, 05:42:45 AM
I could have added Busoni (thanks for the reminders), but at this stage I’m still exploring his music. I can’t claim to have more than surface knowledge of his oeuvre. He seems to have been a protean artist.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: ritter on April 04, 2021, 05:49:24 AM
I didn’t include Busoni as in my mind he’s more German than Italian (musically speaking). Still, he is certainly a favourite of mine (his late music, that is). He took long to find his very individual voice, but when he did, he produced some stunning works (the Sonatinas, the Elegies, Doktor Faust, the Berceuse élégiaque...)
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: steve ridgway on April 04, 2021, 08:26:38 AM
Scelsi
Nono
Maderna
Berio
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: MusicTurner on April 04, 2021, 09:14:52 AM
Monteverdi
Vivaldi
Boccherini
Busoni
Respighi
Martucci
Malipiero
Scelsi
Berio
Sciarrino

Am a little in doubt whether D. Scarlatti should substitute one.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: (: premont :) on April 04, 2021, 09:46:56 AM
Francesco Landini
Antonello da Caserta
Zacara da Teramo
Andrea Gabrieli
Claudio Merulo
Giovanni Gabrieli
Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Mandryka on April 04, 2021, 10:25:36 AM
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Giacinto Scelsi
Bernard Parmegiani (he turns out to be French!)
Salvatore Sciarrino
Fausto Romitelli
Bruno Maderna
Luciano Berio
Ennio Morricone
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: mabuse on April 04, 2021, 11:55:50 AM
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Daverz on April 04, 2021, 01:59:55 PM


I “appropriated” Boccherini to Spain in a list a favourite Spanish composers some years ago IIRC ;)

I think it's OK if Italians and Spaniards share him.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: amw on April 04, 2021, 02:24:55 PM
Predictable list for anyone who knows my interests.

Matteo da Perugia
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Luca Marenzio
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Goffredo Petrassi
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Aldo Clementi
Salvatore Sciarrino
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on April 04, 2021, 05:20:03 PM
Interesting!  I thought that you weren't into Italian opera though (Puccini)? I don't know any of his non-operatic works.  Is that what you were referring to?  Sorry, confused here.

A few favorites of mine: 

Puccini (love his operas)
Verdi (love his operas!)
Donizetti
Rossini
Bellini
Respighi
Monteverdi
...will have to think of others...

Yes, two years ago I heard all of his operas and I fell in love with most of them. An unabashed sense of beauty, humanity, voluptuousness and striking melodies make them completely irresistible to me. I've not been into opera lately, but Puccini remains my favorite Italian composer in that regard. I hope to be listening to more operas in the near future.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on April 04, 2021, 05:21:21 PM
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini

Is he your favorite composer overall?
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: GioCar on April 04, 2021, 09:20:24 PM
My list of living composers, more or less in order of preference at least for the first 4/5 positions.

Pierluigi Billone
Salvatore Sciarrino
Luca Francesconi
Marco Stroppa
Giovanni Verrando
Lucia Ronchetti
Ivan Fedele
Osvaldo Coluccino
Francesco Filidei
Fabio Vacchi
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: MusicTurner on April 04, 2021, 10:01:14 PM
My list of living composers, more or less in order of preference at least for the first 4/5 positions.

Pierluigi Billone
Salvatore Sciarrino
Luca Francesconi
Marco Stroppa
Giovanni Verrando
Lucia Ronchetti
Ivan Fedele
Osvaldo Coluccino
Francesco Filidei
Fabio Vacchi

Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: GioCar on April 05, 2021, 12:18:47 AM
Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.

Well, if you want to dive into the unknown  ;) I would recommend these two recordings from Kairos

(https://www.kairos-music.com/sites/default/files/cds/0012602KAI_billone_webcover_0.jpg)

(https://www.kairos-music.com/sites/default/files/cds/0015040KAI_billone_webcover_0.jpg)

which are among my favorites in contemporary music. If you are familiar with Tarkovsky's films, you should recognize the title/quotation of the first one.

Billone, a Sciarrino's and Lachenmann's pupil, is by far the most interesting young Italian composer (not so young anymore...) imo.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: MusicTurner on April 05, 2021, 12:48:00 AM
Well, if you want to dive into the unknown  ;) I would recommend these two recordings from Kairos

(https://www.kairos-music.com/sites/default/files/cds/0012602KAI_billone_webcover_0.jpg)

(https://www.kairos-music.com/sites/default/files/cds/0015040KAI_billone_webcover_0.jpg)

which are among my favorites in contemporary music. If you are familiar with Tarkovsky's films, you should recognize the title/quotation of the first one.

Billone, a Sciarrino's and Lachenmann's pupil, is by far the most interesting young Italian composer (not so young anymore...) imo.

Thank you, I will investigate ...
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Iota on April 05, 2021, 05:10:29 AM
Thank you, I will investigate ...

+1

(.. along with a few of the others on that list)
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Mirror Image on April 05, 2021, 06:27:25 AM
Predictable list for anyone who knows my interests.

Matteo da Perugia
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Luca Marenzio
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Goffredo Petrassi
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Aldo Clementi
Salvatore Sciarrino

Nice to see you stuck with a ‘Top 10’ and not a ‘Top 100’. ;) ;D

As for my own list...hmmm....(in no particular order):

Dallapiccola
Casella
Malipiero
Scelsi
Berio

This is the only list I could come up with.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: amw on April 06, 2021, 12:22:34 AM
Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.
I'm honestly not a huge fan of Billone or Ronchetti (and never heard of Vacchi) but that whole list repays exploration. I would also probably name Alessandro Solbiati, Mauro Lanza, and Stefano Gervasoni, and Silvia Borzelli seems to have a great deal of potential even though I've only heard two pieces by her. And of course there's Sylvano Bussotti, who is now I think about 90, and probably the last survivor of the Darmstadt generation.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: ritter on April 06, 2021, 12:26:44 AM
How could I forget Bussotti? As you say, amw, probably the last member of the Darnstadt gegeration still with us. Probably, also one of the "wackiest"  ;), but he did produce some stunning works...
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: mabuse on April 06, 2021, 06:03:45 PM
Is he (Paganini) your favorite composer overall?

My reaction was maybe a little bit excessive because I felt disapointed no one mention him  :P
But despite this, among italian composers from the old generation, Paganini is probably my favorite...
The "24 caprices" are great works and violin concertos are really enjoyable to me.

I also like very much his delightful music for guitar and violin :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy7-EU0oYNeDXk5ocyKooKksdER0_G-4L (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy7-EU0oYNeDXk5ocyKooKksdER0_G-4L)
(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81bq+mKp9gL._SS500_.jpg)

...

Among the new generation, I also love Clara Iannotta  :)
http://claraiannotta.com/
(https://www.resmusica.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/44823261_1598882313544526_3745512301621411840_o-362x241.jpg)
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on April 06, 2021, 06:20:08 PM
Does anybody Prefer A. Scarlatti to D. S.?
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: amw on April 06, 2021, 06:28:28 PM
...

Among the new generation, I also love Clara Iannotta  :)
http://claraiannotta.com/
(https://www.resmusica.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/44823261_1598882313544526_3745512301621411840_o-362x241.jpg)

I suppose I should have thought of Clara Iannotta and Patricia Alessandrini but they completely slipped my mind due to both being based outside of Italy (Germany & Switzerland I think).
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Florestan on April 09, 2021, 06:04:20 AM
Vivaldi
D. Scarlatti
Boccherini
Paganini
Rossini
Donizetti
Bellini
Verdi
Puccini
Wolf-Ferrari


Honorable mention: Monteverdi, Tartini, Locatelli, Pergolesi, Sgambatti --- and for a change, Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Jo498 on June 06, 2021, 02:45:08 AM
Monteverdi
Vivaldi
Verdi
Domenico Scarlatti
Boccherini
A. Scarlatti
Puccini
Corelli
Respighi
Clementi
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Mirror Image on June 06, 2021, 05:40:12 AM
I suppose it’s time to update my list (in no particular order):

Respighi
Dallapiccola
Casella
Malipiero

Well...that’s about it!
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: kyjo on June 06, 2021, 07:17:49 AM
There are threads for other nationalities, but not for this one, or at least this way.

Mine are:

Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati

My list would look exactly the same, though perhaps replacing Martucci/Sgambati with Cherubini. I also love Boccherini’s music.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on June 06, 2021, 01:03:16 PM
My list would look exactly the same, though perhaps replacing Martucci/Sgambati with Cherubini. I also love Boccherini’s music.

Cherubini's string quartets and masses are the highlights of his output to me.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: kyjo on June 07, 2021, 06:30:43 AM
Cherubini's string quartets and masses are the highlights of his output to me.

Agreed. I also heard one of his opera overtures on the radio and it was really vigorous and imaginative. I found his Symphony in D major to be rather disappointing.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Symphonic Addict on October 02, 2021, 06:09:11 PM
Respighi
Casella
Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Rota
Malipiero
Pizzetti
Puccini
Vivaldi
Busoni
Martucci or Sgambati

An update is needed:

Giacinto Scelsi: such an extraordinary composer! I've been listening to Hurqualia for orchestra, Natura Renovatur for strings, and Yilam for female voices. This is creepy and mystical, but at once primitive and tribal. His sound world is quite unique and captivating. Wow! I can't recommend this music enough.
Title: Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 03, 2021, 05:04:47 AM
Interesting!  I thought that you weren't into Italian opera though (Puccini)? I don't know any of his non-operatic works.  Is that what you were referring to?  Sorry, confused here.

A few favorites of mine: 

Puccini (love his operas)
Verdi (love his operas!)
Donizetti
Rossini
Bellini
Respighi
Monteverdi
...will have to think of others...

Some others to add to my list:

Leoncavallo
Rota
Scarlatti (need to revisit his works for harpsichord/piano)
Albinoni (enjoy his works for oboe on a Heinz Holliger set that I have with I Musici)

For those of you who are fans, which works by Nona and Berio would you suggest that I visit?  Would appreciate some suggestions.  :)

PD