Giovanni Sgambati - Piano Concerto, Orchestral Works
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Cat No: TC841908
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd June 2014
WorksCola di Rienzo: Overture
Morceaux (3), op.42
ArtistsFrancesco Caramiello (piano)
The Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra in sol minore op.15 was composed between 1878 and 1880, and was the first work of this kind in Italy in the second half of the nineteenth century. In the monumental structure of this concerto, which is divided as usual into three movements, the piano writing, which attains the utmost degree of masterly inventiveness, is placed at the service of a fully symphonic form.
So in this work, Sgambati showed that his vocation was that of symphonist (this vocation, which he had already revealed in advance with two overtures, Cola di Rienzo, 1866, and Ouverture festosa, 1878, would later be confirmed by him with three subsequent symphonies): demonstrated by the prolonged orchestra sections of the first movement, and the perfect integration between the piano and the orchestra in the final movement.
The overture for Pietro Cossaís Cola di Rienzo is one of Sgambatiís first symphonic works. The CD ends with a transcription: Jules Massenetís small-orchestra instrumentation of Berceuse-RÍverie, the second piece of Trois Morceaux op.42, the last collection of piano pieces composed by Sgambati and published in 1909. The exquisite texture of this piano piece, which evokes an imaginary, longed-for past, like certain Pre-Raphaelite paintings, is expressed in subtle, hazy colours by a delicate orchestration that highlights its European taste.
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