Legnani - Complete Music for Flute & Guitar | Brilliant Classics 95141

Legnani - Complete Music for Flute & Guitar


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95141

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd July 2016



Renowned in his lifetime throughout Europe as a performer and instrument maker, virtuoso guitarist and opera singer Luigi Legnani’s compositions are tragically under‐represented in recordings and concert programmes. This is despite his body of over 250 works published by many of the major publishing houses of the time. Fresh, new ensemble Arius Duo (Sara Ligas and Omar Fassa) have therefore presented themselves as the newest champions of his work, with a recording of his entire extant works for flute and guitar. Well established in their native Italy, and passionate exponents of unfamiliar repertoire both old and new for the pairing, the duo seek to find new enthusiasts for this much over‐looked composer.

Thoroughly operatic in nature, and with equal amounts of showmanship from both instruments, the Duetto Concertante, op.23, and Gran Duetto, op.87, are two resplendent works, offering all the energy and expression of the opera seria and opera buffa so central to 19th‐century Italian music. The Cavatina d’Ernani and Cavatina d’Elvira, on the other hand, are explicit arrangements of songs from Verdi’s Ernani, an opera portraying the amorous exploits of an outlawed nobleman. The pieces realise the sumptuousness and elegance of the original songs’ passionate confessions of love, whilst exploiting the technical brilliance of each performer.

Recorded February 2015, Chiesa di San Giuseppe in Voghera, Pavia, Italy

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