Martucci - Piano Trios, Piano Quintet
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 94968
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 18th November 2016
WorksMomento musicale e Minuetto
Piano Quintet in C Major, op.45
Piano Trio no.1 in C major, op.59
Piano Trio no.2 in E flat major, op.62
Pieces (3) by Handel transcribed for string quartet
Maria Semeraro (piano)
Martucciís two piano trios date from his late 20s, are cast on the grandest scale, in Schubertian dimensions with a truly Brahmsian breadth of line and spaciousness of argument. Like the Quintet they are cast in the traditional four movements, which open with a searching melody over a turbulent accompaniment, quickly ceding to the gentler development of lovely cantabile ideas: despite writing instrumentally, Martucci had a native gift for apparently natural,singing melodies. A Mendelssohnian lightness of texture lifts these trios from the occasionally heavy‐handed rhetoric of the Piano Quintet. One may also hear the composerís Neapolitan background, especially in the rustic Scherzos with their echoes of local folk music and musicians.
This new recording complements previous releases by Brilliant Classics of the piano music with which Martucci learnt his craft (BC94800) and the music for cello and piano (BC94816) which is roughly contemporary with the trios. The performers have considerable experience in this underappreciated field of unquestionably underappreciated music. Maria Semeraro is the pianist on the Brilliant Classics release of the music for cello and piano by Alfredo Casella (BC94823), and the Quartetto Noferini have made a well‐received disc of chamber music by Martucciís teacher, Giovanni Sgambati (BC94813). Together they form an impressively idiomatic partnership.
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