Music for Flute and Harp in 19th-century Italy | Tactus TC800005

Music for Flute and Harp in 19th-century Italy


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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TC800005

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st September 2017



During the first half of the nineteenth century, when a successful new opera appeared on the scene, the publishing system promoted initiatives aimed at maximising its diffusion and creating widespread channels for the exploitation of its popularity. This was helped by the production of paraphrases, duets and melodies; all these pieces were near-faithful transcriptions of their models, but were enlarged and personalised through the keyboard of a piano or, as in this case, the strings of a harp or the 'keys' of a flute. We undoubtedly should add to all this that a typically bourgeois taste led proficient 'amateurs' to take pleasure in playing all sorts of musical instruments and performing, among other things, an original repertoire that was not bound to opera music but influenced by it. Claudio Ortensiís flute and Anna Pasettiís harp take this world back to us through this premiere recording of the works by Michelangelo Sola, Giovanni Toja, Angelo Bovio and Giuseppe Gariboldi, active protagonists of the European and Italian compositional streams converging chamber music with the political and cultural trends that crossed both Classicism and Romanticism.

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