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Sgambati, Giovanni - Piano Quintets & String Quartets - Quartetto Noferini


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Roberto Plano, piano
Quartetto Noferini

Giovanni Sgambati (1841- 914) was one of the few 19th century Italian musicians who worked outside the native operatic tradition of Donizetti and Verdi. As a conductor, composer, teacher and pianist, he promoted symphonic and chamber music alongside his younger and now more renowned colleague Giuseppe Martucci.

Records of Sgambati's music have largely confined themselves to his orchestral and piano works (as well as his magnum opus, a Requiem Mass), but transfers of a dusty 78 show him having enormous fun with the Scherzo of Dvorák's Piano Quintet.

This set redresses the balance and reveals Sgambati as a chamber musician no less accomplished in composition than performance, within the German tradition that he worked hard to introduce to Italian concert societies: Mendelssohn and Schumann are keynote influences here. The first string quartet and piano quintets are early works, dating from 1864 and 1866 respectively; the latter written in the fairly unusual key of F minor (think Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony) for which Sgambati appears to have had a special fondness, given the many piano pieces he also composed in that key.

The second string quartet (1882) and piano quintet (1876) are more chromatically developed to embrace some of Wagner's idiom (Sgambati also wrote a concert overture on the subject of Rienzi); and when Wagner heard Sgambati give a performance of the quintet at the Royal Court of Savoy he was sufficiently impressed to suggest to his publisher Schott that they also publish Sgambati's work. This proved to be a turning point in Sgambati's career, as well as the beginning of a friendship between the two composers. Roberto Plano's previous disc for Brilliant Classics, of the piano music of Smetana (94788), won warm critical appreciation; this new disc will likewise appeal to all fans of Romantic musical byways.

Giovanni Sgambati (1841-1914) was an important composer of 19thcentury Italy. A pupil and disciple of Franz Liszt he was one of the most brilliant pianists of his day. However, he was a composer, a conductor, a teacher and a patron as well, composing symphonies and chamber music in a country where opera was predominant.

Sgambati's musical language is romantic pur sang. Rooted in the German tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann he was further influenced by his great mentor Franz Liszt and by Wagner (as so many in that age).

This 2CD set contains two string quartets and the two piano quintets, impressive works of substantial length, richly textured and full of instrumental virtuosity.

Excellent performances by Italian forces, the great pianist Alberto Plano (a Van Cliburn Competition winner) and the Quartetto Noferini.
Fakta
Artikelnummer 94813
Streckkod 5028421948133
Utgivningsdatum 2015-09-25
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Utövare
Artister Quartetto Noferini
Kompositörer Sgambati, Giovanni
Disk: 1
1 String Quartet No.1 in D minor Quartetto Noferini Sgambati, Giovanni Plano, Roberto
2 Piano Quintet No.2 in B flat Op.5
Disk: 2
1 String Quartet No.2 in C sharp minor Op.17
2 Piano Quintet No.1 in F minor Op.4
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