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Franco Alfano: Violin Soanta; Piano Quintet; Nenia e Scherzino / Darvarova, Dunn, Mumm & Magill

Audio Samples

>Alfano, Franco : Sonata for violin & piano in D major
>Alfano, Franco : Piano Quintet in A flat major
>Alfano, Franco : Nenia & Scherzino, for violin & piano

Album Summary

>Alfano, Franco : Sonata for violin & piano in D major
>Alfano, Franco : Piano Quintet in A flat major
>Alfano, Franco : Nenia & Scherzino, for violin & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alfano's chamber music is receiving deserved recognition. The Violin Sonata is a powerful and impressive work, with elements of French impressionism, but essentially post-romantic in ethos. The Piano Quintet was Alfano's last chamber work, premiered in 1946, and a compelling example of his belief in resilient lyricism, as well as a rejection of contemporary atonal music. It teems with imaginative touches, colours and rhythms. The previous release in this series of the Cello Sonata and Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano (8.570928) was praised for its "razor-edged accuracy, passion, and insight." (Fanfare). Alfano's opera Cyrano de Bergerac, with Plácido Domingo in the title rôle, is available on Naxos DVD 2.110270 and Blu-ray NBD0005.

"Think of Delius in his most exotic scores and you have a parallel... The excellent duo of Elmira Darvarova—the first female concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra—and pianist, Scott Dunn, are joined by Mary Ann Mumm and Craig Mumm as second violin and viola, with Samuel Magill as the cellist. They have the rapport of a long-established group, though I guess they came together for this recording. Certainly Alfano could hardly hope for more dedicated or passionate champions. Good sound." -David's Review Corner

MusicWeb International
Dr Konrad Dryden is to be congratulated on his outstanding liner-note. ... he delivers an attentive, well-structured and detailed account of the music and its context. For now though let's hope for more of the concert music.

MusicWeb International
The mellow, slightly Jewish-sounding Nenia and the cheery, sassy Scherzino, transcriptions made in 1935 by Enrico Pierangeli, make ideal encore pieces to bring the CD to a close. Sound quality is good throughout... this disc... should at least get things moving in the right direction for this underrated composer.

The Strad
Considering these are world-premiere recordings, it is remarkable how totally inside Alfano's distinctive idiom these outstanding musicians sound. Elmira Darvarova, a former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, plays with intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing, and is well matched by her colleagues in the Quintet... There's atmospheric and well-balanced engineering from John Baker.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawren (02/22/2011/02/23/2011).



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Works Details

>Alfano, Franco : Sonata for violin & piano in D major
  • Performers: Elmira Darvarova (Violin); Scott Dunn (Piano)
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA (02/22/2011/02/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Alfano, Franco : Piano Quintet in A flat major
  • Performers: Samuel Magill (Cello); Elmira Darvarova (Violin); Mary Mumm (Violin); Scott Dunn (Piano); Craig Mumm (Viola)
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA (02/22/2011/02/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1945

>Alfano, Franco : Nenia & Scherzino, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Elmira Darvarova (Violin); Scott Dunn (Piano)
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA (02/22/2011/02/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936