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Mario Pilati, Achille Long: Piano Quintets / Aldo Ciccolini & Dario Candela, pianos

Album Summary

>Pilati, Mario : Piano Quintet in D major
>Longo, Achille : Piano Quintet
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release champions two relatively unknown Neapolitan composers. Mario Pilati's style was described by musicologist Gianandrea Gavazzeni as "southern Baroque, full of songlike whims and lively impulses", and the rhythmically vital and deeply expressive Piano Quintet of 1927-28 is one of his most important early pieces. Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was one of Achille Longo's favourite pupils as a child, and his close association with the healthily eclectic Quintet brings a special warmth to its rich timbres and joyously refined nuances. The Circolo Artistico Ensemble specialises in the revival of the unpublished work of Italian composers. Specialising in music of the early twentieth century, the Circolo Artistico Ensemble pays particular attention to the unpublished work of Italian composers active in the inter-war years, in collaboration with leading musicians, including Aldo Ciccolini, whose career has brought collaboration with Furtwängler, Ansermet, Cluytens, Mitropoulos, Münch, Maazel, Kleiber, Prêtre, Ceccato, Gavazzeni, Martinon, Monteux, Plasson and many others, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Ritmo
An album that brings music as unknown (these are world premiere recordings) as attractive and surprising. Especially for a breath of life and a desire for expression that break with what was done in Italy in the first third of the twentieth century. The youth of the authors, both of Naples, has much to do with it. Of the two, perhaps the most unknown Mario Pilati (1903-1938), who burst onto the music scene Italian wars with precisely this Quintet in D major (1928), in which the instrumental tradition of the country is renewed through the prominence given to the rhythm, but also the treatment of the instruments has a wild air, and very bartokiano end. And all without denying that element of any work cantabile own Italian. The same parameters, treated with undeniable refinement, dominate in the dense Quintet with piano (1934) Achille Longo (1900-1954), another young open to the conquests of his time. The veteran Aldo Ciccolini, who considers this her spiritual master, turns on the interpretation of the score, well supported by the youth of the Circolo Artistic Ensemble, while the piano part Pilati corresponds to Dario Candela. To know.

Classical Lost and Found
Violinists Giuseppe Carotenuto and Nicola Marino along with violist Giuseppe Navelli and cellist Manuela Albano acquit themselves very well, giving enthusiastic support to pianist Dario Candela in the Pilati, and ... the great Aldo Ciccolini for the Longo. Considering Ciccolini's intimate association with his mentor's quintet, this would have to be considered a definitive performance.

MusicWeb International
Another pair of discoveries. Again thanks to Naxos for resisting the temptation to present each quintet with something more familiar. There we have it: no compromise at a price that is affordable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Megaride Blu, Naples (09/09/2009-09/14/2009); Phonotype Record S.r.l. (09/09/2009-09/14/2009).



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>Pilati, Mario : Piano Quintet in D major
  • Performer: Dario Candela (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Circolo Artistico Ensemble
  • Notes: Phonotype Record S.r.l. (09/09/2009-09/14/2009); Megaride Blu, Naples (09/09/2009-09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Longo, Achille : Piano Quintet
  • Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Circolo Artistico Ensemble
  • Notes: Phonotype Record S.r.l. (09/09/2009-09/14/2009); Megaride Blu, Naples (09/09/2009-09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1934