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Filippo Gragnani: Sonatas for violin & guitar, Op. 8 / Franco Mezzena, violin; Massinto Scattolin, guitar

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>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major, Op. 8/1
>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in C major, Op. 8/2
>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major, Op. 8/3

Album Summary

>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major, Op. 8/1
>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in C major, Op. 8/2
>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major, Op. 8/3
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Notes & Reviews:

With the dawning of the French Revolution came the reinvention of the guitar. The instrument became an instant success with the listening public of Europe - particularly the middle classes, who used their new power to ensure its starring role in popular music of the period. Among the composers now attracted to writing for the guitar's expanded range of expression was Filippo Gragnani. The three sonatas included on this compilation make up Op.8, and are brimming with melodic inventiveness: composed for violin and guitar, they perfectly encapsulate Gragnani's style - maintaining a delicate balance between the rigour of classical Viennese elegance, Italian cantabile and the energy of gallant music. This charming collection of works offers a fascinating glimpse into the wealth of repertoire composed for the guitar, one of the most popular instruments of the Napoleonic period. Featuring performances full of gusto and aplomb, the recording comprises a worthy addition to any serious guitarist's library.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I reviewed Mr Scattolin (M/J 2012) as part of a three-disc Giuliani set with two other players. His disc was devoted to some of Giuliani's most virtuosic works inspired by Rossini, and he wasn't quite up to the demands of those works - at least with the competition at that level. He is more comfortable here. Indeed, he and Mezzena play quite well together. Intonation is perfect, ensemble well coordinated. Both have a sweet tone. They recognize nature of this music and don't try to make it greater than it is - this is a tasteful performance. It's also a reissue, first recorded in 1990, with excellent sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Opit.Me.S., l'Aquila, Italy (04/09/1990-04/13/1990).



Reviews

A Neglected Composer Rediscovered
Gragnani – Sonatas Op. 8 for violin and guitar – Newton Classics

Another interesting re-issue by the Dutch label Newton Classics, “Gragnani - Sonatas Op. 8 for violin and guitar” presents rarely heard chamber music by Italian composer Filippo Gragnani, some of whose works still exist, astonishingly enough, only in manuscript form. Written on the cusp of the classical and romantic eras, these duos (performed by violinist Franco Mezzena and guitarist Massimo Scattolin) give evidence of Gragnani’s careful study and thorough understanding of both instruments.
The recorded quality here, like the playing, is first rate. In fact, both Mr. Mezzena and Mr. Scattolin play so beautifully that one might wish to know more about them than just their names. Unfortunately, the folks at Newton have (again) neglected to include either photos or biographical data or any information about the styles or makers of the instruments used. Considering the company’s pride in the otherwise excellent updating of the liner notes, this is a lapse that is very hard to understand.
“Gragnani – Sonatas Op. 8 for violin and guitar” goes some way toward renewing interest in the music of an undeservedly neglected composer/guitarist of the early romantic era.
Highly recommended to guitar students, fans of early 19th century music, and especially, to the general listener, for whom Gragnani’s music will be a very pleasant surprise.

10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano



Submitted on 05/15/12 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major, Op. 8/1
  • Performers: Franco Mezzena (Violin); Massimo Scattolin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Studio Opit.Me.S., l'Aquila, Italy (04/09/1990-04/13/1990)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in C major, Op. 8/2
  • Performers: Franco Mezzena (Violin); Massimo Scattolin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Studio Opit.Me.S., l'Aquila, Italy (04/09/1990-04/13/1990)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Gragnani, Filippo : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major, Op. 8/3
  • Performers: Franco Mezzena (Violin); Massimo Scattolin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Studio Opit.Me.S., l'Aquila, Italy (04/09/1990-04/13/1990)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical