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Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897): La Ronde des Lutins - Music for Violin and Piano / Maria Semeraro, piano; Luca Fanfoni, violin

Album Summary

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Bazzini, Antonio : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op.55
>Bazzini, Antonio : Fantasia su La Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi, for violin & piano, Op. 50
>Bazzini, Antonio : Morceaux Lyriques (6) for violin & piano, Op. 35
>Bazzini, Antonio : La Calma serenata, for violin & piano, Op. 34/3
>Bazzini, Antonio : Le Carillon d'Arras, Op. 36
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Notes & Reviews:

Poor Antonio Joseph Bazzini (1818-1897), a one-work composer if ever there was one, after the examples of Bruch and Holst, destined forever to be remembered as encore fodder for virtuoso violinists as they end their recitals in a blaze of glory with his Scherzo fantastique Op.25, better known as La Ronde des lutins, or Dance of the Goblins. Now, Luca Fanfoni and Maria Semeraro expand our knowledge of Bazzini with a more complete survey of music for his own instrument, for he had a place, post-Paganini, in the 19th-century tradition of performer-composers. Inevitably Italian Opera exercised an influence upon him, evidenced by many fantasias based on operatic themes, often from Verdi, such as the one inspired by La Traviata in which the virtuosity effectively brings out Verdi’s dramatic intent. Then his mastery of longer and more abstract forms is revealed by his Op.55 Sonata, a poetic masterpiece with a formal, well-defined structure. Later in life Bazzini aside his performing career in favour of composition, including symphonic, choral and chamber music (six quartets and a quintet) and teaching: Puccini and Catalani were among his students. Luca Fanfoni’s extensive discography includes a Verdi-themed disc of fantasias and variation sets, as well as the ten concertos and sonatas of Antonio Lolli, another figure in the neglected byways of Italian music, this time from the Baroque era.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014).



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>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Bazzini, Antonio : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op.55
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Bazzini, Antonio : Fantasia su La Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi, for violin & piano, Op. 50
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bazzini, Antonio : Morceaux Lyriques (6) for violin & piano, Op. 35 :: no 1, Elégie (Andante mesto)
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bazzini, Antonio : La Calma serenata, for violin & piano, Op. 34/3
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bazzini, Antonio : Morceaux Lyriques (6) for violin & piano, Op. 35 :: no 3, Le Muletier (episode de la vie de montagne)
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bazzini, Antonio : Le Carillon d'Arras, Op. 36
  • Performers: Luca Fanfoni (Violin); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: BartokStudio, Bernareggio, Italy (03/02/2014-03/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic