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Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909): Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2, Opp. 59 & 62 / Trio Vega

Album Summary

>Martucci, Giuseppe : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 62
>Martucci, Giuseppe : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 59
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Notes & Reviews:

The foremost Italian orchestral composer of the late-nineteenth century, as well as an accomplished pianist and conductor, Giuseppe Martucci was one of a trio of pioneering Italian composers known collectively as Il ponte (The Bridge) who were determined to break away from opera’s dominance in Italian musical life. Together with Giovanni Sgambati and Antonio Bazzini he established a connection between Italian instrumental music and Austro-German Romanticism. Perhaps nowhere is this better exemplified than in the two Piano Trios which show the important infl uence of Brahms as well as Martucci’s gift for long-breathed melodies combined with pulsing lines and contrapuntal interplay. Martucci’s complete orchestral works can be heard on Naxos 8.570929-32.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909) was one of the few Italians of his time not interested in opera; he, Giovanni Sgambati, and Antonio Bazzini were "known...for establishing a connection between Italian instrumental music and Austro- German romanticism", says the notes. Brahms's influence is notable, even blatant, especially in the Second Trio's opening Allegro. Martucci believed in melody, sonic beauty, and structural coherence. I can imagine Max Reger's stereotype whispering, The sound here is clean and clear. The Trio Vega is elegant and competent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Manuel De Falla, Granada, Spain (06/02/2014-06/04/2014).



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>Martucci, Giuseppe : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 62
  • Ensemble: Trio Vega (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Auditorio Manuel De Falla, Granada, Spain (06/02/2014-06/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Martucci, Giuseppe : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 59
  • Ensemble: Trio Vega (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Auditorio Manuel De Falla, Granada, Spain (06/02/2014-06/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882