Notes & Reviews:
This release is a substantial anthology of piano music written by Italian composers in the twentieth century. In an era dominated by opera, several Italian composers chose a radically different path, concentrating on purely instrumental music, influenced by widely varying sources such as Wagner, Impressionism, Neo-Classicism and Dodecaphony. This set offers a fascinating overview of piano works by Martucci, Cilea, Busoni, Sinigaglia, Caetani, Fano, Respighi, Pizzetti, Casella, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dallapiccola, Rota, Malipiero, Castiglioni, and Einaudi. Only the leading Italian pianists perform on this release, including Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Michaelangelo Carbonara, Pietro de Maria, Alessandra Ammara, and more.
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Mechanical Opera: Opera Favourites on Musical Boxes
Saint-Saens: Piano Quartet, Op. 41; Chausson: Piano Quartet, Op. 30 / Schubert Ensemble
Chopin: Piano Trio, Op. 8; Joseph Elsner: Trio in B-flat / Trio Margaux
Vocalise - arrangements for oboe ranging from Baroque arias to the French chanson. Works by Handel, Ravel, Schumann, Fauré, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Vivaldi, Marcello, Humperdinck et al. / Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Mstislav Rostropovich - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon; Works by Tchaikovsky, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Messiaen, et al. / Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; various artists, conductors, and orchestras [37 CDs]
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Brahms: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5 - Variations Op. 21/1 & 2; Opp. 24 and 35 / Hardy Rittner, piano
The Thomas De Hartmann Project - Music for Piano, Voice and Chamber Ensemble by Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956) / Elan Sicroff, piano with Claron McFadden, Nina Lejderman, Katharina Naomi Paul [7 CDs]
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