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Martucci: Symphony No. 1 - Notturno; Andante; Canzonetta; Giga


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The foremost Italian orchestral composer of the late nineteenth century, as well as an accomplished
pianist and conductor, Giuseppe Martucci was one of the first of a line of composers, which included
Sgambati, Mancinelli and Faccio and, later, Casella, Malipiero, Respighi and Pizzetti, who were
determined to break away from opera's dominance in Italian musical life. If his First Symphony is
stylistically indebted to Schumann and Brahms, these models are never slavishly imitated. This is an
unusually wide-ranging Symphony for its time (1895), with its own individual voice, distinctive lyrical
gift and keen sense of fantasy.

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Slowly but surely Giuseppe Martucci's orchestral music is making headway on CD. In 2007 Brilliant Classics reissued ASV's complete cycle, while my colleague Victor Carr Jr enthused over Symphonies 1 and 2 played by Kees Bakels and the Malaysian Philharmonic on BIS (type Q8314 in Search Reviews), and described the music succinctly and vividly. Naxos now enters the field with the first volume in a projected survey of the orchestral works.

On the plus side, Francesco La Vecchia elicits more incisive string playing and more penetrating woodwind articulation in the neo-Wagnerian First symphony than Bakels, aided by Naxos' rich, dazzlingly detailed engineering. On the minus side, the Rome musicians do not quite match their Malaysian colleagues' impeccable intonation and seamless ensemble blend. However, the shorter works delight without qualification.

The Andante Op. 69 No. 2 clocks in nearly three minutes faster than the weightier Francesco D'Avalos/Philharmonia Orchestra recording, and benefits from cellist Andrea Noferini's warm tone and fluid phrasing. By contrast, La Vecchia takes two minutes more than D'Avalos over the Op. 70 No. 1 Notturno, yet generates plenty of sustaining power and chamber-like textural diversity. A fine start to a promising cycle, warmly recommended. [4/13/2009] -- ClassicsToday.com, Jed Distler, April 13, 2009

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: I. AllegroRome Symphony Orchestra11:47Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: II. AndanteRome Symphony Orchestra 8:33Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: III. AllegrettoRome Symphony Orchestra 5:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: IV. Mosso - Allegro risolutoRome Symphony Orchestra14:30Album Only
listen  5. Giga, Op. 61, No. 3 (arr. for orchestra)Rome Symphony Orchestra 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Canzonetta, Op. 65, No. 2 (arr. for orchestra)Rome Symphony Orchestra 3:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Andante, Op. 69, No. 2 (arr. for cello and orchestra)Andrea Noferini12:17Album Only
listen  8. Nocturne, Op. 70, No. 1 (arr. for orchestra)Rome Symphony Orchestra 9:18Album Only

Product Details

  • Conductor: Vecchia
  • Composer: Martucci
  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001QUL72S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Nylund on December 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Giuseppe Martucci's music has largely been neglected for many years, aside from a few sporadic performances and recordings. It was Arturo Toscanini who championed Martucci and even conducted a number of his works in broadcast performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Studio 8-H, especially in his early years with that orchestra. Surprisingly, Toscanini never approved the release of any of these performances; they were eventually released by companies other than RCA Victor, long after Toscanini's death in 1957.

The general sentiment was that Martucci was not very good, that his music sounded too much like other composers and was clearly influenced by Richard Wagner. Yet the impact Martucci had on so many other composers can't be denied. There is definitely a relationship between Martucci and one of his students, the more famous Ottorino Respighi, as can be clearly heard in Respighi's "Dramatic Symphony." The fact that Toscanini, who was often very particular in his musical selections, chose to play so much of Martucci's music had to be more than just a sentimental or nostalgic tribute to a fellow countryman. Now, with the release of so much of Martucci's music by Naxos, we can hear for ourselves the merits of this composer. Every evidence is that Martucci has been unjustly neglected for a long time. It's wonderful to finally hear performances of major and minor orchestral works. This is very lyrical, very dramatic music and it is all given very competent performances by the talented Italian musicians in these well-recorded versions.

The first symphony, in particular, is a major achievement, especially since Italian composers rarely wrote symphonies in the nineteenth century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri on September 27, 2013
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This symphony dates from 1895 and is the product of six years of work. The beginning takes little twists and turns and it almost wears out it's welcome and then it is over. The slow movement is in the tradition of the Beethoven 9th symphony although not nearly as grand as you might expect. The third movement is reminiscent of Brahms and takes thin material and spins it out. The finale is the longest movement and reminds me a little of Mahler in that it goes into an anti-climax before ending for sure. In all it is 40 minutes in length. I have a feeling if you like Glazunov then you will like this symphony.

The filler material is very interesting. The first two pieces are kind of short and spikier while the two remaining are more involved and meditative. The recording is a bit subpar being unfocussed and sometimes making the orchestra sound weak. A good CD if you long for the 19th century tradition of the symphony to never end.
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