The Martucci Collection

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The most comprehensive collection ever released of Giuseppe Martucci’s music, in stylish modern recordings by native Italian musicians. An Italian Brahms is an unlikely idea,...

The most comprehensive collection ever released of Giuseppe Martucci’s music, in stylish modern recordings by native Italian musicians. An Italian Brahms is an unlikely idea, but it encapsulates a superficial acquaintance with the music of Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909). Any listener curious to take a deeper dive into the richly Romantic melodies and impassioned large-scale structures of Martucci will find no better place to start than this survey of his major works in every instrumental genre. Martucci grew up in Naples as the son of a military bandmaster, and this background seems to have instilled in him a creative impulse to swim against the operatic tide of native composers, and focus his energies on writing instrumental music. He was an accomplished pianist, received with great enthusiasm on tours of France, Germany and England, and the tremendous sweep of his Piano Concerto loses nothing by comparison with far more familiar examples. Brought to life here by Alberto Miodini, the piano music, too, is intensely wrought, but it never loses a pre-eminence of melody which was Martucci’s heritage. In 1888 he conducted the Italian premiere of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde; his song-cycle La canzone dei Ricordi, written a year earlier, is the closest he came to translating the opera’s chromatic eroticism into his own music, and this box affords the opportunity to hear the piece in both its orchestral and piano versions; no less enlightening than (for example) the distinct versions of the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. CD10 collects Martucci’s other songs for soprano, such as the remarkable Pagine sparse of 1888. Other highlights of the set include Martucci’s deep investment in chamber music, resulting in piano trios, violin and cello sonatas, and a magnificently brooding Piano Quintet, again in the Brahmsian mould. Critical praise for these recordings ‘This is a remarkably fine disc and a real “find”.’ (Music for Cello and Piano) Fanfare ‘Gorgeous music, gorgeous playing, gorgeous recording; this one is not to be missed.’ (Piano Concerto No.1) Fanfare ‘Maria Semeraro has a strong feeling for the music, with plenty of chops to back it up.’ (Piano and Chamber Music) Fanfare ‘Francesco La Vecchia has under him in the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma a better ensemble than Muti did at the time in his La Scala Philharmonic… Unhesitatingly recommended.’ (Symphony No.1, etc) Fanfare



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 03, 2024


  • UPC: 5028421969206


  • Catalog Number: BRI96920


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 10


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Giuseppe Martucci


  • Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonia di Roma, Quartetto Noferini


  • Performer: Maria Semeraro, Luca Braga, Lucia Pittau, Roberto Trainini, Massimiliano Ferrati, Alberto Miodini, Chiarastella Onorati, Luisa Prayer