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Giannini: Piano Concerto, Symphony No 4 / Spalding, Imreh, Bournemouth SO

Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559352   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vittorio Giannini
Performer:  Gabriela Imreh
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vittorio Giannini wrote seven symphonies and other orchestral works, and we badly need to get to know them. Today the only piece with a tenuous hold on the repertoire is his marvelous symphony for band, a linchpin of the old Mercury Living Presence catalog. His Piano Concerto is a show-stopper: 40 minutes of sweeping melodies, harmonically colorful sequences, acres of virtuosity--it's just plain good stuff and it would bring the house down in concert. Apparently this is its first performance since its premiere in 1937--scandalous! Happily, Gabriela Imreh flings herself at the piece and delivers an excellent performance of the elaborate solo part, while Daniel Spalding & Co. accompany enthusiastically.

The terse
Read more (23-minute), three-movement Fourth Symphony of 25 years later reveals a more mature composer writing in a fresher, more acerbic idiom. Giannini's progress somewhat recalls that of Roussel, moving from Romantic to spiky (but still basically lyrical) neoclassicism. The use of fourth-based harmony somewhat recalls Hindemith, though with more colorful orchestration and more fluid rhythms. Again, the performance has plenty of the necessary rhythmic thrust, and the sound is good, but with some odd balances typical of Naxos productions in Bournemouth--an exaggerated front-to-back depth--but this never gets in the way of the music itself. More Giannini, please.

--David Hurwitz
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano by Vittorio Giannini
Performer:  Gabriela Imreh (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935 
Length: 41 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 by Vittorio Giannini
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 
Length: 23 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto: I. Sostenuto - Allegro moderato
Symphony no 4: II. Sostenuto e calmo

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