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Sandro Fuga: Violin Sonatas


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 573142   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sandro Fuga
Performer:  Mauro TortorelliGiacomo FugaAlessandro MilaniSergio Lamberto
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sandro Fuga inherited a passion for art and music from a family line which includes the composer Luigi Nono. He felt himself part of a long tradition, seeing music as the expression of emotions and refusing to join in with avantgarde "musical clownery". The Sonata No. 1 is unusual in form, its dramatic, agitated central movement flanked by slow movements of great emotional intensity. The Sonata No. 2 is more elegiac, though not without virtuoso dialogue and a spectacular conclusion. By turns melancholy and strikingly luminous, the third sonata is filled with genuinely moving impressionistic meditations. Sandro Fuga inherited a passion for art and music from a family line which includes the composer Luigi Nono. He felt himself part of a long tradition, seeing music as the expression of emotions and refusing to join in with avantgarde "musical clownery". The Sonata No. 1 is unusual in form, its dramatic, agitated central movement flanked by slow movements of great emotional intensity. The Sonata No. 2 is more elegiac, though not without virtuoso dialogue and a spectacular conclusion. By turns melancholy and strikingly luminous, the third sonata is filled with genuinely moving impressionistic meditations. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Sandro Fuga
Performer:  Mauro Tortorelli (Violin), Giacomo Fuga (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 by Sandro Fuga
Performer:  Alessandro Milani (Violin), Giacomo Fuga (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 by Sandro Fuga
Performer:  Sergio Lamberto (Violin), Giacomo Fuga (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989 

Customer Reviews

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 Elegant 'Classical Modernism' April 4, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "If you have little or no familiarity with Italian composer Sandro Fuga, you are not alone. This was my first exposure to the musical style of this 20th century Italian composer (1906-1994). For those Arkivmusic patrons who may not be aware of it, Naxos has an ongoing project dedicated to Italian composers of chamber and orchestra music (and not opera!)from the late 19th century up through today. Naxos' goal clearly is to bring to light meritorious works by composers who have faded into obscurity after brief runs of popularity, or never gained substantial traction at all. Thus, this Naxos recording of Fuga's 3 violin sonatas seems to be a natural addition to its Italian series. Fuga's sonatas struck me as calm and smooth, with overriding emphasis on melancholy and austere seriousness. There are few instances of highly charged emotional outbursts from either the violinist or the pianist, and it seems that Fuga mainly sought tonal stability and a consistently balanced conversation between violin and piano. Each of the 3 sonatas features a different Italian violin soloist, and all of them are excellent. It is my opinion that Sandro Fuga deliberately avoided the radical philosophical innovations which affected other 20th century compositions. His music is 'modern' in the sense that its emotional character differs so much from the joyous Romanticism of 19th century chamber music. At the same time, it can be considered 'classical, based on its solid tonality and tightly structured architecture throughout. This combination makes for an interesting and appealing program which will reward the serious listener many times over. I think you will like this disk as much as I do. It is definitely worth a listen." Report Abuse
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