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Respighi, Pizzetti: Sonatas For Piano & Violin / Oliveira

Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Artek   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino RespighiIldebrando Pizzetti
Performer:  Elmar OliveiraRobert Koenig
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are two Italian romantic sonatas of post-Great War vintage. They bear not a trace of desiccation or jazz influence. They will appeal to those who love their John Ireland sonatas or indeed the Franck though that is of course from a much earlier era.

Respighi's sonata is floridly decorative and Oliveira shoots the passionate rapids with consummate style. You may well know the Concerto Gregoriano. The sonata does not have the sweet simplicity of that work. It is a romantic cauldron the turmoil of whose first movement is offset by a very strong introspective andante followed by a strenuous passacaglia which is given to dreamy rhapsodising (4.49 track 3). The Pizzetti is another work of high romance seemingly touched with
Read more Hungarian accents but easily accessible. Oliveira, the singer, clearly knows how to pitch and toss the line in this amalgam of Waltonian ferment and stuttering dance. The Preghiera is a heartfelt invocation speaking of those fallen in the Great War. It is contemporaneous with Herbert Howells' chamber works to which it is a distant but obvious cousin. It avoids the asperities of the Frank Bridge piano sonata (another Great War generated work). The final vivo e fresco hums and bounces with dance rhythms.

There is a high calorific value to Oliveira and Koenig's advocacy and this is accentuated by a warmly veiled piano sound. There are decent (English only) liner notes. Shortish playing time is offset by engaged performances and good repertoire choice.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Elmar Oliveira (Violin), Robert Koenig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/10/1998 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Performer:  Elmar Oliveira (Violin), Robert Koenig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/10/1998 
Length: 30 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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