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The Art Of Luigi Alberto Bianchi


Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 690   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Antonio BazziniNiccolò PaganiniFritz KreislerPablo de Sarasate,   ... 
Performer:  Luigi A. BianchiAldo ArvietoMaruizio PredaBruno Canino,   ... 
Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dynamic are making a habit – a good one in my book – of repackaging material into big nine or ten CD boxes and releasing them at favourable prices. A 10 CD Viotti Violin Concerto box, for example, is ‘as for three’. The box set under discussion here is devoted to violist and violinist Luigi Alberto Bianchi who was born in 1945, a man pursued by misfortune when it comes to his instruments. First his viola was stolen, then his violin. The first was a famous 1595 Amati, the second the Colossus Strad and to date only the Amati has been recovered.
 
Read more The soloist and chamber player has made numerous recordings and this cross section, whilst steering clear of the central repertoire, such as his Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Yehudi Menuhin (for obvious contractual reasons) nevertheless shows us his many strengths. Disc 1 is devoted to a recital of Bazzini. I’ve reviewed this separately so will direct you there, and will only add that I enjoyed his subtlety, charm and intelligence greatly. The next two discs are devoted to the Lucca Sonatas of Paganini in which he is accompanied by guitarist Maurizio Preda. Bianchi plays three famous Strads during the course of these two discs, if that should be of interest. These are gracious, often enchanting and technically undemanding works, but they do need a player versed in legato. Note how well Bianchi catches the bashful stuttering of the fourth sonata of Op.4 and his rather startling (not always effective) finger position changes. Still, he knows better than to inflate these charmers and plays with simplicity and warmth. The easy-on-the-ear music is graced by mock portentous heroics in No.4 from Op.1 and by Bianchi’s sheer elegance in the variations in No.1 from the Op.2 set.
 
For disc 4 he switches to his Amati viola. He plays Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran Viola with the RIAS Orchestra under Jacques Delacôte in a textually pure reading shorn of any emendations. The recital is primarily of Paganini and Sarasate, in which he showcases his evocative narrative and colouristic skills. He’s also adept at Kreisler, though perhaps missing intensity in his viola version of Bloch’s Nigun. The fifth disc brings the three Reger Viola Suites, an important undertaking that reveals a strong affinity with, and mastery of, Reger’s syntax. These are amongst the most important things in this set. He also plays the A minor Violin Sonata, though less well than he plays the Viola Suites.
 
Alessandro Rolla’s Duets for violin and viola see Bianchi teamed with his compatriot, Salvatore Accardo, who also has a boxed set dedicated to him on this label, and quite right too. These are lithe and lissom pieces, hardly earth-shattering in their import but genial and warm. The violin bears most of the expressive burden but where there are entwined dialogues they are charming. These are the earliest recordings dating from 1972. Bianchi plays a modern viola here – a 1965 model by Capicchioni. Disc seven is slightly odd inasmuch as there is a performance of Kodály’s great Sonata for solo cello. Even Bianchi, with all his dexterity, can’t play the cello, or if he can he can’t play Kodály’s sonata – very few cellists can really get around its manifold thickets. The cellist who tries hard is Franco Maggio Ormezowski. Bianchi then joins him for a decent Kodály Duo and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello.
 
Disc 8 is devoted to Kreisler pieces or ‘encores’ as Dynamic has it. Some favourites are here but in the main the selection is catholic. Bianchi plays them on the violin and his accompanist is Piernarciso Masi. I rather prefer his viola versions of Liebesleid and Liebesfreud and like almost all younger players – younger than Kreisler and his generation, that is – he takes the Londonderry Air at a very slow tempo. Disc 9 is all-Lalo, on the violin. The Fantasie Originale is an exotic and spicy work for an Op.1. Bianchi plays the D major Sonata with a good sense of direction but has some technical problems. Finally there is an all-Weber disc dominated by the violin sonatas. These are played with a mixture of gentility and drama, though in all fairness Bianchi is not as incisive, dramatic or communicative a player as Ruggiero Ricci in this repertoire. Few, indeed, are.
 
If you are a Bianchi admirer I’m sure there are things here, recorded over the space of three decades, that will be new to you.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Morceaux (3) en forme de sonate, Op. 44 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Aldo Arvieto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 19 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Morceaux (3) caracteristiques, Op. 45 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Aldo Arvieto (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Morceaux (3) lyriques, Op. 41: no 1, Nocturne by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Aldo Arvieto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4. Morceaux (3) lyriques, Op. 41: no 2, Scherzo by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Aldo Arvieto (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5. Morceaux (3) lyriques, Op. 41: no 3, Berceuse by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Aldo Arvieto (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6. Menus propos! Causieres musicales Suite no 1, Op. 47 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Aldo Arvieto (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1865 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7. Rêverie for Violin and Piano by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Aldo Arvieto (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, MS 9 "Lucca" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Maruizio Preda (Guitar), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 16 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, MS 10 "Lucca" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Maruizio Preda (Guitar), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 21 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, MS 11 "Lucca" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Maruizio Preda (Guitar), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 24 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, MS 12 "Lucca" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Maruizio Preda (Guitar), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, MS 13 "Lucca" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Maruizio Preda (Guitar), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Date of Recording: 1972-2001 
Length: 20 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13. Sonata for gran viola & orchestra in C minor, MS 70 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
14. Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella": Excerpt(s) by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16. Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 1, Playera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 1, Malagueña by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
19. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22: no 1, Romanza andaluza by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
21. Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
22. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
23. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
24. Sonatas (7) for Violin solo, Op. 91: no 7 in A minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 17 Secs. 
25. Suites (3) for Viola solo, Op. 131d: no 1 in G minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Antonius Amati (Viola), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
26. Suites (3) for Viola solo, Op. 131d: no 2 in D major by Max Reger
Performer:  Antonius Amati (Viola), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
27. Suites (3) for Viola solo, Op. 131d: no 3 in E minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Antonius Amati (Viola), Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
28. Duetto Concertante for violin & viola in E flat major, Op.15/1 by Alessandro Rolla
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 
29. Duetto Concertante for violin & viola in A flat major, Op.15/2 by Alessandro Rolla
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 18 Minutes 27 Secs. 
30. Duetto Concertante for violin & viola in C major, Op.15/3 by Alessandro Rolla
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Viola), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 17 Minutes 29 Secs. 
31. Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Franco Maggio Ormezowski (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Hungary 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
32. Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Franco Maggio Ormezowski (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 
Length: 26 Minutes 50 Secs. 
33. Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Franco Maggio Ormezowski (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1922; France 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
34. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
35. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
36. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
37. Gypsy Caprice by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
38. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
39. Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
40. Londonderry Air by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
41. Poupée Valsante by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
42. Polchinelle by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
43. Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
44. March of the Toy Soldiers by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
45. The Old Refrain by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
46. Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Pier Narciso Masi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
47. Viennese Rapsodic Fantasietta by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Pier Narciso Masi (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1942; Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
48. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Violin solo, Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
49. Fantaisie originale, for violin & piano in A major, Op. 1 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Dubra Kovacevich (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: circa 1848 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
50. Allegro maestoso, for violin & piano in C minor, Op. 2 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Dubra Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: circa 1848 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
51. Impromptus (2) for violin & piano, Op. 4 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Dubra Kovacevich (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: circa 1848 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
52. Impromptus (2), pastorale & scherzo for violin & piano, Op. 8 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Dubra Kovacevich (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: circa 1850 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
53. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 12 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Dubra Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; France 
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs. 
54. Soirées Parisiennes, 3 morceaux caracteristiques for violin & piano, Op. 18 by Edouard Lalo / Ch. Wehle
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Dubra Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
55. Arlequin "Esquisse caractéristique" by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Dubra Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
56. Guitare, Op. 28 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Dubra Kovacevich (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
57. Variations (9) for Violin and Piano on a Norwegian Air, J 61 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin), Caroline Haffner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 
58. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Caroline Haffner (Piano), Luigi A. Bianchi (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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