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Martucci: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Bakels, Malaysian Po


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1255   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

That Giuseppe Martucci wrote symphonies at all is remarkable given his rearing in the primarily vocal Italian musical culture of the 19th century. But the works themselves are especially striking for their decidedly Germanic sound, style, and temperament. Symphony No. 1 wears its Wagnerian colors proudly, beginning with a first movement that quickly brings to mind the Flying Dutchman, while the remaining movements variously evoke Tannhäuser as well as Schumann and Brahms (in the scherzo). Overall it's an engaging work, with vibrant energy in the outer movements and fetching melodic content throughout.


With its echoes of Stenhammar (Symphony No. 1), Martucci's Second Symphony takes us farther north into
Read more Scandinavia. The Second is the more accomplished and individual of these two symphonies, with its highly organic thematic development and its rich and distinctively brass-enhanced orchestration (the first movement's octave motif is particularly compelling). And although this time around the melodic material is less memorable (there are precious few tunes, especially in the finale), Martucci's developmental process--as well as the overall orchestral sound--is quite affecting.


Kees Bakels' powerful and persuasive performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic (the brass playing is singled out for special mention) make these symphonies sound like true neglected masterpieces, making a strong case for Martucci's revival. BIS' recording sounds a bit opaque compared to the label's usual ringing clarity, but it has satisfying impact nonetheless.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 75 by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1895; Italy 
2. Symphony no 2 in F major, Op. 81 by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: II. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: III. Allegretto
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: IV. Mosso - Allegro risoluto
Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 81: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 81: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 81: III. Adagio, ma non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 81: IV. Allegro

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