Notes and Editorial Reviews
If this disc does not persuade you that Giuliani's music merits your attention, then nothing will.
Regarding Giuliani, a well-known critic once said to me: "Why is it, that every time I see his name in a programme my heart sinks into my boots?" Well, whilst his music isn't calculated to send it in the opposite direction, it does have its moments of charm, often blighted by mechanical performances. To come straight to the point, if this disc does not persuade you that his (and Paganini's) music merits your attention, then nothing will—and that, considering that Giuliani's Duo concertant lasts for over 32 minutes (longer than many classical symphonies), speaks volumes for the performances.
never concealed my admiration for both Huggett and Savino, and I do not do so now; here is a partnership that was waiting to happen. Their unanimity is so glove-tight in both interpretation and timing that my only question is, why does Savino begin short trills with the main note but Huggett the other way round? The violin part in Paganini's Grand Sonata is so slight that it is often cheerfully omitted, but Huggett treats it with as much respect as any other and shows it to be enhancing—and much more than the mischievous joke it is commonly believed to have been. These works are usually played on modern instruments and these performances on period ones reveal more of their intimate charm, as do the relaxed tempos too; only in the Andantino variato of the Paganini did I feel the need for a little more animation. I think I have made my strong recommendation clear enough!
-- Gramophone [5/1995]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 907116
Works on This Recording
Duo Concertante, Op. 25: I. Maestoso
Duo Concertante, Op. 25: II. Theme & Variations
Duo Concertante, Op. 25: III. Menuetto
Duo Concertante, Op. 25: IV. Rondo
Grand Sonata: I. Allegro risoluto
Grand Sonata: II. Romanza
Grand Sonata: III. Andantino variato
Sonata Concertata: I. Allegro spirituoso
Sonata Concertata: II. Adagio assai espressivo
Sonata Concertata: III. Rondeau
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