This set offers a fascinating overview of piano works by Martucci, Cilea, Busoni, Sinigaglia, Caetani, Fano, Respighi, Pizzetti, Casella, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dallapiccola, Rota, Malipiero, Castiglioni, and Einaudi.
This release is a substantial anthology of piano music written by Italian composers in the twentieth century. In an era dominated by opera, several Italian composers chose a radically different path, concentrating on purely instrumental music, influenced by widely varying sources such as Wagner, Impressionism, Neo-Classicism and Dodecaphony. Only leading Italian pianists perform on this release, including Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Michaelangelo Carbonara, Pietro de Maria, Alessandra Ammara, and more.
To sum up, this is a most interesting and highly valuable set, one which presents the whole ambit of twentieth century Italian piano music, from romanticism through neo-classicism and serialism to popular minimalism. Everything is put across to the listener in at least good performances, with most of them excellent. The booklet notes are truncated versions from the original releases and are in many cases essential in getting to know the composers represented. Indeed this set offers the listener a real bargain. At around £2 a disc you can’t go wrong. Grab it whilst you can.
Much music rarely heard in the USFebruary 23, 2021By Joel McLemore (Duluth, GA)See All My Reviews"I purchased with some trepidation, fearing much atonal and unlistenable music. My fear was generally misplaced, as at least 15 hours of this package is pleasant and completely listenable piano music. The music is generally not as intense as Philip Glass, not lush like Rachmaninoff or Bortkiewicz; neither is much of it memorable. A good package of mostly gentle background sound, much of which would be appropriate for a 1980s European movie soundtrack. I received what I hoped to get - exposure to some unfamiliar and worthy piano composition."Report Abuse