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BUSONI, F.: Lustspielouverture / Rondo arlecchinesco / Clarinet Concertino / Divertimento / Tanzwalzer (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

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release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Rome Symphony Orchestra

La Vecchia, Francesco

Francesco La Vecchia


Francesco La Vecchia


Giammarco Casani



Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy

OSR Studios, Rome, Italy

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 60:39
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BUSONI, F.: Lustspielouverture / Rondo arlecchinesco / Clarinet Concertino / Divertimento / Tanzwalzer (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

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Lustspielouverture, Op. 38

 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor

Indianisches Tagebuch, Book 2: Gesang vom Reigen der Geister, Op. 47, "Elegie No. 4"

 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor

Rondo arlecchinesco, Op. 46, "Elegie No. 3"

 Francesco La Vecchia Soloist

Clarinet Concertino, Op. 48

 Giammarco Casani Soloist

Divertimento, Op. 52

 Francesco La Vecchia Soloist

Tanzwalzer, Op. 53

 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor
 La Vecchia, Francesco

All six of these orchestral works exemplify Busoni’s personalised classicism. The Lustspielouvertüre (Comedy Overture) is light, and almost Mozartian in clarity, whilst Gesang vom Reigen der Geister (Song of the Spirit Dance) is a delicately scored chamber piece, forward-looking in both style and content. Both the Concertino for Clarinet and the Flute Divertimento reveal Busoni’s affinity for solo instruments; the former is deftly organised and the latter more obviously capricious. The spirit of Johann Strauss II haunts the infectious Tanzwalzer and the Rondò arlecchinesco unleashes Busoni’s broadsides of wit.

"The solo works for flute and for clarinet are both more like musical dialogs between the performer and accompaniment than conventional concertinos. The soloists contribute their commentary to the orchestra’s parts. Both works exploit the full ranges of the instruments and when as well played as they are here, are enjoyable pieces to savor.The performances are expansive, with strong conducting."

Don O’Connor - American Record Guide - November 2012

"Giammarco Casani and Laura Minguzzi respectively execute their parts superbly and as well as any of their many rivals over the years.The Rome Symphony Orchestra, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, performs superbly and La Vecchia demonstrates a sure touch with the sometimes elliptical courses of Busoni’s invention. Excellent sound and budget price make this a highly recommendable disc."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - October 2012

"The generous amount of works on this record occasionally attests to [Ferruccio Busoni’s] signature sound, but will likely surprise the musical connoisseur with its light, vivacious sound, differing from what would normally be expected from a program dedicated to the Italian composer deceased in 1924. The Comedy Overture... is very Mozartian, the Tanzwalzer, almost Danubian, and the Rondo arlecchinesco, modernist with a hint of mischief. The typically more dense and serious Busconi is easily recognized in the Gesang vom Reigen der Geister ... The Clarinet Concertino is highly suggestive, occasionally expanding the tonal framework but remaining anchored in a very pictorial conceptualization, making for a pleasant discovery. The Divertimento for Flute exhibits similar characteristics, its style ranging from late romanticism to melancholic modernism. An excellent record." *****

Frédéric Cardin - La Scena Musicale - November 2012

"...All of these are essential works in the collections of any admirer of the composer, and it is good to have them brought together here in modern recordings. The performances are generally satisfactory ...The recording is clear and full ... There are good notes by Richard Whitehouse. All in all this is a useful collection of short pieces which are too easily ignored when contemplating Busoni’s larger masterpieces."

John Sheppard - - October 2012

                       Recording of the Month
"...To sum up: all immensely attractive music, running from an overture that deserves to be a pops and radio megahit through a truly nonsensical rondo to two wonderful mini-concertos. Nothing here is very serious at heart, but it’s all astonishingly well-done. Aside from Martucci’s Tarantella and a few bits of Casella, this is my favorite discovery so far in Naxos’ Italian Classics series; the woodwind soloists are closely spotlit and the sound is a bit crude but suits the music’s vivaciousness. The Rome Symphony and Francesco La Vecchia give high-spirited performances which are very confident indeed, and a booklet note is highly informative ... In summary: wonderful."
Brian Reinhart - - 17 September 2012

            **** - Excellent disc

Michel Fleury -  Classica magazine - September 2012

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