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SGAMBATI, G.: Symphony No. 1 / Cola di Rienzo (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Rome Symphony Orchestra

La Vecchia, Francesco

Francesco La Vecchia



Auditorium di Via Conciliazione, Rome, Italy

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 61:23
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SGAMBATI, G.: Symphony No. 1 / Cola di Rienzo (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

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Cola di Rienzo


Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 16

2 I. Allegro vivace, non troppo 10:29
3 II. Andante mesto 11:11
4 III. Scherzo: Presto 5:47
5 IV. Serenata: Andante 7:47
6 V. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 7:49
 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor
 La Vecchia, Francesco

Giovanni Sgambati was one of the most important figures in the Renaissance of Italian instrumental music that began in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Wagner arranged the publication of his first chamber works, calling him ‘a true, great and original talent’. Sgambati’s blending of Italianate lyricism and German rigour led to large-scale works of real historical significance. His overture Cola di Rienzo exemplifies his richness of characterisation while the First Symphony is a major statement of breadth and intensity, admired by Grieg and Saint-Saëns, and often conducted by Toscanini.

                      *** -  Good Disc

Michel Fleury - Classica magazine - June 2013

"...Both performances and interpretation are competent and interpretations are competent and sympathetic. Once again, Maestro LaVecchia and his forces rate praise for their championing of Italy’s rich symphonic tradition."

Don O’Connor - American Record Guide - May/June 2013

"Containing five movements arranged in a perfect “arch” form…there’s nothing that sounds quite like it in the entire 19th century literature. The scoring, for standard forces plus two harps, piccolo, but no extra percussion or other exotica, is pellucidly clear and “alive” ...the outer movements really move; they have no dead spots and no single movement outstays its welcome. Sample ... the gorgeous melody from the second movement (Andante mesto) for strings ... and harps. Here is true Italian lyricism in a symphonic context—just lovely. The performances are very good. Francesco La Vecchia shapes the symphony quite effectively, choosing tempos that convey the music’s easy-going energy and winning lyricism with complete confidence ... the Rome Symphony Orchestra plays quite well, especially the woodwinds, who have a lot of important solo work.
David Hurwitz - - January 2013

"...these performances are emotionally charged. There’s an enthusiasm tempered with attention to rhythmic and dynamic detail that gives this forgotten music a new lease on life... the recordings are quite consistent and project a moderately wide but deep soundstage in a reverberant acoustic that will appeal to those liking wetter sonics. The orchestral timbre is generally musical..."
Bob McQuiston - Classical Lost and Found - January 2013

"... urgently recommended to all."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - May/June 2013

"A fantastic performance by the 10-year-old Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma under Francesco La Vecchi brings this harmonically rich, thematically astute, expansive music to brilliant life. Something new and wonderful appears in the score with each new listen. I’ve been impressed most by the sense of carefully measured, seamless progression in the overall narrative ... The music has opened a door to what turns out to be a fascinating figure in Italian musical history." 
John Terauds - Musical Toronto - December 2012

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