*** - 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 - ClassicsToday.com - 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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