This Summer's News: Brahms & Liszt!
Two new albums and others will be coming very soon at onclassical.com. The first one is a quasi-unique performance of the String Quintets by Brahms op. 88 & 111. The chamber music written by Brahms includes only two string quintets and here they are being proposed by the Sandro Materassi ensemble: a very energic group that includes some of the most notable and virtuoso musicians of Italy, such as Alberto Bologni (violin), Danilo Rossi (viola) and Mauro Valli (cello), and also Grazia Serradimigni (II violin) and Olga Arzilli (II viola). The captured sound on this CD is also excellent and reminds one of the real ambient of an old Cascina in the Piacenza region.
The second album is for Franz Liszt as played by the Italo-American excellent poetical pianist Roberto Poli. Liszt composed the second part of his "Années de Pèlerinage" between 1837 and 1849 on his trip to Italy when he came to know our artistic wonders (Raffaello, Michelangelo) and the poems by Dante and Petrarca. So which music and performance could be more inspired than this?