When we talk about Vincenzo Bellini, we think of his operas (Norma, I Puritani). Sony Classical fills a discographical gap by offering this first world recording of the 8 symphonies composed by Bellini, before the composer goes to the Opera. The Orchestration of his symphonies is very simple, but Bellini excels in expressing tender and melancholy feelings. Here is a real rarity not to be missed. Magisterially performed by the orchestra of the birthplace of composer Palermo. At the head of the orchestra, oboist Diego Dina Ciacci, who for some years has been reconciling his career as a soloist with that of conductor.
Naïve releases the third volume dedicated to Vivaldi’s violin concertos in its ground breaking project, the Vivaldi Edition. Multi award-winning violinist Duilio Galfetti is accompanied by acclaimed early music ensemble I Barocchisti under the direction of Diego Fasolis.
Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso was chosen to open the 43rd Festival della Valle d’Itria. This baroque opera is a true feast for the senses, with peaks of sheer poetry and a sense of wonder. Director Fabio Ceresa was clearly inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, both for the setting and the costumes. Conductor and Continuo Diego Fasolis leads the excellent Barocchisti ensemble with an elegant touch, and an unfailing ability to fully convey the music’s nuanced coloratura.
"Un progetto su Jimi Hendrix è come un progetto su Mozart: tanto complesso quanto entusiasmante. Abbiamo accettato la sfida, partendo dal presupposto che dovessimo cercare in Hendrix le caratteristiche che sottostavano al suo modo di intendere la musica, provare ad assimilarle e tradurle usando i nostri linguaggi. Abbiamo deciso di utilizzare un organico il più possibile lontano da quello che era solito usare per i suoi gruppi: una voce femminile e un violoncello (Naomi Berrill), un fender Rhodes, un synth e un pianoforte (Simone Graziano e Alessandro Lanzoni), una batteria (Stefano Tamborrino) e due sax tenori (Francesco Bigoni e Dimitri Grechi Espinoza).
A little known group, I Leoni, from Tortona (Piemonte, north-west Italy), had a short career that has just left us two singles and an album, all very rare, produced between 1970 and 1971. They were a trio, led by keyboardist/singer Carlo Riccardi, but all their compositions were by another Riccardi, Enrico, that was not a member of the group and was later an important producer (with popular Italian artists like Patty Pravo and Loredana Bertè). Despite being mostly in the melodic prog field, the ten-track album includes some good instrumental breaks, like in the hypnotic "Lo Stregone" (with organ, percussion and latin-sung vocals in a Jacula style) and interesting progressive arrangements like in "Jena Ridens" or the closing "Il Tramonto"…