\'Improvvisata\' - Sinfonie con titoli

Fizzing work from Europa Galante gives a welcome lift to these curiosities

Author: 
Lindsay Kemp

'Improvvisata' - Sinfonie con titoli

  • Sinfonia 'Improvisata'
  • Overture (Sinfonia)
  • Sinfonia 'La Tempesta di mare'
  • (6) Symphonies, D minor (La Casa del Diavolo)
  • Sinfonia 'Le Campane di Roma'

This is an odd programme, rather short, and opening with an almost negligible piece of Vivaldi before going on to four Italian Classical symphonies, three of them real rarities. Sammartini’s Overture in places sounds like the work of someone capable of influencing Haydn, with the finale revealing that Sturm und Drang was not an exclusively Austro-German preserve. The prototype for that style is sometimes held to be the finale of Gluck’s Don Juan ballet, and it was out of admiration that Boccherini ripped it off in the finale of La casa del diavolo, a work in which he proves his own creative credentials in the other movements, dropping fandango-like hints of his adopted Spanish home. Boccherini’s is the most substantial and best-known symphony on this disc; new to almost everyone will be Carlo Monza’s La tempesta di mare, a work given over more to effect than musical argument, and Giuseppe Demachi’s Le campane di Roma, which, though far from taut, is full of ideas, instrumental colour and charm.

None of this is great music, in truth, but this is where Europa Galante come to the rescue, their combination of rigorous ensemble and interpretational panache bringing it to life. Certainly it is enough to lift this release from “curiosity” to something rather more enjoyable; whether it can provide more lasting stimulation time would have to tell.

Gramophone Subscriptions

From£67/year

Gramophone Print

Gramophone Print

no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Reviews

Gramophone Reviews

no Print Edition
no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Digital Edition

Gramophone Digital Edition

no Print Edition
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

© MA Business and Leisure Ltd. 2019