Vecchia: Mercadante - Gran Sinfonia sopra motivi dello Stabat Mater (24/96 FLAC)
Vecchia: Mercadante – Gran Sinfonia sopra motivi dello Stabat Mater (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
Orchestra: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Naxos
Size: 1.06 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Omaggio a Bellini
02. Sinfonia sulla 2a caratteristica napoletana
03. Sinfonia on themes from Rossini’s Stabat Mater

Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra in B flat major Op. 101
04. I. Allegro maestoso
05. II. Andante con variazoni

06. Garibaldi

Giammarco Casani (clarinet)
Rome Symphony Orchestra
Francesco La Vecchia
Recorded: 3 July 2012
Recording Venue: OSR Studios, Rome, Italy

Saverio Mercadante’s substantial contribution to instrumental music is exceptional among other famous Italian opera composers of his time. Both his Omaggio a Bellini and the Gran Sinfonia sopra motivi dello Stabat Mater del celebre Rossini are fantasias which contrast the dramatic and the lyrical in their selection of famous tunes of the day. The Seconda Sinfonia caratteristica napoletana magnificently captures the spirit of the tarantella, while the small-scale Clarinet Concerto No. 2 is reminiscent of Mozart. Two patriotic anthems and a popular Milanese song infuse the sumptuously orchestrated Garibaldi – Sinfonia a grand’orchestra which celebrates Italian unification.

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