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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, August 2012

…the original is nowadays very hard to come by and this music does deserve to be heard by a new generation.

Gragnani’s Sonatas each have three movements, a lively allegro followed by a lyrical, theme-and-variations andante of a wistful nature, and rounded off with a rondo polacca. The writing is in a fairly conservative Italian style: idiomatic but entertaining, virtuosic at times yet never inelegant for it, but above all bubbling with foot-tapping energy and attractive melody.

…Italian soloists Franco Mezzena and Massimo Scattolin are still going strong…These were recordings from early on in their careers, but very sound of technique and expression. Their approach is as unpretentious and good-natured as Gragnani’s music.

Sound quality is good overall, although both instruments are set well back from the microphones; further back than Mezzena himself appears to be even, to judge by the proximity of his smooth but frequent inhalations! © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review






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