Priest-composer Lorenzo Perosi wrote more than 3,000 sacred works, many of them still unpublished, making him the 20th century’s most prolific composer in the genre. But he also wrote some 30 chamber works, including string trios, string quintets and four piano quintets, which help dispel the oversimplified picture of him as a composer of nothing but sacred and liturgical music. The string trio and piano quintets on this release were written during the period 1928–31.
Puccini once said, ‘there is more music in Perosi’s head than in mine and Mascagni’s put together’. Priest-composer Lorenzo Perosi achieved international celebrity by the late 1890s for his sacred music, and he also composed a fine selection of chamber works that are little known today. Perosi’s Piano Quintets have a fresh and spontaneous feel, even though they were written while he grieved the loss of his brother. Combining bold rhythms and solemn spiritual depth, these works along with the Second String Trio are all respectful of tradition while representing an exploration of new paths unique in Italian music of the time.
Pianist Matteo Bevilacqua has given over a hundred recitals at renowned festivals and venues across Europe, and received more than 25 prizes at international piano competitions. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship from the International Keyboard Institute & Festival to participate in the festival and study in New York with Arnaldo Cohen and Alexander Kobrin. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of 19th- and 20th-century Italian music.