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David Denton
Fanfare, November 2000

The Marco Polo label has been championing the cause of Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero…get to know his style from a release that combines three colorful ballets and an orchestral suite from the operas, Three Goldoni Comedies. © 2000 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, August 2000

"Right of f the bat it must be noted that this release is by far the best performed of all the Marco Polo Malipiero releases to date.

"This program is especially welcome because of he premier recording of one of the composer's infreuqent ballet scores, Stradivario. Composed in the late 40s, it tells a puppet-show type of story whose fantasitcal grotesqueries are most appropriate to the sharp and abrupt volte-faces of Malipiero's musical language: An old-instrument collector steals a violin from a poor street musician, but at night all the instruments come to life, band together, and wreak murderous revenge upon their owner, the thief. The music pointedly reflects this odd mixture of homicidal high spirits.

"...this disc is another essential acquisition for all Malipiero aficionados. Incidentally, the notes contain some amazing biographical data gathered by a Malipiero specialist, the late John Waterhouse, who provided annotations for previous Malipiero releases on Marco Polo. Bravo!"

Tom Godell
American Record Guide, August 2000

"The ballet Stradivario tells the bizarre tale of an avaricious instrument collector who steals a rare Stradivarius violin from an itinerant musician?hich causes the other instruments in his collection to rebel and take revenge on the evil man. The score is a veritable Concerto for Orchestra as nearly every instrument briefly takes center stage. Following the remarkable succession of solos, and ominous brass episode signals the beginning of the attack on the collector, who is crushed to death by his own instruments in the course of an agitated dance. Afterward, the precious Strad is returned to its grateful owner, and calm returns to collector's studio. This time, the music is inventive and clever?nd the playing displays a confidence and swagger... Perhaps this fine recording will inspire some American company to produce this remarkable ballet."

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