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John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, July 2002

"The Four Inventions resemble in portions a Baroque suite, the opera Il finto Arlecchino - from which a few symphonic fragments are heard here - was a combination of 18th century homages and dissonance in the style of neo-classical Stravinsky. The Vivaldi suite is the most colorful and informal of the Baroque-flavored works here; it was transcribed from six actual Vivaldi concertos."

Marco del Vaglio
Nuova e Nostra, April 2002

"We highly recommend this Naxos CD because it couples a great performance with works rarely recorded."

Paul Sayegh
Black Enterprise Magazine, December 2001

"This is [on] a highly personal and by no means exhaustive list of the CDs that have given me the greatest pleasure over the past year... More unusual, worthwhile music from the inexpensive Naxos label."

Iain Fenlon
Gramophone, September 2001

Gian Francesco Malipiero "led an interesting double life of a kind that is now unthinkable; as a musicologist who edited the complete works of Monteverdi for the first time, and as a composer. The New Grove Dictionary even describes him as 'the most original and inventive Italian composer of his generation'...Malipiero was overwhelmed by the music of Stravinsky (particularly the Rite), and his own work mixes archaic references and 20th-century idioms in an inventive and appealing way. The two sets of Invezioni and the Symphonic Fragments from Il finto Arlecchino consist of sequences of very short movements, most a couple of minutes long, and are a testament to Malipiero's deep involvement with the music of the Italian Baroque. The faster movements are very linear, tautly constructed and economically worked out; the slower ones are more lyrical and at times even pastoral. It is the strings, beautifully disciplined and resonant, that carry the day in both the scores and their realization, and there is also some fine solo violin playing in the Sette invenzioni."

Victor Carr Jr., April 2001

"For some of today's 'authentic performance'-trained ears this will seem quite anachronistic, as will Malipiero's Vivaldiana (1952), a loving tribute that is true to the text of Vivaldi's concerto movements while imbuing them with newly vivid and vibrant orchestral colors. Peter Maag's insightful and committed conducting makes the most of these elements, which are wonderfully realized in brilliant performances by the Veneto Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded in clear, full sound by Naxos. Do give this a try (Artistic Quality 9/ Sound Quality 10)."

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