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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, September 2012

The Folies Espagnoles…is a very effective showpiece with more musical value than one usually finds in the genre. Fulvio Luciani is a sensitive, intelligent interpreter of this music. He has the technique to handle all of the music’s demands. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2012

During the mid-part of the 19th century the Italian violinist, Camillo Sivori, was described as ‘Paganini without the flaws’. He was the great violinist’s only pupil, albeit for quite a short period, before he launched himself into a long and highly distinguished career as a touring virtuoso on both sides of the Atlantic. Details of his concerts show a very complete musician, working not only as a soloist, but as a chamber musician who including the first UK performance of Beethoven’s complete string quartets. A composer of modest proportions, this new release offers the first complete recording of the 12 Etudes-Caprices for solo violin, a strange and almost contradictory title, ‘Etude’ being the major word. It is a searching series of pieces to the test every facet of violin technique known in the 19th century. Each one would have to be studied and perfected by the student, though as all twelve last for around forty minutes, they would not have been intended as a performing work. I guess that with today’s many young virtuosos, concert audiences would be fascinated to hear them, and there is enough enjoyable thematic material to make it a pleasing experience. La Genoise and Folies espagnoles are more of the same thing, but with the academic fetters of an etude removed. Now it is pure showmanship. The piano part is also far from easy, Massimiliano Motterle providing the agility required. The Italian violinist, Fulvio Luciani, proves a capable guide through almost eighty minutes of technical pyrotechnics, at times showing just how difficult the music really is, the stress of the last of the Etudes showing through. I presume a period piano is involved, the general tone of both instruments a little dry and hard, though for violin aficionados the disc will be a highly fascinating document. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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