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Jane Ellsworth
The Clarinet, September 2013

Bosi’s enthusiasm for this music is readily apparent on this disc. He plays with sure technique and abundant musicality. The partnership between Bosi and Bartoli is especially fine; Bartoli is as sensitive an accompanist as one could wish for. Recording quality is good. The music on this disc ranges from charming to truly beautiful, and all of it is a pleasure to hear. Some of these compositions deserve a renewed place on concert programs, and aficionados of Italian clarinet music (and Italian clarinet playing!) will certainly want this disc in their collections. © The Clarinet

MusicWeb International, March 2013

Ace clarinettist Sergio Bosi and pianist Riccardo Bartoli are back again for Naxos with a follow-up to their superb disc of ‘Italian Clarinet Gems’, released in 2011 (review). This is essentially more in a similar vein, but this time by a single composer.

…Magnani’s music is certainly not flippant or bland. In fact, it is stylishly entertaining, especially for those who adore lyrical clarinet. All these pieces are lovingly crafted and creatively mellifluous—three indeed are pastiches.

…the recital is, for the most part, a virtuosic work-out for the clarinettist…This recording can…be seen as Bosi’s tribute to Magnani, and what a fine one it is. His tone is mellow, his phrasing refined and thoughtful. With a large discography to his credit, it is a pity he is not more widely recognised. Riccardo Bartoli teaches at the same institution in Italy, giving the pair plenty of time to internalise the scores—as their intuitive interactions in this recording testify.

This programme was recorded at the same venue as ‘Italian Clarinet Gems’, and sound quality is just as impressive. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, March 2013

…this release is a worthwhile discovery.

The performances are fully committed. Bartoldi is a superb keyboardist and chamber musician, delivering great energy and color to match his excellent touch and technique; and he always gives the scores what they need, whether it is a guitar-strumming accompaniment or a full-throated opera orchestra. Bosi boasts terrific fingers, nimble articulation, and a brilliant solo personality…the quality of Magnani’s music is still evident, and curious listeners may find this album worth the time. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

I doubt that you will have ever come across the name of Aurelio Magnani, though the disc’s notes credits him as the ‘father of the modern Italian clarinet school’. He had been born in 1856, and having studied at the Bologna School of Music, he began his career as an orchestral musician at 19, reaching the zenith when appointed principal clarinet at the Teatro La Fenice. In his later years he was heavily involved in teaching, many of his pupils becoming principal orchestral members in Italian opera houses. As a composer he wrote in many genre, with a number of his works involving clarinet as a solo instrument. Please don’t give up on the disc with the opening two Divertimentos, for Magnani is at his best in the fun and virtuoso showpieces that follow, with the Romanza a Valzer, on themes from Gounod’s Faust, being the disc’s most extensive and attractive work. Next in line of recommendation comes a Mazurka-Caprice with the soloist flying around the instrument. Maybe it all aspires to be no more than salon works, the piano writing usually just a functional backdrop. Here they are performed by two of the mentors at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro, the pianist, Riccardo Bartoli, a former pupil of the legendary Sergio Fiorentino. Sergio Bosi has a divided career as an orchestral musician and soloist, and has been responsible for editing Magnani’s complete music for clarinet and piano. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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