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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, March 2014

Performances and sound are excellent…Every admirer of modern music should at least sample this remarkable composer, and this is an excellent place to begin. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Hurwitz, September 2013

As with most of the releases in this ongoing Italian music series from conductor Fancesco La Vecchia, the performances are wholly idiomatic and convincing. The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma plays with impressive vigor, atmosphere, and precision, and the engineering is quite good. This is music that amply repays repeated listening. Most Ghedini to date has been released in mediocre performances by provincial artists on various small labels; it’s great to see his major works getting some first class attention. © Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, July 2013

…Maestro La Vecchia and the OSR give us splendid performances of these undeservedly neglected scores…Their riveting account of Contrappunti with outstanding solo work from violinist Paolo Chiavacci, violist Riccardo Savinelli and cellist Giuseppe Scaglione, arguably make it one of the best symphonic pieces to come out of Italy during the middle of the twentieth century.

All three recordings project consistent, convincing soundstages made all the richer by warm reverberant surroundings. The instrumental timbre is musical with sparklingly highs and low clean bass. The many soloists and groups of instruments that pop up in the first two selections are ideally balanced against the rest of the orchestra. It seems the Italian engineers got everything right… © 2013 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, July 2013

Naxos is to be commended, again, for recording works not heard enough.

The Rome Symphony, the featured soloists and conductor Francesco La Vecchia all give strong, committed and convincing performances and the sonic quality is at Naxos’ usual high standards. I strongly recommend you check this out! © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

It was with Architetture that the forty-eight year-old composer, Giorgio Federico Ghedini, belatedly found national fame, though internationally he is still unknown. Never seemingly able to make up his mind whether he wanted to be a pianist, composer or conductor, his name now resides as the mentor of outstanding Milan Conservatory composition pupils, including Lucanio Berio, and conductor students, Guido Cantelli and Claudio Abbado. Written as a ‘Concerto for Orchestra’, Architetture’s seven movements do not offer a showpiece in the style of Bartók, but is replete with cells of fascinating sonority that Ghedini uses in much the same repetitive way Minimalist composers used three and more decades later. It is often quiet, withdrawn and without that style of melodic invention to sit readily in your memory, though after replaying the disc several times I have taken a lasting affection for the work. Contrappunti (Counterpoints), came twenty years later and is unusual in having a solo string trio whose participation, seemingly, has little in common with the orchestra, and is frequently used by itself, or with the orchestra just underpinning it. In three contrasting movements, with a slow Andante misterioso surrounded by energized movements. Ghedini had been composing long before Architetture, Marinaresca e baccanale dating from seven years earlier. It is not short of influences, as you will discover, the seascape of the first of the two movements, giving way to a punchy bacchanal, though as here performed, a long way from the promised ‘presto’. The Rome orchestra and their conductor, Francesco La Vecchia, are bringing Italian music to a wide international market, and if at times they reveal this is not easy music to perform, we thank them and their recording team, the last two named works here receiving their first studio recording. © David’s Review Corner

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