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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, July 2014

All of these works are exquisite. Each piece is entirely original and doesn’t sound like anything Italian I’ve ever heard. I’ve listened to this several times, and discovering these works has not only been a real pleasure, but I feel I’ve missed out on some wonderful music all these years. The orchestra plays beautifully under La Vecchia’s sympathetic leadership. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, March 2014

Where would we music lovers be without the Naxos label working doggedly to record the music of every deserving composer they can get their ears on? In this case, it’s the orchestral music of Italian composer Alfredo Catalani…

All this music is beautifully performed by conductor Francesco La Vecchia and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma… © 2014 Expedition Audio Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, February 2014

Continuing their invaluable survey of little known nineteenth-twentieth century Italian orchestral works, conductor Francesco La Vecchia and the Rome Symphony Orchestra (OSR) give us superb accounts of all five selections. Their technically accomplished, sensitive playing makes a strong case for music which in lesser hands might have come off as more ordinary fare…these performances raise the bar. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Alfredo Catalani’s reputation hangs by a single thread of the rarely heard opera, La Wally, though things could have been so different for this promising composer…the disc…display a consummate orchestral composer who could produce very engaging thematic material. I am sure you will enjoy the refined and restrained beauty of Contemplazione, a sizeable score that follows on the two rather slight pieces, the Scherzo and Andantino. Receiving its first recording, the Sinfonia romantica, Il Mattino, was written in his twentieth year, and paints in my mind a picture of rural Switzerland, its manicured grassland surrounded by the dramatic mountains. Operatic leanings, certainly, and with so much thematic material passing before us, it needs several hearings. Francesco La Vecchia continues his ground-breaking series of neglected Italian music, drawing from the Rome orchestra some very attractive sounds. Good recording quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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