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David Hurwitz, March 2015

Francesco La Vecchia…leads a vivacious performance… The sonics are brightly lit and…in all other respects perfectly adequate. A very enjoyable disc from a composer who achieved quite a bit, and deserves a hearing. © 2015 Read complete review

Steven J Haller
American Record Guide, July 2013

…there’s no question La Vecchia and the Rome Symphony have things well in hand.

This is a colorful and evocative essay, and it’s good to have it in the catalog… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, June 2013

…we have conductor Francesco La Vecchia and the Rome Symphony Orchestra to thank for introducing us to more undeservedly neglected late-nineteen-early-twentieth-century Italian symphonic music…they give us dramatic readings of these long lost symphonic gems that are sure to revive interest in Mancinelli.

…the recordings are consistent. They project a considerably wide and deep soundstage in a reverberant acoustic that will appeal to those liking wetter sonics. The orchestral timbre is generally musical… © 2013 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2013

How Luigi Mancinelli became one of Italy’s leading conductors, having stood-in for a drunken maestro at an hour’s notice, is told at length in the disc’s booklet. The story begins when he ran away from his prosperous family to study music in Florence, and there became an orchestral cellist. It was then as the principal cellist at the theatre in Perugia that this lucky turn of events took place. He was later to conduct seasons in many prestigious venues, including London’s Covent Garden and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In the world of composition he was a late starter, his first works of any substance only emerged when he was well into his twenties, and he was almost thirty when the Scene veneziane were completed and first performed. The five pictures come precious close to light music, with more than a hint of being extended opera intermezzi, and are of the most pleasing disposition. The fascinating oddity in the score is the vivacious scherzo in the form of a fugue! The gently moving gondola in the fourth picture could form an emotive film backdrop, while the finale is a happy Wedding Ceremony and Dance. The disc also contains two very substantial symphonic interludes which formed part of the six pieces Mancinelli composed for Pierto Cossa’s stage drama, Cleopatra. Over the past three years we have had some well performed discs in this series, but this is the Rome orchestra’s most outstanding to date, and they enjoy a nice open-textured sound. Much commended. © David’s Review Corner

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