Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Dileep Gangolli
The Clarinet, September 2014

The work that impressed me the most was Lo Spiritismo nella veccchia casa by the well-regarded composer Nino Rota.

Regarding the performance of Mr. Bosi, his technique and musicality are quite impressive. He is committed to these works and has spent time living with the, and creating convincing musical interpretations…the inherent beauty of the instrument’s dynamic range, though contained, speak for itself. © 2014 The Clarinet

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

So dominated by opera, the world knows little of the Italian symphonic music composed there in the 19th & 20th centuries and even less of its chamber music. It has not been helped by the chasm that had existed in the relationship between the nation’s avant-garde composers and those who tenaciously clung to traditionalism. In the event neither has found a lasting place in the concert repertoire. This disc of unaccompanied clarinet music takes a look at both sides, though Sergio Bosi seems to have looked at the market and decided that familiarity is the best option. In time scale we begin with Nino Rota’s Lo Spiritismo nella vecchia casa, a series of variations lasting close to ten minutes, and falling most pleasingly on the ear, while at the same time offering the performer plenty to keep them busy. Continuing in the listener’s comfort zone, the atmospheric Fantasia orientale from Agostino Gabucci predates his short 1968 Improvviso by nine years. Also from 1968 comes the very brief Monodia by Renato Dionisi, a fun piece that bridges the period of tradition and experimentalism. That quantum leap arrives with Bruno Bettinelli’s Studio da concerto from 1971, a score not yet quite rejecting tonality, but now looking at so many new techniques that were beloved by modernists of that period. So via the unusual sounds incorporated in the fascinating Jubilus I by Flavio Testi, we arrive at the age of pure atonality in which Luciano Berio played such an important part, though his Lied, is not at the extremity of his modernity. I much admire the virtuosity of Sergio Bosi, and also the quality of his own recording. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group