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Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, May 2018

Mr Maione devours Alfano’s international buffet of delicacies with obvious relish (no pun). The sound is forward and plush, bass full. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Philip R Buttall
MusicWeb International, January 2018

…the excellent piano sound and Orazio Maione’s sympathetic, committed, and highly-accomplished playing throughout, it’s surely worth putting some of Alfano’s piano works to the test. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, December 2017

In addition to his operas, Alfano composed an impressive body of chamber and instrumental works, including the little-known music for piano heard on this recording. His early career as a virtuoso pianist is reflected in works ranging from the Op. 3 Pieces, with their tributes to Schumann and Mendelssohn, to the Danses napolitaines, inspired by the Neapolitan canzone, the neo-classicism of the Merode dances and the quirky rhythms of the four Romanian ones. © 2017 Records International

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2017

Franco Alfano was one of the most inspirational Italian composers in the early 20th Century, his reputation tarnished by his attempted completion of Puccini’s Turandot. It had been foolish to ask him to undertake a task that Puccini had failed to achieve, his innate style of composition being so different to his much older compatriot. To that point he already had a compendium of much acclaimed works that on his death in 1954 contained operas, orchestral scores (including two symphonies), instrumental pieces, chamber music and songs. This had formed part of a career that also embraced his role as an outstanding concert pianist and a leading educationalist, the present disc providing a sample of his much neglected output for solo piano. Sadly the writer of the notes that come with the disc seems to have found out precious little about the music, my own researches having revealed they were published through much of his life, though their style would persuade me that they were first composed in his younger years when he had a distinct leaning towards the French influences of Fauré and Debussy. In this genre he was essentially a miniaturist, his longer works built from short pieces that were at their most persuasive when the thematic material had been composed for him as in the two sets of dances, Italian and Rumanian. No doubt intended for the sheet music market with amateur pianists their obvious objective, they make few technical demands, though they all fall pleasantly on the ear. Most of the twenty-two tracks are described as ‘World Premiere Recordings’, and we have to thank the much travelled and experienced Italian pianist, Orazio Maione, for bringing them to our attention. I guess he has taken a few tempo liberties to breath life into the music, and he has certainly succeeded. Reliable sound quality. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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