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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2017

…this is a cornet vehicle, not a potted version of Il trovatore. Taken on its own terms, it’s enjoyable, and impressive when you have a cornetist as good as Angelo Cavallo, who seems unfazed by the “coloratura,” if you will, and by the high notes—as much of a challenge for brass players as for singers, albeit in a somewhat different way. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, November 2017

The star of this show is the skillful pianist Michele Fontana, who plays with passion and abandon. Cornet player Angelo Cavallo is skillful, but his playing is reserved. © 2017 American Record Guide



Marc Rochester
MusicWeb International, October 2017

…Angelo Cavallo produces a suitably mellow tone from his cornet à piston and handles all the technical challenges with ease, adding a pleasing military crispness to the jaunty rhythms such as that which concludes I Lombardi. …Michele Fontana is a suitably supportive pianist who sets the scene in his introductions, touches base with some firmly planted rhythmic support, and only occasionally seems inclined to add his own touch of drama © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Richard Bratby
Gramophone, October 2017

Angelo Cavallo plays more or less cleanly, with light vibrato and a pleasant tone; …Michele Fontana, on piano, is alert, crisp and frequently witty, and the chamber-size acoustic is inoffensive. Cornet aficionados looking for a reference set can snap this up with confidence. Verdi completists and lovers of 19th-century lollipops will enjoy dipping into it: honestly, and with the best will in the world, I couldn’t recommend doing much more than that. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Records International, July 2017

Arban was a French cornetist, conductor, composer, pedagogue and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet a piston or valved cornet. He was influenced by Paganini’s virtuosic technique, and his famous method book for trumpet continues to be the first choice for all students of trumpet, cornet and other brass instruments in music schools. These Fantasias on Verdi operas (13 different ones too) are brilliant, highly effective pieces, in which the most popular themes are masterfully interwoven with great instrumental virtuosity. © 2017 Records International





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