, June 2015
We owe the present disc to Tactus and the pianist Giovanni Nesi who also conducts the four-movement Suite. The Suite is dedicated to Pilati’s friend Renato Fasano, who had secured employment for Pilati in Cagliari. The Suite serves as a relaxed, discursive and at times luxuriously romantic piano concerto.
The remainder of the disc is given over to two books of Bagatelles for solo piano. The first book was made into an orchestrated Suite dedicated to Pilati’s three daughters. We know it in this form from Adriano’s Inedita disc. These initial five range from a cheeky little Marcia to a sleepy Ninna Nanna to an at first villainously dark Basso ostinato that soon finds easy-going serenity. There are six short pieces in the second book which include a smilingly rhythmic Barzeletta. Add to this a chiming music-box Rococo and a Rondo valzer, both of which sneak an affectionate peek in the direction of Vienna. There’s a Contrasto rusticano with a sly yet singable Italianate melody, a placidly meandering Intermezzo and a chatteringly exuberant Fine, again alive with the spirit of song.
This disc helps fill out the picture of an agreeable yet unassuming composer who died young in Naples.
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