MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline


Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909)
Symphony No.1 in D minor (1895) [40:10]
Giga  No.3 (arr for orchestra) (1883) [4:09]
Canzonetta No.2 (arr. for orchestra ) (1884) [3:30]
Andante No.2 (arr. for cello and orchestra) (1888) [12:22]
Notturno No.1 (arr. for orchestra) (1891) [9:29]
Andrea Noferini (cello)
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma/Francesco La Vecchia
rec. Auditorium, Conciliazione-Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma Studios, 16 October 2007, 16-17 March and 22 April 2008. DDD
NAXOS 8.570929 [69:38]
Experience Classicsonline

Admirers of Respighi’s music may well be interested in music from other less well known Italian non-operatic composers. The now defunct recording company, ASV, built up something of a reputation for their recordings of music in this field. I was particularly impressed with their recordings of works by Martucci. In fact I remember writing in 1997: "I was overwhelmed by the intensely dramatic and highly colourful music of Martucci. After listening to D’Avalos and the Philharmonia’s dazzling reading of Martucci’s Symphony No.1 (the last movement sounding uncannily like an Italian Elgar in full P&C flow) I hastened to acquire all the ASV Martucci CDs. Symphonies 1 and 2, with shorter orchestral items including Notturno, Andante and Colore orientale were issued on ASV CDDCA675 and 689 respectively, while Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
- the former with the glorious La canzone del ricordi were released on ASV CDDCA 690 and 691 respectively.


Martucci, the foremost Italian orchestral composer of the late 19th century was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. His repertoire was wide extending from Bach through to Debussy and Stanford. He championed Wagner, Berlioz, Schumann and Brahms, the latter two composers having a strong influence on Martucci’s own music, and notably this Symphony with something of Bruckner and Elgar in the heroic final Mosso-Allegro risoluto. He worked six years on this Symphony which was premiered in 1895. This new recording has its moments – a perky characterful Allegretto and an appealing reading of the lovely wistful Andante second movement – but, overall, it does not eclipse the D’Avalos recording with the Philharmonia. That reading has so much more vitality and polish especially in the outer movements. The ASV sound is superior too.


La Vecchia scores in the lighter fill-ups. The Giga trips along merrily while the wistful, beguiling Canzonetta looks back to the elegance of the 18th century. The twelve-minute or so Andante No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra meanders but has autumnal warmth - a little like the Elgar Cello Concerto in places - with some felicitous writing for woodwinds and harp. The First Notturno is more pleasing and again reminds one of Elgar in wistful vein.


As a bargain introduction to Martucci this is acceptable but it is worth seeking out the D’Avalos recordings.
Ian Lace

Editor's note: Martucci ASV recordings reissued on Brilliant Classics
Ian and his readers can rejoice. All four ASV Martucci/D'Avalos discs have been reissued in a single superbudget Brilliant Classics box. That means you can get both symphonies, both piano concertos and much else on Brilliant Classics 93439. RB.


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing




Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.