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Is the music of Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) worth investigating?


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logeny
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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2012, 10:28:18 pm »

I have a number (7) of CDs of Perosi's music.  I have not been disappointed in any one of them.

I think his string quartets are beautifully realized and I also highly recommend the orchestral suites - especially the disc containing Suites 5 & 7.

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kyjo
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2012, 12:45:06 am »

Thanks for your enthusiastic recommendations Smiley! Spurred on by my enjoyment of his String Quartet no. 1, I shall investigate more Perosi! BTW have you heard his massive Piano Concerto?
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logeny
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2012, 01:08:30 am »

Yes, I have the Bongiovanni (is there any other?) disc which includes the Perosi Piano Concerto.  It is a large work - running, on this performance, just over 45 minutes.  The piece is highly-charged and certainly no less attractive than any other of Perosi's music.  Although I am partial to the chamber pieces, the PC is right up there!
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kyjo
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« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2012, 01:14:07 am »

Thanks again Smiley! I'm glad you say it's "highly charged"; I love fiery, energetic late-romantic PCs Grin! The Bongiovanni CD with the PC on it seems to be unavailable on Amazon at present (in the US, at least, I see it is still in print over in the UK), but I see that the disc can be downloaded from allmusic.com Smiley.
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2012, 10:07:53 am »

Reading post 7 I became aware that I own, but neglected, the Bongiovanni Cd containing the orchestral Suites n.5 ("Tortona", Perosi's small birth town) and Suite n.7 ( "Torino", which I have in an alternative Nuova Era recording).
I was prompted to hear again, and more attentively, and found the -rather concise- "Suite n.5" VERY playful and worthy of more than an occasional reading.   
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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2012, 12:29:08 pm »

Reading post 7 I became aware that I own, but neglected, the Bongiovanni Cd containing the orchestral Suites n.5 ("Tortona", Perosi's small birth town) and Suite n.7 ( "Torino", which I have in an alternative Nuova Era recording).
I was prompted to hear again, and more attentively, and found the -rather concise- "Suite n.5" VERY playful and worthy of more than an occasional reading.   

Great to learn that Perosi - I only owned an LP with some of his Masses in the past, otherwise he's probably unplayed in my country - is from Tortona. I was staying there with friends for a weekend, last year, on our way back home from a longer stay in Pistoia. And liked it. :-)
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… music is not only an `entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.  RVW, 1948

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