ALBERTO CURCI (1886-1973): Violin Concertos No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 21 “Concerto romantico”, No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 30, No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 33, Suite italiana in modo antico, Op. 34 (Recorded 1963 and 1964. First CD Release).
Catalogue Number: 07T003
Label: First Hand Records
Description: Curci was a member of a Naples-based music publishing family dating back to the mid 19th century but he also had a career as a concert violinist and he composed a bit on the side. The dates of composition of these concertos are not known, only their publication dates (1944, 1963 and 1966) but no one would be surprised if they were told that they were from the end of the 18002, so conservative are they. The first has an alla napoletana finale and the second is Russian in inspiration from the very first notes while the third seems to be an attempt to be symphonic rather than folkloric in inspiration. The Suite italiana describes itself; everywhere is late Romantic style, lyrical motifs and singable melodies in the slow movements and bright, dancing finales. The recordings used the same Milan location favored by EMI and the musicians are likely to have been largely from the La Scala orchestra. Issued in by the Curci house on two mono LPs, the first two concertos did appear in stereo on a 1974 Musical Heritage Society LP. A fascinating piece of rediscovered recording history. Franco Gulli (violin), Studio orchestra; Franco Capuana.