Music for Harp and PianoFRANCESCO POLLINI (1762-1846): Grande Sonate, BENEDETTO NEGRI (1784-1854): Capriccio on the cavatina from Rossini’s “Gazza ladra”, SAVERIO MERCADANTE (1795-1870): Melodia, LAURO ROSSI (1810-1885): Divertimento.
Catalogue Number: 03W039
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Pollini exploits the contrast between the instruments to the full whereas the Capriccio by Negri is written in the form of a nocturnal divertimento typical for the time: a cantabile introduction prefacing an elaborate variation set with a brilliantly figured coda. Best known of our quartet is Mercadante for his operas and florid variation sets on popular operatic themes. His rhapsodic Melodia is a chamber arrangement of a concertante work for harp and small orchestra, with an opportunity for improvised virtuosity in the form of a cadenza which Pasetti has devised for herself. Neapolitan by birth and training as an operatic composer, Rossi took charge of Milan’s conservatoire before succeeding Mercadante at the head of the Naples conservatoire. His Divertimento is an early work in which the piano takes the lead role, unlike the other works here. Anna Pasetti (harp), Michele Gioiosa (piano).