LORENZO PEROSI (1874-1956): Piano Quintets No. 1 in F and No. 2 in D Minor, String Trio No. 2 in A Minor.
Catalogue Number: 08Y023
Description: Puccini once said, ‘there is more music in Perosi’s head than in mine and Mascagni’s put together’. Priest-composer Lorenzo Perosi achieved international celebrity by the late 1890s for his sacred music, and he also composed a fine selection of chamber works that are little known today. Perosi’s Piano Quintets have a fresh and spontaneous feel, even though they were written while he grieved the loss of his brother. Combining bold rhythms and solemn spiritual depth, these works along with the Second String Trio are all respectful of tradition while representing an exploration of new paths unique in Italian music of the time. Matteo Bevilaqua (piano), Roma Tre Orchestra Ensemble.