Luigi Piovano & Antonio Pappano - Brahms & Martucci - American Record Guide

Here we have a fine recording of two of my favorite cello sonatas played by two musicians who have been working together for 13 years and have much to say to us. Piovani studied with the well-known Radu Aldulescu and is first cellist with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra as well as conductor of the Magna Grecia Orchestra. Pappano is well known as a conductor. They put the depth and drama across with a clear understanding, and the instruments they play contribute to the depth and discernment of their interpretations. Piovano’s cello is a Gagliano made in 1710. They balance with care and conviction. All repeats are observed. What more can we ask for? Well, the liner notes consist partly of an interview they had with Carlo Cavalletti that covers pleasant territory. The music is further described by Guido Salvetti. All this is in English, French, and Italian. And don’t forget that we also have two little Romances by Guido Martucci (1856-1909). All is played with precision and warmth of tone and grace of phrasing. It is really rather special.

American Record Guide
12 January 2021