FRANCO ALFANO (1875-1954): 2 Pièces, Op. 5, 4 Danses napolitaines, Op. 8, 4 Danses roumaines, Op. 9, 5 Danses de Cléo de Mérode, Pax, Melodia dei miei vent’anni (World Premiere Recordings), Nostalgie, 4 Pièces, Op. 3.
Catalogue Number: 12T035
Description: In addition to his operas, Alfano composed an impressive body of chamber and instrumental works, including the little-known music for piano heard on this recording. His early career as a virtuoso pianist is reflected in works ranging from the Op. 3 Pieces, with their tributes to Schumann and Mendelssohn, to the Danses napolitaines, inspired by the Neapolitan canzone, the neo-classicism of the Merode dances and the quirky rhythms of the four Romanian ones. Orazio Maione (piano).