GIOVANNI SGAMBATI (1841–1914): Symphony No. 2 (reconstructed by R. Trübger, 2011 version); Sinfonia Epitalamio.
Catalogue Number: 12Y013
Description: Giovanni Sgambati, a composer admired by Wagner, was the man Busoni predicted would take Italian music ‘towards a bright new future’. Sgambati’s Symphony No. 2 is a compendium of Austro-Germanic devices whose mix of chromaticism and melodic invention is invigorating. Lost for decades, it was reconstructed by Rosalind Trübger whose performing edition is recorded here. Sinfonia epitalamio was commissioned to celebrate a royal wedding. Loosely programmatic, this beautiful work embraces the pastoral and celebratory framed in the form of a symphonic poem. Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia.