Concertos by Mercadante Saverio MERCADANTE (1795-1870)
Luigi Magistrelli (clarinet) Laura Magistrelli (clarinet), Elena Cecconi (flute), Alfredo Pedretti (horn), Lario Chamber Orchestra, Pierangelo Gelmini
Saverio Mercadante was a prolific and eminent composer in his day, producing over 90 operas and much sacred and instrumental music. His work was much admired by composers such as Rossini, Bellini and particularly Verdi.
His Clarinet Concertos are wonderful examples of the light Italian operatic genre – brilliantly written for the soloist with many opportunities for virtuoso display. Also included on the disc are three Concertante Symphonie – works which are virtually unknown and unpublished. These are characterised with the joy of experimentation within a popular context.
To perform these works the distinguished Italian clarinettist Luigi Magistrelli is joined by the Chamber Orchestra of Lecco, conducted by Pierangelo Gelmini.