MICHELE ESPOSITO (1855-1929): Violin Sonatas No. 1 in G, Op. 32, No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 46 and No. 3 in A, Op. 67, Irish Rhapsodies No. 1, Op. 51 and No.2, Op. 54, Irish Melodies, Op. 56, Nos. 2, 3 & 5, Irish Air, Op. 57/2.
Catalogue Number: 05Q049
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: As we said last June for an Esposito release on Champs Hill which had these three sonatas plus a cello sonata (06P007): "This Italian pianist, composer, conductor and teacher spent 46 years as a professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (where Hamilton Harty was his most famous pupil). His compositional idiom here is not Italian and it uses no Irish elements either; his teachers, Martucci and Sgambati, leaned toward Brahms but not Esposito. No, these melodically appealing, formally clear and elegantly presented sonatas are French, a bit Faurean if anything. Did I mention melodically appealing? The guy could really come up with memorable melodies!" At budget price, here are the same sonatas plus 38 minutes of CD premieres. 2 CDs. Carmelo Andriani (violin), Vincenzo Maltempo (piano).