ROFFREDO CAETANI (1871-1961): Sonata in A Flat, Op. 2, 4 Impromptus, Toccata in D and Ballata in F Sharp Minor, all Op. 9.
Catalogue Number: 04P053
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: This unknown Italian composer was a godson of Liszt and student of Martucci. And he was a wealthy aristocrat, which meant he didn't have to compose for a living. This would account for his relatively small output and also for his unusual voice. How many 22-year-old Italians were writing 46-minute piano sonatas in 1893? With a general tempo range of "Slow" to "Slightly Less Slow"? All the Grand Romantic gestures and syntax are here, including rare outbursts of passion with real fast tempi, but overall, and especially in the six-minute Ballade of 1899, we seem to be in the presence of a languid, introspective depressive: poetic, beautifully melodic, but always a dark cloud overhead. Alessandra Ammara (piano).