LUCIANO SIMONI (b. around 1938): Symphony No. 4, Op. 58, Violin Concerto, Op. 57.
Catalogue Number: 06I099
Reference: PI 2463
Description: Simoni's vocabulary is broadly traditional and neo-Romantic; at his most modern he sounds a little like Bartók, and much of the time his tendency to break into pastoral melody or swelling romantic lushness places the music's antecedents a good deal further back than that. This is not to say that these works are anything other than thoroughly satisfying; the concerto is very much in the conventional mold and does all the things you would expect; a spirited dialogue between soloist and orchestra, virtuosic cadenzas for the violin, and a full-blooded sense of dramatic narrative. The symphony, conforming to the four-movement plan that one would expect, could be by a talented student of Franz Schmidt, or at times perhaps, of Glazunov. Another easy recommendation for anyone who regrets that the Romantic era didn't produce enough symphonies. Gabriel Croitoru (violin), Târgu-Mures Philharmonic Orchestra; Romeo Rîmbu.