Cello Sonata in D Major for cello and piano
Piano Trio in D Major for violin, cello, and piano
Vocalizzo No.2 in D minor for violin and piano
Theme and Variations for violin and piano
Ilaria Cusano, violin
Jacopo Di Tonno, cello
Domenico Codispoti, piano
BRILLIANT CLASSICS, 2014
This disc is lovely.
Cilea did have a fertile musical imagination, and one hears evidence of it in these works. The cello sonata is an early work (the composer was 22) and the highlight is the lovely second movement, a romanza marked Largo doloroso , and played here with great tenderness and sensitivity by Di Tonno and Codispoti.
These affectionate, committed performances presented in a well-balanced recording are recommended.
Henry Fogel, FANFARE