A profound researching work has been done by the pianist Marcello Mazzoni into the chamber works of the Turin composer: Alberto Franchetti with one objective in mind, the disc: “Alberto Franchetti Chamber Music”. As second single from his new production there is the Fantasy for violin and piano titled “Germania”, based on his homonymous opera. “This piece -in words of Mazzoni himself- reflects the taste of the time, the great opera composers making fantasies from successful melodramas”. Complementing, the musicologist Richard Erkens says about Germania, that “Franchetti uses goliardic and popular songs to recreate the Germanic soundscape and the war-patriotic atmosphere of the time, and the idiomatic musical motifs are in the score in relation to various dramaturgical levels, from citations to allusive and imitative processes”. This CD aims to highlight some aspects of the franchettian repertoire, sometimes with unknown works; because as Mazzoni emphasizes: ‘the composer is remembered for his opera titles, and for belonging to the ‘Giovine Scuola’ (Young School) as well for being close to Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano, Francesco Cilea, Alfredo Catalani’.

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