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Ricordi: Carnaval Venitien

Magazine article Gramophone

Ricordi: Carnaval Venitien

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Ricordi Carnaval venitien. La bal de la Poupee. Le quadrille des bebes Incassables. Le lanciers de Mademoiselle Ninette. La mazurka de Monsieur Loulou. Sir Roger de Coverley. Galop abracadabrant. Bonne nuit, Poupee! (Petite berceuse). Le livre des serenades Gabriella Morelli, Giancarlo Simonacci pf Brilliant (B) 95158 07 * DDD)

Most readers of Gramophone will have heard the name Ricordi, the great Italian music publisher. How many though, I wonder, will have heard any music by Ricordi, specifically Giulio Ricordi (1840-1912), grandson of the founder, the man who tempted the ageing Verdi out of retirement and who nurtured, among others, the young Puccini? More to the point, how many would be interested in hearing his music? And would your preconceptions be altered in any way if you were told the music was by Jules Burgmein, the curious pseudonym Ricordi adopted as a composer?

Well, cast all cynicism aside and surrender to this delightful selection of his piano duets. Ricordi was, as Verdi himself and the ageing Liszt acknowledged, 'a master musician' whose music was 'beautiful and distinctive'. If you like playing and/or listening to Bizet's Jeux d'enfants or Moszkowski's Spanish Dances you'll find these hard to resist, some of the titles alone indicating that Ricordi wrote with a similar musical twinkle in his eye: the five tiny pieces that make up The Indestructible Babies' Bam Dance, for example, Mr Loulou's Mazurka or the catchy Galop abracadabrant. …

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