Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia (conductor)
Of the composers who inaugurated the renaissance of Italian instrumental music in the late 19th Century, Luigi Mancinelli is probably the least well-known. Older than Martucci, Respighi and Casella, he was in the vanguard of that creative resurgence. As a conductor he was admired by Wagner and Verdi, and as a composer he wrote music of sophistication and style, such as the colourful and touching Scene veneziane (Scenes of Venice). The music for Cleopatra shows why, in its increased complexity, Mancinelli was admired for his orchestral mastery. Hardly any of Mancinelli's music has been recorded, yet it is sophisticated, colourful, and will make a direct appeal to anyone who admires those younger composers. The music from Cleopatra is especially exciting and memorable. Francesco La Vecchia was appointed Artistic Director and Resident
Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in 2002. The orchestra has rapidly achieved success in Europe under his leadership.
Mancinelli Scene veneziane Suite (World Premier Recording of complete work), Cleopatra - Sei intermezzi sinfonici (excerpts)
Running Time: 58 min