Gatti: Three Concertos

Gatti: Three Concertos
Composer Luigi Gatti
Artist Orchestra dei Ducati
Fausto Pedretti conductor
Orchestra del Conservatorio di Mantova
Luca Bertazzi conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94146
EAN code 5028421941462
Release October 2010

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About this release

Not the conductor Daniele Gatti (though he has been known to compose), or indeed the great Gatti-Casazza, moonlighting from his wheeling and dealing around La Scala: but Luigi Gatti, 1740–1817: a long-lived, prolific, almost completely unknown Classical figure whose name is largely remembered, if at all, for its tangential appearance in Mozart’s life and letters. Leopold and Wolfgang first bumped into Gatti in Mantua, in 1770, by which time he was already a respected Abbé, ordained and in charge of music and musicians. But it was when Gatti snared the post of Kapellmeister at Salzbug Cathedral that he crossed the family; for Leopold had coveted the job for himself, and indeed had no mean claim to it, but the city’s Prince Archbishop would not hear of it, and indeed demonstrated his distaste for the Mozart family in perpetuity by relieving Wolfgang of his responsibilities as a court and church composer – and the much-needed salary that went with them – with (according to the family correspondence) ‘a kick up the arse’.

So, Gatti: Here are three delightful Classical concertos, in period-instrument performances, made live in Mantua and Milan. The scores have been dusted off and freshly edited, and reveal a musical voice not circumscribed by time or place: he adjusted to the new, more complex, post-Classical style led by Hummel in the decades after Mozart’s death, as the Piano Concerto shows.

Other information:
- First recordings.
- Detailed notes.
- The first in a series devoted to Gatti’s music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concertone in D major, L7e.1: Maestoso con brio (cadenza by L. Gatti)
  2. Concertone in D major, L7e.1: Larghetto espressivo
  3. Concertone in D major, L7e.1: Allegro con brio
  4. Concerto in F major, L7e.4: Allegro spiritoso
  5. Concerto in F major, L7e.4: Romance: Adagio sostenuto
  6. Concerto in F major, L7e.4: Allegro assai
  7. Concerto in C major, L7e.5: Allegro con spirito
  8. Concerto in C major, L7e.5: Alla Romance: Andante larghetto
  9. Concerto in C major, L7e.5: Rondò: Allegro