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Concerto Classics is an independent record label, operating since the 80s, specialised in musical productions of excellent sound quality, accompanied by prestigious and cherished artwork. The work of the label focuses mainly on the musicians and music of Italy. From baroque repertoire through to the particularly interesting Neapolitan eighteenth century, our catalogue spans up until the twentieth century with the addition of some works from our time.

The principle objective of Concerto Classics since the beginning, has been ...

The Artists

Our performers are some of the best in the country and perhaps even the world… Certainly the Trio di Parma, Quartetto della Scala, Sir Jeffrey Tate, the Solisti Veneti, the Trio Tchaikovsky and Roberto Plano, are famous nearly everywhere.

In each recording, we do not compromise on the calibre of our musicians, which does not mean that we do not give younge musicians chance… quite the contrary. Many performers with whom we would like to collaborate, are not present in our catalogue because either they have already been signed to a larger label or simply because we do not have enough ...

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Pergolesi’s Fortune

Pergolesi’s posthumous fame was so great that the request for his works could not be met fairly. So, through the years unscrupulous publishers put his name on other musicians’ works. It was also for these reasons that a quite peculiar occurrence took place in those years: the proliferation of hundreds of apocryphal works that fueled Pergolesi’s fortune until recent times. One of these examples is the “Amici della Musica da camera” edition (Roma, 1939-1942). Such publication was wrongly consulted by producers, performers and critics, and from this very edition the music pieces proposed in this work ...

Rachmaninoff - Shostakovich

Chamber Music

Two chamber music masterpieces for two funeral elegies. The Trio élégiaque no. 2 by Rachmaninoff was composed in the wake of the intense emotion he felt at the death of Tchaikovsky, the composer who had effectively supported the musical career of the young Rachmaninoff. The dedication of the Trio reads, “to the memory of a great artist”, which is the same dedication that Tchaikovsky had given to his Trio in A minor, op. 50 twelve years earlier, in honor of his recently deceased teacher, Nicolai Rubinstein. Shostakovich wrote the Trio no. 2 op. 67 in the ...

Pietro Mascagni

Ode to Joy: Cantata for solo voices, choir and piano

With its monumental structure, Alla gioja looks like a typical conservatory work. Many decades later an older Mascagni judged it to be “a composition beyond my reach” despite “the great beauty that it contains”. The only exception was salvaging the baritone’s romanza for “Qui sedes” in the Messa di Gloria. For almost fifty years, the scores for orchestra and for voice and piano mysteriously disappeared, and it was only recently that the manuscript was returned to Mascagni’s heirs, who have generously made it available for the edition edited ...

Andrea Luchesi

The Unpublished Symphonies

Concerto Classics dedicates the third CD to the Symphonies of Andrea Luchesi, a fascinating and largely still mysterious composer from Motta di Livenza. As Massimo Belli (who conducted the Orchestra da Camera Ferruccio Busoni during the recording of these 7 unpublished Symphonies) said, these are “little gems, with a familiar, simple structure and of a short duration, but by all means varied in content. Luchesi shows, in fact, a great variety of ideas and imagination. The andantes are, in their simplicity, particularly poignant.” The musicologist and music critic Bruno Belli, who wrote the booklet dedicated ...

Gian Carlo Menotti

The Telephone – Ou l’amour à trois

This recording has the aim to create a short but significant picture of Gian Carlo Menotti (Cadegliano-Viconago, 1911 – Monte Carlo, 2007): he was an Italian composer who later enstablished himself in the USA. Most of all he was known in Italy for Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi, but he was also very famous in USA for his operas. The CD presents one of his most renowned operas, The Telephone, which is performed by a very extraordinary cast. The other side of his work, a more intimate and hidden one, consists ...

I Musici di Parma

Founded in the spring of 2002, the Chamber Orchestra, “I Musici di Parma”, brings together musicians who collaborate with the most important orchestral institutions both in Italy and abroad. Created with the intent of exploring a musical world directed at rediscovering unpublished musical scores and popularizing the work of important musicians, “I Musici di Parma” have a wide-ranging repertory that runs from Baroque to Classicism, right up to the best of 19th century chamber music. Italian melodrama is a specialty of theirs and thanks to the prestigious presence of the soprano, Katia Pellegrino, their programs include the most beautiful arias ...

Luca Casagrande

Luca Casagrande, baritone, completed his singing and piano studies with Maestro Alberto Soresina (1911 – 2007) at the Scuola Musicale in Milan.
In 1989 he made his debut as a performer of sacred music in ‘Messiah’ by G.F. Händel, in ‘Johannis Passion’ and in the cantata ‘Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam (BWV n° 7)’ by J. S. Bach, in Milan.
He has continued since the middle of the 1990s as a peformer of sacred cantatas by J. S. Bach, oratorio by G. F. Händel and Masses by W. A. Mozart in many German and ...

Gabriele Rota

Gabriele Rota received his diploma as a pianist at the Donizetti Conservatoire in Bergamo with Tiziana Moneta as well as in Composition with Vittorio Fellegara. Following this, his studies continued in Biella and in Rome with Aldo Ciccolini who wrote of him: “His faculty of assimilating different styles is as miraculous as that of ‘imprinting’ in his fingers works of great difficulty. Gabriele Rota has all the qualities for an international career”. Having achieved success in national and international competitions, he has performed in both Italy and abroad. Since 1986 Gabriele Rota has been forming as a piano duo ...