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Arturo Sacchetti clearly has an inquisitive compositional mind with catholic tastes and a willingness to explore and exploit form and style. The Sonata Fantasia (1969) probes and prods dodecaphonic rigidity with improvisational freedom and rhythmic muscle. His impulsive reworking (2009) of themes from Nabucco bends Verdi’s melodies with dissonant figures that border on the pugilistic. The Elegia a fantasia (1978) is an exercise in chiaroscuro contrasts, MEDITATIO super thema nobilis (1989) an atmospheric re-imagining of folk melodies, and the Preludio passacaglia su G.E.D.H. (1991) complex and challenging. Marco Limone’s playing is committed throughout but errs on the side of understatement too often.

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