Organ and Conductor: ANTONIO FRIGE'

CDS 234


Sonata IV à 5
Sonata representativa à Violino solo
Sonata Paschalis
Sonata à Clarino solo
Sonata à Clarino solo
Sonata à Clarino solo
Partia V
Sonata VII à 5


CD Classica: "Gabriele Cassone è una garanzia per quanto riguarda la tromba...
...precisi, intonati e di lodevole chiarezza risultano anche i colleghi (trombettisti)...
...egregio l'apporto del violinista Roberto Falcone, sicuro e preciso nell'arcata
e buon interprete della sonata "representativa"...
Un disco che delinea una volta di più
la rimarchevole crescita dell'Ensemble Pian & Forte"

Repertoire: "Les deux sonates con tromba nous régalent de sonorités
de trompettes carnues et policées, enpreintes d'une grande noblesse...
Roberto Falcone est un violon sensuel, précis et soigné..."

Audioreview: "...Non si discutono le qualità tecniche di Gabriele Cassone.
Facilità di emissione, fraseggio espressivo e belle sonorità... affiancato
con equilibrio dall'Ensemble Pian & Forte diretto all'organo da Antonio Frigé"

Diapason: "...Gabriele Cassone, trompettiste de valeur,
et ses collègues italiens n'en rajoutent d'ailleurs pas.
Toutes les pages avec trompettes sont jouées avec
la majeste et la vigueur qu'elles réclament"

Amadeus: "...qui si ascoltano sei sonate
in cui primeggia un impiego brillantissimo delle trombe...
Ma l'esecuzione dell'Ensemble Pian & Forte è sottile, ed allude ad altro ancora.
...Gestisce con sicurezza il virtuosismo esagerato e anamorfico di queste composizioni..."

Gramophone: "...Biber's supremely engaging set of sonatas, Sonatae tam aris from 1676,
is represented in two works which...
again reveal Cassone to be a thrilling and masterful trumpeter.
... The programme also includes the beguilding scordatura G minor Sonata...
which is notable for an exquisitely doleful Passacaglia.
...The famous Sonata representativa for solo violin is given
a spirited reading (complete with ad hoc percussion)"

Fanfare: "...The Ensemble "Pian & Forte," in its lightweight and tongue-in-cheek
performance of Heinrich's Sonata representativa,
provides the most obvious basis for comparison of their style...
"Pian & Forte" emphasizes the piece's with and transparency
while still realizing the violin part's stunning virtuosity. Biber's music,
much of it earlier than Corelli's and less thoroughly regulated by sequential
processes in its spinning-out, can seem as random as patterns generated
by a screen saver fascinating at first but ultimately wearying.
The performers must provide the discipline necessary to keep the music decently rectilinear.
This the Ensemble "Pian & Forte" consistently succeeds in doing.
The violinist's virtuosity brightens not only Heinrich's Sonata representativa but
also the slow movement of the first of Carl's sonatas for clarino solo,
while the trumpeters exercise a silvery command that has a thrilling effect
(after the listener gets used to the intonation of the natural instruments),
and the final sonata in the program, for trumpets, strings, and timpani,
is a tour de force for everyone involved. With the addition of the more
accessible music of his son in spacious recorded sound,
Ensemble "Pian & Forte"'s collection should satisfy both inquirers and collectors.
Recommended to both."

American Record Guide: "...The sonata for Clarino, four trumpets, strings and continuo includes the expected flash and pomp also gives Gabriele Cassone an extended opportunity to show his expressive way with the valveless trumpet.        
...Cassone 's trumpeting is spectacular.
Gorgeous sounds abound.

Ensemble Pian & Forte, led by organist Antonio Frigé, is a wonderful group: and Cassone handles the natural trumpet with exquisite taste."

FonoForum: "Gabriele Cassone besticht durch sein enorm sauberes Spiel auf der schwierigen Naturtrompete."

Historic Brass Society: "Here Cassone, Frigé and Ensemble Pian & Forte
offer pieces for trumpet(s) and strings, congenially interspersed with
solo violin music, expressively played by Roberto Falcone
(whose playing, among other things, shows a highly sculpted use of subtle dynamic
graduation and vibrato as ornament, as in the "aria" movement
from one of the Carl Biber sonatas)
The exuberance of the Biber's writing and the skilled playing
of Gabriele Cassone is an altogether gratifying partnership.