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CHAN 10669 - Rota: Concerto soiree/ Divertimento concertante/Symphony No. 3
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Available From: 15 April 2011
Rota: Concerto soiree/ Divertimento concertante/Symphony No. 3

All the works are idiomatically performed by largely Italian forces: the Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio, Turin, is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Rota’s first two symphonies, both of which originated in the late 1930s (recorded on CHAN 10546), are direct descendants of the romantic tradition. Composed in 1956-57, Symphony No. 3 (recorded here) is generally less serious in content, and written in a lighter and essentially neoclassical style.

The album also includes Rota’s Divertimento concertante for double-bass and orchestra, with the Italian double-bass player Davide Botto as soloist. This work was originally written for the Italian virtuoso Franco Petracchi, and offers in the first movement a reminder of the instrument’s extraordinarily wide pitch range as it covers nearly four octaves.

Rota then takes us on a journey, in which the hero, the double-bass, performs a cheerful burlesque march in the second movement, before taking on a more lyrical role in the third movement. The finale opens with a sprightly tune that inspires the double-bass to challenge the woodwind in agility, but also in terms of high-pitched brilliance.

The Concerto soirée is in a category of its own. It is best described as a piano concerto written in the spirit of Rossini’s Soirées musicales, in which new and exclusive Chandos artist, Barry Douglas, as soloist is required not to perform virtuoso feats in a romantic grand manner, but rather to amuse himself and the orchestra with a variety of sociable ideas. The result is a work which is lively and light-hearted.

Rota: Symphony No. 3, etc. – Barry Douglas, Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio, Turin, Gianandrea Noseda

Nino Rota is today best known as a composer of film music – and he probably always will be, or for at least as long as classics such as Fellini’s La Strada, La dolce vita and 8 1/2, Visconti’s The Leopard, and Coppola’s The Godfather remain in circulation. It is all too easy to forget his sizeable contributions to the concert hall and the theatre, but Rota also composed dozens of piano pieces, all kinds of chamber and orchestral music, numerous choral works, and no fewer than eleven operas and five ballets. The concert music by Rota on this recording is every bit as tuneful and entertaining as his many film scores, as this download testifies.


“Gramophone Recommends”
“Chandos’s latest Rota anthology serves up a cornucopia of delights... cordially recommended.”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone -  August 2011

“…Nino Rota was famous for his scores for the films of Fellini, but has a distinguished corpus of works for the concert hall. They are immediately tuneful and approachable, as can be heard on a new disc of the 3rd Symphony ,  a Concerto Soireee with pianist Barrry Douglas …”
Paul Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – 3 June 2011


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