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Cat. No. CHAN 10750 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10750 - Petrassi: Magnificat/Salmo IX
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Available From: 01 January 2013
Petrassi: Magnificat/Salmo IX
This recording forms part of our ongoing Italian series, fronted by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda. In the series so far, we have examined the music of many prominent Italian composers of the twentieth century, such as Respighi, Wolf-Ferrari, Casella, and Dallapiccola, as well as the great nineteenth-century master, Verdi. Noseda and his Italian forces here turn to the choral works of Goffredo Petrassi, an Italian composer who, despite being a relatively late bloomer, developed into one of Italy’s most significant composers of the mid- to late twentieth century.
 
In the English-speaking world, his contemporary Luigi Dallapiccola may be better known, but Petrassi was just as highly regarded in his home country. His music, inspired by Stravinsky and Hindemith, is dynamic and colourful, although perhaps emotionally reserved by the standards of his countrymen. 
 
Petrassi’s talents showed themselves early. In 1913, aged nine, he became a chorister in the capital, where his encounter with Renaissance and baroque art and music left a lasting impression, one reflected later in several fine, large-scale choral works in which Petrassi combines polyphony with modern harmonies. 
 
Here we have two such choral pieces: Psalm IX, in two parts, for chorus, string orchestra, brass, percussion, and two pianos, and the premiere recording of a Magnificat for soprano, chorus, and orchestra. 
 
Both are performed by the Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino under their Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda, for entirely idiomatic interpretations. Since he became an exclusive artist with Chandos in 2002, Noseda has recorded works by Prokofiev, Karlowicz, Dvorák, Smetana, Shostakovich, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and Bartók, as well as the Italian series discussed above.  
Reviews

"... an excellent inrodution to this little known figure..."
Barnaby Rayfield - Fanfare - July/August 2013

"...The recording is almost faultless and the Psalm especially has grown on me. The open-minded will find much to reward their investment in this disc."
 
Gary Higginson - MusicWeb-International.com - 10 June 2013

                      **** - Good
Guy Engels - Pizzicato magazine - June 2013

“...both works are admirable on their own terms. Petrassi makes his points with bold strokes of color and a flair for vivid communication. Both are hard to resist... What Chandos has done here should be an object lesson to every label thinking of pulling the forgotten or unfamiliar out of mothballs. They Petrassi the best they had and would up making a convincing case for the value of his early choral fare. The playing and singing are strong, the soloist is fine, and everything comes together securely under Maestro Noseda’s baton.  The engineers mix the ingredients together into powerful, room-filling sound, and the annotators give us texts and translations. Petrassi, in sum, gets nothing but the best, and so do we.”
Philip Greenfield – American Record Guide – May/June 2013

 "...The Psalm is a real discovery and Chandos has done all those interested in Talian music of the twentieth century a real sevice in recording it."
Ivan Moody - International Record Review - April 2013

                 Choc de Classica
 
Michel Fleury – Classica magazine – May 2013
 

                       Music **** (Very Good)           Sound ****(Very Good)

Thomas Schulz – Fono Forum magazine – May 2013

                            ***** - Exceptional
Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - April 2013

 "... The performances by the forces of Teatro Regio, Turin, are committed and persuasive ... Excellent sound makes this a thoroughly recommendable release and I hope Chandos and Noseda go on to give us more choral Petrassi, such as Coro di morte and the late Orationes Christi."
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - March 2013

                   BBC Music – Choral & Song Choice
Performance  *****          Recording *****   
 
“..Petrassi shows exhilarating mastery in handling large forces ... She [Sabina Cvilak] sounds sweet, warm, and electrifying when required, and Noseda directs his Turin forces with authority and understanding of these powerful works... “
 
Calum MacDonald – BBC Music magazine – March 2013

 

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