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CHAN 10768 - Casella: Orchestral Works, Volume 3
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Available From: 20 May 2013

Chandos CHAN 10768

Casella: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

This is the third volume in Chandos’ survey of orchestral works by Alfredo Casella, which forms part of the ongoing Italian Music series with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda. The two previous volumes have been very well received by reviewers and the buying public alike, David A. McConnell of MusicWeb International commenting: ‘I am once again dumbstruck by how engaging and wonderful this music is. The orchestra plays its collective heart out, and the Chandos recording is stunning in its realism and impact.’

Casella was a fervent Italian patriot, as his Symphonic Rhapsody Italia so aptly demonstrates. In this one-movement work, the composer focuses on just two contrasting destinations in Italy: Sicily – impoverished, sun scorched, and superstitious – and Naples – bustling and carefree.

It was through his admiration for Stravinsky that Casella later discovered neoclassicism, a style which is strongly evident in the driving rhythms, tunefulness, and colourful orchestration of his third Symphony. Stravinsky’s influence is present also in the final work on this disc: Introduzione, Corale e Marcia for large orchestral forces. Structurally it may derive from César Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue and Prélude, aria et final, but Stravinsky is there too: in the stylistic inspiration for the main theme of the Introduzione in particular, and also within the melodic material and tempo changes in the concluding Marcia.

Reviews

 “…This is a most welcome disc; so much so that it has earned a coveted place on my 2013 Want List.”

Phillip Scott – Fanfare – November/December 2013

 

                                        ***** - Exceptional
Alberto Cantù - Musica magazine (Italy) - November 2013

                           ****  (Excellent disc)
Michel Fleury - Classica magazine (France) - September 2013

“... Any Casellian should rush to acquire this excellently performed, beautifully recorded disc.”

 Ivan Moody – International Record Review – September 2013 

                     Performance ****          Recording ****
“... This is attractive music and the BBC Philharmonic under Noseda are strong advocates...”
 
Christopher Dingle – BBC Music magazine – October 2013 
 

“One critic made this his record of the week and deservedly so... this 40-minute work [Third Symphony] has a beautiful slow moment and rousing finale... Sicilian and Neapolitan folk songs are used in this brilliantly scored and colourful piece, culminating in Finiculi Finicula Final... All is dispatched with elan in Media City, Salford.”

 Peter Spaull – Liverpool Post – 11 July 2013

Gramophone Choice’

Gianandrea Noseda encourages the BBC Philharmonic to give of their considerable best throughout (the exuberant yet marvellously controlled orchestral playing towards the close of Italia really does raise the roof). The Chandos sound, too, is demonstration-worthy in its sumptuous realism and intrepidly wide dynamic range. A very strong recommendation.”

 Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – August 2013

“...Commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony, this huge score was championed by conductors including Furtwängler; it’s unlikely to have received as fine a performance as on the present disc. The folksong-inspired Italia calls to mind Ravel and Respighi, and makes a welcome coupling.” *****

Guy Weatherall – Classical Music magazine – July 2013

 "...The performances are exceptional: even by their own standards, Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have done nothing finer."  *****
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 14 June 2013

 

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