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Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 61
À Willem Mengelberg ed all'orchestra del Concertgebouw di Amsterdam
Sinfonia. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Calmo - Tempo, un poco animato -
Passacaglia. Molto grave (Andante molto moderato) -
Variazione III Pochissimo meno mosso
Variazione IV L'istesso tempo
Variazione V Un poco più mosso
Variazione VI Ancora un poco più mosso
Variazione VII L'istesso tempo
Variazione VIII Molto larghetto - Divertimento Tempo del principle -
Variazione IX (tema aumentato) Dolce e sereno
Variazione X (canone alla quinta) Sempre l'istesso tempo
Variazione XI Pochissimo più mosso
Variazione XII L'istesso tempo
Variazione XIII Molto tranquillo
Variazione XIV Molto calmo ed espressivo. Calmando e diminuendo
Inno. Allegro impetuoso ed animato - Molto sonoro, ma nobile e non fragoroso -
A notte alta, Op. 30
Poema musicale per Pianoforte ed Orchestra
Lento molto, misterioso. Grave - Lento - Tempo I - Un poco meno - Poco più mosso -
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio. Un poco movendo - Tempo I -
Agitando e cresc, molto. Stringendo e crescendo sempre - Sempre più forte e concitato -
Lento molto, misterioso. Alquanto movendo - Calmando - Lento, molto grave
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio. Dolcissimo senza rallentare sino all fine
Solo: Martin Roscoe piano
Symphonic Fragments from 'La donna serpente', Op. 50
À Fritz Reiner
Musica del sogno di re altidor. Andante (Tempo di Berceuse)
Interludio. Andante moderato
Marcia Guerriera. Tempo di marcia (piuttosto vivace ma non troppo).
À Bernardino Molinari
Sinfonia Allegro vivacissimo. Pocchissimo meno mosso - Riprendeno -
Preludio Lento, ma non troppo. Sempre più fortissimo
Battaglia e Finale Allegro vivacissimo. Sempre fortissimo -
Total time: 73:26
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
5 August and 22 & 23 November 2011
This is Volume 2 in the series of orchestral works by Alfredo Casella, performed by the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda, with the pianist Martin Roscoe. The album also forms part of the ‘Italian Series’ on Chandos, in association with Ricordi Music and the BBC Philharmonic. International Record Review said of the previous volume: ‘Anyone with more than a passing interest in this fascinating composer needs to have this remarkable disc.’
Albeit largely forgotten today, Casella was in fact one of the most important composers of his generation, possessing creativity in abundance, and rare technical skill.
The earliest music on this album, A notte alta (In Deepest Night), is Casella’s only piece of programme music, inspired, the composer tells us, ‘by sentimental events in my personal life’. You do not need to look far to get a good understanding of what these events might have been: the dedication ‘To Yvonne’ and the 1917 date on the solo piano version clearly indicate that they relate to his affair with a student, Yvonne Müller, who would become his wife after his first marriage was annulled in 1921.
Unlike most Italian composers of his generation, Casella had no operatic ambitions in the early part of his career. It was not until after his return to Italy from Paris in 1915 that he began to take a creative interest in the theatre, and the result was La donna serpente. This operatic score has much in common with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, from the magic and comic elements to the heroic rescue of a beautiful young woman, in this case a half fairy-queen condemned to assume the shape of a serpent for 200 years.
The Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 61 was written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. It was performed for the first time by this orchestra in its famous concert hall in 1938.
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"... 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. I was thrilled to see that the CD Cover states “Orchestral Works: Volume 2.” I eagerly await future release from these performers...."
David A. McConnell - MusicWeb-International.com - 13 August 2012
Music ***** Sound ***** (Excellent)
Andreas Friesenhagen - Fono Forum - August 2012
"...as in their previous recording of Casella’s Second Symphony, reviewed here, the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Gianandrea Noseda get right into the thick of things and bring out all of this music’s punch, beauty and effulgence."
Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel - July 2012
Michel Fluery – Classica magazine – July/August 2012
“Enthusiastically recommended. I look forward to future instalments.”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – August 2012
"...The adventurous listener will be very well rewarded by this very imaginative and colourful music."
Ian Lace - musicweb-international.com - 11 June 2012
Performance **** Recording ****
“...Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic capture the verve and spirit of Casella’s oft-changing music.”
Christopher Dingle – BBC Music Magzine – July 2012
“It’s music that makes its impact through colour: here the orchestra provides a slithering, chromatic background for an incisively luminous Martin Roscoe. Quite wonderful Casella’s imagination and grasp of orchestral colouring simply shine through. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic are the performers to bring it to life.”
Ivan Moody – International Record Review – June 2012
“... these forthright performances with all musicians on top form come thoroughly recommended.”
Adrian Edwards – BBC web-site review - 11 May 2012
“Casella’s orchestration is superb, often beguiling The music is enchanting, scenic, lively and unfailingly attractive. Suffice to say that the performances are labours of love this issue sounds quite superb with wonderful tangibility, and perspective and clarity in perfect accord.”
Colin Anderson – Classicalsource.com – 12 May 2012
“Gianandrea Noseda’s commendable Italian legacy at the BBC Philharmonic continues with this programme of three works by Alfredo Casella whose Concerto for Ochestra of 1937 brilliantly taps the instrumental colour and virtuosity that Casella knew he could expect from the work’s dedicatees, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.” ****
Geoffrey Norris - The Telegraph – 12 May 2012
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Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. Renowned for its superb sound quality, Chandos has won many prestigious awards for its natural sound.