'Suscepit Israel puerum suum'. Andante sostenuto -
'Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros'. Allegro sostenuto -
'Gloria Patri, et Filio'. Presto
Solo: Sabina Cvilak soprano
Salmo IX° (1934-36)
in Two Parts for Chorus, String Orchestra, Brass, Percussion, and Two Pianos
Ai miei genitori
'Confitebor ribi Domine'. Mosso -
'Quoniam fecisti judicium meum'. Adagio -
'Increpasti gentes'. Allegro (non troppo) -
'Inimici defecerunt frameae in fine'. Un poco più sostenuto -
'et civitates eorum dextruxisti'. Stesso tempo - Più mosso - Più mosso -
'Et Dominus in aeternum permanet'. Adagio (Corale) -
'Et factus est Dominus refugium pauperi'. Adagio (non troppo) -
'Et sperent in te'. Più mosso - Più lento - Adagio
'Psallite Domino qui habitat in Sion'. Adagio - Poco più
mosso - Adagio
'vide humilitatem mean de inimici mei'. Stesso tempo -
'exultabo in salutari tuo'. Allegro - Poco meno -
'Cognoscetur Dominus judicia faciens'. Mosso -
'Convertantur peccatores in infernum'. Accelerando molto -
'Quoniam non in finem oblivio'. Adagio -
'Exurge, DOmine'. Mosso - Largo - Mosso - Largo - Mosso - Largo -
'Constitue, Domine, legislatorem super eos'. Adagio
Total time: 65:58
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
5-7 July 2012
This recording forms part of our ongoing Italian Music series, fronted by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda. 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 choral works by Goffredo Petrassi, a composer who, despite being a relatively late bloomer, developed into one of the country’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. While Psalm IX, in two parts, is scored for chorus, string orchestra, brass, percussion, and two pianos, the Magnificat involves the full orchestra as well as chorus and a soprano leggero.
Both are performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio in Turin under their Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda, ensuring entirely idiomatic interpretations. Since he became an exclusive artist of Chandos in 2002, Noseda has recorded works by Prokofiev, Karowicz, Dvorák, Smetana, Shostakovich, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and Bartók, as well as the Italian series discussed here.
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"... 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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