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Al mio maestro Alessandro Bustini, con riconoscenza
Gagliarda. Mosso e energico - Meno mosso - Un po' animato - Un poco animato -
Ciaccona. Molto moderato - Poco pił mosso - Mosso - Sostenuto - Largo -
Giga. Gaio e leggero (non molto mosso) - Poco pił mosso - Energico (sempre mosso) -
Quattro Inni Sacri (1942, orchestrated 1950)
for Male Voice (Tenor and Baritone) and Orchestra
Jesu dulcis memoria. Molto moderato - Lento (solenne)
Te lucis ante terminum. Lento - Poco pił mosso
Lucis creator optime. Solenne, ma non troppo lento -
Mosso - Poco meno mosso -
Salvete Christi vulnera. Allegro (non troppo) con gaudio - Poco meno - Meno (Andante) -
Solo: Giorgio Berrugi tenor
Solo: Vasily Ladyuk baritone
Noche oscura (1950-51)
Cantata for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
after the Poem (1578/79) by St John of the Cross (1542-1591)
A Mario Rossi
Adagio tranquillo, un poco misterioso - Molto sostenuto - Allegretto mosso, sereno -
Coro di morti (1940-41)
Dramatic Madrigal for Male Voices, Three Pianos, Brass, Double-basses, and Percussion
after Dialogo di Federico Ruysch e delle sue mummie (1824) by Giacomo Leopardi (1978-1837)
Andante lento. 'Sola nel mondo eterna' -
Scherzo strumentale. Moderato -
Andante lento. 'Vivemmo: e qual di paurosa larva' -
Tempo dello scherzo - Sostenuto (ma non troppo) -
Moderatissimo. 'Che fummo?'
Total time: 69:29
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
15 and 16 May 2014 (Noche oscura) and 20-22 September 2013 (other works)
This new Petrassi recording with Gianandrea Noseda and his Italian forces is part of our ongoing Italian music series. Last year’s release of Salmo IX° and the Magnificat (CHAN 10750) was widely praised, Gramophone stating: ‘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 morti’ – which indeed features on this album. The Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino is joined in Quattro inni sacri by the internationally famous tenor Giorgio Berrugi and by the baritone Vasily Ladyuk, who is a regular guest soloist at the Bolshoi and Novaya Opera Theatres.
Like the roughly contemporaneous Noche oscura and Quattro inni sacri, composed round 1950, the superb Coro di morti is one of the most extraordinary statements of the art of Petrassi at the beginning of the 1940s. It remains one of the most admired and frequently performed of his compositions. According to Cardinal Andrea Lanza, the work, composed and premiered during the Second World War, reveals a marked ‘opposition in discourse... between the solitude of man and the destruction surrounding him’, all of which is clearly relayed in the harrowing contrast between relaxed choral lines on the one hand and solid conglomeration of instruments on the other.
The Partita is one of the earliest works Petrassi composed, yet one of his most famous and still-performed. It achieves explosive brilliance and shows the composer’s precocious and accomplished control of orchestral technique.
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"Chandos is to be warmly congratulated for championing the works of Petrassi, a figure under-represented on disc and virtually neglected in concert halls outside his native Italy. When the music is as fascinating and as well executed as on this disc, our debt is doubled Warmly recommended." *****
Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - May/June 2015
**** (Exceptional Disc) ****(Exceptional Sound)
Michel Fleury – Classica magazine (France) – May 2015
Performance **** Recording *****
Another thought-provoking, highly worthwhile Petrassi programme.
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - April 2015
***** (Exceptional Album)
Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine (Italy) - March 2015
“…Performances and recording are of the highest standard.” *****
Guy Weatherall – Classical Music magazine – March 2015
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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.