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Alfano: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

Franco Alfano

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Best known for his operas Risurrezione, Sakùntala, and Cyrano de Bergerac, and for finishing Puccini's Turandot, Franco Alfano is much less recognized as a symphonist. Yet his two works in this genre deserve some consideration as examples of that rare species in composition, the Italian symphony. Postromantic in expression and extremely vivid in orchestration, Alfano's turbulent Symphony No. 1 in E major, "Classica" (1910, rev. 1953), is about as operatic as a symphony can get without losing its essentially abstract argumentation and form. In the sense that Alfano observes thematic development and lays out his music in a fairly conventional three-movement scheme, he fulfills the barest requirements; but his score is so intensely passionate and feverish, the listener must surrender to the drama as it plays out through strongly contrasted moods and nearly programmatic scene painting. The Symphony No. 2 in C major (1931-1932) starts out in a more lyrically pastoral vein, but it quickly assumes the same tension and urgency of the previous work; it similarly compels a suspension of expectations in its theatricality and insistent rhetoric. These pieces are vibrantly performed by Israel Yinon and the Brandenburgisches Saatsorchester Frankfurt, and fans of orchestral opulence will relish the glorious sound in CPO's fine reproduction.
© TiVo

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Israel Yinon

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Symphony No. 1 in E Major, "Classica" (Franco Alfano)

1
I. Allegro
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:12:05

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

2
II. Lento e Grave
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:12:30

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

3
III. Adagio (solenne) - Presto
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:08:17

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

Symphony No. 2 in C major (Franco Alfano)

4
I. Allegro
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:17:45

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

5
II. Largo
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:11:39

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

6
III. Solenne - Allegro alla marcia (pomposo)
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
00:11:12

Israel Yinon, Conductor - Israel Yinon, Conductor

(C) 2004 CPO (P) 2004 CPO

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Best known for his operas Risurrezione, Sakùntala, and Cyrano de Bergerac, and for finishing Puccini's Turandot, Franco Alfano is much less recognized as a symphonist. Yet his two works in this genre deserve some consideration as examples of that rare species in composition, the Italian symphony. Postromantic in expression and extremely vivid in orchestration, Alfano's turbulent Symphony No. 1 in E major, "Classica" (1910, rev. 1953), is about as operatic as a symphony can get without losing its essentially abstract argumentation and form. In the sense that Alfano observes thematic development and lays out his music in a fairly conventional three-movement scheme, he fulfills the barest requirements; but his score is so intensely passionate and feverish, the listener must surrender to the drama as it plays out through strongly contrasted moods and nearly programmatic scene painting. The Symphony No. 2 in C major (1931-1932) starts out in a more lyrically pastoral vein, but it quickly assumes the same tension and urgency of the previous work; it similarly compels a suspension of expectations in its theatricality and insistent rhetoric. These pieces are vibrantly performed by Israel Yinon and the Brandenburgisches Saatsorchester Frankfurt, and fans of orchestral opulence will relish the glorious sound in CPO's fine reproduction.
© TiVo

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