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Gianandrea Noseda|Casella: Concerto for Orchestra, A notte alta, La donna serpente - Fragments

Casella: Concerto for Orchestra, A notte alta, La donna serpente - Fragments

Martin Roscoe, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

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Italy's Alfredo Casella has been talked up as the great unknown composer of the first half of the 20th century. He was influenced by Debussy, Mahler, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky in turn, yet he mixed and matched elements of their styles with a distinctive formal imagination. Casella was largely responsible for the reintroduction of Vivaldi to the musical world, and some of the neo-classic music he composed later in his career had direct Baroque references. This album lacks that aspect of his work, but these three pieces, each made up of short chunks of music, probably offer an easier introduction to Casella than do the weightier symphonies. The Concerto for orchestra, loosely neo-classical, appeared in 1938 and thus lay between Hindemith's and Bartók's works with the same title. A notte alta (1921), with a solo piano part tracing a noctural meeting between two lovers, was likely inspired by Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. In between the two come the Symphonic Fragments from La Donna Serpente, a set of orchestral excerpts from a failed opera. The Concerto for Orchestra, with its combination of unusual movement forms and brilliant orchestration, is the strongest of the three works. Sample the middle movement, a passacaglia that blooms into a constantly evolving set of 14 variations. A notte alta, designated "Poema musicale per pianoforte ed orchestra," is evocatively handled by pianist Martin Roscoe, and the work of the BBC Philharmonic under the indefatigable Gianandrea Noseda is consistently strong. It's a little hard to tell where the personal artistic compulsion lies in Casella's music, but everything here is worth hearing.
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Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 61 (Alfredo Casella)

1
I. Sinfonia
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:08:27

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

2
II. Passacaglia
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:11:41

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

3
III. Inno
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:56

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

A notte alta, Op. 30 (Alfredo Casella)

4
Lento molto, misterioso
Martin Roscoe
00:05:27

Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

5
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio
Martin Roscoe
00:06:58

Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

6
Agitando e cresc, molto
Martin Roscoe
00:01:50

Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

7
Lento motlo, misterioso
Martin Roscoe
00:03:35

Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

8
Andante molto tranquillo e calmo, quasi adagio
Martin Roscoe
00:02:11

Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

La donna serpente Suite No. 1, Op. 50bis (Alfredo Casella)

9
I. Musica del sogno di re Altidòr. Andante
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:50

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

10
II. Interludio. Andante moderato
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:22

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

11
III. Marcia guerriera
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:05:21

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

La donna serpente Suite No. 2, Op. 50ter (Alfredo Casella)

12
I. Sinfonia. Allegro vivacissimo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:05:28

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

13
II. Preludio. Lento, ma non troppo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:49

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

14
III. Battaglia e finale. Allegro vivacissimo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:26

BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

(C) 2012 Chandos (P) 2012 Chandos

Album Description

Italy's Alfredo Casella has been talked up as the great unknown composer of the first half of the 20th century. He was influenced by Debussy, Mahler, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky in turn, yet he mixed and matched elements of their styles with a distinctive formal imagination. Casella was largely responsible for the reintroduction of Vivaldi to the musical world, and some of the neo-classic music he composed later in his career had direct Baroque references. This album lacks that aspect of his work, but these three pieces, each made up of short chunks of music, probably offer an easier introduction to Casella than do the weightier symphonies. The Concerto for orchestra, loosely neo-classical, appeared in 1938 and thus lay between Hindemith's and Bartók's works with the same title. A notte alta (1921), with a solo piano part tracing a noctural meeting between two lovers, was likely inspired by Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. In between the two come the Symphonic Fragments from La Donna Serpente, a set of orchestral excerpts from a failed opera. The Concerto for Orchestra, with its combination of unusual movement forms and brilliant orchestration, is the strongest of the three works. Sample the middle movement, a passacaglia that blooms into a constantly evolving set of 14 variations. A notte alta, designated "Poema musicale per pianoforte ed orchestra," is evocatively handled by pianist Martin Roscoe, and the work of the BBC Philharmonic under the indefatigable Gianandrea Noseda is consistently strong. It's a little hard to tell where the personal artistic compulsion lies in Casella's music, but everything here is worth hearing.
© TiVo

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