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CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 1 / Concerto for Piano, Timpani, Percussion and Strings (Scuccuglia, Ceravolo, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

    

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CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 1 / Concerto for Piano, Timpani, Percussion and Strings (Scuccuglia, Ceravolo, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

This first of four recordings of Alfredo Casella’s orchestral music couples his first and last purely orchestral works. Completed the day before his 23rd birthday, the Symphony No. 1, which here receives it world première recording, exudes a self-confidence few composers could match at such an age. Although it abounds in echoes of other music, at its best—above all in the beautiful central slow movement—the Symphony has a truly distinctive identity: Casella’s fondness for dark, even crepuscular sonorities can be heard in the sometimes stunningly imaginative orchestration. After that, the driving motoric rhythms and astringent harmonies and timbres of the Concerto, Op. 69 erupt like the work of a different man entirely.


Casella, Alfredo

  Symphony No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 5
1.   I. Lento grave - Più mosso - Tempo I: Un poco mosso - Allegro vivo - Lento - Tempo lento maestoso - Tempo I: Allegro vivo 00:12:11
2.   II. Adagio, quasi andante 00:12:24
3.   III. Lento molto - Poco più mosso - Allegro vivo, energico 00:20:11
  Concerto for Piano, Timpani, Percussion and Strings, Op. 69
4.   I. Allegro alquanto pesante 00:05:53
5.   II. Sarabanda: Grave, ampio 00:08:45
6.   III. Allegro molto vivace 00:06:57

Total Playing Time: 01:06:21






Composer(s):
Casella, Alfredo

Conductor(s):
La Vecchia, Francesco

Orchestra(s):
Rome Symphony Orchestra

Artist(s):
Ceravolo, Antonio; Scuccuglia, Desiree

Label: Naxos

Series: 19th/20th Century Italian Classics

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572413

Barcode: 747313241378

Physical Release: 06/2010

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