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ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI  

(1880 - 1968)

Among the most respected Italian composers of his generation, Pizzetti has in recent years suffered some neglect, due, in part, to his natural conservatism in an age of experiment. He was, however, versatile and prolific; ambitious in opera, he also contributed interesting additions to choral and vocal repertoire, as well as chamber music.

Operas

Pizzetti wrote over 20 operas, collaborating in earlier years with D’Annunzio, with whom he wrote the opera Fedra (‘Phaedra’). His Assassinio nella cattedrale (‘Murder in the Cathedral’) treats a translation of T.S. Eliot’s play, while his last opera, Clitennestra (‘Clytemnestra’), with a libretto by the composer, was staged at La Scala, Milan, in 1965. His Sinfonia del fuoco (‘Symphony of Fire’) was written for the silent film Cabiria to a scenario by D’Annunzio.

Choral and Vocal Music

Pizzetti’s choral music, much of which again draws its literary source from ancient Greece and Rome, includes a Requiem and the cantata Vanitas vanitatum (‘Vanity of Vanities’), with a text from Ecclesiastes.

Chamber Music

In addition to various works for piano, Pizzetti left two string quartets as well as interesting duo sonatas for violin and piano, and cello and piano.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S. / ENESCU / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas (Menuhin) (1929, 1936, 1938) Naxos Historical
8.111127
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PIZZETTI, I. / MALIPIERO, G.F. / ALLEGRI, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / PUCCINI, G. (De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem) Naxos
8.573196
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - VERDI, G. / SCELSI, G. / NONO, L. / PIZZETTI, I. / PETRASSI, G. (Italia) (SWR Vocal Ensemble, M. Creed) SWR Klassik
CD93.329
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN: Mass / PIZZETTI: Requiem Proprius
PRCD9965
Choral - Sacred
PIZZETTI, I.: Canti della Stagione Alta / Fedra: Preludio / Cabiria: Sinfonia del fuoco (Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Caetani) Naxos
8.570874
Orchestral, Concertos
PIZZETTI, I.: Concerto dell'estate / La festa delle Panatenee (Thessaloniki State Symphony, Michailidis) Naxos
8.572013
Orchestral
PIZZETTI, I.: Piano Trio / Violin Sonata / 3 Canti (Rasonyi, Fenyo, Ertungealp) Naxos
8.570875
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI, I.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Lajtha Quartet) Naxos
8.570876
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI: Canti Della Stagione Alta / Sinfonia del fuoco Marco Polo
8.225058
Concertos, Orchestral
PIZZETTI: Piano Trio / Violin Sonata / Tre Canti Marco Polo
8.223812
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI: Piano Works (Complete) Dynamic
CDS119
Instrumental
PIZZETTI: String Quartets in A Major and D Major Marco Polo
8.223722
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas Artek
AR-0001-2
Chamber Music
SINGING APES (THE) and Other Songs of Love and War BIS
BIS-CD-733
Choral - Secular
TOSCANINI, A.: Spes ultima dea / BOTTESINI, G.: La nostra canzone / DACCI, G.: Eco dolorosa (Cianchi, Murakami, Mustafic, Cortesi) Tactus
TC820001
Vocal




 
 
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