Listen to TRACK 5:
HARBISON, J.: Symphony No. 4: I. Fanfare
This is the third recording in a multi-year partnership between the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and Naxos to release one album of American music each year. A study in dramatic contrasts, Carl Ruggles’ Sun-Treader is an overwhelming, granite-hued tone poem by one of New England’s most original and uncompromising composers. Steven Stucky’s luminous Pulitzer Prize-winning Second Concerto for Orchestra is a riveting exploration of sonority and sound-painting while John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony is a big, bold, jazz-imbued work by one of America’s most important living symphonists.
Listen to TRACK 2: Cello Concerto in F major, Op. 72: II. Allegretto gentile
Inspired by the personality, prodigious technique and musicality of the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto is a work of imposing scale and demanding virtuosity, but also with a rare beauty and warmth of expression. This live recording documents the first professional performances of the concerto in more than 80 years, and is paired with playful and virtuosic freely composed transcriptions for cello and piano of Mozart, Rossini and Ravel that Castelnuovo-Tedesco made for Piatigorsky and Heifetz.
Listen to TRACK 12: A Lincolnshire Posy – Lord Melbourne
The final volume of Percy Grainger’s complete music for wind band once again respects his precise instrumental demands in pieces that span the breadth of his career, from his first large work in the genre, The Lads of Wamphray March, to The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart, his largest such work and one of his last. Also to be heard are A Lincolnshire Posy, one of the genre’s most famous and beautiful works; The Immovable Do, which contains ‘the most long-held pedal note in all music’; and the revolutionary Hill-Song No. 1, which Grainger considered the greatest of all his compositions.
Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879–1936)
La campana sommersa
Valentina Farcas • Maria Luigia Borsi, Sopranos
Agostina Smimmero, Mezzo-soprano
Angelo Villari • Filippo Adami, Tenors
Thomas Gazheli, Bass-baritone
Teatro Lirico di Cagliari • Donato Renzetti, Conductor
Pier Francesco Maestrini, Stage Director
The opera La campana sommersa (‘The Sunken Bell’) is Respighi’s operatic masterpiece. A symbolist drama on a supernatural theme, it is steeped in beauty, mystery and foreboding, and orchestrated with the Romantic opulence familiar from his sumptuous trilogy of Roman tone-poems. Its triumph at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1928 was repeated at La Scala, Milan, and this most recent production at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, world-renowned for its staging of rarities, was hailed for its ‘brilliant production’ and magnificent performances.