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Castelnuovo-Tedesco remembered with affection in his native Florence

March 14, 2019

Naxos 8.573881

A gathering of some 60–80 people attended the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino opera house in Florence on Monday, 4 March to hear a presentation of the latest Naxos release of music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco devoted to the works for cello and piano, performed by Enrico Dindo (cello) and Alessandro Marangoni (piano) (8.573881). Those present included music students, performers, journalists and members of the extended Castelnuovo-Tedesco family several of whom had come over from the USA. The excerpts included the unpublished gem Meditation (alternatively titled Kol Nidre) and Gaspar Cassadó’s arrangement of Chant hébraïque, one of the composer’s most popular works and one of the first inspired by his Jewish ancestry.

Giovanni Vitali from the opera house introduced the four guests, the composer’s granddaughter, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the two artists, and Naxos’s Peter Bromley who spoke about the Naxos 19th and 20th Century Italian Classics series and the label’s commitment to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco—this latest album being the 14th release on Naxos and Marco Polo devoted exclusively to his music. Enrico Dindo described how he was a late but passionate convert to the composer, emphasising the deftness of his writing for the cello. Alessandro Marangoni, whose previous Naxos recordings comprise the two Piano Concertos, coupled with his own edition of the unpublished Four Dances from Love’s Labour’s Lost (8.572823), as well as Evangélion (The Story of Jesus) (8.573316), noted not only that the cello was an instrument particularly loved by the composer but that he was also a superb pianist, with a special affinity for idiomatic writing for both instruments. Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco spoke about her grandfather’s ties with Florence before being uprooted from war-torn Europe in 1939 and seeking new opportunities in America. She concluded the meeting by thanking the artists and Naxos for all of the support that they have provided for her grandfather’s music. It should also be mentioned here that with the family’s active support, the Milanese publishing house Edizioni Curci is in the process of issuing Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s unpublished works kept at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The result is the Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection. Some of the newly published works—Concerto No. 3 for violin and piano, Op. 102; Sonata for violin and cello, Op. 148; String Trio, Op. 148—were released last year by Naxos on 8.574003. Attention has now been turned to recording the Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 155 and the String Quartet No. 3, Op. 203, among other works.

L–R: Alessandro Marangoni, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Peter Bromley, Enrico Dindo
Enrico Dindo and Alessandro Marangoni
L–R: Paolo Zeccara, Peter Bromley, Giovanni Vitali, Enrico Dindo, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Alessandro Marangoni

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / 4 Dances for Love’s Labour’s Lost


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / String Trio / Sonata for Violin and Cello

Enrico Dindo’s Biography and Discography

Alessandro Marangoni’s Biography and Discography

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Biography and Discography


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