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World première recording of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Shakespearian Four Dances for Love’s Labour’s Lost

June 18, 2011

Between 23 and 27 May 2011, award-winning Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Mogrelia, recorded Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s rarely performed Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, as well as the previously unperformed Four Dances for Love’s Labour’s Lost, at the Concert Hall in the orchestra’s home town. The producer was Sean Lewis.

Alessandro Marangoni writes:

“I came across the music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco during my university studies when it was a special joy to discover that he had written two superb but rarely performed piano concertos. According to the composer’s own catalogue of his works, the Second Concerto in F was published by Edizioni Forlivesi, Florence. However, despite exhaustive enquiries in Florence and at the SIAE (Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori) in Rome, I was unable to locate the score, parts or two-piano reduction. It is highly likely that the original plates and all materials were lost during the 1966 Flood of the River Arno in Florence which killed many people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. I am indebted to Lisbeth Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the composer’s niece, for loaning me the manuscript deposited at the Library of Congress in Washington. I used this to prepare a performing edition of the piano part, while the orchestral parts derive from a set deposited at the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in Philadelphia, supervised by Kile Smith.

“An extremely important feature of the Malmö sessions was the first ever performance of the orchestral Four Dances for Love’s Labour’s Lost, Op. 167 (1953) which are unpublished. In 1956 Castelnuovo-Tedesco sent the Dances to Boosey & Hawkes but after a series of unsuccessful negotiations they were returned to the composer in 1959. In that same year Castelnuovo-Tedesco asked his friend, Franco Colombo, who worked at Ricordi in New York, for his help in securing publication but shortly afterwards Ricordi shut down and the manuscript was once again returned to the composer. Thanks to Lisbeth Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who kindly loaned me the manuscript, I have made a computerised performing edition of the score and the orchestral parts. The Dances make a fitting companion to Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s eleven Shakespeare Overtures recorded on Naxos 8.572500–01.”

Here are some photos taken from the recording sessions:

Alessandro Marangoni on the piano

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Alessandro Marangoni with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Mogrelia

Alessandro Marangoni Biography & Discography

Malmö Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography

Andrew Mogrelia Biography & Discography


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