, April 2017
[Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’] Toccata is a tripartite work: Introduction, Aria and Finale played without a break. It opens quite mysteriously, slowly but then follows the Introduction proper, fast, rhythmical and quite virtuosic and here the motifs are introduced, motifs that are repeated and varied throughout the composition. The Aria is slow and dreamy, while the Finale is again fast, rhythmic and virtuosic.
Notturno sull’acqua, composed in the same year, 1935, has a subtitle, ‘on the banks of the river Arno at Gonfolina, one evening in June’. It is an atmospheric piece; one can feel the water shimmering in the rays of the setting sun.
If you are a marimba fan, this disc should be obligatory listening; if you are not, you might well become one after hearing it. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review