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I first heard the piano work 'Quaderno musicale di Annalibera' in 1975 while I was studying music at the university. It inspired me to write a similar suite of short pieces; unfortunately mine, unlike Dallapiccola's, were rubbish and I had no choice but to throw the manuscript away. However it left me with a lasting impression of his work, and it was a great joy to find this recording.
To my unprofessional ear, the orchestral pieces which open the album (Piccolo concerto and Sonatina canonica) evoke the ballet works of Stravinsky, but the Quaderno (the reason I bought the album) has something very individual about it. Although Dallapiccola was influenced by other twelve-tone composers such as Berg and Webern, his music lacks the astringent quality of the Viennese school; even if the tone is sometimes subdued, it is never hopeless; there is a great deal of optimism in this music.
The interpretation is extremely sensitive and is frankly a joy to listen to (particularly through a pair of fine headphones, where the lack of outside noise brings the music out as clear as crystal). I personally find some of the more aggressive pieces (such as 'Ombre') rather oppressive, but overall this album is nothing but pleasure from the first track to the last. Although it is firmly placed in the 20th century, and its dodecaphonic style is obvious, it has lyrical overtones which make it very accessible.
If you aren't familiar with the music of Luigi Dallapiccola, I would recommend this album as a way to start rectifying that mistake.more....
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