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CASELLA, A.: Notte di maggio / Cello Concerto / Scarlattiana (Andreini, Noferini, Sun-Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

Composer(s):Casella, Alfredo
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.572416
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


From mysterious moonlit night to joyous sunlit day, this recording runs the gamut of Alfredo Casella’s huge stylistic range. Notte di maggio (‘A Night in May’), composed in the wake of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, is Casella at his most radical, while the delightful ‘Divertimento’ Scarlattiana finds him at his most relaxed, spicing up themes from Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas—in the manner of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Between them comes Casella’s Cello Concerto, its style influenced by the ‘baroque magnificence of Rome’, with a finale the composer called ‘the flight of the improved bumblebee’.


   




Review By Michel Fleury,Classica,February 2011


8.572416_Classica_Repertoire_022011_fr.pdf


Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,November 2010

More Italian revelations deserving your attention come from Naxos, which has already issued recordings of two of Alfredo Casella’s three engaging symphonies. A new release offers his rhythmically driven, highly energetic, but melodically lyrical Cello Concerto, accompanied by the sheerly delightful Scarlattiana for piano and orchestra, based upon melodies from Scarlatti’s harpsichord sonatas. While this budget CD (8.572416) has some stiff competition from much more expensive Chandos releases, it also contains the world-premiere recording of the magical Notte de maggio (A Night in May) for voice and orchestra, deliciously drenched in atmospheric mystery. Casella predicted, “You’ll love the poetic effect,” and indeed I do. Call it

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