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Pizzetti: Orchestral Works / Vanska, Bbc Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55329   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the exception of a few works by Ottorino Respighi, and for reasons which are relatively obscure, the orchestral concert music of the generation of Italian composers to which Ildebrando Pizzetti belongs has so far as international acceptance is concerned, remained little-known outside Italy. It can be claimed that this relative disregard surely has more to do with fashion and performing circumstance than with the quality of the music, and, of these undoubted masters, it is the art of Ildebrando Pizzetti which is perhaps most in need of reassessment and revival, for original music of this self-evident quality was performed and recorded by, among others, Arturo Toscanini, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and Tullio Serafi and manifestly Read more does not deserve to remain unknown.

Pizzetti's music clearly declares him to have been a Latin composer, traditional in approach and general manner, yet always refined and polished by his mastery of a stylization which combined lyrical elements of late-Romanticism (in technique, not ethos), the clear structure of early Italian masters, and a tonal fluidity which may initially have owed a little to César Franck. His music is imaginative and strikingly beautiful, from the music he composed for theatre (La Pisanella) to the mood pictures (Tre Preludii Sinfonici): all are sure to delight listeners with sensual melodic appeal and shimmering orchestral colours.

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"The four orchestral works on this magnificently performed and brilliantly-recorded release show off Pizzetti's sumptuous blend of romantic-impressionistic harmony with modally-inflected melody to its richest and most cinematic ... if orchestral splendor is the music lover's chocolate, this disc is a five-pound box of opera creams. Yum."

- American Record Guide

"One of the most gorgeous recordings of orchestral music I have heard in the last year."

- Crisis

"Strongly recommended."

- Hi-Fi News & Record Review

"Brilliantly colourful performances. No better way of winning converts to Pizzetti."

- Gramophone "This excellent and impeccably played survey reveals a talent well worth investigating."

- The Scotsman, Classic CD Choice
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Works on This Recording

1. Rondo Veneziano by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Italy 
2. Preludio a un altro giorno by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Italy 
3. L'Edipo Re: Symphonic Preludes (3) by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Italy 
4. La Pisanella Suite by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1917; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Luxurious Orchestration July 11, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Hopefully Arkivmusic devotees are aware of (and taking advantage of) Naxos' excellent on-going project, which introduces a number of underappreciated and even unrecognized 20th century Italian composers. Within this series, there has appeared over the past 2-3 years a number of magnificent recordings of works from such composers as Mancinelli, Casella, Ghedini, and Catalani, most of them with the outstanding Rome Symphony Orchestra. Well, here is another recording which acts as a complement to the Naxos efforts, and it comes to us from Helios, the budget priced re-issue line of England's Hyperion label. This is real pedigree, because any association with the name Hyperion virtually guarantees recordings of absolutely superior quality. That's exactly what one gets with this disk, a set of gorgeously orchestrated compositions by Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti. Not only do the works themselves reflect Pizzetti's mastery of orchestral color and imaginative scoring, but the performance of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vanska is, in a word, breathtaking. Even the most jaded or particular of listeners is certain to be captivated by the BBCSSO's lush string playing and burnished brass, providing an extra glow to Pizzetti's already highly attractive scoring. Those who favor late Romantic or neo-Romantic music from the 20th century, especially with that special Italian flair, are going to love this recording. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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