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Petrassi: Partita, Divertimento, Quattro Inni Sacri / La Vecchia


Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572411  
Composer:  Goffredo Petrassi
Performer:  Carlo PutelliDavide Malvestio
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony OrchestraCoro Lirico Sinfonico Romano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Goffredo Petrassi was one of the most important Italian composers of the twentieth century. Beginning with the previously unrecorded Divertimento in C, this release focuses on Petrassi’s compositions of the 1930s and 40s. Employing an unusual mix of styles and idioms, as well as brief quotations from Ravel and Stravinsky, the Partita was the first work to win him renown. The eloquent Quattro inni sacri (Four Sacred Hymns), described by the composer as ‘music of today for the faithful of today’, were intended as an antidote ‘to the unctuous and conformist style in use in our churches’ but, in reality, are only ever heard in the concert hall. Soon after the start of the Second World War, Petrassi wrote his meditative madrigale drammatico, Read more Coro di Morti (Chorus of the Dead), the composer’s first setting of a non-sacred text and perhaps his finest achievement in the field of vocal music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Divertimento in C major by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
2. Partita for Orchestra by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
3. Sacred Hymns (4) for Tenor, Baritone and Organ by Goffredo Petrassi
Performer:  Carlo Putelli (Tenor), Davide Malvestio (Bass)
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Italy 
4. Coro di Morti by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra,  Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Divertimento in C major: I. Allegro
Divertimento in C major: II. Caccia: Andante
Divertimento in C major: III. Pavana
Divertimento in C major: IV. Allegro
Partita: I. Gagliarda
Partita: II. Ciaccona
Partita: III. Giga
4 inni sacri (version for tenor, baritone and orchestra): No. 1. Jesus dulcis memoria
4 inni sacri (version for tenor, baritone and orchestra): No. 2. Te lucis ante terminum
4 inni sacri (version for tenor, baritone and orchestra): No. 3. Lucis creator optime
4 inni sacri (version for tenor, baritone and orchestra): No. 4. Salvete Christi vulnera
Coro di morti

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