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Rota: Chamber Music / Massimo Palumbo, Ensemble Nino Rota

Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nino Rota
Performer:  Paolo BeltraminiCecilia RadicMassimo Palumbo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Nino Rota
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nino Rota (1911-79) will probably always be known as the composer of music to The Godfather (1971) and to the earlier Italian film masterpiece, La dolce vita (1963). That will be a shame because, as this disc demonstrates, Rota was highly inventive and actually had mastered all the "schools" of 20th century music, from neoromanticism to postmodernism--particularly the trends that infected Italian composers (everyone except Respighi). You'll find much evidence of the easy-going romantic in these chamber works, with hints here and there of Rota's grasp of non-traditional modes of expression bordering on atonality. One such work is the wonderful Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano (1958), a playful piece that pushes the flute into realms Read more previously trod only by Toru Takemitsu. In fact, while all the works on this release have traditional trio and sonata structures that pre-date Mozart, Rota always conjures a 20th century uneasiness as well as moments of extreme beauty where a solo instrument will simply "sing" on its own, as the viola does in the Sonata for Viola and Piano of 1935. The Ensemble Nino Rota has clearly mastered the music of its namesake and the Chandos sound has never sounded fuller or more intimate.

--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Nino Rota
Performer:  Paolo Beltramini (Clarinet), Cecilia Radic (Cello), Massimo Palumbo (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Nino Rota
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973 

Sound Samples

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: I. Allegro
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: II. Andante
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: III. Allegrissimo
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major: I. Allegretto scorrevole
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major: II. Andante sostenuto
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major: III. Allegro scorrevole
Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano: II. Andante sostenuto
Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano: III. Allegro vivace con spirito
Violin Sonata: I. Allegretto cantabile con moto
Violin Sonata: II. Largo sostenuto
Violin Sonata: III. Allegro assai moderato

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