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Ghedini: Architetture, Contrappunti, Marinesca e Baccanale / La Vecchia


Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573006  
Composer:  Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Performer:  Riccardo SavinelliPaolo ChiavacciGiuseppe Scaglione
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GHEDINI Architetture, Concerto for Orchestra. Contrappunti. 1 Marinaresca e baccanale Francesco La Vecchia, cond; 1 Paolo Chiavacci (vn); 1 Riccardo Savinelli (va); 1 Giuseppe Scaglione (vc); Rome SO NAXOS 8.573006 (66:26)

Read more Here we have the music of an Italian composer, Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892-1965), who definitely marched to the beat of a different drummer. The excellent liner notes by David Gallagher tell us that Ghedini only achieved his first success in 1941, with the premiere of Archietture, and that his music “sounds like nothing else ever composed, in Italy or beyond.” He is entirely correct. How strange is it? Rhythmically, it owes something to Stravinsky but only when Stravinsky recomposed Italian music, as in Pulcinella. Harmonically, it owes something to Janá?ek or Bartók, but follows its own harmonic laws and directions. Texturally, it sounds as if someone from another planet had suddenly discovered Berlioz’s treatise on orchestration. As the notes indicate, Ghedini is rarely “directional” in his music: it does not “progress” from point A to point B with development or cohesive connecting tissue, but rather by the development of motifs that are then shifted up and down, juxtaposed, layered and combined in odd ways. In a nutshell this music, with its “proto-minimalist” qualities, is the aural equivalent of Hans Richter’s or Oskar Fischinger’s short abstract films—particularly Fischinger, since he came to use color as a component of his creations, or Richter when he used tinted cells.

The almost strict abstract quality of Architetture is greatly expanded in the 1960-61 Contrappunti, composed for orchestra with three soloists whose music almost always plays “against” the orchestra (rhythmically as well as in tonality) rather than with it. And here, oddly enough, one finds actual snippets of melody. I say “oddly enough” because, in a work such as this, one might naturally expect the music to be just as abstract as in Architetture if not more so. In terms of Ghedini’s manipulation of musical materials, it is indeed so; but in terms of its emotional effect on the listener, it is not—at least, not until the second movement, the slow movement, where you would expect exactly the opposite, yet it is here that Ghedini becomes more abstract, less lyrical, and even a bit foreboding in atmosphere. I found that this movement put me in mind of some of the strange, otherworldly music of Leif Segerstam. The last movement, rhythmically busier, somewhat combines the moods of the first two.

Marinaresca e baccanale , as John C. G. Waterhouse pointed out, is “one of the very few twentieth-century musical seascapes that owes virtually nothing to Debussy.” Though composed in 1933, six years earlier than Architetture, this piece shares the same feeling of Bauhaus-type abstraction. These are not pretty sea waters, but something darker, perhaps an oil slick tainted with the blood of dead animals. A short passage for winds is slightly reminiscent of the overture to Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, but by and large this is entirely new and creative music that owes little or nothing to its predecessors.

The last two works on this disc are presented here in their first studio, and stereo, recordings. Architetture was apparently previously recorded, but I could not find out when or by whom. Judging not only by the present disc but also by other recordings I’ve heard by Francesco La Vecchia (the music of Alfredo Casella, for one), I can attest that he does a splendid job. A great recording.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Architetture by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940 
2.
Contrappunti by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Performer:  Riccardo Savinelli (Viola), Paolo Chiavacci (Violin), Giuseppe Scaglione (Cello)
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1961 
3.
Marinaresca e baccanale by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 

Sound Samples

Architetture: I. Allegro moderato e marcato
Architetture: II. Lo stesso movimento
Architetture: III. Lo stesso movimento, ma pesante
Architetture: IV. Sostenuto
Architetture: V. Molto lento ed espressivo
Architetture: VI. Allegro vivo
Architetture: VII. Allegro molto moderato
Contrappunti: I. Molto moderato e marcato
Contrappunti: II. Andante misterioso
Contrappunti: III. Allegro vivo
Marinaresca e baccanale: I. Molto sostenuto e ampio
Marinaresca e baccanale: II. Presto

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