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Casella: Divertimento for Fulvia / Iorio, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana


Release Date: 01/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573748   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfredo CasellaFranco DonatoniGiorgio Federico GhediniGian-Francesco Malipiero
Conductor:  Damian Iorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Number of Discs: 1 
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This programme of four colourful, contrasting but complementary works for small orchestra celebrates the lighter side of four twentieth-century Italian composers, centring on Alfredo Casella’s Divertimento for Fulvia, composed for his young daughter. Casella’s friend Gian Francesco Malipiero wrote Oriente immaginario (Imaginary Orient) for a Futurist play by Achille Ricciardi (1884-1923). Franco Donatoni once called his simply-titled Musica (Music) ‘kind of Schoenberg gone a bit neoclassical’ – but also with a great sense of humour – while Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s Concerto grosso is a twentieth-century tribute to both Bach and Beethoven. This programme of four colourful, contrasting but complementary works for small orchestra celebrates the lighter side of four twentieth-century Italian composers, centring on Alfredo Casella’s Divertimento for Fulvia, composed for his young daughter. Casella’s friend Gian Francesco Malipiero wrote Oriente immaginario (Imaginary Orient) for a Futurist play by Achille Ricciardi (1884-1923). Franco Donatoni once called his simply-titled Musica (Music) ‘kind of Schoenberg gone a bit neoclassical’ – but also with a great sense of humour – while Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s Concerto grosso is a twentieth-century tribute to both Bach and Beethoven. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Divertimento per Fulvia, Op. 64 by Alfredo Casella
Conductor:  Damian Iorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Italy 
2.
Musica for Chamber Orchestra by Franco Donatoni
Conductor:  Damian Iorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Italy 
3.
Concerto grosso for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn & Strings in F Major by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Conductor:  Damian Iorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Italy 
4.
Oriente immaginario, Studies (3) for Small Orchestra by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Conductor:  Damian Iorio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Delightful neo-classical music from Italy January 20, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "In Italy in the first half of the 20th century it would have been a natural impulse to think back to calmer and more civilized times. For the orchestral composer Italy's glories were some centuries in the past, during the hey-day of Corelli, Vivaldi and Locatelli. Thus three of our composers, Alfredo Casella, Giorgio Federico Ghedini and Gian Francesco Malipiero, shared a common neo-classical or neo-Baroque style with occasional forays into more modern passages, staying away, though from full-blown modernism. The tone is serene and humane, with much use of Baroque dance forms and rhythms, and the orchestration is open and light. Casella's Divertimento for Fulvia is an orchestral adaptation of his own Eleven Children's Pieces for piano, written as a ballet in 1940 and dedicated to his daughter. In this way it's rather similar to Villa-Lobos's Momoprecoce of 1921, an orchestration of his Carnaval das Criancas for piano, but it most closely resembles Stravinsky's 1919 pastiche of Italian Baroque music, Pulcinella. This is not to mention the closer-to-home example of Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances. Whatever the influences, this is very appealing music. Ghedini's Concerto grosso from 1927 has a similar kind of wit and simple, down-to-earth delight in melody, tempered though by slight Teutonic influences, of Beethoven and Richard Strauss especially. Malipiero's slight Imaginary Orient is atmospheric, with occasional chromatic passages denoting the Mysteries of the East, but it remains as rooted in nostalgia as Casella and Ghedini's works. With the much younger composer Franco Donatoni's Music for Chamber Orchestra we enter a different sound world. This is delightful and appealing twelve-tone music, written after a stint at the 1954 Summer School for New Music at Darmstadt. Delightful and appealing twelve-tone music? It's true! Donatoni can thus be placed with his contemporaries Nono, Maderna and Berio, but also with the older composers on this disc, who share a common facility and Italian verve. Of the four works on the disc, all but the Casella are recording premieres, and all four are well played by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Damian Iorio." Report Abuse
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