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Malipiero: Gabrieliana, Serenata, Madrigali, Favole / Conti, Pinti, Carlini, Camerata Strumentale

Malipiero / Pinti / Carlini / Camerata Strumentale
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777322-2  
Composer:  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Performer:  Damiana PintiPaolo Carlini
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are good performances of music by a wildly inconsistent composer. Stylistically, Malipiero (1882-1973) was all over the place. Gabrieliana, obviously, is an arrangement of music by Gabrieli; the Madrigali are arrangements of vocal works by Monteverdi (from Book VII of his madrigals). The Serenata manages to be cute and quirky without a single memorable melodic idea, while both the 5 Favole (fables) and the Venetian songs belong to the composer's late, almost atonal style. The latter work even begins with a 12-note row, though Malipiero doesn't do anything further with it (he was a big fan of Schoenberg, evidently).

The performances, as mentioned, are quite satisfying. Mezzo-soprano Damiana Pinti has an attractive voice,
Read more and she uses it effectively to characterize the text. Bassoonist Paolo Carlini plays quite well, though he's too closely miked. You really never can get far enough away from a solo bassoon. The ensemble handles the music's loony range of styles with aplomb, and conductor Marzio Conti leads them with skill and affection. The rating reflects the quality of the works themselves rather more than the caliber of the performances as such. It's your call.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Canzonette veneziane (7) by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Italy 
2.
Favole by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Performer:  Damiana Pinti (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
3.
Gabrieliana by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Italy 
4.
Madrigali by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
5.
Serenata for Bassoon and I0 instruments/Small Orchestra by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Performer:  Paolo Carlini (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Strumentale Citta Di Prato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Italy 

Sound Samples

Gabrieliana: I. Mosso
Gabrieliana: II. Un po'ritenuto
Gabrieliana: III. Allergro
Gabrieliana: IV. Allegro vivace
Serenata
Madrigali (after Monteverdi): I. Allegro
Madrigali (after Monteverdi): II. Lento - Adante
Madrigali (after Monteverdi): III. Lento - Funebre
Madrigali (after Monteverdi): IV. Allegro
5 Favole: No. 1. Dei topi
5 Favole: No. 2. Del carvo e sua Mdre
5 Favole: No. 3. Del serpernte a giove
5 Favole: No. 4. Del cigno e la cicogna
5 Favole: No. 5. Del lupo e la grue
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 1. Fa nana, fantolini de la Madona
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 2. Povero bernardon
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 3. Soto quel sotoportego
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 4. Come i zingari
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 5. Voi sul ponte
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 6. Cara ti ti xe proprio una bisona
7 Canzonette veneziane: No. 7. Roma xe granda e xe Venezia bela

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