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Casella: Notte Di Maggio, Cello Concerto, Scarlattiana / La Vecchia, Rome Symphony Orchestra

Casella / Osdr / Hee You / Noferini / La Vecchia
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572416   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfredo Casella
Performer:  Olivia AndreiniAndrea NoferiniSun Hee You
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

Notte di maggio is a gorgeous, impressionistic tone poem for voice and orchestra dating from 1913, making it one of Alfredo Casella's early works. Full of yummy, non-functional harmony, it exudes atmosphere. Olivia Andreini has an attractive timbre that wobbles on most sustained notes, making the work less appealing than it ought to be, but she never turns downright irritating. The work itself, in any case, is consistently fascinating, and the rest of the program is splendid too.

The Cello Concerto is one of Casella's late pieces, vaguely neo-classical in outline but wholly original melodically and harmonically. Its slow movement is curiously compelling, while the finale, which the composer described as sort of a cello
Read more version of "The Flight of the Bumblebee", lives up to its billing in this virtuoso performance by cellist Andrea Noferini.

Scarlattiana, for piano and orchestra, remains one of Casella's most popular works, for obvious reasons. The music is scintillating and full of fun, the piano writing brilliant but never facile. With five movements lasting about half an hour, the piece really is a major piano concerto, and while it has been lucky on disc, it ought to be played live more often. Sun Hee You handles the solo part with complete confidence, and as with the other discs in this series, the Rome Symphony Orchestra under Francesco La Vecchia plays the music with the kind of uninhibited enthusiasm that it needs. A beautiful disc, and one that collectors should snap up without delay.

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

Notte di maggio, Op. 20 by Alfredo Casella
Performer:  Olivia Andreini (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913 
Concerto for Cello, Op. 58 by Alfredo Casella
Performer:  Andrea Noferini (Cello)
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Italy 
Scarlattiana for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 44 by Alfredo Casella
Performer:  Sun Hee You (Piano)
Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Notte di maggio, Op. 20
Cello Concerto, Op. 58: I. Allegro molto vivace
Cello Concerto, Op. 58: II. Largo - Grave
Cello Concerto, Op. 58: III. Presto vivacissimo
Scarlattiana, Op. 44: I. Sinfonia: Lento grave, allegro molto vivace
Scarlattiana, Op. 44: II. Minuetto: Allegretto ben moderato e grazioso
Scarlattiana, Op. 44: III. Capriccio: Allegro vivacissimo e impetuoso
Scarlattiana, Op. 44: IV. Pastorale: Andantino dolcemente mosso
Scarlattiana, Op. 44: V. Finale: Lento molto e grave

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