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Rota: Cello Concertos, Il Gattopardo / Kleinhapl, Kaftan, Augsburg Philharmonic

Rota / Kleinhapl / Poa / Kaftan
Release Date: 12/13/2011 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38105  
Composer:  Nino Rota
Performer:  Friedrich Kleinhapl
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Due to his inspired soundtracks for film classics by Fellini, Visconti and Coppola, the remainder of the substantial classical output of Nino Rota (1911-1979) has unfortunately been pushed out of the limelight. For a start, ten operas, several ballets, three symphonies and almost a dozen instrumental concertos are awaiting rediscovery. The composer as a convinced and convincing eclectic was able to express himself confidently and inventively not only in the Neo-Romantic style but also in the Neo-Classical tonal language which is slightly reminiscent of Stravinsky.

His two cello concertos composed in quick succession during the 1970s which are included on this recording represent post-modern works par excellence, but also
Read more provide an effective and rewarding showcase for the virtuosity of exceptional cellists such as Friedrich Kleinhapl.

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Nino Rota's reputation was tarnished by success as one of the finest composers for film, but he is increasingly taken seriously as a "classical" composer. Being unseemly popular (Korngold suffered a similar fate), with scores for 8 1/2, La Strada, Il Gattopardo, and The Godfather to his name, it takes advocates like his onetime student Riccardo Muti or Josep Pons or Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Rota's classical-classical works to sneak into concert halls and discs. Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl, an advocate of unfamiliar and contemporary music who made a splash with a recording of Beethoven Sonatas (Ars Production), is Rota's latest champion with this recording of the Cello Concertos (1972, 1973), two unforgivably approachable, shamelessly musical pieces. As a Curtis Institute student, Rota had been neo-classical when it was still popular, and he never stopped, even as he started to supply his music with the vitality he found in jazz. If Offenbach or Dvorák can be said to lurk behind the First Concerto, a more classical spirit – explicitly Mozart's – inhabits the Second. Kleinhapl excels in both, and Dirk Kaftan and his Ausburg Philharmonic show off the capability for greatness (especially in the waltz-happy Il Gattopardo score) that Munich critics have lauded for some time.

– Jens F. Laurson, Listen [Spring 2012]
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Works on This Recording

1. Il gattopardo: Excerpt(s) by Nino Rota
Performer:  Friedrich Kleinhapl (Cello)
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Italy 
2. Concerto for Cello no 2 by Nino Rota
Performer:  Friedrich Kleinhapl (Cello)
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Italy 
3. Concerto for Cello no 1 by Nino Rota
Performer:  Friedrich Kleinhapl (Cello)
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Italy 

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