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Busoni: Turandot Suite; Casella, Martucci / Muti, La Scala


Release Date: 10/05/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniAlfredo CasellaGiuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Riccardo Muti takes time out here to present some of the lesser known, rarely heard orchestral scores of his fellow countrymen, and a superbly played, enjoyable concert it is too. Proceedings commence with a fine and spirited performance of Alfredo Casella's divertimento Paganiniana—not a great piece by any means but a work possessing plenty of charm and humour nevertheless; the outer movements are a bit of a romp (very opera buffa) and must have been as much fun to write as they clearly are for the La Scala Philharmonic to play. The tone and temperature rise a few degrees in Martucci's gorgeously lyrical Nocturne, Op. 70 No. 1—a sort of Mahler-meets-Puccini-meets-Respighi love song—and this is nicely contrasted with the affable if somewhat Read more lightweight musings of his Novelletta and Giga. The high point of the disc, though, must surely be Muti's account of Busoni's Turandot Suite, Op. 41, the work that, after several tinkerings, finally ended up forming the basis of his 1917 opera. Muti opts for the first version of the suite dating from 1905—that is, the omission of the movements Verzweiflung und Ergebund and Altoums Warnung which Busoni added as appendices to the suite in 1911 and 1917 respectively. A pity, since what we have here is a fine and sensitively conducted performance that would have been greatly enhanced by their inclusion. The recording, made in the Teatro Abanella, Milan, is exceptionally clear and well focused, if at times a little dry.'

-- Gramophone, Michael Stewart (4/1994)
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Works on This Recording

1. Paganiniana, Op. 65 by Alfredo Casella
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Italy 
Venue:  Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy (10/1992 - 12/1992) 
2. Nocturnes (2), Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Venue:  Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Giuseppe Martucci (1901)
Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy (10/1992 - 12/1992) 
3. Noveletta, Op. 82 no 2 by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Venue:  Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Giuseppe Martucci (1908)
Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy (10/1992 - 12/1992) 
4. Prelude, Toccata and Gigue for Piano, Op. 61: Gigue by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Italy 
Venue:  Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Giuseppe Martucci (1892)
Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy (10/1992 - 12/1992) 
5. Turandot Suite, Op. 41/K 248 by Ferruccio Busoni
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 10&12/92 
Venue:  Teatro Abanella, Milan, Italy 

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