Notes & Reviews:
Nino Rota achieved international recognition as a composer of film music and his work in collaboration with Federico Fellini is universally admired. His orchestral music is much less well known but deserves a re-appraisal. The First and Second Symphonies were written simultaneously during the second half of the 1930s, when Rota had already developed his unmistakably tuneful style. Hints of a tenuous, yet well-balanced modernism are discernable, but he avoids extreme stylistic experimentation. Both symphonies display a directness of expression in a neoclassical style that constantly celebrates a landscape in sound.
Conti gets to the heart of both symphonies, finding the inner warmth that eluded Ruud for BIS. The Italian orchestra (who have made several film music recordings) play Rota 's lines with greater fervour and understanding than their Swedish rivals and with sumptuous Chandos sound this is the version to have.
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Taneyev: Oresteia Overture & Interlude, Canzona, etc / Sanderling, et al
Martucci: Complete Orchestral Music Vol 3 / La Vecchia, Rome SO, et al
Jeajoon Ryu: Sinfonia da Requiem; Violin Concerto No. 1
Svendsen: Norwegian Rhapsodies no 1-4, etc / Bjarte Engeset, South Jutland SO
Alfano: Cello Sonata
Kabalevsky: Preludes (Complete) / Alexandre Dossin
Giuseppe Martucci: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 4
Prokofiev: War and Peace Suite, etc / Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra