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Luigi Dallapiccola: Orchestral Works 2

Album Summary

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Partita for soprano & orchestra
>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Dialogue for cello & orchestra
>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Liriche di Antonio Machado (4), for voice & piano
>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Three Questions with Two Answers for orchestra
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dallapicolla was in many ways the quintessential Italian; in love with lyricism, the romantic languages of classical antiquity, Dante, Monteverdi and Verdi and yet there is a leaning towards the Austro-German legacy of Busoni, Schoenberg and Webern in seeking new modes of musical architecture. Though he came to prominence in Mussolini's Italy Dallapiccola was a dedicated anti-Fascist in danger of his life during the Second World War. It is hardly surprising then that many of his works deal with themes of persecution, imprisonment, and the importance of holding on to civilized values.

BBC Music Magazine
The jewel among this collection is the Quattro Liriche di Antonio Machado - one of those miniature song-cycles of exquisite beaty at which Dallapiccola was so adept...this is an important and welcome addition to the slender Dallapiccola discography.

Gramophone Magazine
Vol 2 includes two of the composer's most refined and characterful instrumental scores...and both are performed here with the kind of balance between striking details and sense of evolving shape which it's all too easy to take for granted in music that is a good deal more intricate than it may sound

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester.



Reviews

Far from easy listening
Nothing is quite as it seems in Dallapiccola’s substantial Partita (very much the main meat of this release). Or indeed, in any of the music on this disc. It all has a faintly nightmarish quality – like strolling through a landscape you thought you knew well, only to find it shifting around, above and beneath you. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra have the measure of this unsettling yet captivating music. They guide us safely through the weird and wonderful sound world of the Partita, then leave us to negotiate alone the altogether eerier world of Dialoghi. This fragmented work just about convinces you of its disjointed unity. Certainly more so than the closing, Three Questions With Two Answers – music that’s cautious and almost reluctant to be. The four short Liriche Di Antonio Machado also bear the never-know-quite-what-to-expect hallmark that’s stamped onto everything on this release. Some may even find the wandering nature of these miniature songs uncomfortable. Will hearing this release make you want to explore volume one of Dallapiccola’s orchestral works (also on Chandos)? That depends. Do you want music to put you at your ease, or keep you on your toes? If it’s the latter, buy without hesitation.
Submitted on 01/26/10 by FK 
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Works Details

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Partita for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Gillian Keith (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Dialogue for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1960

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Liriche di Antonio Machado (4), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Gillian Keith (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1948

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Three Questions with Two Answers for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962