Alfredo Casella: Symphony No. 2; Scarlattiana

> Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 12 - I. Lento grave solenne
> Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 12 - II. Allegro molto vivace
> Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 12 - III. Adagio quasi andante
> Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 12 - IV. Finale: Tempo di marcia ben risoluto con fuoco
> Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 12 - Epilogo: Adagio mistico
> 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

Album Summary

>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 12
>Casella, Alfredo : Scarlattiana for piano & chamber orchestra, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph
...under Noseda's guidance there is cohesion, drive and passion, and the playful Scarlattiana (1926) reveals Casella's spirited allegiance to the clarity and perkiness of neo-classicism.

BBC Music Magazine
...this is a remarkable and engaging work in its own right, with some striking features. In particular, the beautiful opening of the final 'Epilogo' is breathtakingly beautiful...the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda are both committed and convincing advocates in the premiere recording of this complex score.

Gramophone Magazine
This 50-minute would-be epic is given a splendidly forthright performance by Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic...[in the concerto] Martin Roscoe is a witty, trenchant piano soloist and the Chandos sound brings out all the piquancy of Casella's artfully un-18th century orchestration.

Sunday Times
Casella's music isn't too often heard here, but the BBC Philharmonic and its Italian maestro, Gianandrea Noseda, are trying to make a difference...Mahler is an evident influence, particularly in the fourth movement. Though styled a finale, it is followed by an Epilogo of hushed beauty, building to a massive, affirmative, organ-buttressed close.

International Record Review
[Scarlattiana] receives, of course, a glorious and poetic performance, with the added luxury of Martin Roscoe's participation...anyone with more than a passing interest in this fascinating composer needs to have this remarkable disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcating House, Manchester, England.



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Works Details

>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/12/2010-01/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Casella, Alfredo : Scarlattiana for piano & chamber orchestra, Op. 44
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 26 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926