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Alfredo Casella: Symphony No. 2: A Notte Alta

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>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 12
>Casella, Alfredo : A notte alta, for piano & orchestra, Op. 30bis
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Notes & Reviews:

From the very first notes, with their tolling bells, Casella's Symphony No. 2 is deeply indebted to its model, Mahler's own Symphony No. 2, whose Parisian premiere was championed by Casella during his years in the French capital. A notte alta ('In deepest night'), which Casella described as "the only piece of programme music I have ever composed inspired by emotional events in my personal life" (Casella's love for his Parisian student Yvonne Muller), is a work of intimate self-revelation and sombre meditation on "the utter indifference of Nature to human passions". Casella's Symphony No. 1 is available as NXS 8572413.

"Francesco La Vecchia directs the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in a committed and colourful performance, relishing these moments of darkness, but they are equally good in the rampant spikiness of much of the Concerto...Unreserved applause for Naxos and for La Vecchia and his orchestra." -International Record Review

"One of Casella's subtlest creations, it receives a fine performance from the Rome Symphony Orchestra and Francesco La Vecchia" -Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine
One of Casella's subtlest creations, it receives a fine performance from the Rome Symphony Orchestra and Francesco La Vecchia.



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>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (01/11/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Casella, Alfredo : A notte alta, for piano & orchestra, Op. 30bis
  • Performer: Sun You (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: OSR Studios, Rome (06/17/2009/06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917