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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2; 4 Dances from "Love's Labour's Lost" / Alessandro Marangoni, piano

> Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 46 - I. Allegro giusto
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 46 - II. Andantino alla romanza -
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 46 - III. Vivo e festoso
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 92 - I. Vivace e brillante
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 92 - II. Romanza, tranquillo e meditativo -
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 92 - III. Vivo e impetuoso
> 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167 - No. 1. Sarabande (for the King of Navarre)
> 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167 - No. 2. Gavotte (for the Princess of France)
> 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167 - No. 3. Spanish Dance (for Don Adriano de Armado)
> 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167 - No. 4. Russian Dance (Masque)

Album Summary

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 46
>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 92
>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Dances (4) from 'Love's Labour's Lost', Op. 167
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's two Piano Concertos form a contrasting pair. Concerto No. 1, written in 1927, is a vivid and witty example of his romantic spirit, exquisite melodies and rich yet transparent orchestration. Concerto No. 2, composed a decade later, is a darker, more dramatic and virtuosic work. The deeply-felt and dreamlike slow movement and passionate finale are tinged with bleak moments of somber agitation, suggestive of unfolding tragic events with the imminent introduction of the Fascist Racial Laws that led Castelnuovo-Tedesco to seek exile in the USA in 1939. The Four Dances from 'Love's Labour's Lost', part of the composer's recurring fascination for the art of Shakespeare, are atmospheric, richly characterized and hugely enjoyable. This is their first performance and recording. After winning national and international awards, Alessandro Marangoni has appeared throughout Europe and America, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, collaborating with some of Italy's leading performers. In 2007 he won the prestigious Amici di Milano International Prize for Music. Andrew Mogrelia has had a varied career of concerts, recording and work with major dance companies. He has an extensive discography for Naxos/Marco Polo, with his complete Sleeping Beauty (8.550490-92) acclaimed as a ?clear first choice' by Gramophone magazine.

"Tuneful, lushly scored, unpretentious and superbly crafted, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s two piano concertos (1927, 1936) deserve their stylish resuscitation by the young Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni, who had to dig in dusty libraries to find the scores." -The Times

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's two piano concertos, in G minor (1927) and F (1936-37) are solid half-hour pieces. They have to be about the most cheerful pieces by anyone written in those ten years! 1:I is so vivacious, in fact, that it sounds like the third movement of a piece instead of a first movement. I loved the recordings of his Shakespeare Overtures (Naxos, M/A 2011); the organ works (above) show a more pensive side, but these concertos are sheer sunshine and lazy afternoons. II leans more toward mere pleasantness - the melodies aren't terribly original, but the mood is what counts.

Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
Naxos's two discs of this composer's Shakespeare overtures really turned a lot of heads, mine included, a couple of years ago. Therefore, it was inevitable that the label would add to its Castelnuovo-Tedesco discography. The two piano concertos are not new to CD. However, as happens with greater frequency these days, alternative recordings have either gone out of print or are prohibitively expensive imports. This new release makes a lot of sense then, and it has been made all the more attractive by the addition of the four dances from Love's Labour's Lost, in not only their first recording but also their first performance.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Played by the hyperactive pianist and orchestra with such scintillating abandon, the composer's charm and brio could, just possibly, bring a smile to even the most crusty and conservative listener...Excellently recorded, this is very much a record for those with a sweet tooth who like the lighter things of life.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
Alessandro Marangoni must be considered the foremost expert in this music...He certainly plays well throughout, and one admires his honesty in not making this music out to be more dramatic or emotionally vital than it really is.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö, Sw (05/23/2011-05/27/2011).



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Works Details

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 46
  • Performer: Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Malmo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö, Sweden (05/23/2011-05/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 92
  • Performer: Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö, Sweden (05/23/2011-05/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Dances (4) from 'Love's Labour's Lost', Op. 167
  • Performer: Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö, Sweden (05/23/2011-05/27/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953