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Goffredo Petrassi: Partita; Divertimento; Quattro Inni Sacri; Coro di Morti / Carlo Putelli, Davide Malvestio. Francesco La Vecchia

Album Summary

>Petrassi, Goffredo : Divertimento in C major, for orchestra
>Petrassi, Goffredo : Partita for orchestra
>Petrassi, Goffredo : Quattro Inni Sacri for tenor, baritone & orchestra
>Petrassi, Goffredo : Coro di Morti for male chorus, brass, 3 pianos, percussion & double-basses
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Goffredo Petrassi was one of the most important Italian composers of the twentieth century. Beginning with the previously unrecorded Divertimento in C, this release focuses on Petrassi's compositions of the 1930s and 40s. Employing an unusual mix of styles and idioms, as well as brief quotations from Ravel and Stravinsky, the Partita was the first work to win him renown. The eloquent Quattro inni sacri (Four Sacred Hymns), described by the composer as 'music of today for the faithful of today', were intended as an antidote 'to the unctuous and conformist style in use in our churches' but, in reality, are only ever heard in the concert hall. Soon after the start of the Second World War, Petrassi wrote his meditative madrigale drammatico, Coro di Morti (Chorus of the Dead), the composer's first setting of a non-sacred text and perhaps his finest achievement in the field of vocal music.

International Record Review, July/August 2013
Putelli is a soloist of passionate dramatic conviction, ably communicating the variety in the composer's reactions to these texts...The Roman choir and orchestra certainly have the measure of the work under Francesco La Vecchia's assured direction.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Goffredo Petrassi, who nearly lived to celebrate his own centennial (1904-2003), has always been respected by every faction as one of the last century's finest composers. His Divertimento is such a masterpiece that it's hard to realize this is a first recording. The skill with which Petrassi mixes modern harmonies with 18th Century rhythms and rhetoric is unbeatable. The counterpoint is audibly first-class. The music shows a 27-year old composer in exuberant control of his resources. The Partita (1932), Petrassi's first well-known piece, just as approachable. The Coro di Morti (1941) is for men's chorus, three pianos, brass, and percussion. The Four Sacred Hymns (1950) have melismatic vocal lines, where Petrassi combines some of the freedom of Gregorian chant with more contemporary arioso writing. The orchestral accompaniment is often dramatic and always effective. The music uses a bass and tenor. Recorded sound is excellent, with concert acoustics, which are especially appropriate in the vocal works. The notes include texts and translations. LaVecchia's conducting is up to its usual high standard, with the singing to match. The orchestra plays beautifully, with excellent dynamic control. In the Chorus of the Dead the final pianissimo, with its snare drum decrescendo, as George Bernard would have said, "embraces perfect silence". The whole album is a tribute to one of the masters of Italian art.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (2007-03-18_2007-03-19&2011-).



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>Petrassi, Goffredo : Divertimento in C major, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Notes: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (02/26/2012-02/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Petrassi, Goffredo : Partita for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (03/18/2007-03/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Petrassi, Goffredo : Quattro Inni Sacri for tenor, baritone & orchestra
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Davide Malvestio
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (11/27/2011-11/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Petrassi, Goffredo : Coro di Morti for male chorus, brass, 3 pianos, percussion & double-basses
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (11/27/2011-11/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern