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Alfredo Casella: Complete Music for Cello and Piano / Andrea Favalessa, cello; Maria Semeraro, piano

Album Summary

>Casella, Alfredo : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
>Casella, Alfredo : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in C major, Op. 45
>Casella, Alfredo : Notturno
>Casella, Alfredo : Tarantella
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Notes & Reviews:

Casella was, if it isn't a contradiction in terms, a kind of neoclassical Romantic; of sufficient pianistic skill that he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 13 and thus perhaps escaped from the pressure to plough the furrow of operatic verismo already so well tilled by his countrymen. Instead he made his mark as a composer of abstract, instrumental music such as these two cello sonatas. The First Sonata, like his other youthful compositions, reveals various stylistic influences: there are hints of Debussy, Mahler and Strauss, as well as traces of what Casella had learnt from Fauré. Even in these early works, however, the composer's own personality comes across clearly in the search for what was new and hitherto unexplored ground. The Second Sonata reveals a change in compositional approach. In fact, it bears witness to his interest in a style that he defined as 'baroque in its monumentality'. With its four movements it is more extensive, with dynamics based on deep contrasts between passages that are passionate and vigorous, and others in which the atmosphere is quietly intimate. The same rhythmic energy returns in the Tarantella, composed in 1929 along with the Notturno for violin and piano, transcribed by Luigi Silva in 1931, and ultimately reworked by Casella for cello and orchestra in 1934.Andrea Favalessa and Maria Semeraro are young Italian musicians who regularly play together in a fruitful artistic partnership that has won them international recognition and numerous awards. Other information: - Recorded in 2013.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bartók Studio, Bernareggio, Italy (05/23/2013-05/25/2013).



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>Casella, Alfredo : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
  • Performers: Andrea Favalessa (Cello); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bartók Studio, Bernareggio, Italy (05/23/2013-05/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Casella, Alfredo : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in C major, Op. 45
  • Performers: Andrea Favalessa (Cello); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bartók Studio, Bernareggio, Italy (05/23/2013-05/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Casella, Alfredo : Notturno
  • Performers: Andrea Favalessa (Cello); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bartók Studio, Bernareggio, Italy (05/23/2013-05/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Casella, Alfredo : Tarantella
  • Performers: Andrea Favalessa (Cello); Maria Semeraro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bartók Studio, Bernareggio, Italy (05/23/2013-05/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic