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Curt Cacioppo: 'Ritornello' - Entertainment in Italy; From the Dolomites to Etna; Women at the Cross / Curt Cacioppo, piano; Quartetto di Venezia

Album Summary

>Cacioppo, Curt : Quartet for Strings no 6 ("Divertimenti in Italia")
>Cacioppo, Curt : Dalle Dolomiti All'Etna
>Cacioppo, Curt : Women at the Cross, quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

On his latest Navona Records release, RITORNELLO, composer and pianist Curt Cacioppo revisits the beloved country of Italy, recalling places, friends, Italian tales, Don Giovanni, and more to create a detailed sonic story about his experiences and Italian heritage. The three movements of Divertimenti in Italia reflect on different regions of Italy: the town of Alberobello and its unique conical dwellings called trulli; the culture and mountainous terrain of northern Italy; and the musical air of Catania in Sicily. From the Dalle Dolomiti All' Etna, a group of seven piano pieces, not only illustrates various parts of the Italian landscape, but makes reference to stories such as Dante's Inferno in "Nel mezzo del cammin" and presents a musical parody of an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni in "Burlesca." Women at the Cross is a collection of depictions of women who are significant in the Passion of Jesus Christ, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate, and Veronica, the woman who wiped Jesus' face.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
As suggested by the title of the record, Curt Cacioppo's Ritornello is in a neo-classical vein, drawing on formal conventions and generic types of the past. The works include three "divertimentos", a piano quintet, and a suite of solo piano music. Everything is titled in Italian with Roman-numeral movement numbers. Cacioppo writes with melodies and gestures that are easily understood and accessible. The harmony diverges considerably from older music. It is triadic. It seems that Cacioppo has taken as much from jazz and popular music as he has from the classical tradition. He seeks to express directly and clearly through his music. This is a great example of music that is fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Magister Area Studio, Preganziol, Italy (07/14/2013-07/18/2013).



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>Cacioppo, Curt : Quartet for Strings no 6 ("Divertimenti in Italia")
  • Ensemble: Quartetto di Venezia
  • Notes: Magister Area Studio, Preganziol, Italy (07/14/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cacioppo, Curt : Dalle Dolomiti All'Etna :: Schizzi Pianistici D'Italia, for narrator & piano
  • Performer: Curt Cacioppo (Piano)
  • Notes: Magister Area Studio, Preganziol, Italy (07/14/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cacioppo, Curt : Women at the Cross, quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello & piano
  • Performer: Curt Cacioppo (Piano)
  • Notes: Magister Area Studio, Preganziol, Italy (07/14/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music