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Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973): Sinfonia degli eroi (Symphony of Heroes) et al. / Thessaloniki State SO; Amaury du Closel

Album Summary

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Sinfonia degli eroi (Symphony of Heroes)
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Ditirambo tragico (Tragich Dithyramb), for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Armenia, Canti armeni tradotti sinfonicamente per violin e pianoforte
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Grottesco (after ballet I selvaggi), for small orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Dai sepolcri (From Tombs), for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Five vividly contrasting works, four of them in world première recordings, make up this latest issue in the Naxos series of orchestral music by the Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero. Visions of heroism and death form the cornerstone of the release, in the Ditirambo tragico (Tragic Dithyramb) composed during the First World War, and in Malipiero's two earliest surviving pieces, Dai sepolcri (From 'Tombs') and the Sinfonia degli eroi (Symphony of Heroes). They are heard alongside the deceptively relaxed charm of Armenia, based on traditional Armenian melodies, and the varied, pungently Stravinskian moods of the aptly titled Grottesco (Grotesque).

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The work starts using canons in the lower woodwinds. The sonorities rise higher with several improvisational-sounding instrumental solos. The basses have a noble theme building to a strong, faster segment. There's also a tender, nostalgic passage, followed by a rustic bassoon section, then a martial one. The work is episodic, containing a lot of what Virgil Thomson would call "memories of my musical education". Du Closel conducts the music with a steady hand. The Greek orchestra's rather beefy sound here is an asset, adding warmth to music which could definitely use some.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-.



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>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Sinfonia degli eroi (Symphony of Heroes)
  • Conductor: Amaury Closel
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece (0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Ditirambo tragico (Tragich Dithyramb), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Amaury Closel
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece (0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Armenia, Canti armeni tradotti sinfonicamente per violin e pianoforte
  • Conductor: Amaury Closel
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece (0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Grottesco (after ballet I selvaggi), for small orchestra
  • Conductor: Amaury Closel
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece (0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Dai sepolcri (From Tombs), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Amaury Closel
  • Ensemble: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aristotle University Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece (0212-06-25_2012-06-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904