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Alfredo Casella (1883-1947): Symphony No. 1; Elegia Eroica; Symphonic Fragments from "Le Couvent Sur L'Eau" / Gillian Keith, soprano. BBC PO, Noseda

Album Summary

>Casella, Alfredo : Frammenti sinfonicic (5) for soprano (voice) & orchestra, Op. 19
>Casella, Alfredo : Elegia eroica, Op. 29
>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 5
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The profile of the early 20th century composer, conductor and pianist Alfredo Casella continues with the fourth captivating volume of orchestral works performed by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Casella's advocacy and enthusiastic promotion of the composers of the Italian Baroque era led to renewed attention to the works of Vivaldi among others. A fine addition to Noseda's ongoing series Musica Italiana , dedicated to championing long-forgotten scores by well-known composers as well as the finest works by altogether neglected ones.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
As with the series as a whole, the performances are exemplary. Noseda's familiar combination of rigour and emotional extremism is in evidence throughout...Gillian Keith is the aptly glacial-sounding soprano, and the playing throughout is terrific in its intensity and panache. Highly recommended.

Classical Music, January 2016
Another maligned musical voice... Casella has been well served in this fourth volume by Chandos, and by Noseda, who has a real feel for the quicksilver quirkiness herein.

Washington Post, 26th February 2016
Although Casella is known better as a pianist and teacher, these four discs can change your mind about his merits as a composer...Keith sighs her way languidly through the part for wordless soprano in the "Barcarolle".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Media City UK, Salford (02/11/2015/02/12/2015); Media City UK, Salford (09/12/2013/09/13/2013).



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>Casella, Alfredo : Frammenti sinfonicic (5) for soprano (voice) & orchestra, Op. 19
  • Performer: Gillian Keith (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Media City UK, Salford (09/12/2013/09/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Casella, Alfredo : Elegia eroica, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Media City UK, Salford (09/12/2013/09/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Casella, Alfredo : Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Media City UK, Salford (02/11/2015/02/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906