American Classics - Romeo Cascarino

Album Summary

>Cascarino, Romeo : Pygmalion, for orchestra
>Cascarino, Romeo : Portrait of Galatea, for orchestra
>Cascarino, Romeo : Blades of Grass, for english horn, harp & strings
>Cascarino, Romeo : Prospice, for orchestra
>Cascarino, Romeo : Meditation and Elegy, for orchestra
>Cascarino, Romeo : The Acadian Land, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

"The orchestral works on this Naxos "American Classics" anthology are more persuasive, perhaps because they're shorter and easier to assimilate as wholes. Included are Blades of Grass, from 1945, a lovely 8-minute elegy for English horn, harp, and strings; two ballets, Prospice, from 1948, and Pygmalion, from 1956; two tone-poems, Portrait of Galatea, from 1952, and The Acadian Land, from 1960; and Mediation and Elegy, written in 2000 for string orchestra though based on much earlier piano pieces. All of these compositions were inspired by poetic or mythological sources. They are often slow and meditative, or pastoral and expansive, and their melodic ideas rather generalized, their forms diffuse, their individual profile not sharply etched. Nevertheless the music is lush, sonorous, evocative, and pleasing, indeed exhibiting "noble sincerity" with moments of "grandeur and drama". My appreciative response to Cascarino is most certainly due in part to the fine playing by the Philadelphia Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta, and to Naxos's vivid, lifelike sonics." -ARG



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Works Details

>Cascarino, Romeo : Pygmalion, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Cascarino, Romeo : Portrait of Galatea, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Cascarino, Romeo : Blades of Grass, for english horn, harp & strings
  • Performer: Geoffrey Deemer (English Horn)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Cascarino, Romeo : Prospice, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Cascarino, Romeo : Meditation and Elegy, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2000

>Cascarino, Romeo : The Acadian Land, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Philharmonia
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Unites States (11/07/2005-11/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960