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Gian Francesco Malipiero: Symphonies, Vol. 5

Audio Samples

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Sinfonia dello Zodiaco
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 9 "Dell'Ahime"
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 10 "Atropo"

Album Summary

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Sinfonia dello Zodiaco
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 9 "Dell'Ahime"
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 10 "Atropo"
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the final disc in the series of Gian Francesco Malipiero’s published symphonies, originally issued on Marco Polo. One of the most significant threads in Malipiero’s huge and many-sided output, they strengthen his claim to be regarded as the most important and original Italian composer of his generation. Sinfonia dello zodiaco vividly depicts the ever-changing moods of the four seasons in twelve movements that are analogous to the signs of the zodiac. The perky capriciousness of his brief Symphony No. 9is interrupted by an unforgettable but enigmatic outburst by trumpets and percussion marked ‘Ahimè’ (Alas!) in the score. Symphony No. 10, his musical tribute to an admired colleague, Hermann Scherchen, is named after the ancient Greek goddess who cuts short the thread of life.

Fanfare
To my knowledge, Malipiero's symphonies have not been taken up by anyone else since Almeida and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra made these recordings for Marco Polo back in the 1990s. In a way, that's too bad, because they constitute a body of music with a strong profile, much of which is quite beautiful and moving, and none of which is ever less than interesting and engaging. The good news is that these recordings, now being recycled on Naxos, are excellent in every respect and, despite their age, sound freshly minted. Obviously, for those who already collected the originals on Marco Polo, it would be foolish to repurchase them, but for those unfamiliar with Malipiero, I'd urge you to remedy the situation post-haste, and this release is as good a place to start as any.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mosfilm Studio, Moscow (02/1993).



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Works Details

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Sinfonia dello Zodiaco
  • Conductor: Antonio Almeida
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 9 "Dell'Ahimè"
  • Conductor: Antonio Almeida
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Symphony no 10 "Atropo"
  • Conductor: Antonio Almeida
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral