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Gian Francesco Malipiero: Impressioni Dal Vero; Pause Del Silenzio

Audio Samples

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero I, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero II, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero III, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio I, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio II, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero I, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero II, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero III, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio I, for orchestra
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio II, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ritmo
As with the symphonies of Martucci, these pieces are closer to the late romantic spirit of his contemporaries in the British Isles, and even at times to Debussy, more literal than the neoclassicism of much of its catalog of those years. Excellent recovery of Naxos, which enriches the already symphonic interesting catalog if Malipiero. The addition versions Vecchia, again, are truly outstanding.

Fanfare
Francesco la Vecchia and his excellent Rome Symphony Orchestra provide insightfully idiomatic performances. La Vecchia demonstrates an unusual capacity for illuminating Malipiero's intensely multilayered textures. Engineering and a very engagingly personal annotation by David Gallagher maintain the same high standards.

Fanfare
In the three sets of Impressions, which portray beauties of nature and country life - various birds, bell sounds, trees, wind - it is easy enough to visualize what is being depicted. And Malipiero's music is often held together by ostinato figures, such as the tolling of bells for minutes on end, or the mating display of a woodpecker working on a dead log.

Catholic News Agency
There is a delicious languidness about this music. The level of sheer fancy is irresistible. Listen, for instance, to the Dialogue of the Bells at the beginning of the second Impressioni. This is one of the best Malipiero CDs out there and a great introduction to this magician's music.

American Record Guide
The Rome Symphony is very good... the performances are engaging because the sound is rich and ambient and because the music itself is worth hearing... Malipiero exhibits more personality and creativity in these works...

MusicWeb International
I have been waiting for a recording of these works for many long years. I am happy to report that this generously filled release fills an important gap in Malipiero's discography. Both performances and recording are quite good. The whole may be safely commended to anyone who has investigated this composer's often idiosyncratic symphonies and who wants to know more about this important, if at times enigmatic and unsettling musical personality.

Infodad.com
Four of the five works on the new Naxos CD are world première recordings, and the entire disc is certainly worth hearing, but it will not be to all tastes and gets a (+++) rating. It would be stretching things to call this Malipiero disc a sonic spectacular, but it is certainly well played by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma under Francesco La Vecchia, and the music offers a number of interesting elements even though, taken as a whole, the 80-minute disc offers perhaps more of Malipiero than most listeners will feel they need to experience.

MusicWeb International
It is a pleasure to be able to report that both the music and the performances fulfil my hopes... and that this has proved to be a compellingly rewarding introduction to this strikingly individual composer's works... what about the music? Immediate reactions are it has great appeal; flamboyantly and confidently orchestrated but on a relatively brief time scale. I enjoyed every movement here. I am not sure quite what I was expecting but he has an individual voice. This is apparent from the opening work.

ClassicsToday.com
Pause del silenzio ("Breaks in silence") consists of two suites, one of five movements and one consisting of seven brief episodes played continuously. There's an improvisatory quality to these pieces that makes them completely unpredictable, and yet somehow they work well together. Okay, let's forget about describing the impossible and turn instead to performances that sound remarkably confident and assured. The orchestra plays very well, conductor Francesco La Vecchia (as in his Casella series) leads with a masterly sense of pacing, and the sonics are excellent. This is just wonderful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome.



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Works Details

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero I, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero II, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Impressioni dal vero III, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (03/22/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio I, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (12/12/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Pause del silenzio II, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome (12/12/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925-1926