ALFREDO CASELLA (1883-1947): Symphony No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 5, Concerto for Strings, Piano, Timpani and Percussion, Op. 69.
Catalogue Number: 07M002
Description: The notes point out that Casella never developed anything like a recognizable style and, now that we suddenly have access to a significant amount of his orchestral music, one can see that it's true. This early symphony (1905-06) is Russian to the core (although Casella also thought he was after Brahms and Enescu in it also). Dark sonorities abound, shades of Boris Godunov but also Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Borodin and Rimsky too and really strikingly imaginative orchestration make this a great, 45-minute wallow. From the end of his life comes the brittle, dark, neo-baroque concerto (1943), dedicated to Paul Sacher and quite in the spirit of other Sacher-commissioned works by people like Bartók, Hindemith, Frank Martin and Honegger. Desirée Scuccuglia (piano), Antonio Ceravolo (percussion), Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma; Francesco La Vecchia.