ALFREDO CASELLA (1883-1947): Divertimento per Fulvia, Op. 64, GIORGIO FEDERICO GHEDINI (1892-1965): Concerto grosso in F for Wind Quintet and Strings*, GIAN FRANCESCO MALIPIERO (1882-1973): Oriente immaginario - 3 Studies for Small Orchestra*, FRANCO DONATONI (1927-2000): Musica for Chamber Orchestra*. * - World Premiere Recordings.

Catalogue Number: 01S004

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573748

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: The only other CD recording of Casella’s happy, ten-movement, 15-minute serenade for his 12-year-old daughter and which he cobbled together from a ballet score (itself based on earlier piano pieces) while adding two newly-composed sections, came out on cpo 22 years ago. The rest of the program is of first recordings, Ghedini’s 1927 work the longest here at 20 minutes being both neo-baroque and romantic at different times but entertaining at all times. The three brief pieces making up Malipiero’s 11-minute 1920 “Imaginary Orient” are as exotically sensual as the work’s title implies, which leaves the odd man out: Donatoni’s early (1954-55) dodecaphonic work of 17 minutes in four movements which he wrote after intensive study of Schoenberg’s Op. 31 Variations. Sometimes sounding more like Webern, it was described by its author as “kind of Schoenberg gone a bit neo-classical” which is a perfect characterization. Orchestra della Svizzera italiana; Damian Iorio.

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