GINO MARINUZZI JR. (1920-1996): Partita for 2 Pianos, Divertimento su un Tema popolare for Piano Four Hands, Lagerlieder for Piano Four Hands.

Catalogue Number: 02O066

Label: Tactus

Reference: TCT 921301

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Any Mario Bava fans out there? Marinuzzi did the score for 1965's Terrore nella spazio or, as it was known here, Planet of the Vampires (he also did Hercules and the Captive Women and The Son of Hercules vs. Venus) so you might count on his not being an avant-garde composer. Although he was one of the founders of the first electronic music laboratory in 1956 at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the three works here are quite down-to-earth, melodic and approachable. The 1941 Partita has four baroque dances as movement titles and the rhythms, use of timbre and spicy dissonances, are firmly in the genre of neo-classicism. The "popular theme" of the Divertimento (1945) is Frère Jacques, which starts playfully and then goes on wild ride to a closing fugato. Quite unusual is the set of 13 Lagerlieder, songs taken down and harmonised from Marinuzzi's fellow inmates at the Nazi labor camp in Ludwigshafen where he was imprisoned from 1943 to the end of the war. There are marching songs, drinking songs, a Ukrainian gopak, partisans' song and so on, ending with a poignant "Song of Prisoner 50914 - Stalag XII F". Martina Colli, Rossella Rubini (pianos).

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