MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Alghe, Op. 12, Le stagioni, Op. 33, Alt Wien (Rapsodia viennese), Op. 30, I naviganti, Op. 13, Le danze del Re David, Op. 37, Piedigrotta (Rapsodia napoletana), Op. 32.
Catalogue Number: 05Q062
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: These youthful works, all written between 1913 and 1925, brim with color and imagination. "King David's Dances", subtitled "Hebrew Rhapsody on Traditional Themes" demonstrates the composer's attention to the exoticisms of his Jewish background while the Piedigrotta, with its depiction of a summer night in Naples shows the influences of Albéniz and Granados. I Naviganti is like an Impressionist Isle of the Dead while the three pieces of Alt Wien careen from nostalgic waltz-parody to the unsettling Memento mori - a bone-rattling "Dance of the Dead" whose psychological antecedents are surely to be found in the recent First World War. Claudio Curti Gialdino (piano).