GIORGIO FEDERICO GHEDINI (1892-1965): Musica da Concerto for Viola, Viola d’amore and String Orchestra, Musica Concertante for Cello and String Orchestra, PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963): 5 Stücke for String Orchestra, Op. 44/4.

Catalogue Number: 07Y005

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 96117

Format: CD

Price: $12.98

Description: After the Second World War Ghedini’s style continued to evolve through engagement with the concerto genre and the concerto grosso ensemble with its roots in the Italian Baroque. The private, reflective, plaintive characters of both solo instruments are well matched to Ghedini’s idiom by this point in his career. Dating from 1953, the Musica da concerto for viola and string orchestra is cast in a single span which disguises a traditional fast-slow-fast arch, though the viola’s powerful presence frequently draws the pulse of the music away from convention and into earnest dialogue with the strings. Neoclassical counterpoint briefly surfaces near the beginning of the final section, but otherwise the Musica da concerto is remarkable for its sustained lyric intensity around the soloist’s almost ubiquitous presence. Composed in 1962, the Musica concertante for cello and string orchestra is emphatically late music – Ghedini died three years later – which has attained a measure of serenity compared to the earlier viola work. Here the string orchestra and soloist engage in overlapping waves of melody and rhapsody, rising and falling across a continuous 16-minute span. Simonide Braconi (violas), Enrico Bronzi (cello), Nuova Orchestra da Camera “Ferruccio Busoni”; Massimo Belli.

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