GOFFREDO PETRASSI (1904-2003): Solo Works - Elogio per un’ombra for Violin (Alessandro Cazzato), Nunc and Suoni Notturni for Guitar (Lapo Vanucci), Flou for Harp (Francesca Tirale), Souffle for C Flute, G Flute, Piccolo (Arcadio Baracchi), Toccata for Piano (Vanessa Sotgiu), Violasola (Alessio Toro - first recording).

Catalogue Number: 10X054

Label: Tactus

Reference: TC 901603

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: The constant evolution and creative curiosity of Italy's doyen of 20th century composition can be charted through his solo works just as readily as the Concerti for Orchestra, frequently cited as the backbone of the composer's development. The piano Toccata (1933) is modelled on Frescobaldi at the start, with Hindemithian harmonies, but explodes in coruscating roulades of meta-tonal chords that, remarkably, seem to anticipate Sorabji. The guitar "Night Sounds" of 1959 is evocative and full of atmospheric imagery, as is Souffle, for flute, ten years later, though more extreme forms of avant garde virtuosity have now entered the vocabulary. In 1971, Elogio per un’ombra for violin (dedicated to the memory of Casella) expands the timbral range to include harsh extended textures, while simultaneously celebrating the history of the virtuoso violin repertoire as far back as Corelli, and encompassing Paganini. Petrassi returned to the guitar with Nunc, fragmented and meticulously set, and full of surprising sonorities. Violasola, remarkably claimed as a world premiere recording, is rich in sonority and even eloquent melodic fragments, amply highlighted by harsh sounds and extended techniques, which is also true of Flou (1980), an encyclopedia of techniques forming a series of vivid, diverse tableaux.

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