MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Shakespeare Overtures, Vol. 2 - As You Like It, Op. 166, The Merchant of Venice, Op. 76, Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 164, King John, Op. 111, The Winter's Tale, Op. 80.

Catalogue Number: 11M004

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.572501

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Castelnuovo-Tedesco had a kind of Shakespeare obsession - composing 33 songs from the plays, setting 35 of the sonnets, writing two operas (The Merchant of Venice and All's Well That Ends Well), and these overtures which date from 1933 to 1953. Half date from before his move to California and the beginning of his double career as film-score composer and concert composer but all of them sound like film scores, using a large orchestra often with triple woodwinds and quadruple brass and large percussion sections. All but Much Ado are World Premiere Recordings. West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Penny.

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