Petrassi: Magnificat & Psalm IX

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Petrassi: Magnificat & Psalm IX


BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - March 2013



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2nd Jan 2013




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Petrassi: Magnificat & Psalm IX



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Psalm IX


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This recording forms part of our ongoing Italian series, fronted by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda. In the series so far, we have examined the music of many prominent Italian composers of the twentieth century, such as Respighi, Wolf-Ferrari, Casella, and Dallapiccola, as well as the great nineteenth-century master, Verdi. Noseda and his Italian forces here turn to the choral works of Goffredo Petrassi, an Italian composer who, despite being a relatively late bloomer, developed into one of Italy’s most significant composers of the mid- to late twentieth century.

In the English-speaking world, his contemporary Luigi Dallapiccola may be better known, but Petrassi was just as highly regarded in his home country. His music, inspired by Stravinsky and Hindemith, is dynamic and colourful, although perhaps emotionally reserved by the standards of his countrymen.

Petrassi’s talents showed themselves early. In 1913, aged nine, he became a chorister in the capital, where his encounter with Renaissance and baroque art and music left a lasting impression, one reflected later in several fine, large-scale choral works in which Petrassi combines polyphony with modern harmonies.

Here we have two such choral pieces: Psalm IX, in two parts, for chorus, string orchestra, brass, percussion, and two pianos, and the premiere recording of a Magnificat for soprano, chorus, and orchestra.

Both are performed by the Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino under their Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda, for entirely idiomatic interpretations. Since he became an exclusive artist with Chandos in 2002, Noseda has recorded works by Prokofiev, Karłowicz, Dvořák, Smetana, Shostakovich, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and Bartók, as well as the Italian series discussed above.

Goffredo Petrassi: Magnificat

Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Et exultavit spiritus meus

in Deo salutari meo

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae

Quia fecit mihi magna

et sanctum nomen ejus

Et misericordia ejus

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo

Deposuit potentes de sede

Esurientes implevit bonis

Suscepit Israel puerum suum

Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros

Gloria Patri, et Filio

Goffredo Petrassi: Psalm IX

Part I: Confitebor tibi Domine

Part I: Quoniam fecisti judicium meum

Part I: Increpasti gentes

Part I: Inimici defecerunt frameae in fine

Part I: et civitates eorum dextruxisti

Part I: Et Dominus in aeternum permanet

Part I: Et factus est Dominus refugium pauperi

Part I: Et sperent in te

Part II: Psallite Domino qui habitat in Sion

Part II: vide humilitatem meam de inimici mei

Part II: exultabo in salutari tuo

Part II: Cognoscetur Dominus judicia faciens

Part II: Convertantur peccatores in infernum

Part II: Quoniam non in finem oblivio

Part II: Exurge, Domine

Part II: Constitue, Domine, legislatorem super eos

BBC Music Magazine

March 2013


“[Cvilak] sounds sweet, warm and electrifying when required, and Noseda directs his Turin forces with authority and understanding of these powerful works. I hope Chandos will give us more Petrassi from this team”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2013

“The performances by the forces of Teatro Regio, Turin, are committed and persuasive, though both works sound like they need a little more 'living with'. Soprano Sabina Cvilak is taxed at times by Petrassi's tough, high vocal lines but otherwise hers is a gutsy account.”

MusicWeb International

10th June 2013

“[both works] are worth hearing, at times dramatic, and also very beautiful and sensitive...Noseda brings out the drama and strength of [Psalm IX] with much authority.”

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