Ghedini conducts Ghedini

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Ghedini conducts Ghedini



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5th Jan 2009




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Ghedini conducts Ghedini

First issued in the USA in 1953 and 1954 on Colosseum CLPS 1039 (L’Olmeneta), 1044 (Musical Offering) and 1046 (Litanie)


L’Olmeneta (The Elm Grove)

Concerto for orchestra and 2 concertante cellos

Benedetto Mazzacurati and Mario Gusella (cellos)

Litanie alla Vergine

Marica Rizzo (soprano)

with the “Associazione Scarlatti” Chorus

Musical Offering (after Johann Sebastian Bach) (excerpts)

Live Italian Radio recordings made in the Alessandro Scarlatti Hall of the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella, Naples, on 28th March, 1952

Orchestra Alessandro Scarlatti di Napoli, Giorgio Federico Ghedini



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One of the finest Italian composers of the 20th century, Giorgio Federico Ghedini was almost 35 when his Litanie alla Vergine received what he described as a ‘warm welcome from the public, unreserved praise from all the critics and musicians’.

Ghedini’s very individual orchestration of J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering, two movements of which were omitted from this live 1952 performance in Naples, is notable for its use of a variety of small, usually homogeneous groups from within the orchestra including two pianos but no horns.

L’Olmenata (The Elm Grove) of 1951 is a fascinating concerto for orchestra and two concertante cellos which represents two complementary herbs, the red Glaspi and the white Egusa. At the heart of the concerto lies a haunting, yearning, almost Mahlerian slow movement. These, the only surviving recordings of Ghedini conducting his own music, are re-issued here for the first time in more than 50 years.

Classics Today praised Ghedini’s music on a previous disc as being “fluent, somewhat understated, but nevertheless characterful musical styles steeped in the great traditions of the past (particularly with regard to matters of form), but employing an interestingly personal harmonic language…This is curiously compelling music, frequently quite dissonant but never excessively so, and always so shapely and melodically distinguished that the ear never feels fatigued.”

Giorgio Federico Ghedini: Concerto detto L'olmoneta

I. Allegro molto moderato e tranquillo

II. Caccia nell'Olmoneta: Allegro vivace

III. Molto adagio

IV. Allegro quieto

Giorgio Federico Ghedini: Litanie della Vergine

Litanie della Vergine

Giorgio Federico Ghedini: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (orch. G.F. Ghedini)


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Canon perpetuus super thema regium

Canon a 2

Canon a 2 Violini in unisono

Canon per motum contrarium

Canon per augmentationem, contrario motu

Canon perpetuus

Canon a 2: I. Allegretto mosso

Canon a 2: II. Animato

Canon a 2: III. Piu marcato

Canon a 2: IV. Pesante

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