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Gian Francesco Malipiero may be considered the most original and inventive of the generation of Italian composers born around 1880 (the so-called “generazione dell’Ottanta”).
This second Naxos issue of the cycle of 11 numbered and 6 unnumbered symphonies features the largest and most ambitious of the early “symphonies”, the turbulent and at times macabre Symphonies of Silence and Death.
At the heart of Symphony No. 1, ‘in Four Movements like the Four Seasons’, is the autumnal third movement, rich in radiantly melancholy sonorities. Symphony No. 2 “elegiaca” is notable for the plaintive beauty of its two slow movements, especially the exquisite closing pages of the second, which also conclude the work.
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Sinfonie del silenzio e de la morte
I. Danza tragica
II. Sinfonia del silenzio
III. Il molino della morte
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 1, "In quattro tempi, come le quattro stagioni"
I. Quasi andante. Sereno
III. Lento, ma non troppo
IV. Allegro, quasi allegretto
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 2, "Elegiaca"