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This is the final disc in the series of Gian Francesco Malipiero’s published symphonies, originally issued on Marco Polo. One of the most significant threads in Malipiero’s huge and many-sided output, they strengthen his claim to be regarded as the most important and original Italian composer of his generation. Sinfonia dello zodiaco vividly depicts the ever-changing moods of the four seasons in twelve movements that are analogous to the signs of the zodiac.
The perky capriciousness of his brief Symphony No. 9 is interrupted by an unforgettable but enigmatic outburst by trumpets and percussion marked ‘Ahimè’ (Alas!) in the score. Symphony No. 10, his musical tribute to an admired colleague, Hermann Scherchen, is named after the ancient Greek goddess who cuts short the thread of life.
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Sinfonia dello zodiaco, Partita No. 1, "Spring"
III. Andante - Allegro - Molto tranquillo
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Sinfonia dello zodiaco, Partita No. 2, "Summer"
II. Piuttosto lento
III. Allegro, molto marcato
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Sinfonia dello zodiaco, Partita No. 3, "Autumn"
I. Piuttosto lento
II. Allegro grazioso
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Sinfonia dello zodiaco, Partita No. 4, "Winter"
I. Leggermente mosso - Piu lento un poco - Allegro molto moderato
II. Andante (pastorale)
III. Allegro (agitato) - Ritenuto - Tranquillo - Allegro
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 9, "Dell'ahime"
I. Allegro - Moderatamente mosso - Quasi lento - Leggermente agitato - Piu mosso (un poco agitato)
II. Lento, ma non troppo - Mosso ma non troppo - Primo tempo
III. Allegro - Lento (Ahime) - Allegro ma non troppo - Piuttosto largo
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 10, "Atropo"
I. Lento - Andante
IV. Mosso, molto vivace - Un poco piu lento
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