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This third disc in the series completes the world première recording of all three Casella symphonies. Francesco La Vecchia and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma ‘have Casella in their bloodstream’ (MusicWeb International).
This disc includes two powerful works that grew from the tragedy of two World Wars. Searingly dissonant and ‘profoundly human’, the Elegia eroica (‘Heroic Elegy’) is Casella’s memorial to Italian soldiers killed in World War I. Casella’s Third Symphony, a commission for the fiftieth birthday of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assimilates the influences and experiences of a lifetime into an exhilaratingly melodic, emotionally wide-ranging and truly organic whole.
Alfredo Casella: Symphony No. 3, Op. 63
I. Allegro mosso
II. Andante molto moderato quasi adagio
IV. Rondo Finale: Allegro molto vivace ed animato
Alfredo Casella: Elegia eroica, Op. 29
Elegia eroica, Op. 29
17th June 2011
“the symphony, superbly played here, has a resolute individual voice and drive. The Elegia eroica, mourning victims of the First World War, blends poignancy and bitter anger.”
“As presented here, Alfredo Casella's musical language is imposing, his structures formidable and, in the case of the enormously exciting march-threnody Elegia, "to the memory of a soldier killed in the [First] war", both powerful and, towards its close, deeply contemplative.”