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From mysterious moonlit night to joyous sunlit day, this recording runs the gamut of Alfredo Casella’s huge stylistic range.
Notte di maggio (‘A Night in May’), composed in the wake of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, is Casella at his most radical, while the delightful ‘Divertimento’ Scarlattiana finds him at his most relaxed, spicing up themes from Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas – in the manner of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
Between them comes Casella’s Cello Concerto, its style influenced by the ‘baroque magnificence of Rome’, with a finale the composer called ‘the flight of the improved bumblebee’.
Alfredo Casella: Notte di maggio, Op. 20
Notte di maggio, Op. 20
Alfredo Casella: Cello Concerto, Op. 58
I. Allegro molto vivace
II. Largo - Grave
III. Presto vivacissimo
Alfredo Casella: Scarlattiana, Op. 44
I. Sinfonia: Lento grave, allegro molto vivace
II. Minuetto: Allegretto ben moderato e grazioso
III. Capriccio: Allegro vivacissimo e impetuoso
IV. Pastorale: Andantino dolcemente mosso
V. Finale: Lento molto e grave
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