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Although he is best known for his film scores and The Godfather in particular, Nino Rota’s concert music combines traditional tonality and forms with characteristically heartfelt melodies and appealing clarity. Contrasts abound in this selection of chamber works, from bassoon buffoonery in the Toccata to the Brahmsian eloquence of the Clarinet Sonata, and from the dramatic Improvviso and melancholy moods of the recently discovered Fantasia, to the jocular instrumental exchanges in the exquisite Trio.
Nino Rota: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Nino Rota: Improvviso in D minor
Improvviso in D minor
Nino Rota: Toccata for Bassoon and Piano
Toccata for Bassoon and Piano
Nino Rota: Clarinet Sonata in D major
I. Allegretto scorrevole
II. Andante (quasi adagio)
III. Allegro scorrevole
Nino Rota: Fantasia in G major
Fantasia in G major
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