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Alfredo Casella: La donna serpente - Introduzione, aria e toccata - Partita for piano and orchestra

Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Francesco La Vecchia

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Introduzione, aria e toccata, Op. 55  
1
Introduzione: Largo e solenne
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
6:06
2
Aria
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
6:07
3
Toccata: Allegro un poco moderato e man mano movendo
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
6:59
Partita, Op. 42  
4
I. Sinfonia
Alfredo Casella; Sun Hee You; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
9:44
5
II. Passacaglia
Alfredo Casella; Sun Hee You; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
11:42
6
III. Burlesca
Alfredo Casella; Sun Hee You; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
8:48
La donna serpente Suite No. 1, Op. 50bis  
7
I. Musica del sogno di re altidor: Andante
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
3:04
8
II. Interludio: Andante moderato
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
1:20
9
III. Marcia Guerriera: Tempo di marcia
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
5:14
La donna serpente Suite No. 2, Op. 50ter  
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I. Sinfonia: Allegro vivacissimo
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
6:00
11
II. Preludio: Lento, ma non troppo
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
8:52
12
III. Battaglia - IV. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Alfredo Casella; Rome Symphony Orchestra; Francesco La Vecchia
4:32
Total Playing Time    78:28
"Music well worth hearing."
- American Record Guide

"As in his previous releases of music by Casella, conductor la Vecchia does an excellent job fusing clarity of texture with a fine legato and emotional sweep. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this disc. It’s a winner from first note to last."
- Fanfare

This latest disc in the Naxos series of Casella’s orchestral music represents what Casella felt was his ‘definitive personality’. The Introduction, Aria and Toccata epitomize his ‘monumental Baroque style’ of the late 1920s and early 1930s. A few years earlier, his neoclassical Partita for piano and small orchestra had been a huge hit, with Casella himself touring right across Europe and the USA playing the solo part. In between, he at last – in his late forties – composed his first opera, La donna serpente: the orchestral fragments recorded here colorfully reflect the story’s tragicomic twists and turns.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

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