Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos


Nicholas, Jeremy, Gramophone


Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Piano Concertos (a)--No 1, Op 46; No 2, Op 92. La sirenetta e il pesce turchino. Op 18. Vitalba e Biancospino, Op 21.1 naviganti, Op 13. Alghe, Op 12. Le danze di Re David, Op 37. Passatempi, Op 54. Onde, Op 86. Hommage a Paderewski. Two Film Studies, Op 67

Pietro Massa pf (a) Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Stefan Malzew

Capriccio (B) (2) C5156 (130' * DDD)

(a) Recorded live at the Konzertkirche, Neubrandenburg, Germany, November 11, 2010

The film composer's concertos live from Neubrandenburg

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) left us with a body of concert works as individual and memorable as his more than 250 film scores: they all seem to suffer from the same lack of a distinctive voice. The two concertos, both in three movements and written in a harmonically conservative idiom, date from 1927 and 1937 respectively. Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School have passed him by, but not the impressionists, though he is by no means in thrall to them. Patchily distinctive melody and lush, colourful orchestration are Castelnuovo-Tedesco's strongest cards, harnessed to some daunting challenges for the soloist. Pietro Massa rises to these superbly, pushing the music forwards in the often tempestuous and rhythmically complex outer movements, while demonstrating a keenly sensitive touch in the two central Romanzas. Stefan Malzew provides alert support in these performances, recorded in a live concert broadcast by DeutschlandRadio Berlin in 2010. …

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