The piano music of Maurice Ravel has a powerful acolyte in Hinrich Alpers.
ROTA: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano; Improvviso in D Minor for Violin and Piano; Toccata for Bassoon and Piano; Sonata in D Major for Clarinet and Piano; Fantasia in G Major – Goran Gojevic, clar./ Mary Kenedi, p./ Lynn Kuo, v./ Winona Zelnka, cello/ Michael Sweeney, bassoon – Naxos
The assorted chamber music compositions by Nino Rota present an entirely new dimension to his otherwise film-score reputation, here performed by ardent Toronto-based musicians.
ALFREDO CASELLA: Concerto for Orchestra; War Pages; Suite – Orch. Sinfonica di Roma/ Francesco La Vecchia – Naxos
The world premiere recording of Italian composer Alfredo Casella’s masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra, is one of the great recordings of this year.
“20th Century Harp Sonatas” = PIERICK HOUDY: Sonate pour Harpe; ALFREDO CASELLA: Sonata per Arpa; NICOLAS FLAGELLO: Sonata for Harp; PAUL HINDEMITH: Sonate für Harfe; GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE: Sonate pour Harpe – Sarah Schuster Ericsson, harp – Dorian
Strongly recommended, even to those who normally shy away from harp recitals.
ALFREDO CASELLA: Symphony No. 1 in B minor; Concerto for Strings, Piano, Timpani and Percussion – Naxos ALFREDO CASELLA: Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 112; A notte alta for piano and orchestra – Soloists/Orch. Sinfonia di Roma/Francesco La Vecchia – Naxo
The first two of a series of four CDs from Naxos devoted to the music of the early 20th century Italian composer Casella.