Menotti: Violin Concerto; 5 Songs; Canti della Lontanza; Cantilena & Scherzo

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Known internationally as an operatic composer, Gian Carlo Menotti is less frequently recognized for his numerous orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, which are generously sampled on this 2005 release from ASV. Even though Menotti displays an impressive technical acumen in his "Concerto for violin and orchestra in A minor" 1952 and elegant form in his "Cantilena e Scherzo for harp and string quartet" 1977, it is apparent that his lyrical gifts dominate everything he writes, and that he is more in his element in "Five Songs" 1983 and "Canti della lontananza" 1961. The violin concerto is energetically played by violinist Ittai Shapira and the Russian Philharmonic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Known internationally as an operatic composer, Gian Carlo Menotti is less frequently recognized for his numerous orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, which are generously sampled on this 2005 release from ASV. Even though Menotti displays an impressive technical acumen in his "Concerto for violin and orchestra in A minor" 1952 and elegant form in his "Cantilena e Scherzo for harp and string quartet" 1977, it is apparent that his lyrical gifts dominate everything he writes, and that he is more in his element in "Five Songs" 1983 and "Canti della lontananza" 1961. The violin concerto is energetically played by violinist Ittai Shapira and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling, and harpist Gillian Tingay and the Vanbrugh Quartet are exquisite in the "Cantilena e Scherzo"; but because these pieces are so strongly oriented toward song in their long, luscious lines, the listener may be tempted to skip ahead to hear the real thing. Soprano Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles fully grasp Menotti's intentions in these inventive songs, and communicate their varied emotions through natural, unaffected singing and understated but lucid accompaniment. Taken as a whole, this album is a fairly representative introduction to Menotti, but most inviting to fans of vocal music. The sound quality is fine in the first two works, but a little remote in the song cycles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625115628
  • Catalog Number: 1156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in A minor - Gian Carlo Menotti & Gaynor Ranshaw (30:21)
    Composed byGian Carlo Menotti
    Conducted byThomas Sanderling
    Performed byThomas Sanderling, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1I. Allegro Moderato
    2. 2II. Adagio
    3. 3III. Allegro Vivace
  2. 4 Cantilena e scherzo for harp & string quartet - Gian Carlo Menotti & Gaynor Ranshaw (10:25)
    Composed byGian Carlo Menotti
  3. 5–9 Five Songs, for voice & piano - Gian Carlo Menotti & Christine Brewer (15:07)
    Composed byGian Carlo Menotti
    Performed byChristine Brewer
    1. 5I. The Eternal Prisoner
    2. 6II. The Idle Gift
    3. 7III. The Longest Wait
    4. 8IV. My Ghost
    5. 9The Swing
  4. 10–16 Canti della lontananza, song cycle for soprano & piano - Gian Carlo Menotti & Christine Brewer (15:27)
    Composed byGian Carlo Menotti
    Performed byChristine Brewer
    1. 10I. Gli Amanti Impossibili
    2. 11II. Mattinata di Neve
    3. 12III. Il Settimo Bicchiere di Vino
    4. 13IV. Lo Spettro
    5. 14V. Dorme Pegaso
    6. 15VI. La Lettera
    7. 16VII. Rassengnazione
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