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Piano Rarities: Luigi Dallapiccola

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Capriccio's Pianorarities: Luigi Dallapiccola is a survey of Dallapiccola's earlier acknowledged works that runs from his final music in a neo-classic style through to his earlier serial compositions. It does feature at least one relatively rare Dallapiccola composition; his "Piccolo Concerto per Muriel Couvreux par Pianoforte e Orchestra da Camera" 1938-1941, a neo-classical work dating from a period when Dallapiccola was living under fascism and hating it; it has only been recorded once before. It is a sparkling, brightly colored piano not a piccolo, rather a "little" concerto and a near masterpiece as far as late European neo-classicism is concerned. The "Piccolo ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Capriccio's Pianorarities: Luigi Dallapiccola is a survey of Dallapiccola's earlier acknowledged works that runs from his final music in a neo-classic style through to his earlier serial compositions. It does feature at least one relatively rare Dallapiccola composition; his "Piccolo Concerto per Muriel Couvreux par Pianoforte e Orchestra da Camera" 1938-1941, a neo-classical work dating from a period when Dallapiccola was living under fascism and hating it; it has only been recorded once before. It is a sparkling, brightly colored piano not a piccolo, rather a "little" concerto and a near masterpiece as far as late European neo-classicism is concerned. The "Piccolo Concerto" is played with dedication and some measure of flair by pianist Pietro Massa with the support of Peter Hirsch and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Apart from the "Due Pezzi per Orchestra" 1948 -- which is played by Hirsch and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin alone and concludes the program -- the other selections are not particularly rare, especially the "Quaderna musicale di Annalibera" 1952, probably the most frequently recorded keyboard piece of Dallapiccola. The recording quality is a little inconsistent; the extremes of volume in "Quaderna musicale di Annalibera" are not well bridged, and one might find themselves jockeying the volume knob a bit. There is a similar disjunction of volume found between the quiet and loud movements of the "Due Pezzi"; the "Fanfara e Fuga" will make one jump after the calm, reflective "Sarabanda." Overall, it is unusual to see so many relatively early Dallapiccola pieces on a single disc; nothing here post-dates 1952. Capriccio's Pianorarities: Luigi Dallapiccola may prove more palatable to listeners who have a hard time getting a grip on his later bill of fare, and the already converted will likely be awestruck by the "Piccolo Concerto."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Capriccio
  • UPC: 845221050454
  • Catalog Number: 5045
  • Sales rank: 173,698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Piccolo Concerto Per Muriel Corvreux for piano & chamber orchestra - Luigi Dallapiccola & Peter Hirsch (20:27)
  2. 7–10 Sonatina Canonica (after Paganini) for piano - Luigi Dallapiccola & Pietro Massa (11:20)
  3. 11–13 Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia for piano - Luigi Dallapiccola & Pietro Massa (14:17)
  4. 14–24 Quaderno musicale di Annalibera, for piano - Luigi Dallapiccola & Pietro Massa (17:49)
  5. 25–26 Pieces (2) for orchestra - Luigi Dallapiccola & Peter Hirsch (10:21)
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Album Credits

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Pietro Massa Primary Artist
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