Sergio Rendine: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 'Andorrana'

Sergio Rendine: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 'Andorrana'

by Marzio Conti
     
 

A browser might conclude, seeing Andorran performers and the subtitle on one of the pieces on this disc, that the compositions performed actually emanated from the small nation of Andorra, in the mountains between Spain and France. It doesn't really; composer Sergio Rendine comes from southern Italy, and his "Symphony No. 2, Andorrana," was commissioned by the… See more details below

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A browser might conclude, seeing Andorran performers and the subtitle on one of the pieces on this disc, that the compositions performed actually emanated from the small nation of Andorra, in the mountains between Spain and France. It doesn't really; composer Sergio Rendine comes from southern Italy, and his "Symphony No. 2, Andorrana," was commissioned by the Andorran government with the intent of "representing the Principality's natural environment, culture, and traditions." Rendine apparently studied the traditional music of Andorra, which is culturally Catalonian, and extracted one melody for each of the three movements of the work. The substandard booklet notes (in English, Italian, and Catalan) don't say exactly where these tunes appear, and that points to both the strengths and weaknesses of the music. Rendine welds together a plethora of dance tunes in colorful, kinetic scores that hark back to the conservative tonal music of Italy in the early part of the last century. Whichever tunes were the Andorran ones, the music is tuneful and energetic without being derivative of earlier styles. The finale of the "Symphony No. 1," which has no Andorran content, is derived from the ever-popular tarantella, and it keeps up a tough, edgy treatment of the orchestra that keeps this from being corny in the least. The slow movement of the "Symphony No. 2" might be taken as fulfilling the "natural environment" part of Rendine's commission; it is reasonably evocative of mountainous country, in a manner perhaps influenced by Aaron Copland. The downside is that there's a lack of the kind of unity that would make you remember this music and return to it much, but it's enjoyable and certainly fits into Naxos' worthwhile investigation of regional European scenes. The Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d'Andorra under Marzio Conti plays remarkably well for an ensemble drawn from a national population of just 72,000 people.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313203970
catalogNumber:
8572039
Rank:
224508

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  1. Symphony No. 1  - Sergio Rendine  - Marzio Conti  -  Cambra d'Andorra National Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 2 ("Andorrana")  - Sergio Rendine  - Marzio Conti  -  Cambra d'Andorra National Orchestra

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