Piano Rarities: Luigi Dallapiccola

Piano Rarities: Luigi Dallapiccola

by Pietro Massa


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Piano Rarities: Luigi Dallapiccola

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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Release Date: 05/25/2010
Label: Capriccio
UPC: 0845221050454
catalogNumber: 5045


  1. Piccolo Concerto Per Muriel Corvreux for piano & chamber orchestra
  2. Sonatina Canonica (after Paganini) for piano
  3. Tre episodi dal balletto Marsia for piano
  4. Quaderno musicale di Annalibera, for piano
  5. Pieces (2) for orchestra

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