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Dallapiccola: Tartiniana/ Due Pezzi/Piccola Musica Notturna/Variazioni/Balletto 'Marsia'

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2004

Originally recorded in 2003


BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda

James Ehnes



Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Stephen Rinker

Sharon Hughes


Tom Parnell


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 72:25
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Tartiniana (1951)*

  Divertimento for Violin and Orchestra  
  Dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky  
1 1 Larghetto; molto espressivo, ma semplice - 2:07
2 2 Allegro misurato 2:53
3 3 Molto sostenuto (Tempo I) - Più mosso e scorrevole, ma sempe serioso (Tempo II) - 6:10
4 4 Allegro assai, ma non precipitato - (À la musette) 3:33

Due Pezzi (1947)

  for Orchestra  
  Ai primi esecutori [Orchestra Sinfonica di Radio Torino, diretta da Mario Rossi] quest'opera è dedicata.  
  Adaptation of Due Studi (1946-47) for violin and piano  
5 A Sarabanda. Lento; flessibile - 8:12
6 B Fanfare e Fuga. Mosso, ma non tanto (deciso) - 4:05

Piccola Musica Notturna (1954)

  A Hermann Scherchen  
  Molto tranquillo, ma senza trascinare  

Frammenti Sinfonici dal Balletto 'Marsia' (1942-43; 1947)

  A Leone Massimo, con animo grato per une prova di grande amicizia  
8 Danza Magica. Calmo, molto flessibile - 2:53
9 Ostinato. Presto - Poco moderato - 5:14
10 Sostenuto, ma deciso (Recitando) - 3:09
11 Ultima Danza di Marsia. Andante lento - 3:59
12 La Morete di Marsia. Non troppo lento - 4:49

Variazioni per Orchestra (1953-54)

  Adaptation of Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1952) for piano  
13 Variazione I. Quasi lento, misterioso - 3:33
14 Variazione II. Allegro; con fuoco - 0:39
15 Variazione III. Mosso; scorrevole - 1:28
16 Variazione IV. Tranquillamente mosso - 0:50
17 Variazione V. Poco allegretto; 'alla Serenata' - 0:22
18 Variazione VI. Molto lento; con espressione parlante - 1:27
19 Variazione VII. Andantino amoroso - 1:06
20 Variazione VIII. Allegro; con violenza - 1:38
21 Variazione IX. Affettuoso; cullante - 1:25
22 Variazione X. Grave - Ancora più lento; misterioso - 2:25
23 Variazione XI. Molto lento; fantastico 1:35
This is a project very close to the heart of the BBC Philharmonic’s Principal Conductor, Gianandrea Noseda. From the moment of his appointment to the BBC Philharmonic he spoke of his ambition to record the works of the twentieth century composer and fellow Italian Luigi Dallapiccola. The young conductor’s reputation grows with every recording and receives consistently glowing write-ups in the press. It is hoped that with such distinguished and sympathetic advocacy, the music of Dallapiccola will achieve the worldwide recognition that it deserves.

This release marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Dallapiccola.

Dallapiccola is universally known as an Italian (and Florentine) composer, but he was born a subject of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Istria, that tiny Adriatic peninsula only ceded to Italy after the First World War. For part of the war he was war-interned in Graz, where he discovered opera and resolved to become a composer. In many respects he was a quintessential Italian, in love with lyricism, the Romance languages, classical antiquity, Dante, Monteverdi, Verdi. Yet a certain orientation towards Austro-German art led him to follow Ferruccio Busoni in seeking new modes of musical architecture.

A concert in 1924 at which he saw Arnold Schoenberg conduct Pierrot Lunaire profoundly influenced the young Dallapiccola. In the 1930s, his wish to create works of utter clarity and organic consistency was whetted by hearing music of Anton Webern, whom he eventually met in 1942. Dallapiccola was to become the first significant Italian composer to embrace Schoenberg’s twelve-note method of composition. But he embraced it from a wholly Italianate direction, deriving his music from twelve-note rows but keeping them subservient to his lyrical and visionary empressive impulses. Though he came to prominence in Mussolini’s Italy, Dallapiccola was a dedicated anti-Fascist, in danger of his life during World War II. Many of his works deal with the themes of persecution, imprisonment, resistance to tyranny, the importance of holding fast to civilised values. For him, art possessed moral force: it is this, combined with the refinement and perfectionism of his technique, that makes him such an abiding inspiration in a later age of cultural relativism.

'This is a well-performed CD in excellent sound, particularly welcome at the time of the composer's centenary.'

'Gianandrea Noseda understands the music's lyrical strength and fragile soundworld perfectly; the playing of the BBC Philharmonic is exemplary, too.'
The Guardian

Performances are excellent, as are sonics…
American Record Guide

'It's good to have these rare items played by a first-class orchestra, and finely recorded. James Ehnes is an eloquent soloist… and Gianandrea Noseda's affection for the music is evident throughout.'
BBC Music Magazine

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