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CHAN 9900

Menotti: Apocalisse & Other Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2001

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz

Originally recorded in 2000

Artists:

Spoleto Festival Orchestra


Richard Hickox


Raphael Wallfisch

cello*

Venue:

Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy



Producer:

Ralph Couzens


Richard Hetherington

(Assistant)

Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Michael Collins

(Assistant)

David O'Carroll

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Choir

Total Time - 60:45
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This is a live recording made at the 2000 Spoleto Festival
 

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

(b. 1911)
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Apocalisse

20:46  
  Apocalypse  
  Symphonic Poem for Orchestra  
1 I Improperia. Adagio, solenne - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro molto - Andante maestoso - Allegro 11:29
2 II La città celeste. Adagio, ma non troppo, molto cantabile 4:23
3 III Gli angeli militanti. Allegro giocoso ma non troppo - Lento 4:51
   
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Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra*

15:34
  Allegro moderato  
 

Suite from 'Sebastian'

24:31  
  for Orchestra  
5 I Introduction. Adagio - Allegro molto - Adagio 2:09
6 II Barcarolle. Andante con moto 3:52
7 III Street Fight. Allegro energico 1:24
8 IV Cortège. L'istesso tempo 4:52
9 V Sebastian's Dance: Tempo di Valzer moderato 2:36
10 VI Dance of the Wounded Courtesan. Molto moderato - Andante maestoso, ma con moto - Allegro - Moderato - Allegro agitato 4:41
11 VII Pavane. Andante calmo 4:54
Raphael Wallfisch and the Orchestra of the Spoleto Festival under Richard Hickox perform works in honour of Menotti’s 90th birthday. This is a premiere recording of the Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra, and there is only one other recording of Apocalisse currently available. This is a live recording made at the 2000 Spoleto Festival. Raphael Wallfisch’s Chandos recording of cello concertos by Barber and Shostakovich has been described as ‘impressive and eloquent’ (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs on CHAN 8322). A further recording from Grammy-Award-winning conductor Richard Hickox.

Gian Carlo Menotti was born in Italy, in a country town on Lake Lugano. His father was an area businessman of some accomplishment, and his mother a talented amateur musician. In 1924, at the age of thirteen, he entered the Milan Conservatory. At this point the youthful composer had already written two operas. He left for the USA, entering the Curtis institute of Music in Philadelphia where he developed a close relationship with a fellow student, Samuel Barber. In 1935 Menotti’s one-act opera buffa Amelia Goes to the Ball was premiered with such success that the Metropolitan Opera engaged it for the following season.

The success of Amelia brought Menotti a commission from NBC for a radio opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. During World War II Menotti remained in America, although retaining his Italian citizenship. There he wrote his Piano Concerto in F and a dramatic ballet, Sebastian.

After the War, the successes came at an astonishing pace. The Medium ran for 211 performances on Broadway, followed by The Consul, his first full-length opera and though by many to be his greatest work. The NBC commission of a Christmas opera for television resulted in Amahl and the Night Visitors, a work that has retained public recognition since its premiere on Christmas Eve, 1951. The same year saw the composition of the work Apocalisse, for orchestra. The Fantasia is a work dating from 1975 and is recorded here for the first time. It is a work displaying the noble virtuosity and striking lyricism that has made Gian Carlo Menotti’s music so universally beloved.


‘These technically secure and inspired performances are authoritative in the most benign sense of the word.’
Fanfare

‘The sonics… are impressive, with excellent depth, clarity and atmosphere. Hickox and Spoleto (Italy) musicians know what they are about.’
American Record Guide

‘His [Menotti’s] may be an eclectic style, but this is music for enjoyment… the Chandos recording is clear and refined, making one hope that Hickox and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra will continue their Menotti exploration’.
Gramophone




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K Cray

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R Dent