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CASELLA, A.: Concerto for Orchestra / Pagine di guerra / Suite (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Rome Symphony Orchestra

La Vecchia, Francesco

Francesco La Vecchia



Auditorium di Via Conciliazione, Rome, Italy

OSR Studios, Rome, Italy

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 69:58
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CASELLA, A.: Concerto for Orchestra / Pagine di guerra / Suite (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

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Suite in C major, Op. 13

1 I. Ouverture 8:05
2 II. Sarabande 11:30
3 III. Bourree 6:41

Pagine di guerra, Op. 25bis

4 I. Nel Belgio: sfilata di artiglieria pesante tedesca 2:05
5 II. In Francia: Davanti alle rovine della cattedrale di Reims 2:24
6 III. In Russia: Carica di cavalleria cosacca 1:17
7 IV. In Alsazia: Croci di legno 2:51
8 V. Nell'Adriatico: Corazzate italiane in crociera 2:23

Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 61

9 I. Sinfonia 10:08
10 II. Passacaglia 15:02
11 III. Inno 7:32
 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor
 La Vecchia, Francesco

Alfredo Casella identified three different periods in his composing career, and this disc features one work from each. The Suite in C major is early Casella, a fascinating combination of influences from the French Baroque through Domenico Scarlatti to Mahler. War Pages are images of the horrific mechanised warfare of 1914–18, as seen on silent cinema newsreels: among the music’s admirers was Puccini. Casella himself felt that the Concerto, Op 61—a commission for the 50th birthday of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra—was his ‘most complete achievement in the field of orchestral music’.

 "... If you have enjoyed earlier releases in this series, there is no reason to hesitate. If you haven’t heard Casella yet, then what are you waiting for? This disc is as good a plae as any to begin."

Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare - May/June 2013

 "... Playing, interpretation, and sound are all good... This pioneering Naxos survey of the Italian symphonic tradition has opened my ears to a worthwhile composer."

Don O’Connor - American Record Guide - January/February 2013


                      **** Excellent Disc        **** Exceptional Sound

Michel Fleury - Gramophone magazine - November 2012


Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - November 2012

                        Artistic Quality 10                 Sound Quality 10
"These performances are extremely fine. Chandos just released the Concerto in its own Casella series ... but I prefer Francesco La Vecchia’s more relaxed way with the music. If his orchestra isn’t perhaps as polished as the BBC Philharmonic, his approach gives the piece just that much more breathing room to make an impression. He allows its Italianate lyricism to blossom naturally, while the neoclassical chatter of its rhythms never turns mechanical. The engineering also ranks with the best in this generally excellent ongoing series. Both the Suite and Pagine di guerra are recording premieres. This disc is a treat, and a major release."

David Hurwitz - - October 2012

"Great fun; buy now and beat the rush."
Dan Morgan - - 9 October 2012

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