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CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 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 Conciliazione, Rome, Italy

OSR Studios, Rome, Italy

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 78:28
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CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

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Introduzione, aria e toccata, Op. 55

1 Introduzione: Largo e solenne 6:06
2 Aria 6:07
3 Toccata: Allegro un poco moderato e man mano movendo 6:59

Partita, Op. 42

4 I. Sinfonia 9:44
5 II. Passacaglia 11:42
6 III. Burlesca 8:48

La donna serpente Suite No. 1, Op. 50bis

7 I. Musica del sogno di re altidor: Andante 3:04
8 II. Interludio: Andante moderato 1:20
9 III. Marcia Guerriera: Tempo di marcia 5:14

La donna serpente Suite No. 2, Op. 50ter

10 I. Sinfonia: Allegro vivacissimo 6:00
11 II. Preludio: Lento, ma non troppo 8:52
12 III. Battaglia - IV. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo 4:32
 Francesco La Vecchia Conductor
 La Vecchia, Francesco

This latest disc in the Naxos series of Casella’s orchestral music represents what Casella felt was his ‘definitive personality’. The Introduction, Aria and Toccata epitomize his ‘monumental Baroque style’ of the late 1920s and early 1930s. A few years earlier, his neoclassical Partita for piano and small orchestra had been a huge hit, with Casella himself touring right across Europe and the USA playing the solo part. In between, he at last – in his late forties – composed his first opera, La donna serpente: the orchestral fragments recorded here colorfully reflect the story’s tragicomic twists and turns.

 "... music well worth hearing."

Roger Hecht - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

                   *****   Exceptional

Piero Rattalino - Musica magazine - March 2013

"... As in his previous releases of music by Casella, conductor la Vecchia does an excellent job fusing clarity of texture with a fine legato and emotional sweep. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this disc. It’s a winner from first note to last."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - 2013

              **** - Good

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - January 2013


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