BRUNO MADERNA (1920-1973): Juilliard Serenade (rec. 1971), Music of Gaity (rec. 1969), Grande Aulodia for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra (rec. 1970).
Catalogue Number: 08L112
Reference: STR 57010
Description: Archival composer-directed RAI recordings of what are almost certainly the first recorded performances of these works, probably their first performances - all from the year of their respective completion (though the notes do not explicitly say so). Juilliard Serenade is here combined, as it usually is, with the ambient tape composition Tempo libero, with its found sounds, voices and electronic effects. The partly aleatoric ensemble component of the work is lively and colorful, theatrical and extroverted, with moments of surprising lyricism. Music of Gaity displays a different aspect of the composer; his deep respect for the past. These pieces are literal but inventive and colorful orchestrations of pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, adding timbral color to the original outlines without altering their musical substance, an imaginative and respectful but not subservient act of transcription. Grande Aulodia is a powerful, discursive drama in musical form, the two soloists acting as protagonists who begin with an extended soliloquy before embarking on a musical journey through a century's worth of musical modernism, from expressionism onward, before finally arriving at a poetic and surprisingly hopeful conclusion. Severino Gazzelloni (flute), Lothar Faber (oboe), Symphony Orchestra of RAI Rome; Bruno Maderna.