MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Le danze del Re David, Questo fu il carro della morte, Alt Wien, I Naviganti, Piedigrotta.
Catalogue Number: 09T041
Reference: CD 0172
Description: These youthful works, all written between 1913 and 1925, brim with color and imagination. "King David's Dances" demonstrates the composer's attention to the exoticisms of his Jewish background while the Piedigrotta, with its depiction of a summer night in Naples shows the influences of Albéniz and Granados. I Naviganti is like an Impressionist Isle of the Dead while the three pieces of Alt Wien careen from nostalgic waltz-parody to the unsettling Memento mori - a bone-rattling "Dance of the Dead" while the short Questo fu... was inspired by a Carnival float. Mark Bebbington (piano).