MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Music for Violin and Piano - Signorine, Op. 10, 3 Canti all’aria aperta, Ritmi, Op. 15, Capitan Fracassa, Op. 16, Notturno Adriatico, Op. 34, Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 56, Sea Murmurs, Tango, Op. 24b, Figaro from “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, La Figlia del Reggimento: Fantasy on Themes by Donizetti, Op. 110, Exotica: A Rhapsody of the South Seas, The Lark, Op. 64, Greeting Cards, Op. 170/23 “Intermezzo” and Op. 170/25 “Hungarian Serenade”, Suite 508 for Viola and Piano, Op. 170/21.
Catalogue Number: 10U050
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: From the piquant miniatures of the two Signorine to the neoclassically economical Suite 508, all the works here abound in the bitter-sweet harmonies and soaring melodic rapture which gave a distinctive flavor to Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music throughout his long career. The “Song without Words” is another thread to his output, first encountered here in the three canti all’aria aperta from 1919 (and these are extended songs - 27 minutes for the three of them). Tuscan folksong and medieval troubadour tradition are spiced with Bartokian harmony in a fresh and appealing combination. Another genre explored is the operatic fantasy, the Rossini and Donizetti pieces adding up to just over half an hour. 3 CDs. Mauro Tortorelli (violin, viola), Angela Meluso (piano).