NINO ROTA (1911-1979) War and Peace (Film Music Suite) / Castel del Monte - Ballad for horn and orchestra / Concerto for strings / Concerto for harp and orchestra / Orchestra Rehearsal (Film Music Excerpts). Esther Peristerakis, harp, Marcel Sobol, horn, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Felix Bender, conductor Michael Seal, conductor.
Catalogue Number: 05Y026
Description: When Toscanini encouraged Nino Rota to study at the Curtis Institute, where instructions by Fritz Reiner and a friendship with Aaron Copland awaited the precocious composer, it was already clear he would have a massive career. Only the direction wasn’t certain yet. It turned out to be classical music and film music, the former informing the latter. Notable when you listen to the delicious waltz Rota from War & Peace or the darkly humorous snippets from the very apropos Orchestra Rehearsal. And while the de-facto horn concertino Castel del Monte, inspired by King Frederick II’s famous medieval castle in southern Italy, isn’t technically film music, it very much sounds like music to a fantasy film of Rota’s imagining.