MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): 23 Shakespeare Sonnets.
Catalogue Number: 06Q064
Label: Resonus Classics
Description: Probably no composer was more obsessed with Shakespeare than this one so it's less remarkable that a non-native English speaker could set the Bard's sonnets as if to the language born. Castelnuovo-Tedesco 35 of them during 1944 and 1945 and none of these have been recorded before. No external drama or emotion is layered on the texts, just informed and intelligent settings that privilege the sonnets while the piano colors the text with subtlety. Texts included. Ashley Riches (baritone), Emma Abbate (piano).