GIORGIO FEDERICO GHEDINI (1892-1965): Contrappunti for String Trio and Orchestra, Marinaresca e baccanale, Architetture - Concerto for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07P050
Description: This is only the second orchestral Ghedini disc we've seen and it makes it clear that we need to hear more of this composer's music for large forms. Ghedini kept evolving throughout his life and none of these three works really sounds like either of the others. The main piece is the 29-minute, three-movement Contrappunti (1960-61) whose dry title conceals a work which overflows with power and intensity. The notes rightly point to Beethoven as the distant relative - the barrelling intensity of the fast movements of the Seventh Symphony and the concentration of the late quartets. If you're familiar with the glowing, intense energy of Robert Simpson's symphonies, you'll find the same energy here but you can only call it Ghedinian. Likewise for the 1933 Marinaresca e baccanale whose first half ("Sea-Piece") is a troubled seascape like you've never heard; no Debussian Impressionism here - this sounds like a threatening, roiling ocean boiling with nuclear fallout. You might even connect it to the spirit of Italian Futurism although it dates from decades later. Compared to these, the attractive Architetture (1939-40) sounds relatively sedate although it's the piece which finally brought Ghedini's name into the limelight in Italy. Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma; Francesco La Vecchia.