NICCOLÒ CASTIGLIONI (1932-1996): Inverno In-Ver - 11 Poesie Musicali for Small Orchestra (Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gianluigi Gelmetti), Hymne for 12 Voices (Schola Cantorum Stuttgart; Clytus Gottwald), Quodlibet - Small Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (Sakae Kiuchi [piano], Ensemble of the Institute for New Music at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Freiburg; Giorgio Bernasconi), Dickinson Lieder for Soprano and Piano, Quodlibet - from Figure for Solo Soprano (Ingrid Ade-Jesemann [soprano]).

Catalogue Number: 08J111

Label: Stradivarius

Reference: STR 57003

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: These works exemplify many of the same characteristics of Castiglioni's highly individual æsthetic as the chamber works on the disc we offered last month. Bright, shimmering,crystalline textures, instruments predominantly playing in their uppermost registers, and an economy of gesture, characterize the composer's style. This is of course well suited to the winter music of Inverno, the main work here. The incorporation of elements of early music, usually in ironic, distorted mode lends an unexpected familiarity to the music from time to time. The piano concertino Quodlibet is a study in concise, fragmented gesture, and this same Webernian economy is also evident in the evocative Dickinson Lieder. Hymne is more vocally experimental, creating an analogy of the composer's trademark vibrant, incandescent instrumental textures through the interplay of the twelve voices. Texts included.

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