NINO ROTA (1911-1979): Complete Works for Violin/Viola and Piano - Violin and Piano: Improvvisi in C & in D Minor, Sonata in G, Legend of the Glass Mountain, Viola and Piano: Intermezzo in B Minor, Sonata in C, Sonata in G.
Catalogue Number: 08P066
Reference: STR 33934
Description: Both dating from 1945, the Intermezzo and the C major viola sonata (also existing as a clarinet sonata in D), are gorgeous, often melancholy works of a rich neo-Romanticism while the other viola sonata and the violin sonata (1935 and 1937) show vibrant infusions of a Casellan neo-classicism as well as some Brahmsian romantic touches. There are a couple of other recordings of these works but the C major Improvviso (1969) and the Legend (a small transcription from the music for a 1948 film of the same name) are otherwise unavailable. Francesco D'Orazio (violin, viola), Giampaolo Nuti (piano).