Piccolo Concertos

ALESSANDRO CAVICCHI (b.1957): As night progresses for 2 Minis and Orchestra, CARLO GALANTE (b.1959): Gli Usignoli dell’Imperatore for 2 Ottavini, Percussion and String Orchestra, LOWELL LIEBERMANN (b.1961): Piccolo Concerto, Op. 50, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, K 370/368b arr. for Piccolo.

Catalogue Number: 12S068

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 95436

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: You may know the Liebermann by now since James Galway made its first recording; Galante and Cavicchi have also written their concertos in a consistently tuneful idiom with the aim of exploiting the piccolo’s unearthly timbres. “The Birds of the Emperor” retells in music H.C. Andersen’s fable of the nightingale and the Emperor of China who loses interest in the real bird’s song having had an artificial counterpart made for his amusement. By contrast, As night progresses is an homage to the genre of progressive rock (exemplified by the work of Cream, Yes and Rick Wakeman); Cavacchi’s previous work has included After Genesis, a chamber work which pastiches and transforms some of the band’s best-known melodies, so he’s kind of into this stuff.... Nicola Mazzanti Keefe, Alessandro Visintini (piccolos), Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento; Marco Angius.

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