MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1970): Cello Sonata, Op. 50, Piano Trio No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 70, Clarinet Sonata, Op. 128, Pastorale and Rondo for Clarinet and Piano Trio.
Catalogue Number: 12W039
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Both the cello sonata (1928) and the trio (1932) date from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s early maturity in Italy. The two-movement form of the sonata is unusual but successful, capitalizing on the solo instrument’s propensity for long cantabile lines with a spaciously unfolding opening arioso, followed by an ‘arietta con variazioni’ that evokes a mood of 18th-century elegance. The trio, as befits its key signature, is a much more turbulent work, even in its central Romance with variations. Castelnuovo-Tedesco composed his clarinet sonata towards the end of the Second World War and appears not to have had a particular performer in mind. The sonata’s Classical four-movement structure is infused with Romantic melody, shimmering piano textures and jazz-inflected harmonies. Ensemble Italiano.