Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was one of the most successful and remarkable composers of the first half of the 20th century in Italy. His style is influenced by Neo-Classicism, vivid, brilliant, with the occasional odd dissonance, strongly rhythmical and full of catchy melodies. He fled Anti-semitism before WWO2, and settled in Hollywood where he successfully composed film music for more than 200 films.
This new recording of music for violin and piano by Castelnuovo-Tedesco contains the rarely performed Violin Concerto for violin and piano, written for Jascha Heifetz, and describing the impressions of his forced exile to the USA fleeing the Italian fascists.
Apart from several short original works here included are transcriptions of the Intermezzi Op. 117 by Brahms and a selection of the Op. 28 Preludes by Chopin, the highly refined arrangements bringing to light a series of hidden features.
Played by two excellent Italian soloists (who incidentally gave the first performance of the Violin Concerto in Italy) violinist Fulvio Luciani and pianist Massimiliano Motterle.
Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Artists: Fulvio Luciani (violin), Massimiliano Motterle (piano)
World-premiere recordings and a Heifetz commission full of virtuoso fireworks on a unique compilation of music by one of the 20th-century’s reluctant romantics.
Forced into exile from his native Italy by the onset of Fascism, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco sailed to the US in 1939. He arrived at dawn one muggy summer morning, and immortalized the moment, a turning point in his life and his music, in the finale of his Third Violin Concerto. The piece was commissioned from him by Jascha Heifetz, both to give himself an impressive new commission from a young and talented but not too radically inclined composer and as a way of helping a fellow émigré find his feet in a new and strange land.
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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Notturno adriatico, Op. 34:
00:00 I. Tranquillo e sognante
Concerto No. 3, Op. 102:
05:09 I. Drammatico
13:03 II. Lento, grave e triste
18:27 III. Molto moderato. Allegretto moderato
26:50 I. Dolcemente mosso e ondulato
28:23 Tango. Allegretto con grazia
Tre intermezzi, Op. 117:
30:23 I. Andante moderato
34:23 II. Andante non troppo e con molto espressione
38:07 III. Andante con moto
Preludes, Op. 28:
43:11 I. Agitato in C Major
43:47 II. Lento in A Minor
45:30 III. Vivace in G Major
46:25 IV. Largo in E Minor
48:09 VII. Andantino in A Major
48:42 X. Allegro molto in C-Sharp Minor
49:08 XI. Vivace in B Major
49:45 XII. Presto in G-Sharp Minor
50:56 XIII. Largo in F-Sharp Major
53:30 XVII. Allegretto in A-Flat Major
56:23 XXIV. Allegro appassionato in D Minor
59:03 XXVIII. Allegro molto in F Minor
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