MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Works for Cello and Piano - Sonatina, Op. 136 (First Recording), Sonata, Op. 50, I nottambuli (Variazioni fantastiche), Op. 47, Toccata, Op. 83, Chant hébraïque, Op. 53 (arr. Gaspar Cassadó [1897-1966]), Scherzino, Op. 82/2, Notturno sull’acqua, Op. 82/1, Kol nidre “Meditation”.
Catalogue Number: 04U040
Description: The sophisticated sonata and Sonatina also reveal the composer’s skill as a pianist, giving equal roles in a symbiotic relationship that tests both players’ virtuosity. Impressionist flavors in I nottambuli (‘Night Owls’) contrast with a Toccata that blends fireworks with lyricism, as does the Jewish soulfulness of the popular Chant hebraique with the playful Scherzo that uses the English traditional tune ‘Sumer is icumen in.’ All but the 1941 Kol nidre and the 1946 Sonatina come from before his emigration to the U.S. Enrico Dindo (cello), Alessandro Marangoni (piano).