ALFREDO CASELLA (1883-1947): Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), Op. 63, Italia, Op. 11, Introduzione, Corale e Marcia for Woodwind, Brass, Timpani, Percussion, Piano and Double Basses, Op. 57.
Catalogue Number: 07P006
Reference: CHAN 10768
Description: This coupling, minus the Op. 57, appeared on cpo in Sept. 2009 (09L001) but we offer it for collectors of the Chandos Casella series and for the world premiere recording of the seven-minute Introduzione... from 1935 which derives its form from the Franck piano and organ pieces but its voice more or less from Stravinsky. To recapitulate the rest: the youthful and exuberant Italia (1909) makes use of several evocative Sicilian and Neapolitan popular songs and uses the evergreen Funiculi-Funiculà as the main ingredient for its grand peroration. The neo-classical symphony (1939-40) is Casella's supreme achievement, a full-scale, four-movement work in which his handling of the large orchestra is consistently magisterial and we are swept along on a tide of attractive themes and colorful instrumentation in a mature style which has synthesized all of the previous Impressionist and Romantic influences of his more youthful works into a compelling, satisfying personal voice. This recording of it is by far the fastest (at 41:55) of the three now available. BBC Philharmonic; Gianandrea Noseda.