SALVATORE SCIARRINO (b.1947): Languire a Palermo (Wagner, melodie ultime) for Orchestra, Sara Mingardo (contralto), RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883): Träume for Violin and Small Orchestra, WWV 81, Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103, Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 (arr. Hans Werner Henze [1926-2012]).
Catalogue Number: 09X048
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Henze’s orchestration of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder highlights the relationship between the words and the sounds. The agile yet intense scoring for ten wind instruments, harp and small string ensemble appears to be Henze’s way of finding an alternative to the original piano without taking the cycle outside the realm of chamber music or altering the lieder’s original image. Sciarrino’s 16-minute Languire a Palermo (Languishing in Palermo), composed in 2018, is predominantly built around the melody Tempo di Porazzi, a fragment composed by Wagner during a visit to Sicily in late 1881 and early 1882. Sciarrino describes the ‘allure of a distant unaccompanied melody, played by someone for their own benefit and entrusted to the wind’ and hypothesizes that it may correspond ‘to the sounds in Sicily that stimulate and amaze the ears...Mediterranean charm gushes from the throat of every street vendor.’ Massimo Quarta (violin), Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto; Marco Angius.