MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Shakespeare Sonnets, Op. 125 (First complete recording), 3 Shakespeare Duets, Op. 97 (First Recording).
Catalogue Number: 11T042
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Having composed settings of all the standalone songs in the plays while still resident in Italy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco then turned to the sonnets while ‘isolated and proud’ in the bitter-sweet exile of Beverly Hills where he made his home for the last 30 years of his life. They were set down with astonishing fluency, more than half within less than two months in the autumn of 1945. Ultimately he put music to 32 of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, all in the original English, including three settings for vocal ensemble. 2 CDs. No texts (but, hey, it’s Shakespeare!). Valentina Coladonato (soprano), Mirko Guadagnini (tenor), Filippo Bettoschi (baritone), Genova Vocal Ensemble & Sibi Consoni Accademia Vocale di Genova; Roberta Paraninfo (conductor), Claudio Proietti (piano).