Dallapiccola & Petrassi


mode 166

Musica da Camera


mode 166 Luigi Dallapiccola and Goffredo Petrassi: Musica da camera – Luigi Dallapiccola’s Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera for piano, Tartiniana Seconda and Parole di S.Paolo; Goffredo Petrassi’s Sestina d’autunno “Veni Creator Igor”, Seconda Serenata Trio, Dialogo Angelico for 2 flutes; Ensemble Dissonanzen.

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Musica da Camera
Includes program notes. Streaming audio. Text to 6th work in Latin with English, French, and German translations, and program notes in English, French, German, and Italian on insert. Text to the 6th work from the First letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13. Title from image of compact disc cover on Web page (viewed Nov. 21, 2008) Ensemble Dissonanzen: (Ciro Longobardi, piano (2nd, 4th works) ; Antonella Valenti, harp (3rd work) ; Avi Avital, mandolin (3rd work) ; Marco Cappelli, guitar (3rd work) ; Daniele Colombo, violin (4th work) ; Silvia Bellio, Tommaso Rossi, flute (5th work) ; Cristina Zavalloni, mezzo-soprano (6th work) ; Ensemble Dissonanzen (1st, 6th works) ; Claudio Lugo, conductor (1st, 3rd, 6th works)) Recorded at Teatro delle Palme, Napoli, on Feb. 21-23, 2005. Also available as compact disc; previously issued as Mode Records mode 166.

Sestina d’autunno “Veni Creator Igor” (1981-82)   (16:59)
for mandolin, guitar, viola, cello, double-bass & percussion

Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera for piano (1952)
   Simbolo   (2:46)
   Accenti   (0:33)
   Contrapunctus Primus   (1:08)
   Linee   (0:44)
   Contrapunctus Secundus (Canon Contrario Motu)   (0:24)
   Fregi   (1:14)
   Andantino amoroso e Contrapunctus Tertius (Canon Cancrizans)   (1:02)
   Ritmi   (1:18)
   Colore   (0:56)
   Ombre   (2:24)
   Quartina   (1:41)

Seconda Serenata Trio (1962)   (11:19)
for mandolin, guitar & harp

Tartiniana Seconda (1956)
Divertimento for violin & piano
   I – Pastorale   (2:18)
   II – (Tempo di Bourrée)   (1:34)
   III – (Presto; leggerissimo)   (1:43)
   IV – Variazioni
a) Decisamente   (0:26)
     b) Maestoso   (0:56)
     c) Tranquillo   (1:10)
     d) Doloroso (Canon per Augmentationem, Contrario Motu)   (1:01)
     e) Alla Sarabanda (Canon Cancrizans)   (1:00)
     f) Deciso; duramente (Canon ad Hypodiapason)
g) Con gagliardia   (0:52)

Dialogo Angelico for 2 flutes (1948)   (3:58)

Parole di S.Paolo (1964)   (6:48)
for mezzo-soprano, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, viola, cello, harp, percussion, piano/celesta

Claudio Lugo, conductor (1, 13, 24)
Cristina Zavalloni, mezzo-soprano (24)

Dallapiccola and Petrassi are often considered the “Heavenly Twins” of 20th century music in Italy. While it is true that they were born in the same year (1904), and together provided the driving force for new Italian music, each composer has his own unmistakable musical and poetic identity.

  • This CD, performed by Ensemble Dissonanzen, Naples’ premier new music ensemble, alternates compositions by Petrassi and Dallapiccola, making for a study of contrasts and comparisons.
  • Petrassi’s Dialogo angelico, is an ethereal watercolor heralding the sound of his future music. It is imbued with a free flowing Stravinsky-like neomodality, serenely rhythmical and diatonic.
  • Quaderno musicale di Annalibera features eleven perfectly crafted miniatures, representing a minuscule amalgam of the Art of Fugue and the Musical Offering, with canons in the style of Bach and the Flemish school.
  • Tartiniana seconda, from Dallapiccola’s famous “Tartiniana” series, is an exquisite, virtuoso homage to Tartini.
  • Petrassi’s Seconda serenata-Trio is written for the unusual ensemble of harp, guitar and mandolin; Sestina d’autunno “Veni creator Igor”, is also for guitar and mandolin, together with three stringed instruments and percussion. Taken together, they sum up the composer’s special empathy with the abrupt, evanescent sounds of plucked strings. The metallic tinkling of harps, harpsichords, guitars and mandolins are almost a Petrassian trademark.
  • Ensemble Dissonanzen is based in Napoli, Italy. The core members are Tommaso Rossi (flute), Ciro Longobardi (piano), Claudio Lugo (saxophone & conductor) and Marco Cappelli (guitar). Trained in classical music, they have had experience in a variety of genres (contemporary music, early music, avantgarde jazz, improvisation, and electronic music).
Language : Latin, English, German, French. Sixth work sung in Italian.


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