Sun Hee You (piano), Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia (conductor)
This disc in the Naxos series of Alfredo Casella's orchestral music represents what the composer felt was his 'definitive personality'. The Introduction, Aria and Toccata epitomises his 'monumental Baroque style' of the late 1920s and early 1930s. A few years earlier, his neoclassical Partita for piano and small orchestra had been a huge hit, with Casella himself touring right across Europe and the USA playing the solo part. In between, he at last - in his late forties - composed his first opera, La donna serpente: the orchestral fragments recorded here colourfully reflect the story's tragicomic twists and turns.
Casella La donna serpente Op 50 - Orchestral Fragments, Introduzione aria e toccata Op 55, Partita for piano and orchestra Op 42 (World Premiere Recordings)
Running Time: 1 hr 18 min