Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia (conductor)
Alfredo Casella identified three different periods in his composing career, and this disc features one work from each. The Suite in C major is early Casella, a fascinating combination of influences from the French Baroque through Domenico Scarlatti to Mahler. War Pages are images of the horrific mechanised warfare of 1914-18, as seen on silent cinema newsreels: among the music's admirers was Puccini. Casella himself felt that the Concerto, Op 61-a commission for the 50th birthday of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra-was his 'most complete achievement in the field of orchestral music'.
Casella Suite in C major Op 13, Pagine di Guerra Op 25bis, Concerto for Orchestra Op 61
Running Time: 1 hr 10 min
'Playing, interpretation, and sound are all good. This pioneering Naxos survey of the Italian symphonic tradition has opened my ears to a worthwhile composer.' (American Record Guide)
' The longest and most important work on this disc is the magnificent Concerto for Orchestra (1937)...It belongs with Bartok and Lutoslawski as one of the great Concerto[s] for Orchestra of the twentieth century. The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma under the leadership of Francesco La Vecchia perform with conviction and the sound on this disc is of audiophile quality. One of the best discs of the year that will leave you wanting to explore more Casella.' (5 STARS Best of the Year Disc, Audiophile Audition)
'These performances are extremely fine...The engineering also ranks with the best...Both the Suite and Pagine di guerra are recording premieres. This disc is a treat, and a major release.' (10/10 Classics Today)
' Music of unbridled energy, a big, sense-sating sound and unusually detailed liner-notes add up to a most desirable package. In short, Naxos have given us another cracker - and it's not even Christmas! Great fun; buy now and beat the rush.' (MusicWeb International)