Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia (conductor)
Alfredo Catalani is best known today for his opera La Wally, but he also experimented with a number of orchestral works, including three symphonies. Ero e Leandro, Catalani's last orchestral work, evokes the dramatic tragedy of the Greek mythological lovers Hero and Leander who lived on either side of the Hellespont (the modern Dardanelles). The brief Scherzo is a sparkling piece while the Andantino is noteworthy for its fluid melodic line. The bel canto lyricism of Contemplazione contrasts with Il Mattino, a single-movement Romantic symphony divided into several clearly distinguishable sections.
Catalani Ero e Leandro, Scherzo in A major, Andantino in A major, Contemplazione, Il mattino 'Sinfonia romantica'
Running Time: 55 min