Casella: Orchestral works ('La donna serpente' orchestral fragments, Concerto for Orchestra, etc.). Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia, conductor (Naxos, two separate CDs)

Alfredo Casella was the most important and influential figure in Italian music between the two world wars, but his enormous output is only now getting its due on disc. The two newest entries in Naxos¿ worthwhile survey of the orchestral works display both his neo-classical side (Partita for Piano and Small Orchestra, Concerto for Orchestra) and his early modernist bent ("Pagine di guerra," or "War Pages"). If you don't know Casella's music, these discs make an excellent starting point.

( December 6, 2012 )

Alfredo Casella was the most important and influential figure in Italian music between the two world wars, but his enormous output is only now getting its due on disc. The two newest entries in Naxos┬┐ worthwhile survey of the orchestral works display both his neo-classical side (Partita for Piano and Small Orchestra, Concerto for Orchestra) and his early modernist bent ("Pagine di guerra," or "War Pages"). If you don't know Casella's music, these discs make an excellent starting point.

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