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|Igor Stravinsky, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Alfredo Casella|
Klassizische Moderne, Vol. 3
"HOGWOOD'S CLASSICAL EDUCATION SHOWS IN THESE NICELY POINTED RECORDINGS:The third installment of Christopher Hogwood?s ?modern classicism? project puts some well-known Stravinsky in the context of two less familiar Italian... more »
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"HOGWOOD'S CLASSICAL EDUCATION SHOWS IN THESE NICELY POINTED RECORDINGS:The third installment of Christopher Hogwood?s ?modern classicism? project puts some well-known Stravinsky in the context of two less familiar Italian compositions written at much the same time. The Pulcinella Suite is played with great rhythmic buoyancy, the comic Vivo and hectic finale done with exemplary panache. But Hogwood doesn?t neglect warmth of expression, especially in the Gavotte with Two Variations, which often seems a bit dull in other performances...Neither Casella nor Malipiero are much heard these days, but the two works presented here have more than enough spirit to merit revival. True, Casella?s Scarlattiana has retained little of the ?decadence? that was once attributed to it: ?decorous?, or even ?bland? would be more appropriate terms, though there is plenty of good-humoured fast music and a few neat contrapuntal turns to liven up its Scarlattian reworkings. The five linked sections of Malipiero?s Ricercari for 11 instruments manage more emotional depth, with some nice touches of pastoral melancholy to offset the neo-Stravinskian ebullience. Malipiero doesn?t attempt to emulate Stravinsky?s harmonic abrasiveness, but the piece is neatly designed and attractively scored. Hogwood and his accomplished team make a strong case for it ? all the stronger for avoiding any hint of over-emphasis."-GRAMOPHONE
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M. C. Passarella | Lawrenceville, GA | 04/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Gramophone reviewer quoted on this page has pretty much hit the nail on the head in the description of these neoclassical pieces and in Hogwood's delivery of them. Of the three works included here, the almost-unknown Malipiero's Ricercari is the most seriously intentioned. Also, surprisingly, given that Stravinsky just about singlehandedly invented musical modernism, the Ricercar is most modernist of the bunch.
Casella's little confection is the prettiest of the three, with some nice contributions from a busy percussion section, including piano. (And, given that Scarlatti wrote for the Spanish court, Casella rightly includes castinets in one section of his Scarlattiana.) It is also the most episodic, without the constructional glue that Stravinsky and Malipiero found to hold their works together. Ultimately, Scarlattiana is a bit vapid for all its attractiveness. You may not return to it as often as to the other pieces, but it is fun to hear nonetheless.
While you might already have Stravinsky's famous work in your collection, Hogwood's performance, with a fine contribution from tenor Anthony Spiri in the brief vocal numbers, is about as good as I've heard--lots of forward momentum, lots of color from the fine chamber orchestra. Also, the Arte Nova engineers provide a recording that is very present without being hard edged or overbearing; there is a nice sense of ambience as well.
So for an introduction to a mostly forgotten composer who has something to say (Malipiero) or for a state-of-art performance of a lesser masterwork by a twentieth-century master (Stravinsky), this is an attractive package. Arte Nova's low price, as always, is a nice incentive to collectors as well. Enjoy."
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George M. Tenegal | Chicago, Illinois | 02/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was so happy to find a recording of Casella's Scarlattiana. It is a wonderfully inventive and charming work, which deserves to be much more well known. The performance is excellent! The other works on the CD by Stravinsky and Malipiero make for a wonderful program."
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William Dodd | Castle Rock, WA USA | 08/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You may not fine this review very deep--- just know that you have the best in approachable modern music conducted by one of the best "classical" conductors. At this price, buy many and treat your friends! Absolutely first rate, and recommended without reservation."