Goffredo Petrassi - Magnificat, Psalm IX | Chandos CHAN10750

Goffredo Petrassi - Magnificat, Psalm IX

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10750

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd January 2013

Contents

Artists

Sabina Cvilak (soprano)
Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

Works

Petrassi, Goffredo

Magnificat
Psalm IX

Artists

Sabina Cvilak (soprano)
Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

About

This recording forms part of our ongoing Italian series fronted by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda. In the series so far, we have examined the music of many prominent Italian composers of the twentieth century, such as Respighi, Wolf-Ferrari, Casella and Dallapiccola, as well as the great nineteenth-century master, Verdi. Noseda and his Italian forces here turn to the choral works of Goffredo Petrassi, an Italian composer who, despite being a relatively late bloomer, developed into one of Italyís most significant composers of the mid- to late twentieth century.

In the English-speaking world, his contemporary Luigi Dallapiccola may be better known, but Petrassi was just as highly regarded in his home country. His music, inspired by Stravinsky and Hindemith, is dynamic and colourful, although perhaps emotionally reserved by the standards of his countrymen.

Petrassiís talents showed themselves early. In 1913, aged nine, he became a chorister in the capital, where his encounter with Renaissance and baroque art and music left a lasting impression, one reflected later in several fine, large-scale choral works in which Petrassi combines polyphony with modern harmonies.

Here we have two such choral pieces: Psalm IX, in two parts, for chorus, string orchestra, brass, percussion, and two pianos, and the premiere recording of a Magnificat for soprano, chorus, and orchestra.

Both are performed by the Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino under their Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda, for entirely idiomatic interpretations.

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