Piccolo Concertos by Liebermann, Cavicchi, Galante & Mozart | Brilliant Classics 95436

Piccolo Concertos by Liebermann, Cavicchi, Galante & Mozart


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95436

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 18th November 2016



Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo)
Alessandro Visintini (nagahara mini)
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento


Marco Angius


Cavicchi, Alessandro

As night progresses

Galante, Carlo

Gli Usignoli dell'Imperatore

Liebermann, Lowell

Piccolo Concerto, op.50

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 (arr. for piccolo)


Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo)
Alessandro Visintini (nagahara mini)
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento


Marco Angius


On this unique and diverse recording, three contemporary concertante works for piccolo and orchestra are coupled with an arrangement of Mozartís Oboe Quartet with the solo wind part exchanged for its treble cousin.

Liebermann (b.1961) has acknowledged the music of Dmitri Shostakovich as a consistent inspiration through his career, and especially its latter stages after he withdrew from writing in a toughly modernist idiom. That influence may be appreciated throughout the piercing, lyrical stretches of the Piccolo Concerto composed in 1996, and in its economical orchestration for a Classical‐sized orchestra plus an important part for harp. If Vivaldi constitutes your sole engagement so far with the piccolo as a solo instrument, Liebermannís concerto is a perfect place to start and broaden your appreciation for the instrument as more than the piping, variously eerie or shrill capstone to works by Beethoven, Mahler and indeed Shostakovich.

Carlo Galante (b.1959) and Alessandro Cavicchi (b.1957) have also written their concertos in a consistently tuneful idiom with the aim of exploiting the piccoloís unearthly timbres. Gli Usignoli dellíImperatore (The birds of the Emperor) is a concerto for two piccolos which retells in music Andersenís fable of the nightingale, and the Emperor of China who loses interest in the real birdís song having had an artificial counterpart made for his amusement.

By contrast, As night progresses is a homage to the genre of prog rock (exemplified by the work of Cream, Yes and Rick Wakeman); Cavacchiís previous work has included After Genesis, a chamber work which pastiches and transforms some of the bandís bestknown melodies.

The two soloists on this recording are experienced soloists who have played with many of Italyís orchestras; Visintini has served as principal flautist with the present Orchestra of Bolzano e Trento, while Mazzanti is piccolo soloist with the Maggio Musicale orchestra of Florence.

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