Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Cello Concerto, Transcriptions for Cello & Piano | Naxos 8573820

Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Cello Concerto, Transcriptions for Cello & Piano

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573820

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th June 2018

Contents

Works

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario

Cello Concerto in F major
Sea murmurs (arr. Jascha Heifetz)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Serenata (arr. M. Castelnuovo Tedesco)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu cosa son, cosa facio (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)
» Voi che sapete (Act 2) (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Alborada del gracioso (arr. M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco)
» La vallee des cloches (arr. M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)

Artists

Brinton Averil Smith (cello)
Evelyn Chen (piano)
Houston Symphony

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

Works

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario

Cello Concerto in F major
Sea murmurs (arr. Jascha Heifetz)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Serenata (arr. M. Castelnuovo Tedesco)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu cosa son, cosa facio (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)
» Voi che sapete (Act 2) (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Alborada del gracioso (arr. M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco)
» La vallee des cloches (arr. M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco/B.A. Smith)

Artists

Brinton Averil Smith (cello)
Evelyn Chen (piano)
Houston Symphony

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

About

Inspired by the personality, prodigious technique and musicality of the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto is a work of imposing scale and demanding virtuosity, but also with a rare beauty and warmth of expression. This live recording documents the first professional performances of the concerto in more than 80 years, and is paired with playful and virtuosic freely composed transcriptions for cello and piano of Mozart, Rossini and Ravel that Castelnuovo-Tedesco made for Piatigorsky and Heifetz.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s career was interrupted by his move to America in 1939 to escape the Fascist regime in Italy. He worked as a film composer in Hollywood, and as a result his concert works have become neglected, and he is now best remembered as a composer for the guitar. There is something of an ongoing revival however, of which this programme is a part.

Acclaimed cellist Brinton Averil Smith appeared on our ‘American Classics’ album of music by Steven Gerber (8559618), in which “[Kurt] Nikkanen and the extraordinary cellist Brinton Averil Smith bring out the changing moods and colors of the virtuosic ‘Duo for Cello and Violin’” (Strings Magazine).

“Gerber is indeed fortunate to have this disc performed by such an elite group of players… Here all are virtuosi in their own right as well as sounding thoroughly committed to the sound-world Gerber creates.” – MusicWeb International

This release follows successful Houston Symphony recordings for Naxos, such as the “wonderfully lush” (The Dallas Morning News) version of Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony (8572048), and the Grammy Award-winning recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (8660390-91) in which “the orchestra plays stunningly” (ClassicsToday.com).

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