Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Music

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Catalogue No: DDA 25152
EAN/UPC: 809730515224
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Release Date: September 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 74:28

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is best known for two things – his evocative guitar music, and his work during his long association with the movie industry in Hollywood, where he produced some amazing scores though never quite receiving the fame of his compatriot Nino Rota. His extensive body of piano music has been largely neglected despite the fact that it is exceptional, impressionistic, and in the best post-Romantic tradition of ‘lighter’ music – though only relatively ‘light’ in that it is written in traditional harmony. Never shallow, but highly suggestive of moods, emotions, places and colors. Many of the works in this album are receiving their first recording.

Alfonso Soldano is a brilliant Italian pianist, the last and highly- regarded pupil of Aldo Ciccolini whose debut recording (piano music of Sergei Bortkiewicz) attracted worldwide acclaim. He is naturally attuned to the Romantic which makes him an ideal interpreter of this music. He has just been appointed Artistic Director of the Aldo Ciccolini Academy in Trani, Italy.

Track Listing

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

  1. Notturno in Hollywood*
  2. Alt Wien, Op. 30
  3. Vitalba e Biancospino, Op. 21
  4. Cantico, Op. 39
  5. Sonatina Zoolologica, Op. 187 – I. Libellule*
  6. Sonatina Zoolologica, Op. 187 – II. Chiocciola*
  7. Sonatina Zoolologica, Op. 187 – III. Lucertolina*
  8. Sonatina Zoolologica, Op. 187 – IV. Formiche*
  9. 2 Film Etudes, Op. 67 – I. Charlot
  10. 2 Film Etudes, Op. 67 – II. Topolino
  11. Cielo di Settembre, Op. 1
  12. Piedigrotta 1924, Op. 32 – I. Tarantella
  13. Piedigrotta 1924, Op. 32 – II. Notte ‘e Luna
  14. Piedigrotta 1924, Op. 32 – III. Calasciunate
  15. Piedigrotta 1924, Op. 32 – IV. Voce Luntana
  16. Piedigrotta 1924, Op. 32 – V. Lariula

*Premiere recordings

Reviews

The Chronicle

While a lot is made of his Hollywood links, this doesn’t sound like film music; it’s technical but romantic, and always easy to listen to. Soldano is a marvellous pianist and the music seems to flow from his fingers like water.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
The Whole Note

[The composer] never let go of the unique flavour that marks his writing. He always favoured the modernists and held a high regard for the French impressionists. Soldano is very at home with this repertoire, revealing a connection far beyond what academic understanding alone can forge. It’s a real pleasure to hear this music presented by an artist who clearly believes in its revival.

” —Alex Baran
Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

The Italian pianist Alfonso Soldano plays a highly entertaining program. The interpretations seem very natural and balanced, leaving in the music the charm that characterizes it.

” —Remy Franck
MusicWeb International

[The composer] taught film music, and his pupils included Henry Mancini, John Williams and André Previn. And his musical style owes much to Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel… fascinating and imaginative. The playing by Alfonso Soldano is excellent and informed, and is presented with obvious enthusiasm and understanding of this relatively rare repertoire.

” —John France
New Classics

“Unfortunately [the composer’s] piano music has been largely neglected despite the fact that it is exceptional, impressionistic, and in the best post-Romantic tradition… never shallow, but highly suggestive of moods, emotions, places and colors. Played by the brilliant Italian pianist Alfonso Soldano. He is naturally attuned to the Romantic which makes him an ideal interpreter of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music” – John Pitt (New Classics)

” —John Pitt
Rafael Music Notes

“Nicely packaged, splendidly engineered, intelligently annotated and, most important, played to perfection by Alfonso Soldano, the album is a gem – one cannot help but marvel at the variety of moods in this ever-changing music. Alfonso Soldano proves himself a masterful interpreter of this music… [he] is a pianist of the first order and his Castelnuovo-Tedesco album a thing to treasure.” – Rafael de Acha (Rafael Music Notes)

” —Rafael de Acha