<< -- 2 -- Simon Spencer DEFIANCE AND STRUGGLE
The opening work on the disc is Rondò Veneziano of 1929.
There are shades of modern techniques: for instance, string glissandi dazzle
the ear. And there's the harpsichord used as both a concertante and
solo instrument, somewhat in the manner of de Falla's Concerto of only
three years earlier [listen - track 1, 4:43-6:13].
Vänskä allows the music - so much of whose vitality is in
huge dynamic spans - to unfold naturally. For example, an episode of
chamber-like textures for harpsichord and solo violin out of which a soaring
tutti emerges before relaxing back into a light piano and atmospheric
haze, and then drifts off into a partial recapitulation of the main theme.
Preludio a un altro giorno, a late piece from 1952, has a curious
title meaning 'Prelude to another day'. Perhaps Pizzetti's
spirituality, for which he was known, played a part in the substance of
this work. It has its apocalyptic moments, and is a tripartite structure
into which there is more than a touch of defiance and struggle [listen - track 2, 4:10-5:06]. All aspects of this work
are symphonic and deeply felt.
As a demonstration of Pizzetti's art and manner of expression this
CD is an excellent and polished tribute to an important Italian composer,
who now has a better chance of surviving the vicissitudes of musical fashions.
Copyright © 26 August 2000
Simon Spencer, Colchester, Essex, UK
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