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  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B007N0SVVK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 46: I. Allegro giustoAlessandro Marangoni12:02Album Only
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 46: II. Andantino alla romanza -Alessandro Marangoni 8:42Album Only
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 46: III. Vivo e festosoAlessandro Marangoni 8:22Album Only
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: I. Vivace e brillanteAlessandro Marangoni10:58Album Only
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: II. Romanza, tranquillo e meditativo -Alessandro Marangoni10:37Album Only
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: III. Vivo e impetuosoAlessandro Marangoni 9:28Album Only
  7. 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167: No. 1. Sarabande (for the King of Navarre)Malmo Symphony Orchestra 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167: No. 2. Gavotte (for the Princess of France)Malmo Symphony Orchestra 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167: No. 3. Spanish Dance (for Don Adriano de Armado)Malmo Symphony Orchestra 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. 4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 167: No. 4. Russian Dance (Masque)Malmo Symphony Orchestra 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s two Piano Concertos form a contrasting pair. Concerto No. 1, written in 1927, is a vivid and witty example of his romantic spirit, exquisite melodies and rich yet transparent orchestration. Concerto No. 2, composed a decade later, is a darker, more dramatic and virtuosic work. The deeply-felt and dreamlike slow movement and passionate finale are tinged with bleak moments of somber agitation, suggestive of unfolding tragic events with the imminent introduction of the Fascist Racial Laws that led Castelnuovo-Tedesco to seek exile in the USA in 1939. The Four Dances from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, part of the composer’s recurring fascination for the art of Shakespeare, are atmospheric, richly characterised and hugely enjoyable. This is their first performance and recording.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco is a hugely approachable composer whose lyrical gifts are impressively married to a fine and vivid colourful sense of orchestration. The two concertos make perfect disc mates but they are hardly ever – if ever –programmed together maybe because the original score of No 2 was lost. They are perfect twentieth century concertos.

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'Tuneful, lushly scored, unpretentious and superbly crafted, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's two piano concertos deserve their stylish resuscitation by the young Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni...played charmingly by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Mogrelia.' --The Times, Saturday Review, May 5th 2012

'The Malmo players are also clearly inspired by these unjustly neglected works: the performances fizz and sparkle under the direction of Andrew Mogrelia, and Marangoni s dedication to the cause is just as apparent in his vivid playing as in his musicological endeavours. Excellent.' --Ivan Moody, International Record Review July/August 2012

[On] this enterprising disc.... played by the hyperactive pianist and orchestra with such scintillating abandon, the composer s charm and brio could, just possibly, bring a smile to even the most crusty and conservative listener... excellently recorded. --Bryce Morrison, Gramophone September 2012

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By someonewhocares2 on 19 July 2012
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As a composer of concert music (he also scored many films) Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) is best known for his First Guitar Concerto, a work which, in the days of L.P., would invariably be coupled with Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez". The two piano concertos are less well known. They are both, however, delightful and thoroughly enjoyable works which I can confidently recommend.

If you know the Guitar Concerto you will know what to expect. The piano concertos are tuneful and unpretentious though they are more developed and extended than the Guitar Concerto. There is a Romantic spirit underpinning this music but it definitely belongs to the twentieth century. There is more than a dash of neoclassicism. Counterpoint, however, is used decoratively or to propel the music as each new idea is combined with its predecessor. There is also a suggestion of Impressionism, particularly in the slow movement of the Second Concerto. Some of the piano figuration in the finale of this concerto will remind you of Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain". The harmonies are piquant with much parallel writing for the woodwind. Major and minor mode versions of the same material are often juxtaposed.

In general, the transparent orchestration highlights colours rather than blends them. The soloist is kept busy but is very much "primus inter pares": in fast movements especially the melodic line is often in the orchestra while the piano provides a commentary. These concertos are tightly organised but very fluidly written so that structural signposts are not emphasised. There is no trace of academicism and, above all, the music is never dull.

The First Concerto (1927) is an emotionally straightforward piece written, the notes say, "in a spirit of optimism and ebullience".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 26 Feb. 2013
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After the two wonderful discs of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Shakespeare Overtures this disc made little impression on me, well that was at first, as once I had played it a few times it had certainly grown on me!
The Piano concertos have ten years between them, the first dates from 1927, and I find it the most attractive of the two, it is in G minor and lasts just under a half an hour. It is romantic in outlook and quite reminiscent of his famous Guitar Concerto, although it does pre-date it by some twelve years, it also has a taste of Rodrigo, especially in the opening movement. On the other hand, the Second Concerto which dates from 1937 is more virtuosic than the first, it is also the more romantic of the two, it's central slow movement, which contains some sensitive music and which is tinged with a sense of melancholia, being the highlight for me!
The four dances receive their first performance here and reflect the composer's love of Shakespeare, and while they do not have the intensity of the overtures, they contain some really fine and expressive music, and are well worth investigating.
The playing throughout is excellent, with both soloist and ensemble making a strong case for the composer and his music. The brief notes are well informed and the recorded sound is good. This disc improves with age, the more you play it the better it becomes, and is well worth the investment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Two Fabulous Piano Concertos 31 Aug. 2012
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Mario Castlenuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence, Italy in 1895 and studied with Alfredo Casella and Ildebrando Pizzetti. Because of Mussolini's edicts against the Jews, he was forced to immigrate in 1938 to the United States and settled in California. He joined the Los Angeles Conservatory of music where he counted John Williams, Henry Mancini and Andre Previn among his students.

The First Piano Concerto (1927) is a carefree work characterized by lovely melodies. The first movement is good-humored and bursting with enthusiasm and is followed by a Romanza that is a bit more introspective and dramatic, particularly in the middle section. The movement begins and closes with a cheerful melody that is beautifully atmospheric. The slow movement leads directly into the finale marked Vivo e festivo. The opening melody is reminiscent of a tarantella. The music turns more introspective before slowly returning to the joyous beginning melody.

The Second Piano Concerto (1936 - 37) reflects the dark forces that would send the composer into exile. The first movement, marked Vivace e brillante, beings with a long orchestral introduction before the soloist enters with a brilliant cadenza. The writing in this concerto is tighter and more dramatic than the first concerto with the soloist taking more of a leading role. The melodies are more introspective but with lighter passages worked in. The slow movement is another Romanza, and it begins with a brooding melody for the orchestra. The music become a bit lighter with meditative melody that dominates the music and the piano and orchestra tend to elaborate the theme together with a brief cadenza for the soloist that leads into the final movement. The finale is, like the first concerto, marked Vivo e festivo. The music begins with an energetic melody that is passed between soloist and orchestra. The music turns somber in turn but returns to the passionate beginning melody and concludes with a flourish by orchestra and soloist.

The disc includes Four Dances from "Love's Labour Lost' which was composed in 1953 and were scored by the conductor of this recording Andrew Mogrelia. The dances include a Sarabande, Gavotte, Spanish Dance and Russian Dance. This is the first performance and recording of the dances that are characteristic and very atmospheric. The music on this disc is beautifully performed by the Malmo Symphony Orchestra with soloist Alessandro Marangoni proving to be an excellent advocate of the concerti. The recording seems a true labor of love on part of the participants.
castelnuevo's tunes are engaging; especially the slow movements. ... 4 July 2014
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castelnuevo's tunes are engaging;especially the slow movements.Although I prefer his music for guitar, I found these for piano a pleasure.
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