on 11 May 2011
Malipiero is one of those composers who I had been curious about for some time, but had never got around to discovering any of his works. I then noticed the gradual release of a large range of his symphonic works through Naxos and so tried this Volume 4 edition. I can only regret not seeking out this composer's work much earlier. This is an excellent introduction to a sadly neglected composer who no doubt exercised a considerable influence on twentieth century music. All the symphonic works on this CD have a dynamism and orchestral breadth that will continually intrigue the listener. If, for instance, you appreciate the muscular orchestral compositions of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ives, then you will be instantly drawn in to these pieces. This is particularly the case for the Seventh Symphony - you kind of know after the first few bars of the Allegro with its curious opening (almost Anglo-style) jig passage that this is going to be a dynamic orchestral statement. If for no other reason, I'd explore this CD for the breath-takingly delightful second movement Lento. This is one of the most sublime symphonic slow movements of the twentieth century, and I was irresistibly reminded here of Respighi's Pines of Rome through its rich orchestral colour and sense of atmosphere. The same is also true for the final movement Lento. The works presented on this CD are a triumph and I would love to see a resurgence of interest in Malipiero's work, especially on the concert scene.