Bought in 2010.
First listen: 12-2-2014.
Second listen: 16-4-2014.
Third listen: 4-4-2017.
Recording dates: November 2009 and January 2010.
Recording venue: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England.
Recording engineer: Stephen Rinker.
Running time: 76:58.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
State of the Art sound.
1) Symphony No. 2, opus 12. (1908-10)
2) Scarlattiana, opus 44. (1926)*
Martin Roscoe, Piano.*
BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda.
A fascinating composer. One of his teachers was Faure, and influences in his music can be heard from Debussy and Ravel, but also Mahler, and Martucci. But whatever may be the case he was a composer who very much stood on his own feet in the musical scene of his time. What I think is fascinating is,
And again the characteristic ostinato rhythms are applied throughout Scarlattiana, a melodious work, with a few small dissonances but never disturbing the flow of this music. A lot of colour and fine melodies. Music very much of its time, Casella takes a important place on the stage, albeit in a sense he is a forgotten composer too. He is a piece of the musical puzzle, and I am surprised how many times I see Martucci walking by, as a constant shadow. Doesn't do him any harm:)
The Chandos recordings are state of the art, as are the performances, a class better as the Naxos recordings, good as they are.